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HELPFUL INFORMATION

Wine Tasting Tips 4-5, 67 Della Santina’s 18/65 Destiny Wine Tours 6 Wine Country Cyclery 15 Dining Recommendations 64-66 Varietals Chart 68-69 Sonoma County Wineries Map 70-71 Sonoma Valley Wineries Map 7 Northern Sonoma County Wineries Map 35

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Alderbrook Winery Ancient Oak Cellars Arrowood Winery Atascadero Creek Winery B.R. Cohn Winery Balletto Vineyards & Winery BRYTER Estates Buena Vista Winery Cellars of Sonoma Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery Chateau St. Jean Cline Cellars D’Argenzio Winery De La Montanya Estate Vineyards DeLoach Vineyards Dutcher Crossing Winery Dutton Estate Winery En Garde Winery Eric Ross Winery Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Graton Ridge Cellars Hanna Winery Hook & Ladder Winery Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Kenwood Vineyards www.WineCountryThisWeek.com 57 39 26 46 25 46 17 16 38 50 31 11 37 56 44 62 46 32 22 61 46 47 47 10 34 Korbel Champagne Cellars Lancaster Estate Larson Family Winery Laurel Glen Vineyard Ledson Winery & Vineyards Little Vineyards Family Winery Loxton Cellars Martin Ray Winery Matanzas Creek Winery Meadowcroft Wines Moondance Cellars Mutt Lynch Winery Old World Winery Rodney Strong Vineyards Russian River Vineyards Simi Winery Sonoma-Cutrer St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Stephen & Walker Winery Taft Street Winery Topel Winery Truett Hurst Winery Viansa Winery VJB Vineyards & Cellars Wine Guerilla 41 51 13 21 29 24 27 42/47 20 12 23 58 45 59 47 52 43 30 54 47 53 63 9 33 47

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Heading to the Tasting Room
Do not be intimidated for any reason. That is rule number one (and there are very few real rules after that). For the most part, going wine tasting is about the easiest thing in the world, especially here in Northern California where wineries and tasting rooms abound. You can find wineries specializing in red wines of all types, those that are Twomey Cellars famous for their white wines and others who pour sparkling wine. It is a matter of doing a little research and planning your day. Most tasting rooms open around 10 a.m. and close between 4:30 and 6 p.m. As a rule sparkling wine houses are opened the latest. Before you start off pack a few essentials: Water (plenty of water) and something to snack on – crackers or a baguette. Many wineries have picnic areas and there are plenty of delis and bakeries that can make up a lunch for you, or make your own. Which brings us to eating and drinking, the kind that doesn’t directly involve wine. Be sure to nibble during the day and make sure you make time for lunch. Two tips: drink at least twice as much water as you do wine, and remember that you don’t have to drink everything poured into your glass. There is a reason tasting bars have dump buckets and a pitcher of water to wash out your glass. That said, here are some tips that have proven to be helpful and are designed to help make the sensory adventure of wine tasting all the more enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Time and time again I have heard knowledgeable winery workers say that there is no such thing as a stupid question, and they mean that. You can drink what you want, in the order you want. If you only like reds, say so; if you don’t like sweet wines, speak up. But the idea of starting with whites, then going on to reds and then sweet wines is a good guide. Zinfandel is red. I am sure you know that but it never hurts to remind everyone. If there is a particular wine you want to try and it is not on the list, ask. There might be a bottle around that was opened for a trade tasting or by the winemaker. Most tasting rooms are happy to pour a little if you show enthusiasm. If you plan to take wine home with you, either in the car or on a plane, buy a cardboard box with Styrofoam wine inserts. Fill it during the day and this keeps wine from rolling around in the trunk. Check out the smaller wineries. It is a revelation. Take notes on the wines you most enjoyed. Take advantage of tours when the winery offers them, but keep in mind that they take anywhere from 20 minutes to well over an hour, so one a day is plenty. Buy wines that you can only find at the winery. These often include smaller (375 ml) bottles of limited production Ports or dessert wines. Don’t buy a wine you can get at a supermarket back home. You’ll pay more, and besides, what’s the point? Look for tasting rooms in towns. Many of these are cooperative tasting rooms, where in one place you might find wines from a dozen or more small-to-medium premium producers. They are scattered throughout the area and more are opening all the time. Don’t give too much thought to ratings and vintages. It’s like art: if you like it, it’s a good wine. It is as simple as that. Remember that you don’t have to do the driving. It takes no more than a phone call to rent anything from a Town Car or restored Packard convertible to stretch limos and a 20-passenger bus. All have drivers that will stow your wine for you and the local companies know the area. As to taking that wine home, ten people sharing one of those impossibly long limousines is fine and fun, but if you all plan to buy a couple of cases the trunk – which is no bigger than a normal luxury cars – is going to fill up fast and you’re going to find yourself filling the interior floor with boxes and using cases of Cabernet as footrest. Tell the transportation company what you have in mind and listen to their advice. They know the territory and the people and personalities. See next page. Know your limits. If you get close to it let others taste and you can listen. It beats ending the day in a blur, and if need be calling a taxi is cheaper than the alternative. And if at a seated tasting, don’t be afraid to leave a gratuity. It’s more than worth the five or ten dollars to get wisdom – and wine – and a great time. By Charles Neave

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Notes on Wine Tasting
It’s a good idea to plan to visit several wineries as every wine-tasting experience offered is different. With so many distinctive viticultural areas, one can easily taste many of the world’s best varietials and winemaking styles without learning the region. Listed below are five basic types of tasting experiences. The experience will vary in style from winery to winery.

Wine Bar Tasting
The most common tasting experience is a Wine Bar Tasting. You step up to the bar where typically a list of wines being poured is displayed. Expect to pay a tasting fee between $10-$40. Some tasting bars will offer you the option to taste a library or reserve wine. Exercising this option increases the fee, but will allow you to taste very unique, old or rare wines.

Sit Down Tasting
A Sit Down Tasting usually requires an appointment and there may be a slightly higher fee than a wine bar fee. Seated in an elegant room, you are poured several wines by your winery host. Expect your host to describe the unique characteristics of each wine and how it was made.

Table Service Tasting
A Table Service Tasting, popular at sparkling wine facilities, is a tasting experience where you are seated at a table and the tastings are brought to you. winery to pour the first round. Then you move to another place within the winery to sample the next wine. This experience continues until all the wines are tasted.

Walk Around Tasting
A Walk Around Tasting is a combination of a tour and a tasting. Your host brings along several bottles of wine on your tour, and may take you to a garden area of the

Barrel Tasting
Another popular tasting experience that can be part of a tour or a Walk Around is a Barrel Tasting. Your guide takes a “wine thief,” a special siphon placed into a hole in the top of a barrel to extract tasting samples of a maturing wine. The sample allows you to taste what the wine is like in the middle of developing its full potential.

Why make an appointment?
Some wineries are so small that they need to know when you are coming so someone will be there to greet you. Other wineries have permit restrictions that limit the number of guests that can visit each day. Others have sit-down tastings that start and end at specific times. It’s always a good idea to schedule your appointments well in advance of your visit because some of the more popular wineries fill up their appointments weeks in advance.
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I’ll tell you – the owner, Ray Hanson, is a real character and he’s passionate about what he does. He loves talking with all kinds of people – young people, older people, people from all around the world, etc. One could say that Ray is a real “people person.” He told me, “I meet my passengers as clients, and they leave as friends. I want to adopt them and take them home with me.” Next thing you know, Ray will own a bed & breakfast to accommodate all of his adoptees! Ray is also a firefighter, so if some sort of unfortunate incident happened to occur during your adventure, he would know exactly how to handle it. If by chance Ray isn’t your driver, his other drivers have all been through rigorous training to provide exemplary (and safe) service. Along with the wine tours, Destiny safely chauffeurs clients to the airport, concerts, shopping sprees, weddings, bachelorette parties, sporting events, proms, anniversaries and just about any kind of special event imaginable. The limo (which comfortably seats eight passengers) is a spotless black 2006 Lincoln Tiffany Town Car, and it comes fully stocked with Champagne and other adult beverages, water, sodas and more. It features a state-of-the-art sound system, which will sooth your ears or rock your world, depending on your mood. Ray just added a silver Mercedes Benz S500 (equally equipped) to his fleet, so now clients have another luxurious transportation option. Your car is waiting – let Destiny Wine Tours take you to your travel destination! By Sue Straight, The Wine Wench

LITTLE KNOWN FACT Destiny Wine Tours was founded in 2009 and Ray’s wife is credited with choosing the name for the company (great name, by the way!). FUN FACT Owner/Driver Ray Hanson says “after driving a big fire truck for all those years, driving my limo is like driving a sports car!” Not to worry, though, Ray is a true professional and pilots his limo with great care. PLAN AHEAD At this point, Destiny Wine Tours has only one limo in their fleet (but they’ll be adding more soon), so make sure to book your trip well in advance! KUDOS FOR DESTINY WINE TOURS Five Star Rating on www.yelp.com! It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Wine Country doesn’t get more real than Sonoma Valley, whose rich soils mark the birthplace of California’s wine industry. It’s also the closest wine region to San Francisco, just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Cradled between the Mayacamas and the Sonoma Mountain ranges, Sonoma Valley encompasses a rolling patchwork of vineyards, quaint farms and 13,000 acres of scenic parkland. In the center of town, the eight-acre Sonoma Plaza is a National Historic Landmark, strewn with sprawling shade trees and bordered by carefully preserved adobe buildings. Up the road in Glen Ellen, author and bohemian adventurer Jack London lived and wrote at his pristine Beauty Ranch, now an 800-acre state historic park. The historic Sonoma Plaza lies at the heart of Sonoma Valley – gateway region to Sonoma County. Sonoma Plaza’s done it all – Mexican military outpost, fleeting frontier republic, Spanish Mission village. Now a gorgeous historic landmark and “slow” culture capitol, Sonoma Plaza radiates romance around every corner, cafe and cobblestone. Whether you’re here for an overnight or extended stay, Sonoma Plaza offers the picture-perfect start (and end) to your adventures. It’s a pedestrian paradise, so ditch the car keys and discover Real Wine Country on foot or bicycle. The Plaza’s old adobe storefronts, meandering alleyways, sunlit courtyards and historic landmarks hum with an eclectic mix of restaurants, hotels, tasting rooms, cafes, artisan boutiques, galleries – even a vintage movie house. As for the nature lover, wildflower hikes and stunning hilltop vistas abound within just a short distance. Anchoring it all is the tranquil Plaza itself, whose vast green stretches of lawn and immense tree canopy create a lush setting for picnics, cultural activities and weekly farmers markets. – SonomaValley.com

