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posted 09-27-2012 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I was working on our trip yesterday and saw a mileage chart that included distance to Sacramento...but now I've forgotten which publication! Look at both Wine Country Guide and Wine Country This Week online; I'm almost certain that it was one of these.


posted 09-20-2012 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, since you asked...
If you have the time or inclination, Audelssa ( Glen Ellen) makes wonderful Cabs and Erich Bradley is the winemaker for Audelssa and for Sojourn, so it may be fun to try both.
Also, Imagery is one of my favorites in that area- never thought it would amount to that, but I really like the label art collection and the grounds in general ( another good picnic option), not to mention that they have some unusual varietals on offer that are fun to try. Be sure to try the Wow Oui- a delightful white blend.


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posted 09-20-2012 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks. Does anyone know the driving time from Healdsburg to Sacramento - both routes, either 101 over to Napa, or over to Calistoga then Silverado Trail out?

That seems to determine our trip plans, I think.

Anyone else have a favorite winery in Sonoma or Glen Ellen that we are missing?


posted 09-18-2012 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message

Concerning RRV vs. AlexValley: first thing I think of is "what am I looking to taste/buy?" RRV I think Pinot Noir. Alex Valley I think Cab. Most of the regulars on this forum lean towards Cab & Zin (no offense meant, just a matter of preference). Alex Valley is well respected for their Cabs, Zins, & Chards. I like PN, so I prefer going to RRV wineries.

And then, like yesilovewine pointed out, it depends on your schedule/route as whether to switch the days. One thing I learned, you don't want to spend time criss-crossing either county when you have a list as long as your arm that you want to get to!

Hopefully, you found the printable pdf maps of the wineries in both counties. These are quite valuable when planning your trip and routes. If not, here are the links:

Napa: http://www.napavalley.winecountry.com/visitorsinfo/Winery_Map.pdf

Sonoma: http://www.sonoma.winecountry.com/visitorsinfo/Sonoma_County_Winery_Map.pdf



posted 09-18-2012 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I think that , if you do decided to concentrate on Alexander Valley rather than Russian River, you would not need to change days because you could just travel to Napa via hwy 29 in the north county. Whether that is the "best" route is better addressed by those who have done that trip.
Don't feel like you're the only one lamenting the number of wineries that have to "wait until next trip"!....Everyone here struggles with that one- my original list of "want to see" wineries was near 50 for this trip!
I think that as far as RR vs. AV, it really depends on what you want to taste. Any of the wineries that you have in mind will provide you with an enjoyable experience and some great wine.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 09-18-2012).]


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posted 09-18-2012 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you both.
So it seems most are encouraging us towards Alexander Valley vs. Russian River area? Am I reading that correctly?

One response suggested switching the days so that Day 3 is Sonoma and we would have a shorter drive to Sacramento. How long is the drive from Sonoma (staying near the square) up to Healdsburg? There is a running race in Healdsburg that saturday, should we avoid the area or does it not make a difference?

The one thing about planning trips to the wine country is all the wineries I have to take off my list. I think I could be there for two weeks and not visit all the places on my list!


posted 09-17-2012 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Welcome aboard! Its so nice to have new posters- glad you found us.
If you aren't set on picnicking at a winery, how about going to Jack London Park in Glen Ellen? You could explore the ruins of his home and visit the museum. Might make a nice break in the day. You could pick up sandwiches at the Jack London Saloon in Glen Ellen.
Dinner in Sonoma- lots of choices, for sure. We like Saddles a lot, that is in the MacArthur Place Complex, and we enjoyed Murphy's Pub.
Since you are planning to leave the area on day 3, I believe I would suggest concentrating on the Alexander Valley wineries- Hanna, Stryker,Hawkes, just because that sets you up well for heading toward your exit route to Sacramento.
JimTown store is right next to the Hawkes tasting room, so you could get lunch there and take it to either Stryker or Alexander Valley Vineyards for consumption. Both have nice picnic areas IMO, and you might like the wines at AVV, too.


posted 09-17-2012 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message

Welcome! Glad you found this forum.

Day 1 OK, place to picnic in Napa w view: Rutherford Hill has a decent picnic area but to us the view is great.

Day 2 See you are going to Ledson. They have a very nice deli and have tables on the grounds in back for picnics. Couple of suggestions for dinner in Sonoma: Swiss Hotel near the girl and the fig, Hot Box Grill on Hwy 12 about a mile north of W Spain. Check them both on Trip Advisor.

Day 3 In the area that the rest of the wineries you have listed is Arista. I believe they have 10 - 15 Pinot Noir offerings to include some from Willamette Valley Oregon. Another Pinot Noir house is Lynmar Estates on Frei Rd a little further south. Lynmar has nice grounds with the garden & vineyards adjacent to the patio area. I believe they offer some sort of picnic "event". Check their website. Dinner in Healdsburg for me, without a doubt, would be Dry Creek Kitchen.

I'm sure others will be offering up other suggestions. Hope you have a great time and let us know how things went with a trip report afterwards.



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posted 09-17-2012 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks to the Trip Advisor poster that suggested I use this forum!

We are a group of two couples, one who has visited Napa Valley many times, and one never been to the wine country. We have one day in Napa Valley and two in Sonoma County. I will post in both boards hoping to get suggestions for both regions. We love a smooth cab and excellent pinot, want to see a few wineries with beautiful views - but mostly want great wine with a host that will spend time with us. My favorite Napa Valley places are very spread out, so we will probably be missing some of them this trip (Vincent Arroyo).
I am hoping for any new recommendations or suggestions - and you will see that I need to narrow down the list. A lot.

Thank you!

Day 1
mondavi signature tour for the educational aspect
pick up picnic supplies at Oakville Grocery and picnic somewhere with an amazing view (help here please??)
Other places we'd like
Arger martucci
Cliff Lede
Hall (would love Rutherford, but don't think we have the time)
Dinner at Girl & Fig in Sonoma (where we are staying)

Day 2
Would like to picnic somewhere for lunch (staying near GlenEllen & Sonoma)
Mantazas Creek
Eat dinner in Sonoma?

Day 3
Again, looking for a great picnic
John Tyler
Quivira & Kokomo or
Hanna & Stryker
Eat dinner in Healdsburg (Willis?) or drive to Vincent Arroyo & eat in Calisoga
Drive & Stay in Sacramento for early AM flight


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