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yesilovewine
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posted 07-20-2012 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
you'll find some great Rhone wines at Imagery, and Cline ( though not on your list) is a Rhone focused winery as well.
You know, you might want to stop in the Two Amigos and Hawkes tsting rooms in the town of Sonoma for Rhones and Cabs respectively.
Audelssa has good cabs, but they are pricey.

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p5sky
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posted 07-20-2012 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p5sky   Click Here to Email p5sky     Edit/Delete Message
Great details!! Thanks!!

Maybe I'll hot all 4, we'll see. Looking for the coziness of Sonoma, and the lower $$$, too. This will just give me something other than the Napa cabs that I am truly going for. I can get some Rhone blends, cab blends, house wines.

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-20-2012 07:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
The ambience of each is quite different...
Audelssa is a very classy room with an air of sophistication about it, great service there and wines on the higher priced side
Loxton is the antithesis of Audelssa, located in a metal building with a small bar in the corner of the barrel room
Little Vineyards is down a country lane and has a very rustic feel with a small clapboard building among the vines
Imagery is well designed and probably has the best outdoor space, its airy inside but half the interior space is the gift shop so it gets crowded quickly and feels stuffy. It may not be so bad on a Monday...

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p5sky
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posted 07-19-2012 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p5sky   Click Here to Email p5sky     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, we plan on a Monday visit so limited crowds I am sure. I will look over their portfolios once again and decide which ones for sure, probably do 3 wineries for the day.

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-19-2012 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi.
I can help.
Audelssa- lovely tasting room in the town of Glen Ellen, elegant for the area.We liked the Tempest very much, and the Cabernet Chocolate Sauce is delish. They have just moved the winery operations to a new location, but as far as I know the tasting room is still open in GE.
Imagery- a very popular place that is unique in that they actually solicit artwork for their labels from their patrons. The collection of labels is interesting and the giftshop sells prints of them as well. They also have a very nice outdoor area and an interesting display about the grapes they grow. But it gets super crowded on the weekends, so keep that in mind. they have a loyal following. The Wow-Oui is outstanding
Loxton- one of our very favorite places. Chris is a native of Australia and a very interesting guy to talk to. His tasting bar is in the barrel room, Unless something has changed, and there was no charge for a tasting then. Highly recommend his port.
Little Vineyards- great spot right next door to BR Cohn's property. Cute tasting room and if you are lucky you may get to experience an impromptu jam session with the winemaker's brother and friends. They even have a recording studio on the property. Wines are ok, I can't recall what we bought there, but it was a red blend.
Hope that helps...
Oh, by the way, Audelssa is right next to the Jack London Saloon and that's a fun place for lunch.

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p5sky
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posted 07-19-2012 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p5sky   Click Here to Email p5sky     Edit/Delete Message
I have a trip to Napa next week but want to squeeze in a day at Sonoma. I have been to Napa several times but never to Sonoma so I am excited.

We are staying in Napa proper so the drive isn't too bad, and we only plan on going up into Glen Ellen & Kenwood. Trust me, I would LOVE to get up to Dry Creek & Healdsburg too.

Does anyone have experience with these small wineries? Audelssa, Imagery, Little Vineyards, Loxton. I may not hit them all, but I need a list going at least.

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