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gopherking
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posted 04-04-2011 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gopherking     Edit/Delete Message
Also when in Geyserville, another great lunch spot is the Hoffmnan House. It's a great old restored craftsman style house just north of downtown about 1/2 mile, next to the Geyserville Inn. They have a nice outside patio in the shade for a relaxing lunch break during a hard day of waine tasting, and the food is always good. Enjoy!

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-01-2011 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks gopherking! That is a good run-down of what's around. I'm still trying to tie down a time to visit....but I am thinking that Geyserville may be better for a day visit to taste and have lunch than to stay over.
We usually stay in Santa Rosa to keep costs down and leave more $$ for wine purchases and it is central enough to give us adequate access to the most anywhere; I'd just like to be a little closer to the northern part of the county as its where we seem to spend the most time. I'd rather not have to rush through breakfast to get to the tasting rooms when they open.

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gopherking
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posted 04-01-2011 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gopherking     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, still here. Just been busy lately. Geyserville is a small town in the middle of the north end of Sonoma County. Wineries in town, are Locals (co-op of small wineries w/o tasting rooms), Meeker, Route 128, Mercury, Terriours. Santi is no longer there, the recession forced them to move to Santa Rosa. Catelli's has taken their place (was there before Santi many years ago)and is more casual with good food. You must check out Daivola (my favorite)next to Locals, has authentic brick oven pizza, great salads & pasta, and they use all their own meats. Great for lunch or early dinner after wine tasting all day. Only one B&B in town, Hope Merrill/Bosworth, 2 old victorian homes, nice people. Also Camillia Inn in Healdsburg has a vacation rental (or 2?) in Geyserville. It is only a few minutes from Geyserville to Dry Creek or Alexander Valley. Depends if you want to be out of town and not deal with the hussle and bustle of Healdsburg. For great selection of B&B's check out WineCountryInns.com and then check out their TripAdvisor.com reviews to see what people think. There is also the Geyeserville Inn, kind of like a Best Western, owned by a father ansd son, nice guys. Santa Rosa is quite a drive to the heart of the north end of the Sonoma Wine Country, unless you want to go to the town of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley (I personally do not frequest these wineries, not that there are not some great ones).

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-29-2011 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Understood and that is what I was wondering about. Am thinking that Calistoga or Healdsburg would be the better choice.
PS- i very much like your new take on my name...

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damombo
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posted 03-29-2011 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
hey yesilovesmesomewine - Geyserville is pretty much a single lane with Locals, Meeker and maybe a couple of other buildings. Not really where you would find lodging - at least that was my take on it. We did have a great lunch twice (Italian) at Santi and did enjoy tasting at Meeker and at Locals. Be careful at Locals - we tasted what seemed like over 100 wines there! :0 They represent quite a few little wineries and it is easy to get overwhelmed.

I guess it is all relative to what you are used to, but to us, staying in Healdsburg or even closer to Santa Rosa wasn't too far to drive to visit Geyserville - but Geyserville wasn't big enough to spend a night in. Does that make sense to you? You know, worth the visit, but an afternoon will do it...

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-26-2011 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Gopherking, if you are still out there...I am interested in learning more about Geyserville and am considering it for our next stay-over visit. What can you tell me about dining and lodging there?

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-01-2011 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Will have to look into Hawley for next visit. Thanks for that tip.
Hawkeye is enroute as I type...I don't think they'd have arrived yet, anyway.

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gopherking
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posted 03-01-2011 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gopherking     Edit/Delete Message
I would have to say that I think the Route 128 Viognier is just as good as the Alexander Valley Estate Viognier. I think the price points are comperable, $19-$21 range (if I remember correctly). Another great Viognier is made by Hawley Winery and Vineyards in Dry Creek. There are so many great wineries and wines in northern Sonoma County, I just love living here. Anybody coming up this way the next two weekends for the Wine Road Barrel Tasting events? Always a great time, not too expensive, the second weekend is usually not as crowded as the first weekend (a lot of people drive up from the Bay Area and do not spend the night). Happy tasting!!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-28-2011 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Welcome back gopherking and thanks for the great information. We don't usually get so far as Geyserville, but I have thought about heading up there.
We really like Viognier, so Hwy 128 sounds like it may need to be on the next list. We like the Viognier that won the Harvest Fair Best in Show White last year...any chance that you've had both and could compare the 2?