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On the south end of Sonoma is one of the most unique appellations, Los Carneros, that bridges both Napa and Sonoma counties. Colloquially known as simply “Carneros” (or “ram” in Spanish), Carneros has long been known for its cool, coastal climate, natural beauty and unparalleled Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Syrahs and sparkling wines. THINGS TO DO Sonoma Country Antiques 23999 Arnold Drive (Hwy 121) Sonoma (707) 938-8315, www.sonomaantiques.com Buyers have been traveling to Europe for over three decades, hand selecting one-of-a-kind antiques and accessories. Explore and be inspired in our 10,000 square feet of elegantly designed showrooms. CornerStone Sonoma 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma (707) 933-3010 www.cornerstonegardens.com “CornerStone Sonoma is an eclectic collection of shops, wineries and a gourmet cafe set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by the world's leading landscape architects.” Vintage Aircraft Co. 3982 Arnold Drive, Sonoma (707) 938-2444, www.vintageaircraft.com Get a bird’s eye view of the rolling hills carpeted in vineyards all the way to San Francisco and beyond! Offering safe, exciting flying experiences since 1975. FOOD Fremont Diner 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma (707) 938-7370 www.thefremontdiner.com Like ’em on Facebook Old-fashioned style roadside hamburger joint with updated menu. Fresh, local ingredients. Try the pulled-pork sandwich or grilled cheese with sage and be sure to splurge on the milkshakes! Sonoma’s Best 1190 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 996-7600, www.sonomas-best.com The old-fashioned landmark store offers food products for which the County of Sonoma is famous – artisanal cheeses, salads and soups, tamales, charcuterie, pastries and ice cream – along with exquisite Blue Bottle Coffee. Schellville Grill 22900 Broadway, Sonoma (707) 996-5151, www.schellvillegrill.com BBQ fare, sandwiches and burgers. “Dynamite food,” according to Guy Fieri, with “better than any store-bought barbecue sauce.”
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Viansa Tasting Room & Marketplace 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA, 95476 (707) 935-4726, www.viansa.com Viansa is the perfect place to have a relaxing lunch – they offer fresh made sandwiches, salads, antipasti, soups, and fruit salads to enjoy with Viansa wines and phenomenal views. Weahter permitting, you can also enjoy a game of bocce ball! LODGING El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen 405 1st Street West, Sonoma (707) 996-3220, www.eldoradosonoma.com 27-room contemporary boutique hotel located on the Plaza. Restaurant is “sophisticated urban style with relaxed wine-country dining.” Sonoma Hotel 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma (707) 996-2996, www.sonomahotel.com A 16-room, 19th-century hotel with modern amenities. Located downtown on the plaza. MacArthur Place 29 E. MacArthur Street, Sonoma (707) 938-2929, www.macarthurplace.com 19th-century estate transformed into a luxurious inn and spa featuring Saddles – Sonoma’s best steakhouse

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Discover Little Italy in Sonoma Wine Country!
Viansa Winery & Marketplace, located just off Highway 121, magically transports you to Tuscany, Italy. When you arrive, you are welcomed by a St. Francis of Assisi statue, petting his dog. Drive up the road and set your eyes on rows of grapevines, tall Cypress trees, elegant rose gardens and Italian fountains. Nestled at the top of the hill stands Viansa’s Tuscan Villa with breathtaking views of Sonoma Valley. Viansa is a rich mixture of traditions with its family history, Tuscan architecture, fine winemaking and culinary offerings. Sonoma’s Italian winemakers, the Sebastianis, created Viansa in order to share their love of good wine, good food and Italian heritage. Current owner, Lloyd Davis continues their commitment to Italian-inspired wines and foods, going to great lengths to pair homemade Italian recipes with selected wines. As the premier producer of Cal-Ital wines, Viansa draws wine lovers from all over the world to explore a unique array of wine varietals. Two of Viansa’s award-winning wines are the 2011 Estate Chardonnay and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, both receiving multiple medals in 2013. The winery’s marketplace offers specialty foods, including sandwiches, salads, artisan cheeses and desserts. The marketplace also sells unique merchandise ranging from imported artwork and ceramics, to wine accessories, tapenades and dipping oils. Viansa wines are only available at the winery, through Viansa’s Tuscan Club or at www.viansa.com. Viansa also hosts special events, and reserve tastings. With Viansa’s choices of things to see, and do, your day at Viansa will be one to remember!
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FUN FACTS • Viansa’s Tuscan Villa is a replica of a monastery in Italy. • There are over 500 species of birds sighted on the winery’s 113 acre wetlands. • Enjoy lunch on the patio – wine perfectly paired with pizza made from Viansa’s very own wood-fired oven. • Viansa also offers unique Italian inspired wine and food pairings by appointment. VARIETALS PRODUCED Viansa produces 18 popular and distinct varietals, like Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Merlot and on as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vernaccia, Primitivo and Sangiovese. WINES TO TASTE ON YOUR VISIT • 2011 Estate Chardonnay: Platinum, 6 Gold and 6 Silver Medals in 2013 – baked apple, crisp citrus, butterscotch and toasty oak. • 2010 Cabernet: Double Gold, Gold and 4 Silver Medals in 2013 – black fruits, cedar and mocha.

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The sun is shining on an endless sea of vineyards. You’re sipping a luscious glass of Sangiovese and dipping fresh bread in a bowl of rich, buttery olive oil. A scene from a villa in Tuscany? No, just another perfect afternoon at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma. The Jacuzzi family first emigrated from Italy in the early 1900s to work on the railroad. Eventually, the Jacuzzi brothers would venture into the aviation business, the spa business and to the delight of visitors to the Sonoma Valley, the wine business. The vineyards lie primarily in the Carneros wine region that stretches between Napa and Sonoma. Here, the winery sits on one hundred and ninety acres of lush, fertile land that boasts rolling green hills and the historic flatlands of the San Pablo Bay. Concentrating on Italian wines, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards produces Barbera, Montepulciano, Moscato Bianco, Dolcetto, Aleatico, Aglianico, Primitivo and historic, hard-to-find varietals such as Lagrein and Vernaccia. There is no need for a passport to be transported to the wine regions of Italy, just a short drive to Sonoma will provide all the charm, scenery and magnificent wines of the country without the time and expense of overseas travel. No visit to the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is complete without a stop by The Olive Press Olive Oil Tasting Room and Gift Shop. Dedicated to anything and everything having to do with olives and olive oil, the shop offers samples of the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards’ award-winning olive oil that was inspired by the rich olive oils of Italy and Southern France.
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FUN TIP Enjoy wine and pizza in the piazza the last Sunday of every month. See website for details. WINE TOURS While the tasting room is open daily for complimentary tastings, wine tours are available only by appointment. Visit jacuzziwines.com/tastings to view options or call (707) 931-7576 and they will gladly help you arrange a guided tour, food and wine pairings and more. DON’T MISS The glorious Neptune Fountain and picnic tables on the edge of the vineyards. Enjoy a vineyard stroll through the Tuscan Road.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma (707) 931-7575 www.jacuzziwines.com For tours & reservations, visit jacuzziwines.com/tastings Follow them on Facebook: facebook.com/jacuzziwines and Twitter: @JacuzziWines

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Wine tasting is never just about the wine. A picturesque winery, warm and welcoming hosts, and a bucolic setting in which to enjoy a picnic, all combine to produce the memories everyone hopes for when they set out to visit the wine country. No place delivers all three better than Cline Cellars on the southern edge of Sonoma. Fred Cline and his wife Nancy moved their winery from its original home in Oakley in order to enjoy the magnificent splendor of the Sonoma countryside, as well as to take advantage of the long and fruitful growing season that the Carneros region offers. Their tasting room, located in an 1850s farmhouse, is surrounded by lush green lawns, six spring-fed ponds and a glorious array of flowers, including more than 5,000 rose bushes. The scene is the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of wine tasting, a wedding or a special event. Their historic 350-acre estate is planted to Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, producing wines that have consistently garnered rave reviews. But it is Fred’s passion for the Rhone varietals that have made the winery famous. Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne flourish on the estate and produce award-winning wines that have visitors coming back time and time again to this quintessential Sonoma winery.
By Ronda Giangreco

FUN FACT The vineyards were once the site of a Miwok village, as well as the site of the original Sonoma Mission before it was moved to downtown Sonoma. MUST SEE The California Missions Museum is a marvelous collection of scale models of all of the California missions. The models first debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair at Treasure Island and are acclaimed as an extraordinary and accurate depiction of California history. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WINERY TOURS/TASTING Tours are available at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. daily. Complimentary tasting is offered daily. Private tastings can be arranged by appointment. Visit clinecellars.com/tastings to plan your visit. SYRAH HILL EXPERIENCE Take a walking tour of the property, the historic mission building and gardens then get transported through the estate vineyards to the top of Syrah Hill. Enjoy panoramic views of Sonoma Valley and the San Pablo Bay and wetlands. Sip reserve wines paired with local, artisan cheeses and soak up some sunshine.11 a.m. and 2 p.m., reservations are required

Cline Cellars
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Follow them at facebook.com/clinewine and on Twitter @clinecellars

24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma (707) 940-4030 | www.clinecellars.com

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Located within Cornerstone Sonoma – at the Gateway to Sonoma Valley – Meadowcroft Wines tasting room has recently been redecorated. It is big and bright, and with the addition of two outdoor lounge areas, The Fountain Lounge and the Lavender Lounge (both featuring comfortable seating, umbrellas and fire pits), you can taste the award-winning Meadowcroft wines wherever you choose. There are three labels being poured in the tasting room: Meadowcroft Wines, Thomas Henry Wines and Foyt Family Wines (honoring Indy racing legend A.J. Foyt). Winemaker Tom Meadowcroft crafts all of his wines from his own estate and other sustainably farmed vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Wine and Food Pairings are available every day at the tasting room including a cheese and chocolate pairing. Beginning in October, a complete Chocolate & Wine Pairing will be offered featuring chocolates from around the world. All of our cheese selections are sourced from some of the finest organic creameries in Sonoma County. Tours of our Pinot Noir vineyard are available with advance reservations. The tour and tasting takes place a short walk from the tasting room and features a sampling of six wines, all while learning about the vineyard where the wine in your glass was grown. The tours will continue on into the fall as weather permits. So, whether you stop in to enjoy the wines in the tasting room, the lounges or even while viewing the architectural gardens, Meadowcroft Wines should be your first stop (or perhaps your last stop) in Wine Country. Meadowcroft Wines is family and dog friendly. By Mike Hyland

