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yesilovewine
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posted 03-06-2012 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Good idea.
Please do come back and tell about your trip!
By the way, Scott, where are you starting out from on day 1? It looks like you are going through Alexander Valley.....are you going over from Napa?
Another 'by the way'... when you visit the Family Wineries complex on Dry Creek Rd, do stop in at Kokomo...you don't hear much about them, but they make some great wines.
They are in the Quonset Hut at the back of the parking area.
If they are still pouring Dasche at the FW room, I'd love to hear your perspective on them.

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ssala
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posted 03-06-2012 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks. I was thinking that as well. I can see doing Mauritson and Wilson, and then stopping by some of the tasting rooms in Healdsburg if we have time, since we will be going that way anyway.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-05-2012 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi ssala. Great list of visits. My concern would be the number of stops on day 2 considering that you have to make it to SFO for a mid-afternoon flight; I think you are a little heavy for that day. Consider that most of the wineries open no earlier than 10 am and you have a solid hour and a half drive ( plan on 2 for hiccups like traffic) just to get to the airport I would pare out a couple. Seeing that you appear to be making that a zin day, you could make Mauritson and Wilson easily and those two use a great variety of vineyards so you could do a great "study" of sources. Their proximity to each other makes them the easiest solution, in my opinion.

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ssala
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posted 03-05-2012 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Finally! Our first time through Sonoma after several trips to Napa. After scouring the message boards I have come up with this tentative schedule. Monday Hana, Stryker, Delorimier, Lunchat Diavola's in Geyserville, Dutcher Crossing, Family Wineries of Dry Creek Valley. B&B in Healdsburg. Tuesday- Mazzococo, Mauritson, Wilson, Armida and down to SFO for a mid afternoon flight back to Denver. Once again, I would appreciate hearing any thoughts. Thanks, Scott

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-17-2012 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Vangogh, I was just thinking that you might enjoy a trip up to Bill Frick's place in Dry Creek. He is out of the way, but a really unique fellow. His focus is on Rhone grapes, and we were very impressed with his products.
Do check the Harvest Fair results, as the way they categorize the judging will really narrow down choices for you.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-16-2012 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Welcome to the forum! I seem to be the only one hanging out here lately, so I'll give you some starter ideas and hopefully others will tune in soon.
Chards and Champagne- that says western Russian River to me: the area around Sebastopol, Forestville, etc. Look at Korbel, Iron Horse, Dutton and Merry Edwards for beginning. DO NOT go to Iron Horse first!!!They produce a VERY acidic wine that will thread your tastebuds and you don't want to do that first stop of the day. Its great for food pairing, in my opinion, but not for on its own drinking.
You two run the gamut for reds, so that's a little harder to suggest outright. Look at the Dry Creek area- Mazzocco or Armida or Wilson for the zins ( though Mauritson and Dutcher Crossing and a bazillion others make great zins!) For Cabs, Dutcher Crossing, St. Francis,DeLormier, Audelssa, Stryker,ParadiseRidge are all good, but spread out over the county. You'd have to make choices for that. I am still a fan of Rodney Strong Merlots, and Trecini makes a good one as well.
If you will check out the results of Harvest Fair, that is a great way to discover who the "experts" are rating highly. They list by varietal and by price so it helps in deciding where to go.

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vangogh
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posted 01-16-2012 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vangogh   Click Here to Email vangogh     Edit/Delete Message
Hello,
I love this site! I have already learned so much!
My husband and I will be visiting Napa and Sonoma, June 23 - July 1st, and I would love some suggestions on Wineries to Visit.
We will be staying at the Cedar Gables Inn in Napa for the lenghth of our stay, but we have (2)days set aside for Sonoma. Our plan is to visit 4-5 Wineries per day. I love Champagne, my husband loves Chardonnay, and we both love reds: Bordeaux and Merlot for me, Old Vine Zinfindals and Cabs for my husband. I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks for your help...I can't wait to get there!

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