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posted 08-01-2013 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
The food pairing at St. Francis is great!


posted 08-01-2013 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
If you are staying in Sonoma, you could certainly take a day to visit the Napa wineries, but it isn't necessary to do that unless you just "feel the need"- and some folks feel like they haven't been to wine country unless they spend some time in Napa Valley so I get that, but it does take some extra time.....
You didn't mention when you will arrive, but if you're getting in during the daylight hours you might just want to stroll around Sonoma Plaza and start with some of the tasting rooms there....
The Visitor Center has a map of the "Sonoma Plaza Wine Walk" which will direct you to the different places...
Two Amigos offers some lighter whites that you might like
Roessler ( now R2) has some nice Chardonnays
Haywood Estate has a beautiful Chardonnay and their Zinfandels are among our favorites
Charles Creek makes the most delicious chocolate infused port

I would suggest that the next day you venture up to Chateau St. Jean for the educational tour/tasting, or to St. Francis for one of the food pairings, then travel down the valley choosing places to stop along the way. I read that you like Rieslings, and CSJ offers one, and they also have a viognier and a very nice Fume Blanc; Imagery is a fun stop and they offer varietals that aren't quite so well known- like Lagrein and Mouvedre so that its a chance to try things you wouldn't get to taste usually
The last day, I would venture to the mid-county area, Maybe start up at Paradise Ridge just because the view is so lovely, then cross over to Olivet Road which is a bit more rural without being too much so. Over there you could visit DeLoach, Sunce and Harvest Moon, then maybe go to Martinelli before heading back into town.
You have a larger group, so you may be best served to get reservations.
I hope I didn't see this too late to be helpful.


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posted 07-26-2013 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kesqui     Edit/Delete Message
Oh thank you so much!!! This sounds like a great plan!! I am meeting with a friend tonight to plot out our attack, so I will tell her your ideas. Once again, thank you


posted 07-25-2013 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Well then perhaps you could check to see if there are any appointments available at Robert Mondavi in Napa - they have a Wine Tasting Basics tour that is $20/person and is a great way to get some good info. If possible, start the day there.
Then perhaps go one more place followed by lunch. Or go to V. Sattui and taste plus have a picnic lunch on their grounds (they have a terrific deli with everything you need). From V. Sattui, head to S.E. Chase Family Cellars. Contact them to schedule your tasting. This will be a different sort of tasting than the previous two because it is a much smaller outfit. And you will get to walk among the vines, which is wonderful.
After that, head back south toward Napa and stop in Yountville for the remainder of your day. Walk to several tasting rooms, look at the fun things in Napa Style (a cool shop with kitcheny things), then have dinner at Bottega or Hurley's or Bistro Jeanty. Lots to choose from. Or drive down to Napa and dine there - Celadon is our favorite.
Then back to Sonoma to sleep.
The next day, there are a number of nice places close to Sonoma - Gundlach Bundschu, Cline, Viansa, Ledson, B R Cohn, Deerfield....
I would suggest that you look at all of these wineries' websites to see what might interest you. I'd also look on Google Maps to plot out the logical order of things. Perhaps Ledson then Deerfield or B R Cohn, then lunch in Kenwood or Sonoma, followed by Gundlach Bundschu, Cline or Viansa.
Don't forget to take water along and drink that water a lot! Also, as Hawkeye likes to say, it's called wine TASTING, not DRINKING. You are encouraged to pour out the wines you don't find interesting or to your taste - that's why there is a dump bucket on the bar. And in order not to get drunk, you should use that bucket often!
Have fun planning!
Oh, and there is a magazine called Wine Country This Week which will be in the hotel lobby. Check it for tasting coupons. Or google it and find some online. Plus, ask your hotel front desk person if they have any tasting passes. Always worth a shot.


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posted 07-25-2013 06:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kesqui     Edit/Delete Message
We are staying in the town of Sonoma. We are really up for anything. We all love the rieslings, but want to experience everything. And it might be a good idea to spend one day in Napa Valley and the other in Sonoma Valley. I am totally up for any suggestions. Like I said its our first time there and thought this would be a great place to find out the best suggestions!! Thanks so much!!


posted 07-23-2013 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
HI Kesqui,

You are staying in Sonoma (the town of Sonoma)? Are you wanting to taste in Napa Valley one day and Sonoma County the other? What sort of transportation do you have?

Yes, some wineries require a reservation for a larger group - it seems like 8 is the magic number, but it could be 6 or 7. Some require reservations, period. If this is everyone's first time, I doubt that going to higher end places would be appealing - higher tasting fees and higher prices for a bottle.

Also, any preference as to types of wine or is everyone willing to try all types?

Let us know the answers to these questions and we will go from there...


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posted 07-21-2013 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kesqui     Edit/Delete Message
Help!!! We have a group of 7 women from ages 25 to 50 headed to Napa Valley Aug. 8th through the 12th. We are staying in Sonoma for 3 nights. So we will have two full days to tour wineries. I need help organizing the tours and which ones would be the best. I noticed some wineries need to have reservations, so was wondering if it would be better to hit the ones that didn't need a reservation because there are so many of us. This will be everyones first trip there and we are so excited!! So all the help this Wyoming girl could get would be great!!!!


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