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posted 10-27-2013 04:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

We have stopped at the Family Wineries Cooperative Tasting Room several times. The host there (sorry, his name escapes me) is very pleasant and knowledgeable. He is very generous in his tastings. One time when we stopped, he asked what we liked, and I told him. He then designed our tasting around our likes. It was the Dashe Zin that we brought home, however, it is looooong gone.

There are a couple other tasting rooms in the same area, one being a Pinot house (sorry, forgot name again) with some nice Pinot's if you are into them.

You all have a great day. Life is very, very good.



posted 10-26-2013 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Did you try anything from Dashe? I have read of them often but never gotten to that tasting room. Dutcher is really a great place, eh? Love the wine and the servers there.
Lambert Bridge has gotten mixed reviews from my sources so I've been on the fence with them. Did they have a Mapel Zin? They used to get those grapes. But I have to say, anyone who keeps a St. Bernard can't be all bad- we had a pair when I was in High school and They are fantastic pets.


posted 10-26-2013 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We only had a day and a half to spend on the Sonoma side this trip... We tried a couple of new-to-us places: Acorn, Rued, Lambert Bridge & Family Wineries (a co-op setting).

Acorn was a pleasant visit (nice folks), but the wines weren't really to our taste. Rued was also pleasant, but again, not really to our taste. We then stopped by Lambert Bridge (it wasn't on my planned route, but we had some time). This place was more like it! Besides, they had not one, but two winery dogs A St. Bernard and a Great Pyrenees - gorgeous animals - how would you like that food bill? Anyway, the wines there were right smack dab in the middle of our palate so we enjoyed ourselves. We had a good host who was knowledgeable and friendly. It's a lovely tasting room and setting - we will visit there again.

Our dinner that evening was in Healdsburg at a restaurant called Chalkboard. It was fantastic - I highly recommend it! It's a tapas style and everything is ridiculously delicious Go!

The last morning of our trip started at Family Wineries Cooperative Tasting Room. It's on Dry Creek Road. Cute little tasting room and there are 6 wineries represented: Dashe Cellars, Collier Falls, Mietz Cellars, Phillip Staley, Forth, and Lago di Merlo. We had a great time there - our host was a hoot and made it lots of fun. I think the menu was choose 6, but since there were two of us, we ended up sharing and tasting at least a dozen between us. Collier Falls was our favorite there and we came home with a couple of bottles.
Our last two stops were at two of our favorite clubs - Dutcher Crossing and Ledson. Dutcher Crossing is always a treat - the folks there are wonderful and the wines are always top notch.

Wish we had had more time - I'm always noticing someplace I'd like to stop as we wander around Dry Creek Valley or Alexander Valley...
Next time!!


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