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yesilovewine
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posted 08-11-2012 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Since your earlier post says you also want to spend time in Sonoma, I'll offer this idea: There is a company in Alexander Valley that offers a vineyard tour via horse-drawn carriage. The advertisement says they go to 3 or 4 vineyards and lunch is included. I don't have my information at hand to offer the company name, but if you go to the Alexander Valley Winegrowers website there is information there, I think.
I have also seen a Sonoma Wine Trolley advertised recently, which operates in the town of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. It's a full day tour, sounds like, that includes 4 wineries, lunch and a general information tour. Wineries are of the company's choosing.
Meant to add: for "how to figure out your itinerary", I suggest that folks look at the wine they have at home and visit those favorites first. That way you will have something familiar to build on, and you know that you will have wine(s) that you enjoy at least once during the day.
Get a good map to plot your visits- the winecountry site has some, and if you plan to visit the "wineroad" area of Sonoma, the regional maps there are very helpful, IMO. Pick something from your "home favorites" list, then see what other places of interest are nearby and choose a couple, then plot lunch, and pick a place or two near there, or between there and your lodging for the afternoon.
Another really good way to figure out where to visit is to talk with your servers. After leading you through a tasting and discovering something about your palate, they can suggest wineries that serve the kinds of wine tht are likely to align with your preferences.
Don't try to do too much at once...there is a lot to enjoy in the area besides wine! ( Its just the BEST part to enjoy... ) Start slowly with 3-4 wineries the first day or two, then maybe add one more each day. As you become orientd in the area it becomes less daunting to decide where to go, and you can start to compile a list for your next visit. ( And you know there will be one... )

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Arwinst75
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posted 08-11-2012 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Arwinst75   Click Here to Email Arwinst75     Edit/Delete Message
Which wineries are a must see for first timers? I think I'll be drawn to the more popular, but more crowded ones, just because of these more famous names. How do I decide and make my iterery?
Any recommendations on a good tour that included 3-4 wineries and hopefully lunch?

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