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gopherking
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posted 02-28-2011 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gopherking     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, the winemaker at Raymond Burr is part owner of Duex Amis. Raymong Burr is known for their Cab, Cab Franc and Chardonnay. All grapes are estate grown, and all wines are excellent. They have a great Port also, just a little spendy at almost $50/bottle. Duex Amis is well known for their Dry Creek Zins. If you want to visit some small boutique wineries, try Locals, Meeker, and Highway 128 in Geyserville. Locals is a co-op for wineries that are not large enough to have their own tasting rooms. Meeker has a large selection of great wines (like Taxi Cab), and Highway 128 has the best Viognier. Go a little farther North, just short of Silver Oak and stop and see John at J. Rickards. In the late spring, he will take you out into the vineyard and explain how he grows the grapes, etc. He is very knowedgable and a real character. He also has a large selection of great wines!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh I see...your own version of "The Moveable Thirst"!!
Well, that is cool. We lived in the Bay Area for a time and I used to enjoy a wine shop called The Wine Stop in Burlingame...that's why I asked.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-27-2011 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
I live in Napa and do wine tours in both Napa & Sonoma. As you can tell I do lots of R&D in both areas. I have been trying to drink my way through both valleys, but have been finding it a difficult task!! LOL

"It is about the people, the place & wine!"

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-26-2011 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I am familiar with all but the taste alexander valley site. Perhaps I need to just slow down and read through the descriptions more carefully. I like the boutique places and would like to visit more of them, but like I said, I just can't seem to find them...or in some cases they have sold out to the bigger entities and I just didn't know it.
It is very frustrating to research these sites and then learn that they actually don't include all the places in a particular area....I can't say how many times that has happened! It does seem that wine country is doing a better job of expanding, but as you say, it does appear to be all about the subscribers and I suspect that the fees are pretty steep to some of the very small places.
Where are you located??

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
to yesilovewine... Check out these websites.

www.wineroad.com
http://tastealexandervalley.org
www.russianrivertravel.com/wineries/list.htm

These are great resources, but just remember wineries have to pay to be a member of these organization so there are many wineries not listed on these sites.

When I take my clients out on wine tours, I give them a map and list the wineries they tasted. So when they come back next time I can make different recommendations.

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!

www.StacysWineStop.com

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Your missing a lot!!! The great thing about boutique wineries are their small production, they are typical family run, which means you may meet the winemaker, owner and get a special tour sometimes. You typically don't get that at the corporate owned commercial wineries, unless your spending big bucks, then they will bend over backwards to be your new BFF. Boutique wineries tend to have better price points too. Last year between Napa & Sonoma I tasted over 1000 wines. Some are were good, some were, lets just say unpalatable and others were way over priced. Because of my business, I search out wines that are of value, the places that offer some sort of ambiance and the staff are friendly. So if your nervous try a few on your list then add a couple of Boutique wineries you haven't had before. Besides venturing out to wineries that you can't get in your local grocers, or isn't in one of the point systems is great when you go to a dinner party and everyone is raving about your wine. The one you paid a fraction of the price for and they want it now and can't get it because it was a limited production. LOL Nothing like feel special. ;-)

"It is about the people, the place and the wine!"

www.stacyswinestop.com

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-26-2011 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hoping that Stacy will see this and offer opinions to my original post.
And Stacy, what is the best source for finding these more obscure places that you have mentioned? I saw your post to KMJ on the Napa board and saw some on the Sonoma County forum on Trip Advisor and though I've been researching trips for several years I've never seen or heard info about many of those mentioned. What am I missing???