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Meritage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Viognier, Zinfandel and a Port-style wine FUN FACT Meadowcroft Wines tasting room is situated within a unique collection of shops, art galleries, sculpture trails, architectural gardens, and the well-reviewed Park 121 Café. UPCOMING EVENTS (Call the tasting room for more details) • Customer Appreciation Party – Sept. 28 • Harvest Party – Oct. 12 • Sonoma Valley Reserve – Oct. 19-20 • Holiday In Carneros – Nov. 23 & 24 • Snowman Lighting -- Dec. 8

Meadowcroft Wines
Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(707) 934-4090 www.meadowcroftwines.com Follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest

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With so many wineries to visit in the beautiful wine country, it’s easy to miss the hidden gems. There is one off the beaten path that is worth finding: The Larson Family Winery, located at the intersection of Hwy 121 and Broadway, across from the Schellville Fire Station. Driving through, you will pass rows of Chardonnay vines taking in the warm California sun. Nearby, a redwood barn draws you in to experience Larson’s down to earth, fun-loving, hard-working, dog-loving, country lifestyle. The Larson Family Winery has been in the family since 1899. As you walk into their rustic barnyard tasting room, over the wine bar, hangs a hand painted mural, chronicling the history of the family and the heritage of the property. This colorful painting takes you back to the days of the Wild West from steamboats, rodeos, racehorses and polo ponies to the current winery surrounded by lush green vineyards. With roots in the western region of the Carneros appellation, and 70 acres of vineyard to work with, the Larson Family Winery produces over 10 delicious varietals. Larson’s award-winning wines are the Millerick Road meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The Larson Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and well-balanced wine revealing aromas of cedars, clove, vanilla, coffee and spice. The 3 Lab Cab is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Malbec. These magnificent wines and more are available only at the winery, on-line or through their wine club. Don’t miss the best of the best! Bring the whole family for some fun in the sun. Pack a picnic, taste the finest wines in Sonoma Valley, play bocce ball, or take a beautiful walk with your dog along Sonoma Creek, you are in for a picture perfect day! By Monica L. Dashwood

OVERALL PHILOSOPHY Hurry down because, “We drink what we can, and sell the rest!” FUN FACTS                         • The Larson Family Winery named their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Three Lab Cab” after their wonderful labs, Sunny, Bubby and Pete, the inspiration for this full-bodied wine. • We are kid and dog friendly, so bring the whole family! • The Larson Family Winery four-bedroom Civil War-era farm house is now available for over-night stays! VARIETALS PRODUCED Sparkling Brut, Sparkling Rosé, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Larson Family Winery
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.daily

Intersection of Hwy. 121 & Broadway, across from the Shellville Fire Station 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma 1-800-938-WINE (9463) www.larsonfamilywinery.com www.facebook.com/larsonfamilywinery www.twitter.com/larsonfamilywinery

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Sonoma
THINGS TO DO Sonoma Plaza Picturesque city plaza boasts unique shops, fine art galleries, award-winning restaurants and fine wines available for tasting. Historic points include: Mission San Francisco de Solano, Barracks, Toscano Hotel, Bear Flag statue. Sonoma TrainTown Railroad 20264 Broadway, Sonoma (707) 938-3912, www.traintown.com “The Most Well-Developed Scale Railroad in the Americas!” Steam and diesel scale railroad rides, petting zoo, miniature town, ferris wheel and carousel rides. Depot Museum 270 First St. West, Sonoma (707) 938-1762, www.vom.com/depot Open 1-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday Fine museum with historically significant collections. Admission is free.

Visitors seeking an over-the-top ultra-luxury wine country experience would best steer clear of idyllic, slow Sonoma Valley. Sure, doublewide tractors grace the two-lane Highway 12, wide-open ranchlands blanket the valley between towns, and wooly sheep keep weeds and grasses minimal in the vineyards. But no doubt you will also find countless award-winning wineries and world-class restaurants throughout all of Sonoma.

Living in Sonoma Valley is all about life, about taste and enjoying each day. “Sonomans” are very proud of their heritage and their town. Excellence is what they do … it’s just done in blue jeans. Sebastiani Theatre 476 First St. East, on the Plaza, Sonoma (707) 996-2020, www.sebastianitheatre.com Enjoy an eclectic blend of cinema and live entertainment that includes critically acclaimed art, foreign, and classic films, contemporary and vintage music, magic, ballet, opera and musical theatre – built in 1933. Ramekins Culinary School 450 West Spain St, Sonoma (707) 933-0450, www.ramekins.com Experience the essence of Sonoma Wine Country with cooking classes, events – even four-day culinary retreats! Home of General Vallejo "Lachryma Montis" West of the plaza on W. Spain St., $3 1850s Victorian house furnished with Vallejo's personal effects - as though the General and his wife had just stepped out. FOOD Della Santina’s 133 East Napa Street, Sonoma (707) 935-0576, www.dellasantinas.com Traditional Italian fare is based upon Quirico Della Santina's family recipes growing up in Lucca, Italy and his sheer talent as a chef; cozy dining room, marble fireplace, patio and Enoteca Wine Bar. Swiss Hotel Bar & Restaurant 18 West Spain Street,Sonoma (707) 938-2884, www.swisshotelsonoma.com Located on the Plaza, this historic bar is a favorite among locals who can often be seen seated on the sidewalk patio enjoying modern renditions of classical Italian fare . Hopmonk Tavern 691 Broadway, Sonoma (707) 935-9100, www.hopmonk.com Large selection of beers; traditional and innovative pairings of beer and food. Check the website for live music. Girl & The Fig 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma (707) 938-3634, www.thegirlandthefig.com “Country food restaurant with a French passion.” LODGING El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen 405 1st Street West, Sonoma (707) 996-3220, www.eldoradosonoma.com 27-room contemporary boutique hotel located on the Plaza. Restaurant is “sophisticated urban style with relaxed wine-country dining.” Sonoma Hotel 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma (707) 996-2996, www.sonomahotel.com A 16-room, 19th-century hotel with modern amenities. Located downtown on the plaza.
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MacArthur Place 29 E. MacArthur Street, Sonoma (707) 938-2929, www.macarthurplace.com 19th-century estate transformed into a luxurious inn and spa featuring Saddles – Sonoma’s best steakhouse The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa 1325 Broadway, Sonoma (707) 935-6600, www.thelodgeatsonoma.com Spacious and luxurious accommodations; world-class Raindance Spa; award-winning Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar; excellent venue for weddings and corporate events.

Wine Country Cyclery offers the perfect way to truly capture the grandeur of the Sonoma Valley. Why hassle with traffic when you can leisurely pedal to some of the valley’s most celebrated tasting rooms? Wine country visitors who simply fly by the vineyards at fifty miles per hour are missing out on the very best aspects of the experience. The aroma of the grapes, the warmth of the sun and sound of gentle breezes rustling through the vines are best enjoyed at a much more relaxed pace. The knowledgeable staff at Wine Country Cyclery will gladly help you plan an unforgettable winery tour, supplying you with maps and tasting room coupons. The shop is conveniently located just off the plaza in downtown Sonoma and offers a wide range of bikes for every skill level and age of cyclist. Their fleet of road bikes features Comfort hybrids (including helmets and locks) as well as some of the very best for the serious cyclist – Cannondale and Trek. The Cannondale and Trek rentals include “clip-in pedals.” If you are planning on bringing your own bicycle to the wine country, Wine Country Cyclery has experienced mechanics available seven days a week to do last-minute adjustments or make quick repairs. And, to finish off your day of adventure and sunshine, Wine Country Cyclery can arrange for you to savor a “lite bite” food and wine pairing at Roche Family Winery tasting room just off the Sonoma Plaza. With award-winning wines and scrumptious offerings, you’ll enjoy the perfect ending to your trip on their patio, gathered around the fire pit, wine glass in hand.

FUN FACTS • Wine Country Cyclery boasts the youngest rental fleet of comfort hybrid bikes, replacing them yearly. Their high-end road bikes are continuously maintained for top performance. • Already a cycling pro? Bring your own pedals, shoes, even your saddle – a certified fitter will personally size you to your rental bike. If you’re coming from far away, ship your bike to Wine Country Cyclery...they’ll put it together and have it waiting for you. When you’re ready to leave, they’ll pack it carefully for a safe shipment back. • Don’t own your own equipment? They have a selection of helmets, locks and pedals such as Shimano and Look. PACKING A PICNIC? Wine Country Cyclery has bike trailers that can hold all of your goodies, as well as your wine purchases along the way! MAKE IT A FAMILY TRIP! Wine Country Cyclery has Tag-a-Long bikes that allow kids to enjoy the ride, too, as well as bike trailers that can seat two small children.

Wine Country Cyclery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

262 W Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 Reservations recommended (707) 996-6800 | winecountrycyclery.com Follow Wine Country Cyclery on Facebook!

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One of California’s first wineries remains one of its finest. Founded in 1857 by a man as colorful in character as he was wine savvy, Buena Vista Winery is a treasure for wine lovers and history buffs visiting wine country. Hungarian Count Agoston Haraszthy (1812-1869) came to America in 1840 as a penniless aristocrat with a restless spirit and a profound interest in successfully reproducing the fine wines from his home continent. He made his dreams a reality after discovering Sonoma Valley. Haraszthy brought dreams of winemaking to Buena Vista and the know-how, as well as thousands of cuttings from European wine varieties – the very first vitis vinifera grapes ever planted in California. At the time, wines were produced from hearty Mission grapes, but Haraszthy planted the tender vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. And the rest, they say, is history. Count Haraszthy altered the destiny of the California wine industry by introducing both the varieties and winemaking processes largely still used today and created a winery that, even today, is renowned for excellent wine. Specializing in artisan wines that reflect the legacy of the Count, Buena Vista wines display an amazing array of fruit flavors and textures. Buena Vista’s Carneros-grown fruit benefits greatly from vineyards straddling the southernmost tip of Sonoma and Napa counties. Coastal fog and breezes cool the vines and extend the growing season. All of these influences create wines that are more balanced and fruit forward.

