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Sonoma wine tasting recommendations (NOT Russian River Valley or Healdsburg)

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Sonoma wine tasting recommendations (NOT Russian River Valley or Healdsburg)

quinalty | Jul 6, 2010 02:53 PM

Hi all,

I'll be visiting Sonoma in August for a couple of days and will be staying in the city of Sonoma. I'm hoping to find some good winery suggestions near Sonoma, i.e., the Sonoma Valley AVA, Los Carneros AVA, Sonoma Mountain AVA, Bennett Valley AVA, and perhaps some places in southern Napa Valley. Even though I hear great things about RRV, Healdsburg, and Dry Creek wineries, places past Santa Rosa are just too far away.

I'm looking particularly for off-the-beaten path wineries that aren't the huge tourist traps or that aren't the high-volume makers that I can buy off the shelf here in DC. A good example is a winery I love, Robert Biale Vineyards in Napa. Excellent wine, nice winery, good people, family owned, small batches, and not sold at retail.

That said, if there's a really spectacular winery that's just too interesting or beautiful to pass up, that would also be great.

Lastly, I like big Zins, dry Reislings, buttery Chards, and Syrah. My girlfriend likes more southern Rhone-esque reds, acidic whites, and Pinots. That pretty much covers everything, I'm guessing, so we're not looking for a single type of varietal.

Right now, Matanzas Creek and Gundlach Bundschu seem like good choices. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on Loxton or Wellington. Arrowood seems good, but I wonder if the wines are worth the price? Ditto Muscardini. Scribe, Audelssa, and Tin Barn are some smaller spots that get good reviews on Yelp, but I can't find any other reviews or comments about them in other places.

I've gone through a bunch of other posts on the board, but they seem to focus mostly on wineries in RRV, Dry Creek, or Healdsburg. Thanks in advance for any help.

Q

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