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-24-2011 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Welcome gopherking!
Thanks for the help. I have heard of Raymond Burr and do have them on my list for Cab stops.
A while back, Hawkeye told me that the winemaker at RB is also the winemaker at Deux Amis...can you compare those two?
Hope you will keep stopping by....

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 02-24-2011).]

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gopherking
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posted 02-24-2011 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gopherking     Edit/Delete Message
Hello, new guy here. I use to own a B&B in northern Sonoma County and my wife and I are big wine buffs. Of all the Dry Creek wineries you originally listed, most are good. Bella has caves (you get to taste the Zin growing above your head) and they are excellent, thay also have a Maple Zin, Talty - a small familly owned and run winery, next to Dutcher Crossing only Zin and Cab last time I was there a couple of years ago, Zuccici is small also but great people and wines too, Rued is good, I personally would not go to Teldeshi but instead make a stop at Raymond Burr Winery (yes the actor from Perry Mason and Ironsides)for wonderful Cab and Cab Franc. Hope this helps, could give you more ideas if I had time. Take care.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-24-2011 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Probably will not be going back to Wilson this trip. We need to find some new ones.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-24-2011 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, the Soda Rock is from that ZAP offer. I looked them up and they are also part of the Wilson Artisan Wineries. I've forgotten...are you going to Wilson this time? If so, will you ask if they pour the wines from all the wineries ( or at least multiple ones) at any one place? Also, are you familiar with their Duetto? I saw it on the website in the wines they make, but I'm sure I have not seen it on the tasting menu. It sounds interesting.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-22-2011 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
And damambo....your list is at least twice the size of mine.
I have an idea! (This is where you say "Treat it kindly, it's in a strange place" )
Instead of me testing for potential visits, how 'bout you guys share your top 5 in Sonoma County?

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-22-2011 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
MEEEE THREEEE!!!! What're we drinkin'??
Wellll, looks like we all need to do some more exploring! YIPPEEEE!

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 02-22-2011).]

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damombo
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posted 02-22-2011 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Alright, here is a list of wineries we have visited in Sonoma County:

Alderbrook, Alexander Valley, Raymond Burr, Cline, Clos du Bois, Chateau St. Jean, David Coffaro, BR Cohn, DeLoach, Dry Creek, Ferrari-Carano, Gundlach Bundschu, Jacuzzi, Gloria Ferrer, Francis Ford Coppola, Hanna, Hook & Ladder, Hop Kiln, Iron Horse, J Vineyards, Kaz, Lambert Lane, Locals, Longboard, Mauritson, Meeker, Merry Edwards, Paradise Ridge, Passalacqua, Preston, Quivira, Ravenswood, Rochiloi, Rodney Strong, St. Francis, Sausal, Seghesio, Silver Oak, Simi, Stonestreet, Stryker Sonoma, Sunce, Trentadue, Valley of the Moon, VJB Vineyards, White Oak, Williamson, Wilson, Robert Young

Some I remember well, others not so much. Some I know we don't need to go back to, some I'd like to visit again and again, and others we will need to go at least once more to decide.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-22-2011 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Meeeeeeee Tooooooo!

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damombo
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posted 02-22-2011 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I think maybe my homework should be to list the wineries we've BEEN to... maybe then I'll feel better about myself.
I need a glass of wine........

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-22-2011 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Again???

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damombo
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posted 02-22-2011 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-22-2011 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Not so good on the first ones....how about these:
A. Rafanelli,Pezzi King,Soda Rock?

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damombo
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posted 02-17-2011 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Haven't been to any of them; haven't heard of Talty or Zichichi.
I'm feeling very inadequate lately! I'm falling behind in the study and research department!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-17-2011 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine, Sorry, we have not been to any of these wineries. Had Rued on the schedule last October, but a couple of the tastings ran long (Williamson) and we had to cancel. Hope to hear what others think about them.

13 more days, and we are on our way! Cheers!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-17-2011 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Talty
Rued
Zichichi
Bella
Teldeschi

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 02-17-2011).]

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