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VARIETALS Chardonnay, French Colombard, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Tawny Port. RUN-INS WITH THE LAW Just before coming to Sonoma, Count Haraszthy accepted a position as an Assayer of Gold in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. He was quickly accused of and tried for embezzlement. It seems his estimates consistently ran short of actual gold weight. But he was acquitted. The very next day, the Count purchased the Buena Vista properties. All cash. DON’T MISS Buena Vista’s new release and homage to their founder, The Count Founder’s Red wine, a special blend from only the best fruit from Sonoma’s prestigious vineyards. Also, immerse yourself in history during the historic Champagne Cellars Cave Tour that honors the winery’s pioneering spirit and contribution to California winemaking.

Buena Vista Winery
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma 1-800-926-1266 | www.buenavistawinery.com Find Buena Vista Winery on Facebook

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Take a stroll through the quaint Sonoma Court Shops, off the plaza, and discover BRYTER Estates, a boutique family winery, offering premier, small-lot wines that are sure to delight the senses. Winemaker and proprietor, Terin Ignozzi, handcrafts award-winning wines by applying old world winemaking techniques with the finest selection of fruit from the Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara Regions, resulting in perfectly balanced, elegant wines. The BRYTER Estates Tasting Salon symbolizes their passion for exceptional wines, delicious food and fine art. The rustically chic styled room is warm and welcoming with its bright window seating, soft lighting and earth-tone tiled floors. The front counter façade is made of reclaimed redwood from the Ignozzi’s 100-year-old barn, and the counter top is made of a cool feeling zinc. Showcased on the walls, is a rotating display of original art pieces by masters Dali, Chagall and Vlaminck, featured local artists, or gorgeous photos showcasing their vineyards, depending on the season. BRYTER Estates delivers on their promise of California treasured wines, producing nine varietals such as, the Double Gold award winning “Affine,” a lightly oaked crisp Chardonnay, with notes of apple, pear and zesty lemon. BRYTER is also the proud recipient of the Best of California Award for their 2009 Napa Valley “Inspired” Cabernet Sauvignon with rich velvety tannins, balanced oak and fruit.

OVERALL PHILOSOPHY “Let nature take its course, bringing the beauty of old world style winemaking to every perfectly balanced bottle of BRYTER Estates wine.” WHAT TO TASTE “Le Stelle” North Coast Brut is a sparkling wine you must try. Le Stelle delivers bright flavors of citrus and pear with beautiful floral aromas and a crisp finish. Best of Class, 2012 California State Fair. VARIETALS PRODUCED Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Marsanne FUN FACTS Winemaker, Terin Ignozzi, first learned how to make wine from her Italian grandparents.

BRYTER Estates
Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

25 East Napa Street, Suite E, Sonoma www.bryter.com (707) 501-8757 www.facebook.com/BryterEstates

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Located off the historic square, Della Santina’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has stood the test of time to become a Sonoma institution. The Della Santina family name shares a long lineage and history in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy. My father Quirico Salvatore Giovanni Della Santina migrated from Lucca in 1960. Residing in the North Beach area of San Francisco, Quirico became a baker by trade. Later, he was lured to Marin County by his uncle Adolph to work in the family restaurant: Marin Joes. After 25 years of successful ownership in a thriving business, he decided to go out on his own in beautiful Sonoma Valley. Since 1990, we have continued to bring Tuscan country cooking to the wine country using recipes passed down from my grandmothers Pia Fontana Della Santina and Clary Gambogi Barsotti. In 2008, we opened Enoteca Della Santina, a wine bar and retail wine shop specializing in wines from all over the world. Enoteca, translated literally in Italian, means “wine library” – a place for people to enjoy a glass in an Old World ambiance. Along with my partner and fellow wine enthusiast Ron Kantor, we created a showcase for international as well as local, small producers. Our wine club has circumvented the globe looking for value selections that expand our members’ palates and knowledge. Day to day, the bar is a gathering spot for locals and tourists looking to experience a taste of Sonoma Wine Country living. By Robert Della Santina

ENOTECA DELLA SANTINA NEXT DOOR – SONOMA’S BEST WINE BAR • More than 300 selections of domestic and international wines at competitive prices • 30 wines by the glass, customized flights and specialty beers • Assorted cheeses and panini served daily • Winemaker dinners and educational seminars, call for schedule • Thursdays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. – “Burger Thursdays’’ • Sundays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. – “Sausage and Suds” Both locations are available for private events.

Della Santina’s
The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner; reservations are recommended.

133 East Napa Street, Sonoma (707) 935-0576 www.dellasantinas.com

Enoteca Della Santina
Open daily until late in the evening.

127 East Napa Street, Sonoma (707) 938-4200 www.enotecadellasantina.com

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Glen Ellen
THINGS TO DO Jack London State Historical Park 2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen Half-mile-long trail cirlcles through world-famous author, Jack London’s Beauty Ranch – features the remains of Jack London’s dream home destroyed by fire before moving in as well as a museum and the grave site of Jack and Charmian London. Quarryhill Botanical Garden 12841 Highway 12, Glen Ellen (707) 996-6027, www.quarryhillbg.org Asian botanical gardens featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world.

Follow Highway 12, once the railway system, through the Valley of the Moon to the bucolic berg of Glen Ellen! Glen Ellen is more than just a town. It is the “foodie” and wine destination for Sonoma locals. Located north of downtown Sonoma on Arnold Drive, just west of Highway 12, Glen Ellen restaurants and town market celebrate the best of local wines, produce and services. Check out Glen Ellen’s award-winning wineries such as Eric Ross, Benzinger, Audelssa, HKG, Mayo Family, B.R. Cohn, Arrowood and Moondance Cellars. Enjoy a rejuvenating spa experience inside a large, historic wine cask at Magical Massage. Walk Jack London’s hillsides and explore the famous ruins of his Wolf House. Or, gather with friends and family at local spots such as The Fig Café, Glen Ellen Inn, Garden Court Café, Saffron and Yeti – the best curry you’ll have outside of India. Whatever your taste, Glen Ellen is one sweet town that satisfies time and again.

FOOD Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar 13670 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen (707) 996-6409, www.glenelleninn.com Fusion of local ingredients paired with French, Asian and Italian influences. Glen Ellen Star 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen (707) 343-1384, glenellenstar.com The menu features rustic California Wine Country cuisine with local and international influences including delicious offerings from the wood-burning brick oven. Yeti Restaurant 14301 Arnold Drive, Jack London Village, Glen Ellen (707) 996-9930, www.yetirestaurant.com Fusion of both Nepalese and Indian cultures. Garden Court Cafe 13647 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen (707) 935-1565, www.gardencourtcafe.com A local favorite for breakfast, brunch and lunch. “If you leave hungry, it’s your own fault.” Glen Ellen Village Market 13751 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen (707) 996-6728, www.sonoma-glenellenmkt.com Pack the perfect picnic at this wine country inspired gourmet market with fresh, local products. LODGING Gaige House Inn 13540 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen (707) 935-0237, www.gaige.com Asian-inspired ambiance combined with modern luxury. Granite soaking tubs and private Japanese gardens perfect for in-suite spa treatments. Michelin recommended. Ranked as 18 in Conde Nast’s Top Small Hotels in the U.S. Beltane Ranch 11775 Highway 12, Glen Ellen www.beltaneranch.com, (707) 996-6501 1892 ranch house and cottage – walking trails lead past horses and cattle, through vineyards, olive orchards and organically farmed produce gardens. Jack London Lodge 13740 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen www.jacklondonlodge, (707) 938-8510 Situated on Sonoma Creek quiet, peaceful setting with a pool, heated spa and lovely gardens. Facility includes Wolf House Restaurant and historic Jack London Saloon.

Bouverie Preserve 13935 Highway 12, Glen Ellen (707) 938-4554, www.egret.org Magnificent 535-acre property features a rich and distinct combination of plants and animals, including more than 130 species of birds, 350 species of flowering plants and numerous large mammals such as the bobcat, grey fox, and coyote. The Red Barn Store at Oak Hill Farm 15101 Highway 12, Glen Ellen (707) 996-6643, www.oakhillfarm.net Rustic 100-year-old dairy barn selling fresh herbs, lettuce, heirloom vegetables, flowers and ornamental greens, handcrafted wreaths, dried goods, bouquets and gifts.
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This is what visiting Wine Country is all about - roll down the windows, let the fresh country air flow and meander the scenic winding road past horses, dairy cows and vineyards, all just to see where the road might lead. Today let the road take you to Matanzas Creek Winery, a place that offers something for the wine lover, the gardener, the epicurian. Matanzas Creek, which put the bucolic east Santa Rosa neighborhood of Bennett Valley on the map, took its name from the creek that drains away the runoff in the valley. The area enjoys a unique microclimate among North Coast appellations, with cooling influences from several fronts - the Russian River Valley and Petaluma Gap from the west and southwest, and the San Pablo Bay to the south and southeast. Matanzas Creek produces a wide range of wines that reflect the viticultural diversity of Bennett Valley and Sonoma County. Currently the winery is showcasing the Merlot, the perfect fall and winter season wine. Visitors flock to Matanzas Creek in the spring and early summer when the lavender fields are in bloom. The Days of Wine and Lavender event takes place during the peak season: the last weeks in June. Lavender has long been a much celebrated co-star here, and a section of the tasting room is dedicated to a myriad of lavender products including soaps, scents, oils and spa products made at the winery. By Michelle J. Baker

VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and dessert wine WHAT TO TASTE The Journey wines, crafted from the most pedigreed vineyard sites in Sonoma County. Try the new Journey Sauvignon Blanc in addition to the Journey Chardonnay or the Journey Red Wine, a Bordeaux-style blend. WINE AND CHEESE PAIRING Matanzas Creek now offers a decadent wine and cheese tasting expertly paired and prepared by the winery chefs – offered all day, every day! DAILY TOUR Matanzas Creek offers a special tour of its famed Estate Gardens and Lavender Field every day at 10:30 a.m. – includes wine tasting, no reservation needed. LITTLE KNOWN FACT You can take a free, self-guided vineyard tour during regular tasting room hours.  The walk is less than a mile and is designed for all ages and levels of wine experience. No reservations required.

