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yesilovewine
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posted 08-29-2012 05:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Good Morning!
Hmmm, you know, we are always in Sonoma town in the afternoon, so I don't really know when things open, but if you'll go to the visitor's bureau website. (sonomacounty.com), that information can most likely be found there. I know that tasting rooms open around 10, so I suspect that other businesses will have a similar "start time".
The left turn thing is more of an issue in Napa than in Sonoma, but on weekends it can get a little tiresome anywhere in wine country.
Hope you can work in another, more lengthy visit. Sonoma County has so much to offer its hard to really appreciate it with only a weekend ( or so) to spend there.
Have a great trip.

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Sunlover
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posted 08-29-2012 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sunlover     Edit/Delete Message
I was going to ask you one more thing...we were thinking of driving down to Sonoma Plaza first thing in the morning and work our way up. What time do the shops/visitor center open?
Also we will have one winery that would be a left turn?? But if we worked our way down we would have left turns also? I read somewhere try not to have left turns???
I hope we will get more trips. Our daughter and her family will be moving back to the east coast. The 2 1/2 years they have been in California we have gotten to see some amazing things in the state!! Again, thank you!!

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-28-2012 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well the good thing is that you will get oriented to the area this time and be able to make infomed decisions for your NEXT trip ( and you know there will be one)
Be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center in the town of Sonoma to pick up maps and discount coupons.

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Sunlover
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posted 08-28-2012 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sunlover     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for the suggestions!! She would love some good olive oils also.
We would love to stay right in Sonoma or close, but maybe next trip where we can stay longer and actually enjoy and spend sometime where we stay.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-26-2012 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
For what you plan, I think that the Hampton in Windsor will work just fine. It's not a "wine country" experience place to stay, but it doesn't seem like that is what you want for this trip anyway.
And the wineries you mentioned will be just great for your needs- Ledson has a huge array of offerings, Imagery has lighter wines that you may really enjoy, and the Benziger tour will indeed probably interest your husband. I don't think there will be too many White Zinfandels on the tasting menus, but don't be afraid to try other Rose`s. When you are exploring the town of Sonoma, stop in at the Two Amigos tasting room and be sure to try the "Blush o' the Boar", I think you would like that. And Highway 12, the place with the tasting room in the gift shop next to the theater makes a rose you might like as well.
You might also enjoy Figone's, the olive oil place in Kenwood...they offer tastings of oils and vinegars. Or BR Cohn, which is just down the road a short distance from Imagery also has highly regarded olive oils, and Doobie Brothers memorabilia to keep the hubby occupied while you taste wine...
I am not a Pinot Grigio fan, so can't make any recommendations there, but your daughter may enjoy receiving a bottle of the chocolate-infused port from Charles Creek. You can get that at their tasting room on the corner of W.Napa and W.First St. in Sonoma. For other gift ideas, Entocea is a co-op tasting room in Sonoma and they have some nice giftware as well as wines. Its been a while since we went there, but they used to sell cheeses as well.
As far as the Redwoods go, it depends how important that is to you. Armstrong is pretty out-of-the-way for your visit, and given your mid-afternoon arrival at SFO you may not have much time for exploring there before it starts getting too dark to enjoy it. I've pondered that a bit, and I am now of the mind that if seeing Redwoods is important, your best opportunity to do that on this trip will be at Muir Woods; I just think that Armstrong's location doesn't work with all the other components very well, but that is just one opinion, and its based soley on intuition.
I don't really know a lot about Windsor, but I have heard of a restaurant called Mirepoix that is high regard. I recall a rumor that they might close, so check before you bank on that.
Hope you find something useful here...!Its been a long day and I'm not sure how much sense I've made.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 08-26-2012).]

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Sunlover
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posted 08-26-2012 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sunlover     Edit/Delete Message
Well I think I am going with Windsor and stay there. Try to stop on our way in to stop at Armstrong. Actually I can change what wineries I wanted to see.
My husband does not care for wine but I favor white zinfandels. I would like to get our daughter a nice pinot grigio. So any of your great suggestions would be appreciated!!

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-24-2012 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Seems like you would do best to choose either Windsor or Santa Rosa for lodging. Don't know what your choices are, but RP is not very convenient to anything and the others are right on the main N-S route through the county. SR will have more choices for dinner and "other things to do" than Windsor. The closer you are to Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, the more interesting the choices.
The wineries you mentioned are all interesting visits ; what did you have in mind for day 2?

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