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Upcoming Healdsburg trip

arlenemae | Dec 26, 201003:10 PM

Going to Healdsburg for a couple of days this week and I'm wondering if anyone has any comments/suggestions on our itinerary.

I think we're pretty set for food...we booked the "Bon Appetit" package for Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza so we got a $50 gift certificate per day for some local restaurants (choices were Baci, Charcoutrie, or A Divine Affair). We already have reservations for Cyrus for dinner on our second day, so thinking about getting Italian food at Baci for our first night dinner to change it up. Will prob use the other $50 for lunch at Charcouterie either the second day or before we go home on the third.

As far as wineries, we are thinking about the following:

Day 1:
- J Vineyards: It's on the way during our drive up, and I always like to start wine tasting trips w/ some bubbly
- Ridge Lytton Springs - We're members and we've been to Monte Bello many times (probably my favorite winery of all), but first time at this location
- Mazzocco - Very close to Ridge and has had good reports, especially for zin. Seems like they have a picnic area so we'll probably bring bread/cheese/meats for a late picnic lunch

Will probably check and relax at the B&B after, and maybe hit one (or two) of the local tasting rooms within walking distance from the plaza...any suggestions?

Day 2:
- Silver Oak (Geyserville): My hubby just gotta have some cab
- Preston: For Rhone varietals
- Quivira: For zins, seems like a nice chill small winery
- Mauritson: Maybe, unless we are "wined out" from the first 3

I initially wanted to go to A. Rafanelli, but my hubby wasn't really too keen on going to places that require appointments. Is it really worth the trouble to make an appointment?

Are there any must-go places that I've missed, or any of the above that you would skip? We may also visit a couple wineries on Day 3 before driving back to the Bay Area. We are mainly red wine drinkers and love cabs, pinot, zins, and rhone varietals. For calibration, some of our favorite wines are cabs/zins from Ridge and pinot from Merry Edwards (I like "big" Pinots).


A Divine Affair
330 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

336 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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