Matanzas Creek Winery
Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 1-800-590-6464 | (707) 528-6464 info@matanzascreek.com | www.matanzascreek.com

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Laurel Glen Vineyard is a beautiful mountain vineyard that is well known for producing highly rated Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the past under the direction of founder Patrick Campbell. Patrick focused efforts on developing and producing wines in Lodi and South America and eventually decided to sell the vineyard. In 2011, Bettina Sichel, a veteran of the California wine industry, became the steward of Laurel Glen Vineyard after teaming up with a group of wine lovers to purchase the iconic estate. She brings over 20 years of working with the finest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon and believes that with improved organic farming, more careful handling of the fruit and gentler fermentation techniques, the new wines are already noticeably more exciting. One key upgrade was the addition of the Laurel Glen Vineyard Tasting Room which is open daily by advance appointment. Guests are offered two different seated tasting options. For $20, guests can taste their three Current Release wines and this fee is refundable with a wine purchase or waived for members of the Laureate Club. For $30, reserve a Library Wine Tasting and experience 4 vintages of our flagship Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, spanning at least 10 years of production.Both tasting experiences offer insight into the rich history of Laurel Glen as well as their future plans. Bettina along with her knowledgeable winemakers and team are on a mission to restore the stylistic elegance with a balance of acidity and fruit ripeness, finesse and ageability to their estate Cabernet Sauvignon. To schedule your tasting, visit their website at www.laurelglen.com or call (707) 933-9877. By Alexandra Charsley

FUN FACTS Co-owner Bettina Sichel is the daughter of Peter M.F. Sichel, the man responsible for making Blue Nun a household name in America. She is the fifth generation of the Sichel family to work in the wine business. The vineyard is planted with its own UC Davis certified Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon clone. VARIETALS PRODUCED Only available in the Tasting Room · 2010 The Laureate Cabernet Sauvignon: Robert Parker gives our inaugural release of The Laureate Cabernet 94 points and a Bravo! · 2011 Laurel Glen Crazy Old Vine Rosé: Half of the fruit is Cabernet and the other half is red varietals from the original 1880s vineyard.

Laurel Glen Vineyard
Open daily by appointment

969 Carquinez Avenue Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 933-9877 www.laurelglen.com Email: info@laurelglen.com Look for Laurel Glen Vineyard on Facebook and YouTube

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If one is charged with finding a perfect wine for the perfect meal, Eric Ross is the place to look. Eric Ross specializes in wines from some of the most prestigious local wine growing regions, varietals originating from France, Spain and even Portugal. Any wine lover can discover a wine that goes with their favorite meal, or simply enjoying a glass on the front porch. Stylistically, each wine makes a sophisticated statement blossoming the longer one savors it with a elegant finish. As you discover a new quality wine with every sip take a moment to experience the photography adorning the tasting room walls. The winemaker, Eric Luse, began his wine journey as a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Fascinated by wine and the wine country lifestyle Luse began college level training of winemaking and viticulture while continuing to photograph vineyard workers as the seasons changed in the vineyards. Eric’s photography reflects the personality of his subject and his winemaking follows the same philosophy. It’s not about the winemaker it’s about the vineyard. Whether it’s the Albarino, Tempranillo, Grenache or Pinot Noir they all reflect the personality of those specific vineyards. With a total annual production of roughly 3000 cases, Eric Ross does not distribute outside of the tasting room enjoying a robust wine club and tasting room experience. So, stop at Eric Ross, pick up some fabulous wine and open one tonight … it is sure to make your dinner By Brendan Conroy exceptional.

WINES NOT TO MISS 2012 Viognier Catie’s Corner, Russian River – This gorgeous Viognier fruit has a big personality! It is rich fat and floral which begs to be worked over utilizing the introduction of a limited amount of about 20% new French Oak building in the background. Named after Saralee and Rich Kunde’s daughter, Catie’s Corner is also the site where Eric’s son Austin, at 12 years old, almost took out a vineyard end post learning to drive, now that would have been fun to explain to Saralee! 2010 Tempranillo – Lodi sustainable farming produces this rich exotic Spanish varietal showing layers of blackberry, espresso and dark chocolate, followed by hints of dry-cured black Moroccan olives. VARIETALS Albarino, Viognier, Russian River Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Old Vine Zin Port are available by the case or the bottle during regular tasting room hours with 20% discounts available for club members. LEARN MORE Each of Luse’s photos has a vivid story behind it. Feel free to ask about the individual lives of the vineyard workers that he has so eloquently depicted and memorialized. The beauty of some specific pictures stem from the minimalistic presentation of the photograph contrasted with the depths of emotion in the central point of focus.

Eric Ross Winery
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Not everyone in the wine industry takes themselves seriously. Some have a blast doing what they love and enjoying the ride. Priscilla and David Cohen are two of the most friendly, approachable vintners in Sonoma County. Their casual, welcoming tasting room offers exactly the kind of personal, one-of-a-kind wine country experience that many people seek when visiting this famous region. Moondance Cellars is truly a boutique winery, producing small lots of award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel from grapes grown in some of the most celebrated vineyards of Napa, Sonoma, Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. Located in historic Jack London Village, in the sleepy little village of Glen Ellen, Moondance Cellars requires that you take a moment and step off the beaten path. You will be amply awarded for your efforts. Either David or Priscilla themselves will likely be around to greet you and pour their marvelous wines, along with a few tall tales sure to produce a hearty round of laughter at the tasting bar. This is where wine tasting means a darned good time. David and Priscilla’s white wines are offered as Orchard Station wines. Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad ran through the West County hills until the 1940s. The stop “Orchard Station” was on propety near Sebastopol that is now their home and winery. Orchard Station wines are also award-winning, Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and an un-oaked Chardonnay from RRV, Sonoma Coast and Gold Ridge grapes. David came by his skills as a winemaker through family connections. His cousin, Bruce Cohn, owns the famous B.R. Cohn Winery. With the assistance of such luminaries of the trade as Helen Turley and the late John Speed, David was able to hone his craft and take his place alongside the best. By Ronda Giangreco

FUN FACTS • Sonoma Valley Portworks, the only winery in Sonoma County specializing exclusively in after-dinner wines and Ports, shares a spot in the tasting room, where guests can taste up to six Ports and dessert wines. • A secret door leads to neighboring Wine Country Chocolates, where tasting dessert after the dessert wines completes the ultimate sweet tooth tasting experience. • Winemaker/Hot Rod-Nut, David’s pride and joy is his 1965 blown candy brandy-wine Corvette, soon to share the garage with his latest project, a fuel-injected 1966 Chevy Nova. • Priscilla likes to spend as many days off as possible astride her quarter horse gelding, Ima Revin’ Lena, aka: Teddy, exploring the back country of Sonoma County and it’s state park treasures.

Moondance Cellars
Open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen (707) 823-0880 info@moondancecellars.com For tours & reservations, call (707) 938-7550 Follow them on Facebook, YouTube & Twitter.

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Are you looking for a boutique, family-owned winery experience where you can enjoy estate-grown red wines? The Little Family invites you to their 23-acre property nestled in the historical Valley of the Moon region of the Sonoma Valley to enjoy breathtaking views of the Mayacamus and Sonoma Mountains while sampling award-winning wines from the vineyards that surround you. Rich and Joan Little, together with Joan’s brother and winemaker, Ted Coleman, founded the winery in 2002, releasing their first two vintages, one of which received a gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Their wines continue to receive numerous awards, including a 98 points at the California State Fair for their Cabernet Sauvignon. When visiting the tasting room, step up to the historic Glen Ellen bar previously enjoyed by writer Jack London, who remains a legendary figure in the Sonoma Valley. The Little Family, also gifted musicians, love to bring their passion for music into the tasting room on occasion to entertain their guests, an experience you won’t want to miss. Even with the mountain vistas, the beautiful vineyards and the music, it is the wine that takes center stage at Little Vineyards. The red varietals that are all estate grown are some of the finest in the county. Producing less than 2,500 cases each year, winemaker Ted Coleman creates small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Syrah as well as a series of “Band Blend” wines, beautiful red blends that come from estate grown grapes.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Guests are always welcome to picnic on the patio or with advance notice, can order a gourmet picnic box lunch for $30 person. Enjoy lunch, wine and the views among the vineyards. VARIETALS Little Vineyards Family Winery produces small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah as well as beautiful red blends, all from grapes grown on their estate vineyards. FUN FACT A recording studio and rehearsal space on property has brought many well known musicians to the winery, and guests are able to enjoy the abundance of music played by Rich on his Chapman Stick, a guitar-like instrument. Rich Little’s hobby of restoring old trucks is something for all visitors to enjoy, especially his 1948 Ford trucks.

Little Vineyards Family Winery
Open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

15188 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen CA 95442 (707) 996-2750 | www.littlevineyards.com

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Rounding a curve on Highway 12, the sight of the pristine, white farmhouse that is home to the B.R. Cohn Winery looks like a postcard in the making. This small family-operated winery, surrounded by the Olive Hill Estate Vineyards, says “Sonoma” in a way that no other winery quite can. The vineyards are warmed by underground hot springs, while cool ocean breezes from the west swoop in to create the ideal growing conditions for the B.R. Cohn line of wines, including exceptional Cabernets, Zinfandels, Malbec, Merlots, Primitivo and Cabernet Franc. The Olive Hill designation is famous throughout the region for providing the highest quality of grapes and many of the region’s top winemakers have utilized fruit from these vineyards in their production of premium wine. But magnificent wine is not the only draw of this popular winery. In 1990, Bruce Cohn began producing gourmet extra virgin olive oil from the 140-year-old Picholine olive trees that dot his land, as well as handcrafted vinegars. His B.R. Cohn Olive Oil is now considered one of the finest examples of ultra-premium olive oil in California. Music is another passion of this very Renaissance man. The Charity Fall Music Festival held at the winery, now in its 27th year, has garnered a loyal following and helped to make the winery a primary destination spot for visitors to the area. Don’t miss the Gourmet Shop either, where you can sample their line of gourmet olive oils and hand-crafted vinegars. On the many sunny days that grace this beautiful corner of the world, their patio area provides the perfect location for a picnic and a chance to gaze out at the rolling vineyards surrounding the estate. By Ronda Giangreco

FUN FACTS: • Bruce Cohn sold his first crop of grapes to August Sebastiani. • The original Picholine olive trees were imported from France in the 1870s and inspired the name Olive Hill Estate Vineyards. • Soon-to-be-famous winemaker, Helen Turley, was an early member of the B.R. Cohn team and wowed the wine world with stellar releases of B.R. Cohn’s first four vintages. • Besides owning one of Sonoma’s most famous wineries, Bruce Cohn is also the manager of the Doobie Brothers.

