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yesilovewine
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posted 07-18-2011 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sonoma county Vineyard Tours is a program offered at a few wineries- Mauritson is one- that is free. The tour is a self-guided walk through the vineyard with information stops along the way.
To participate, simply as for a map in the tasting room.

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-18-2011 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just heard that the horseback tours of Roche vineyards have been discontinued. Bummer.
On the other hand, a couple of the Sonoma County vineyards have intituted new vineyard tours in all-terrain vehicles...Bella is one and it seems we were notified of another recently.

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yesilovewine
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posted 06-12-2011 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Coppola facility is finally completed and I think they decided on the name at last.
If you are a fan of Francis Ford Coppola's movie history, then you will love this place. Lots of film memorabilia all over the place.
They have also built a fairly large swimming pool that is open for day-use during the summer. An interesting and unexpected twist to wine country visits.
This is also one of the few winery operations that has on-site dining, and theirs is a full-service restaurant that over looks the vineyards.
If you choose to take the tour, one of the interesting additions to most is that you can see the bottling lines in operation ( if they are indeed running during your tour)
This place has the most "extras" that I can think of!

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-22-2011 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roche offers vineyard tours on horseback at their ranch in Carneros.

Sonoma County Vineyard Tours is a program sponsored by the winegrowners association that sets up self-guided tours through the vineyard at different wineries. The trail is a mile at most. This is a free program and you just inquire at the winery. No reservations are required. Check the website for the current locations.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-25-2011 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some wineries in Sonoma County have interesting collections or displays that you can enjoy without having to taste wine or pay a fee.
I'll start here with the ones I know in Sonoma Valley/ Carneros and hopefully we can expand to the other parts of the county as well.
Imagery- They are known for the extensive wine label art collection here, but they also have "THe Varietal Walk" which is a display outside that describes the varieties of grapes that they grow and the wines they produce. The wine labels are very interesting and are actually pieces that are submitted to the winery for consideration. There are forms there that you can fill out if you would like to submit work for a label.
Cline- cool farmhouse in Carneros with a big property around it. This is the site of the Mission Models collection that contains scale models of all the missions that were built along El Camino Real between 1769 and 1823. They also have duck ponds and rose gardens.
Viansa- across the street from Cline, in Carneros, overlooks a huge restored wetlands created by Sam Sebastiani ( yeah, the same Sebastiani from the "other" label) which is a great place for birdwatching.
B.R.Cohn- this place is probably best known for the collection of Doobie Bros. memorabilia outside of the wine.
Jacuzzi- right there with Cline and Viansa, Jacuzzi also houses The Olive Press, which is an olive oil business. You can do tastings if you like.

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