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posted 03-24-2011 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
To continue on this from my Napa reply earlier today.....
We have noticed that the further you get from Napa...in other words the further West you go, the less it costs to taste wines in Sonoma County. Many of the Green Valley and western RRV wineries do not charge tasting fees at all, yet the places in Carneros and Sonoma Valley seem to be getting more expensive.
Interestingly ( is that really a word?? ) there seems to be a correlation between the size of the "taste" and the fees...at least we noticed that last trip. Places that don't charge seem to pour a true "taste"...maybe an ounce? where the places that charge more definitely pour a larger portion into the glass. Frankly, we would prefer the smaller "free" taste- we are trying to learn about wine not get loaded for free and I gotta tell ya, I hate paying for wine I know I'm going to pour out.
As commercialism spreads, I'm sure that we will see the high costs transfer to Sonoma, but perhaps we have a few years before those same high costs spread throughout the county.
Guess when that happens it will be time to find a new area...maybe over in Sierra Foothills or up in Lake County.


posted 03-14-2011 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
An interesting query, Hawkeye!
We don't really pay attention to the fees/location because we use the Visa Card and tasting coupons when we can get them- plus the ones I still haven't used from previous trips. Another thing is that we don't do the by appointment or special tastings with seating and such, which are more expensive in general. Since I don't really track it, I can't be absolutely certain, but I think that the last 2 trips we have spent about $25 total in tasting fees per trip. Its the purchases that put our account on the respirator ! But even at that, I think I said before that it is rare for us to spend more than $50 on a bottle; we've done it, but I can count the times on 1 hand...and have leftover fingers.

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posted 03-13-2011 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Tasting fees in Napa are skyrocketing. I was told by one winery that their tasting fee was $50.00 pp refunded with a purchase of 6 bottles (12 bottles for the 2 tastings). I was told by another winery that their fee was $100.00 per person, but credited toward the purchase of 6 bottles of wine. It was my understanding that this was tasting only and did not include any food pairing. A little out of my price range. I even hesitate and refuse at most wineries paying a $25.00 fee. I will have to know their wines and like them a lot. I can sometimes justify a fee of $25.00 by sharing which then makes it a $12.50 per person tasting. How is that for reasoning.

I know that Sonoma County tasting fees are not nearly as outrageous as those in Napa, with a lot of them being free with the Visa Signature Card.

What is your ceiling? How high are you willing to go?

On this last trip, I purchased a bottle of 2002 Hartwell Stags Leap Cab at $140.00. I did this for the special occasion of our 54th anniversary in August. Needless to say, we liked the wine. Normally, my hesitation factor is around $70.00, but will go a little higher if it is a special wine.

I believe that the most I have paid for a bottle of wine in Sonoma is $50.00

What is your ceiling? How high will you go?

This should be fun . . . join in.


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