B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen (707) 938-4064 | www.brcohn.com Email: info@brcohn.com To schedule tours by appointment, call 1-800-330-4064 ext. 124 Facebook: www.facebook.com/brcohnwinery Twitter: twitter.com/BRCohn Pinterest: pinterest.com/brcohn

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With a roaring fireplace in the tasting room and a wrap-around veranda offering sweeping views of Sonoma Mountain, Arrowood Winery is the perfect winery to visit anytime of year. At Arrowood, the focus is squarely on great wine, and leading the way is a slate of truly special Cabernet Sauvignons. Arrowood is one of a scant few wineries that makes Cabernet Sauvignon from the historic Monte Rosso Vineyard, which was first planted all the way back in 1888. Arrowood’s Monte Rosso Cab, hailing from a small block of the vineyard planted in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, is classically dark and intense, with beautiful aromatics, complexity and elegance, with a lengthy and soulful finish. Arrowood makes a vast selection of other varietals, including three Syrahs that each show a different face of this versatile and interesting varietal. The same is true for the winery’s various Chardonnays, and for white wine lovers Arrowood offers Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Viognier produced in very limited quantities. Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden took over winemaking duties in 2010 after three years as Arrowood’s assistant winemaker. Heidi has the good fortune to work with fruit from some of the best vineyards in the area, including Arrowood’s certified organic estate vineyard, Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and Monte Rosso Vineyard. On your trip through Sonoma Valley, drop by Arrowood for a Classic Tasting, featuring the best of what Sonoma County has to offer, or a Reserve Tasting, representing the best quality fruit selected for Arrowood wines. By Michelle J. Baker

PLAN AHEAD For a more intimate and in-depth experience, call ahead to reserve a spot for a Tour and Private Wine Tasting, held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily ($30) or the Wine and Cheese Pairing ($35). Private Seated Tastings and Group Tastings also by appointment. VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Gewürztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Viognier, Côte de Lune Blanc (white Rhône-style blend), Côte de Lune Rouge (red Rhône-style blend) and a decadent Late Harvest Riesling LITTLE KNOWN FACT Arrowood has a by-the-glass wine list; it’s easy to stop by for a glass of wine and enjoy the roaring fireplace in the winter; in the summer, hang out on the wrap-around veranda and enjoy the spectacular view.

Arrowood Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen For tours or more information, contact 1-800-938-5170 | (707) 935-2600 www.arrowoodvineyards.com Become a fan on Facebook!

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“It has always been my intent to produce wines that show balance and a sense of place and to produce the best wines possible without compromise,” says Chris Loxton, a fourth generation winemaker who produced his first wines in 1996. “Our winery, in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, is a place where visitors can relate to how the wine tastes, where they are made and by whom.” Loxton’s father, grandfather and great grandfather were all winegrowers and winemakers in his native Australia, but Chris was so taken with California that he was determined to make wine in the Sonoma Valley. “This valley has so much history when it comes to winemaking,” says Loxton. “Here in my little corner of the world I am surrounded by history – Kunde Vineyards established in 1870, Pagnani Vineyards since 1885 and Wellington started in 1890 – all surround my property. Some 120 years of growing grapes means there is something right with the soil here.” Loxton has taken it upon himself to show off that history to his guests by giving a personally guided “Vineyard Walk” of his property to show his various vineyards and why they are played where they are. “It’s the soil that dictates what to grow and where to grow it,” says Loxton, “not the winegrower.” Following the 30 to 45 minute walking tour of the property, Loxton brings his guests back to the tasting room for a special, sit down tasting, explaining the nuances in each of the wines that are being sampled. The tour schedules will increase during the summer months, and start around 10:30 a.m. Reservations are recommended. By Mike Hyland

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED If visiting Loxton Cellars on a weekend, call ahead (707-935-7221) and reserve a spot for the Vineyard Walk with owner/winemaker Chris Loxton. The educational tour takes about 90 minutes and ends with a special tasting. VARIETALS Chardonnay (2), Pinot Noir, Zinfandel (2), Syrah (4), Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Red Blends, Port DON’T MISS New releases of the 2010 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair; 2010 Chardonnay Hawk Hill Vineyard (Russian River Valley) a silver medal winner at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair; and the 2010 Port another gold medal winner at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and made from 100% Syrah fruit.

Loxton Cellars
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11466 Dunbar Road Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (707) 935-7221 www.loxtoncellars.com

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First driving into the Valley of the Moon is certainly a lushly sensory experience. Rolling hills, centuries-old Heritage Oaks and verdant vineyards drape the slopes and valley floor beneath Sonoma’s majestically craggy Mayacama mountain range. Graceful old country manors and their largely still in-tact estates dot the countryside while cozy towns still speak to neighborly days gone by. Kenwood boasts some of the finest artisan wineries in all of Northern California. Ty Caton, Muscardini Cellars, VJB, Mayo Reserve Room, Kenwood Vineyards, Kunde Estate, Deerfield Ranch, Enkidu, the Annadel Estate, Ledson, St. Francis and Chateau St. Jean are only some of the award-winning, gorgeous Wine Country Destinations located in and adjacent to Kenwood. Looking for a break from wine tasting? Enjoy antique shopping at Vita Bella or browse “Swede’s Feeds” for garden and both large or small pets’ needs. Splurge on an ultra-luxurious massage or facial at the Kenwood Inn & Spa. Or simply sit out, pick up a Kenwood Press newspaper and unwind on the patios at Café Citti, the Kenwood, or Doce Lunas restaurants. THINGS TO DO Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Highway 12 & Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood Hikes include views, bridges and impressive waterfalls. Home of Ferguson Observatory – largest in the western United States. Kenwood Depot 314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood (707) 833-5190, www.kenwooddepot.com Sonoma County Historic Landmark #46. Now a venue for special events, this historic landmark was once a working train station and was built from locally cut basalt. Kenwood Community Church 9637 Channing Row, Kenwood www.kenwoodcommunitychurch.com Charming church built in 1888. Kenwood Plaza Park Located on Warm Springs Road between Kenwood Depot and Kenwood Community Church This 5-acre park comes complete with a play structure and picnic tables. Kenwood Farmhouse 9255 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood (707) 833-1212 Gift shop specializing in the works of local artisans and craftsmen. Look for them on Facebook. Swede’s Feeds Pet Garden & Gifts 9140 Highway 12, Kenwood (707) 833-5050, swedesfeedskenwood.com Gifts, garden art, unsual plants and pottery. FOOD Kenwood Restaurant 9900 Highway 12, Kenwood, CA 95452 (707) 833-6326, www.kenwoodrestaurant.com A favorite restaurant for local winemakers, vintners & celebrities. Fresh ingredients, great views, local/international wines. Café Citti 9049 Highway 12, Kenwood (707) 833-2690, www.cafecitti.com A trattoria style restaurant with “great food, great value, great atmosphere.” Vineyards Inn 8445 Highway 12, Kenwood (707) 833-2300, www.vineyardsinn.com Creative, organic, authentic flavors of Spain VJB Cellars 60 Shaw Avenue, corner of Hwy. 12, Kenwood (707) 833-4500, www.vjbcellars.com Enjoying lunch of fresh panini or antipasti or a pizza from the wood-fired oven. There’s also an onsite chocolate and gelato shop! LODGING Kenwood Inn And Spa 10400 Highway 12, Kenwood (707) 353-6966, www.kenwoodinn.com A secluded, luxury hotel; Mediterranean-inspired private restaurant; rated in the top three resort spas in the United States – Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Poll, April 2009.
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Ledson Winery is well known to locals and visitors for their prestigious wines, picturesque castle and stately grounds and now they have created the ideal way to spend a day in wine country. Join them for private wine tastings at their newly acquired Mountain Terraces Vineyard Tasting Room. Located at 2,000 feet on the southwestern face of the Mayacamas, guests can enjoy a mountain top tasting experience like no other. These tastings must be booked in advance and you can drive up, or meet at the castle and take a helicopter to the top! Either way you get there, you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Bay area including the Golden Gate Bridge while sipping some of Ledson’s small lot wines. These tastings can be tailored to fit any group or event as there is a full kitchen onsite which allows for catered lunches or dinners. Prior to mountain top arrival, you can select from the large assortment of artisan cheeses, salumis, gourmet salads and sandwiches from the Ledson Marketplace to fill a picnic basket to accompany your wine tasting. After, enjoying your lunch and wine tasting, guests wanting the full Ledson experience, can visit their Anderson Valley mountain top vineyard via helicopter. Located at 2,500 feet, enjoy coastal views and more of their phenomenal wines before heading back to the castle. Steve Ledson has been making four ultra-premium wines from the Mountain Terraces Vineyard’s fruit since 2003 and most of the Ledson wines are from estate grown grapes. The wines, views, and family winemaking history will make this tasting By Alexandra Charsley experience unforgettable!

FUN FACTS The Ledson Family has been in Sonoma Valley for over 150 years. The Mountain Terraces tastings are hosted by Winemaker Steve Ledson or one of his Assistant Winemakers and they all provide guests with an engaging, fun and personal event. VARIETALS Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Barbera, Mourvedre, Primitivo, Grenache, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Riesling

Ledson Winery & Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

7335 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood www.ledson.com (707) 537-3823 for private tastings (707) 537-3810 for general information Email: tastings@ledson.com Follow Ledson on Facebook!

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At St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, wine and food blend perfectly to reflect the beauty and charm of Sonoma Valley, creating an unforgettable experience for visitors. The Winery’s ZAGAT-recommended multicourse wine and food pairing is unsurpassed in wine country, offering what a local food writer described as “small plates that rival the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurants.” St. Francis Executive Chef David Bush masterfully pairs his creative dishes with St. Francis’ award-winning wines. The menu changes seasonally but offers an array of gourmet delicacies. “My philosophy about wine and food pairing is that there are no rules,” Chef Bush says. “I like to take risks. My ultimate goal is to surprise people and for them to leave with a different view of how wine and food work together.” The newly renovated St. Francis dining room, with its tiled fireplace and spectacular vineyard views, is the ideal setting for Chef Bush’s break-the-rules pairings. Guests sit at a custom-designed round table, guided through each course by an expert host who highlights key components and shares some of the winery’s history. The experience is relaxed, friendly and educational, showcasing the best Sonoma County has to offer. Seated pairings are held Friday-Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. There are two seatings on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended and can made online by visiting www.stfranciswinery.com or by calling 1-800-795-6674. For a more informal wine and food paring, St. Francis offers charcuterie and wine flights on the patio or inside its gorgeous Mission-style tasting room. These pairings are available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $25 per person.

