first of all, i want to say thank you to all the chowhounders who've already helped me with SF and Napa suggestions. i wish there was some way i could return the favour - perhaps if you're ever in the south of england?! if so, get in touch!
this is the final thing i need some advice on. i'm trying to narrow down our sonoma itinerary. i've spent hours researching this, but the more i read, the more confused i seem to get! everyone's taste is different and there are so many recommendations. i've tried to focus on posters who seem to have a real interest in wine (such as whino, marria lorraine, hunt - sorry if I missed out anyone!), but even so it's really hard to decide. please help!
ideally we don't want to visit more than 4, perhaps 5 wineries. we want to taste across the board - pinot, zin, some whites. it would be great to have one winery that's appointment only, because they tend to be the most special experiences (although I feel nervous about this, since we're no experts!). i'm looking to buy a couple of bottles to take with me (but no more, since we live in the UK). we're looking for the best sonoma has to offer - wine is passion - so quality is paramount. but value for money and overall experience is also important. here are the choices:
Merry Edwards (slightly nervous about making an appointment if it's just going to be us there!)
Ridge and Seghesio (although I like their wines a lot they are last on my list since I've already tried a lot of their wines and would rather try something not readily available in the UK)
also, not keen on Martinelli and Rochioli since I've read that they don't usually pour their best wines, which are mailing list only.