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posted 04-30-2013 05:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I've never heard of many of your wineries!!
Please tell about Ellipses, Mary Elke and Pech Merle...what do they make and where did you learn of them??
I recognize Valdez- did they have any Rockpile wines to sell?


posted 04-24-2013 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for clearing up the problem for me. You have found some excellent wineries. Thanks for the report.



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posted 04-23-2013 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for myflybox     Edit/Delete Message
I've seen a little weirdness with google maps. I was using InternetExplorer, the map should show a list of locations on the left sidebar when you click on the location it will zoom in on the location and display the information I have added about whom to contact for an appointment or how much I liked the wines.
Here is a list of the wineries for those of you that the maps do not work.

Day-1 Russian River Valley, Green Valley sub appellation.
Iron Horse Vineyards (bubbles)
Cahill Wines & Ports
Scherrer Winery
Claypool Cellars
ACE Hard Cider (Fridays only) Yes, Hard Cider!
Taft Street (lack luster)
Woodenhead Wines (my favorite of the day)

Day-2 Anderson Valley (need light days)
Forsight wines
Mary Elke Vineyards
Zina Hyde Cunningham
Valdez Family Vineyards (back in Cloverdale)

Day-3 Lower Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys
Sryker Sonoma Winery
Pech Merle (favorite of the entire trip)
Chateau Diana
Zichichi Family Vineyards
Sbragia Family Vineyards

Day-4 (mostly shopping Healsburg)
Ellipsis Wines
MacPhail Family Wines


posted 04-23-2013 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I don't know what is up with this report, but all I got when I put the first address in my browser, all I got was a Google map with a red spot on it. I was afraid to check on any of the others.


[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 04-23-2013).]


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posted 04-23-2013 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for myflybox     Edit/Delete Message
I just finished the best 5 day wine-trip for a party of 9 to the Northern Sonoma County Area

I’m just going to state the nitty-gritty to keep this post short. Arrival day, everyone in the party flew into the Oakland airport with an AM arrival time and then we loaded into a 15 passenger van that was rented from Avis. First stop was at Urban Legends Wines just 10 minutes from the airport. The next stop was at a large club warehouse for supplies (all breakfasts were made at the house we rented in Cloverdale, CA.). Then we stopped at a Whole Foods in San Rafael, CA. for the snacks we ate each evening while enjoying wines from the day on the porch and in the pool/hot tub that was situated in the backyard. Shortly after the two supply stops we made it to the house with ample time remaining to settle-in and familiarize ourselves with the house before heading to dinner reservations in nearby Healdsburg. We topped the evening off with beers at a brewpub walking distance from the house. First tasting day, day one, we were picked up by Jonathan in his Wine-A-Bay-Go at the house around 9:30am and headed out to our first winery appointment. I’ve mapped all this out in google maps with attached details of who to call or email at the winery to make the appointments and the layout of days and times. The links to the maps are below. Please use my planning to maximize a trip for you and your friends. I was focusing on the wineries that are small, off the beaten path, or new-up-and-coming. There are 4 wineries that I would not skip, Pech Merle, Ellipsis, Mary Elke, and Sbragia. We only did two days with the help of Jonathan and his Wine-A-Bay-Go. The other days we drove ourselves around because I choose to taste and spit. It was all worth it. I found that Jonathan was a wealth of knowledge and wished I would have used his ability to get tastings at locations that were less likely to make appointments otherwise.



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