DAILY WINE TASTING Taste critically acclaimed 100% Sonoma County estate wines in the winery’s beautiful mission-style tasting room daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ESTATE VINEYARD TOUR AND TASTING New this year is a walking tour of Wild Oak Estate Vineyard and the 2-acre sustainable vegetable garden, followed by a private tasting in the Reserve Wine Club Room. Offered weekdays at 1:30 pm for $20 per person. Please call in advance for groups of six or more. 1-888-675-WINE, ext. 259. Private group tastings for groups of 10 or more offered daily with advanced reservations. PRIVATE ESTATE DINNERS Enjoy a memorable seven-course dinner for 8-16 prepared by St. Francis’ Executive Chef. The beautiful Mission-style Winery will be your private dining room for this intimate, one-of-a-kind experience. Offered 7 days, 6:30 to 9 p.m. By appointment only, with 72 hours’ notice. $135 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations required by calling (707) 833-0255. SHOPPING FOR A GREAT WINE CLUB? AOL’s Luxist named the St. Francis Patron’s Society “one of the best wine clubs in the U.S.”

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa 1-888-675-WINE www.stfranciswinery.com

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As patrons arrive at Chateau St. Jean they are greeted by an expansive European-inspired garden. The topiary is a true spectacle which creates a defined ambiance of both grandeur and sophistication. The adjacent patio allows patrons to fully admire the garden even before they have had a chance to taste. Chateau St. Jean has two tasting room options. The main tasting room has one of the largest wine-related gift shops in Sonoma Valley and offers a well-balanced sampling of both whites and reds. The Vineyard Room, located directly across from the main tasting room, focuses on Chateau St. Jean’s higher-end wines. Chateau St. Jean is well known in many wine circles. Total annual production consists of 32 different wines (10 of which are distributed). One of its most highly reputable wines is known as the Cinq Cépages. A winner of countless awards over the years, the Cinq Cépages is arguably the most complex wine in Chateau St. Jean’s wine repertoire. In fact, for $75 per person, one can experience all of the different components that go into the wine with the Cinq Cépages blending seminar. It lasts roughly one hour and the everyday wine drinker can feel like an expert as they create their own blend and compete with other tour members in the “Best Blend” contest. Another option is the Promenade Tour and Tasting – a relaxing guided tour of the stunning estate that takes place daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For $20 per person, an educated host will teach you the rich history as well as the growing cycle and the fruit characteristics of several grape varieties while sipping on some of their finest wines.

WHAT NOT TO MISS The gardens stand alone as truly a spectacular sight. The Vineyard Room tasting may be $10 more than the regular, but one should invest in the experience itself and taste premium wines in the comfort of an outside patio overlooking beautiful hills and vineyards. STANDOUT WINES Cinq Cépages, Reserve Merlot, Reserve Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Fumé Blanc and for the sweet wine drinker, the Gewûrztraminer ONE STOP SHOPPING Chateau St. Jean has an exquisite merchandise section with assorted sandwiches, cheeses, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, as well as anything one would need in order to create a superb picnic experience. With grounds as beautiful as this, one can plan an entire day around the bounty of Chateau St. Jean.

Chateau St. Jean
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood www.chateaustjean.com For tours & reservations, call 1-877-478-5326 Follow Chateau St. Jean on Facebook!

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Csaba Szakal is a fourth generation winemaker who came to California from his native Hungary 17 years ago as a computer programmer. While living in Silicon Valley, Csaba began making wine in his garage as a hobby. His first vintage won him a gold medal and his continuing success inspired him to start En Garde Winery. Csaba recently opened his Kenwood tasting room and has been quietly blowing away his guests as well as locals with his award-winning wines – in particular his Cabernet Sauvignon and his Pinot Noir. While he does not own any vineyards, he certainly knows how and where to find great fruit. His Cabernet and Cabernet Franc are sourced from Diamond Mountain in Napa, where his En Garde Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon won “Best in Show” at the Affairs of the Vine Cabernet Shootout. He sources his fruit from only the best grape growers in California and only makes varietals that he is passionate about. His award-winning Pinot Noir, which comes from the Russian River area, as well as his Cabs from Diamond Mountain are the mainstays of his menu, Csaba also enjoys creating numerous single vineyard “micro-lots” of Tempranillo, Albarino, a dry rosé and a Bordeaux blend. “You can actually take a tour of California in our tasting room,” says Csaba. “In addition to the various Napa and Sonoma appellations, we also source fruit for our other single vineyard wines from El Dorado in the Sierra foothills, Lodi and the Alexander Valley in northwest Sonoma By Mike Hyland County. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

9077 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452 (707) 282-9216 | www.engardewinery.com

FUN FACT Csaba’s grandfather produced Dry Rosé that was never bottled. The customers brought their own demijohns that were filled from the barrels. Today, Csaba continues to make his grandfather’s dry rosé. ACCOLADES 2012 Albariño – Terra Alta Vineyard Best Micro Winery White in Show – Ca State Fair Wine Competition Gold Medal – International Women’s Wine Competition Gold Medal – Best of the Bay Wine Competition 2010 Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley Platinum – Critics Challenge International Wine Competition Gold Medal – Affairs of the Vine Pinot Noir Shootout 2011 Tempranillo – El Dorado Gold Medal – Orange County Wine Competition Magdalena – Berry Port Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal – San Diego International Wine Competition 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley (91pts) Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal – Pinot Shootout Wine Competition Gold Medal – Orange County Wine Competition 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – Diamond Mtn, Napa Valley Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal – Dallas International Wine Competition 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Diamond Mtn, Napa Valley (93 pts) 1st Place/Gold Medal – Cabernet Shootout Wine Competition 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Diamond Mtn, Napa Valley Best Micro Winery Napa Cab in Show – Ca State Fair Wine Comp Double Gold Medal – San Francisco International Wine Comp Gold Medal – Cabernet Shootout Wine Competition

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The moment guests step through the gate at VJB Vineyards and Cellars they’re transported to a small Italian village. Buildings made of stone and rustic wood beams lend an Old World feel, and on sunny, pleasant days the winery’s piazza is full of happy visitors enjoying all that VJB has to offer. One of the first things guests notice as they enter is the Red Rooster Kitchen with its wood oven. Crisp Neapolitan-style pizzas, calzones and flatbreads are delivered hot and fresh to guests’ tables to enjoy with one of VJB’s many Italian varietal wines. Next, they might spot the sign for Kenwood Pasta Company where pastas are made fresh daily or the chocolate and gelato shop where many guests complete their visit with a taste of something sweet to send them on their way. Making their way toward the tasting room, they’ll spot more guests enjoying authentic panini, cheese and salumi boards from La Cucina, the onsite deli and marketplace filled with Italian goods including owner Maria Belmonte’s own pasta sauces and pestos. Once at the tasting room bar, VJB’s friendly, knowledgeable staff takes guests through one of two tasting options, including one that features the winery’s most exclusive, limited-production wines such as the Estate Sangiovese or Montepulciano. Chances are visitors will try wines they’ve never tasted before and gain an appreciation for these rare, California-grown Italian varietals that are produced with an eye toward New World innovation and Old World sensibility. From the wines to the architecture, the food and the hospitality, everything here is a testament to the Belmonte family’s Italian heritage. Guests will undoubtedly leave here feeling like they’ve experienced that unique culture.

STANDOUT WINES Sangiovese is one of the best known Italian wines and once you taste VJB’s Estate Sangiovese, you’ll know why. This Sonoma Valley grown wine is full of red, ripe fruit flavors and has soft, seductive tannins making it the perfect wine to pair with pasta and red sauce. VJB also produces Barbera, a red wine that’s as popular as it is versatile. The winery’s flagship wine, Dante, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese that wows everyone who tastes it. STAY AWHILE VJB’s piazza is the perfect place to linger over lunch and a glass of wine seven days a week. When the weather is nice, the Wine Country Tenors perform at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays putting on an entertaining half hour show. Afterwards, visitors can browse the art gallery or the marketplace for estate-grown olive oil and a wide range of the very best imported Italian pantry items to enjoy at home, a reminder of this authentic taste of Italy in the Sonoma Valley.

VJB Vineyards & Cellars
Tasting Available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Espresso Bar & Deli at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

60 Shaw Avenue, Kenwood
(Corner of Sonoma Highway 12 & Shaw Avenue)

(707) 833-2300 www.vjbcellars.com

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With so many wine tasting options in the Sonoma Valley it really is a no-brainer to choose to taste at Kenwood Vineyards. Winemaker Pat Henderson has been amassing a plethora of awards including, most recently, Double Gold, Golds and Silvers at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Whether you sip the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, the Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon, you will taste an award winner! Nestled in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, the Kenwood Vineyards tasting room is housed in a converted barn that dates back to 1906. The winery is committed to producing premium varietal wines that reflect Sonoma County’s finest vineyards in their character and style. More than 125 stainless steel fermenting and upright oak tanks are used in combination with 14,000 French and American oak barrels. Kenwood has earned the reputation of producing consistent, quality wines for more than 40 years. Make a reservation for the popular Art, Food & Wine Experience at Kenwood Vineyards every Sunday. Long known for the original artwork on their wine labels, the winery hosts the Experience every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. where guests can taste the Cabernet Sauvignon while learning and viewing the renowned Artist Series collection. On display are original art pieces from the collection that began with the controversial 1975 “Naked Lady” by David Lance Goines. Savory appetizers are paired with the wines to provide an incomparable experience like no other in the Valley.
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ART, FOOD & WINE Reservations are required at least 72 hours in advance for the Art, Food & Wine Experience, every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. For reservations, call (707) 282-4228 or go to www.kenwoodvineyards.com. The cost is $30 per person and $25 per person for wine club members. FUN FACT Since 1976, Kenwood Vineyards has the sole rights to all the grapes from the historic Jack London Vineyards. VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, White Zinfandel, Moscato, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Vintage White (blend), Vintage Red (blend), Sparkling Wine

Kenwood Vineyards
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

9592 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452 (707) 833-5891 www.kenwoodvineyards.com Look for Kenwood Vineyards on Facebook & Twitter
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Downtown is the heart of Santa Rosa where entertainment, shopping, wine tasting and restaurants keep visitors’ itineraries full. Tasting opportunities in downtown Santa Rosa include a new urban winery village called Vintners’ Square that is home to several small, boutique – but full-production wineries with tasting rooms – including D’Argenzio Winery. Nearby, the historic Railroad Square has an authentic old town ambiance and is a favorite place to pass time, socialize and savor the wine country experience with antique shops, fine dining, local arts/entertainment and, of course, wine tasting. For more information on vacationing in Santa Rosa, go to www.visitsantarosa.com.

