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posted 05-21-2012 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC,

Sounds like a great trip. I'm sure you will enjoy Lynmar - great Pinot and Chard, and beautiful gardens! Landmark and Merry Edwards are others I would recommend (but not quite for the views).


posted 05-17-2012 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Will add Sunce on Day 1 since both you and Yes are in agreement that we should.
We are not huge Zin or Cab fans....mainly on the look out for Pinot Noir, SB, Chard, & Merlot.....but have been known to buy some Zins. So, Pssalacqua sounds like a good place for me to see if they have a Zin that we like. I do actually have Stephen & Walker down for the Healdsburg tasting room stops.

I'll be sure to try the Rockpile AVA's at Mauritson....plus, along the way, I'll just ask if they have production from there.

We are looking forward to our trip next week and if this one is anything like our other trips it will be great! This is number 6 or 7 since 2003. Never been disappointed: even the time we went in mid December during rainy season. Didn't slow us down a bit. Plus, it was our 25th Anniv, so that made it special anyway.



posted 05-16-2012 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi D'!
Did you see the new issue of Wine Spectator?
There is a bunch of wineries that I had never heard of before! ( A real humbling experience =} Friends of ours visited last july and raved over Edmeades; didn't know you had been there too.


posted 05-16-2012 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Those are very kind words and I thank you...I'm really not any different than you...just perhaps have had the chance to visit more frequently since I used to live on the west coast.
Don't give me too much credit! but greatly appreciate the vote of confidence.
I understand that the Sonoma Reserve is upcoming- may be this weekend, in fact. If you can arrange a future visit to coincide I think that you will be really happy that you made the effort; its a great opportunity to see wineries that are NEVER open to the public and at a very fair price.
If my info is corrrect ( from numerous sources as I surf for my own visit) I think you may come into a few Rockpile wines along the way..though you may not recognize them unless you know the vineyard names ...guaranteed at Mauritson unless they have not released in the last month, since they own about 20% of the vines in that AVA. Carrie Mauritson assured me that they still pour the Rockpile wines in the tasting room- usually they rotate in groups of 3- but that they had actually sold out of all the Rockpiles around the time that Hawkeye visited, so all that they had was on allocation to the club members. We really like the Buck Pasture and the Cemetery.
You could easily pick up lunch at Dry Creek Grocery after Mauritson, on the way to Dry Creek Vineyard and then picnic either there at DCV or across the street at Passalaqua.
Hope you have a fantastic trip and look forward to a trip report on your return.


posted 05-16-2012 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I second all of Yes' suggestions: Sunce is just down the road from Harvest Moon and is a charming stop.
Passalacqua is a favorite for their delicious zins.
And we've dropped in at Stephen & Walker a couple of times and always come out with a bottle or three

If you are a zin fan, and have time that morning when the wife is luxuriating at the spa, stop into Edmeades - they are next to or maybe even inside Murphy-Goode on Matheson Street. We hadn't heard of them before and tasted there in April - came home with a case, so we obviously enjoyed their wine.

Have a fabulous trip! Cheers!


posted 05-16-2012 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message

I will keep a look out (and taste out) for any of the Rockpile AVA wines. As I understand, they don't just pour those for anybody and I am a nobody!

I will make notes on your suggestions and see how they work in. My wife and I have the habit of spending more time at the facilities walking around the grounds and we eat up a lot of time during the day doing so. We get caught up in the uniqueness & beauty of each place....so getting more places in will be a challenge. However, I did catch the comment about Passalaqua having a gorgeous patio....sounds like just the place to sit and enjoy a glass or two or bottle!

I am glad that you have your visit planned during Harvest Fair....wish that I could make a trip during then, but with my vocation that pays for the vacations, October is virtually impossible for me to be away.

A lot of the wineries on our itinerary came from your past suggestions as well as those from the other "drivers" of these boards. But hey, to me, you are the voice of Sonoma wines!



posted 05-15-2012 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC...it sure has been quiet! So glad you chose to post.
I am honored that you'd be interested in my opinion- thanks for the vote of confidence.
I think this looks like a great plan- you have a variety of styles of facilities and a good range of wines to try...it should be lots of fun.
I especially like that you have Iron Horse at the end of the day, as their wines are highly acidic ( at least the sparklers are) and you will have shredded taste buds by the end of that tasting.
The only offering I have is to suggest that if you have some extra time on day 1, you might enjoy Sunce'...we have enjoyed their offerings at Harvest Fair in the past but unfortunately chose an event day to visit and we could not stay; and on day 3, again if you have some time, you might enjoy Passalaqua- its right across the street from DCV and they have some lovely wines as well as a gorgeous patio for enjoying a picnic.
When in Healdsburg, you might seek out the Stephen and Walker Trust tasting room...they had a couple of exceptional offerings at the last Harvest FAir we attended and they are on "the list" for a future visit.
That's all from my perspective...sounds like tons of fun...I'm jealous.
We are confirmed for a visit this fall for Harvest Fair, and I'm already exploring the options! We want to focus on Rockpile AVA wines, so if you try any good ones this trip please take notes and post, ok?


posted 05-15-2012 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
So we leave next Tuesday heading to Napa/Sonoma. Thought I would share the itinerary since the boards have been a little dead lately. Will post the Napa visits on the Napa Board.

Wednesday (day 1):
Hook & Ladder
Harvest Moon
Iron Horse
Russian River
dinner @ Cork's

Thursday (day 2)
Windsor Oaks Vineyards for 3 hr tour, tasting & lunch.
Rodney Strong
out to Jenner for dinner @ River's End

Friday (day 3)
Dutcher Crossing
Dry Creek
Healdsburg Tasting Rooms (Williamson, Seghesio, & anywhere else that catches my eye)
dinner @ Dry Creek Kitchen

Satruday morning (day 4)
Wife will be having a Spa morning, so just me hitting a few more places until around 1:00. Probably picking up some of the ones mentioned above that we might not have made it to.

Rest will be over in Napa.

What you think? I especially would like to here what our resident Sonoma voice thinks of the list.....yesilovewine, that would be you!


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