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Zinfandel in southern Sonoma/Napa counties

cjd260 | Aug 11, 2011 07:10 AM

I have one precious day (two nights) in Napa in a couple of weeks, and a gap in my schedule. We're staying and starting in Napa, hitting Mondavi (tasting class) and Cakebread in the morning, then crossing over into Sonoma and stopping at Wellington and Gundlach Bundschu in the afternoon. What we're missing is zinfandel. Healdsburg is just too far, especially considering that I'll be driving (and spitting, but still), so with that in mind, are there any wineries in the Glen Ellen/Sonoma area that anyone can recommend particularly for their zin, and that won't make me gag on oak and alcohol? Or is it just not worth it with the relative quality of pinots in the area?

I'd also happily take advice on a quick, cheap lunch in Glen Ellen, but figure that I can find that on the boards if I look hard enough. Searching for zinfandel just gave me a million hits in RRV and Healdsburg, which doesn't help.

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