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Nor Cal tips

LLukEE | Oct 10, 2012 07:50 PM

I know this has been beaten to death in this form so I will try and keep this brief; I will be traveling to San Fran and Sonoma for 6 days (3 in each Oct 22-28th). Thought I would look to the experts for a couple of inquiries I had.

First is the idea of appointments, I am not all that familiar with the idea of creating appointments at the wineries. Is this for tours, tastings, pairings, or all of the above? I grew up just south of Toronto in a small wine region, never made a reservation outside of dinner.

Second which of the wineries are recommended? I would prefer a couple off the beaten path, and a stable or two that represent the region. From patrolling the forms, and small list is below I would anticipate one day in Sonoma, one in Napa. Definitely prefer informal and unstructured, grab a bottle and take in the scenery type places (3 or 4 maybe in each locale). Alternatively if there are any other local attractions I would love a little diversity.

Far Niente
The Hess Collection
Sojourn Cellars
Robert Sinskey
Palmaz Winery
Adobe Road
Cake Bread
Gundlach Bundschu


Finally I know I may be pushing my luck a bit, but looking for a hip and innovative place to grab dinner either Friday or Saturday in San Fran (Preferably not Michael Mina level pricing). We are staying in Fisherman’s Warf but happy to travel. Finally any street food I shouldn’t miss out on? Its my first time there and I am super excited.

If you are looking for any tips for Toronto info I am happy to help as well!!!

Thanks in advance,


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