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Ca’Bianca

835 Second Street, Santa Rosa (707) 542-5800, cabianca.com Meaning “white house” in Italian, Ca’Bianca is located in a stunning white Victorian in downtown Santa Rosa. Their menu is a blend of multiple regions of Italy.
Tex Wasabi’s Rock n’ Roll Sushi BBQ

208 Wilson Street, (707) 528-4355 www.lagarerestaurant.com Beef Wellington, Rack of Lamb, Chateaubriand Bouquetiere for Two are some of the dishes that La Gare has been serving for 30 years and counting. Every meal includes the soup du jour and salad.
Russian River Brewing Co

515 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa (707) 544-8399, www.texwasabis.com Santa Rosa’s celebrity chef Guy Fieri is the visionary behind Tex Wasabi’s. In wild Fieri style, the menu is loaded with flavors conceptualized by the talented Fieri.
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115 4th Street, Santa Rosa (707) 526-4347, jackandtonys.com Modern American regional cooking and an extensive Sonoma County wine list. The adjacent Whisky Bar shelves over 300 expressions of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, American and Japanese whiskeys ranging from $6 to well over $100 and now offering tasting flights. ATTRACTIONS
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204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa (707) 524-5445, www.lutherburbank.org Self-guided tours of the famed horticulturist’s home, greenhouse, garden and carriage house – a registered national, state and city historic landmark. The stunning landscaped grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. LODGING
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Discover D’Argenzio Winery, a hidden gem located in the beautiful wine region of Sonoma County. Santa Rosa’s urban boutique winery and tasting room offers wines from a wide array of Sonoma County appellations as well as Italian varietals for wine lovers to sample. Each of the D’Argenzio wines are vineyard-designate, small-lot production wines of 300 cases or less. Owned and operated by three generations of Italian Americans working together to showcase the finest natural wines, Ray and Ricci D’Argenzio, identical twin brothers, continue the tradition of their artisan heritage. At D’Argenzio Winery, take the time to play bocce or enjoy a picnic in their patio area while trying their Primo Selection, a tasting flight of five wines. $10 per guest (fee waived when joining our wine club). For those craving a snack, D’Argenzio offers Piccolo Morsi, small bites of antipasti and mouth-watering gelato. You can also take their barrel tasting and tour which includes four wines straight from the barrel while having a special tour of the winery. You will learn about their family history, winemaking techniques and see how wine is made; $15 per guest. Last but not least, don’t miss their Chocolate and Wine Pairing Experience. Delight your senses by trying melt-in-your-mouth chocolates and five of their wines; $15 per guest. D’Argenzio Winery is the perfect spot to stop and take in a taste of Italy, where great wine, food, music and happy people come together to celebrate the pleasures of life!
By Monica Dashwood

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Tocai Friulano, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Moscato, Aglianico, Sagrantino, Sauvignon Blanc and Late Harvest Zinfandel SPECIAL EVENTS • Barrel Tasting are served daily and wines are available to purchase as “Futures.” • For great wine, food, music and people, come to Wine Down Thursday, every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. This weekly event offers wines while listening to live music and enjoying seasonal bites. Wine Down Thursdays continue throughout the year. Bocce games included during the fall season. Wines are available to purchase by the glass or bottle. Reservations are recommended, not required. • October 5: 18th Annual Harvest Party (Must RSVP) • October 19: Sensory Analysis and Blending Event (Must RSVP) • December 20th, 5-8pm: Feast of Seven Fish - $30 Wine Club Members; $40 Non-Club Members (Must RSVP)

D’Argenzio Winery
Sunday-Wednesday 11am-5pm Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Wine Down Thursday 5-9 p.m.) Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Santa Rosa Vintners Square 1301 Cleveland Ave. Suite A, Santa Rosa
Centrally located in Santa Rosa - On Cleveland Avenue just south of the Coddingtown mall and just 2 blocks north of College Avenue.

(707) 546-2466 | www.dargenziowine.com

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Situated in the heart of Santa Rosa’s bustling Railroad Square, Cellars of Sonoma Tasting Room & Wine Bar has become one of the town’s biggest draws as the new place in town to discover handcrafted, award-winning wines from some of Northern California’s rising star wineries and both new and established winemakers. Vintners represented include Amorosa Bella, Bonneau Wines, DuNah Vineyards, Gann Family Cellars, James Family Cellars, La Sirena, Joseph Jewell, Ousterhout Wine and Vineyard and TR Elliott. All are small-production local wineries. Adding to the appeal of this trendy spot which does, indeed feel as much like a restaurant and bar as it does a traditional wine country tasting room is that they sell their wines by the glass, and you can order food from one of the nearby restaurants and they’ll deliver. As one recent visitor wrote, “The atmosphere is friendly, comfortable, casual, and fun.” “Cellars of Sonoma provides regularly scheduled educational and special events geared toward Sonoma County residents and visitors alike,” said owner and founder Scott Jordan. “The experience that we offer isn’t like a traditional tasting room and wine bar, but rather it’s akin to being in the tasting room of an upscale, family-owned winery. The ambiance is meant to give our visitors a more authentic and memorable Sonoma Wine Country experience, while providing small lot wines to consumers, and it offers a valuable distribution channel to the wineries.” It is, as they say in the business world, a classic “win-win” situation, and more than merits repeat visits, since each day at this downtown Santa Rosa establishment is always a new and welcome adventure. By Sue Straight, The Wine Wench

VARIETALS You name it. There are reds, whites, dessert wines, sparklers like the NV Mendocino Sparkling Brut Rosé, large format bottles and library wines that in some cases are available only to members. CHECK THE DATE The full and ever-changing calendar of events at Cellars of Sonoma includes live music, winemaker visits, special sales, wine recipe potlucks, live broadcasts, annual parties like those held for the Oscars, and more. Check their website for what’s coming up. CLUBBING IT Their popular Wine Club offers both wines that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else, special events, as well as discounts. FUN FACT Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, right off Highway 101 at exit 489, is not only filled with historic buildings, it also has its own boutique shopping, antique stores and salons.

Cellars of Sonoma
Sunday - Monday 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (live music)

133 4th Street, Santa Rosa (707) 578-1826 www.cellarsofsonoma.com Become a Fan on Facebook

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Co-owners and vintners Ken and Melissa Moholt-Siebert recently opened a tasting room in downtown Santa Rosa for their winery, which is named for the ancient oak tree presiding over their family vineyard. Conveniently located on Fourth Street, amidst restaurants, shopping, art and entertainment, Ancient Oak Cellars’ new tasting room in the landmark Corrick’s store presents hand-crafted wines from family-grown Sonoma County grapes. Ken and Melissa’s vision of sustainable practices is apparent in every aspect of winemaking. Their own Pinot Noir Vineyard was planted by Ken and his grandfather Henry on Siebert Ranch, just north of Santa Rosa, where sheep graze in the winter. All of their vineyards, located within 15 miles of Santa Rosa, are farmed by Ken and Melissa and the families that live on them, with the help of dedicated vineyard workers who have worked the land for many years. That’s why Ken and Melissa use the slogan “Real Dirt Real People Real Wine.” Their family vineyards, Siebert Ranch, Pagnano Vineyard and the Cartan family vineyard are all located in the Russian River Valley; the Warnecke Ranch is in the Alexander Valley, and the Berger Vineyard is on Sonoma Mountain. Their Winemaker, Kent Barthman brings decades of experience with both Bordeaux and Burgundian varietals in premium labels. Kent was attracted to partnering with Ken and Melissa because they have superior hillside vineyards with great fruit, giving him the opportunity to make some By Alexandra Charsley of the definitive wines of his career.

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé of Pinot, Zinfandel FUN FACTS • Join them on Fridays for Weekly Wine Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy live music while sipping a glass of your favorite wine! • New releases include some outstanding cuvées of Cabernet and Merlot from their Sonoma Mountain Berger Vineyard and a Sonoma County Rosé of Pinot. • Their tasting counter was made by a local craftsman out of a single 27-foot slab of elm, with inset panels of hand-carved oak. • To save on parking hassles, park in a downtown parking garage and they’ll validate your parking. VISIT The tasting room is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays is open until 7 p.m. It is located inside the landmark Corrick’s, adjacent to their ARTrails gallery focused on local artists.

Ancient Oak Cellars
Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday noon to 5 p.m., Fridays until 7 p.m.

637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa (707) 536-1546 | www.ancientoakcellars.com www.info@ancientoakcellars.com www.facebook.com/pages/ Ancient-Oak-Cellars/

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Russian River
THINGS TO DO Safari West 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa (707) 579-2551, www.safariwest.com Fun for all generations of your family! Experience the spirit of Africa in the wine country on a Safari Adventure or book a tent and sleep overnight in the Animal Kingdom. Riverfront Regional Park 7821 Eastside Road, Healdsburg (707) 565-2041 Once a gravel quarry site, this park now boasts 2 sparkling lakes perfect for fishing and non-motorized boating. Explore redwood grove picnic areas and more than 2 miles of trails around Lake Benoist! Charles Schulz Museum 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa (707) 579-4452, www.schulzmuseum.com A tribute to the wonderful man who brought so much joy to the world with the "Peanuts" cartoon strip. Finally, a fitting place in Charles "Sparky" Schulz' hometown to preserve, display, and interpret the Peanuts art.

For more than a century, the Russian River has been a true gateway to the grandeur of California's wild nature and dramatic coast. Today, it is still a destination for all naturalists as well as an increasingly high-profile wine region – and rightly so. Russian River wines are quickly becoming some of the finest, most sought-after wines in the world and artisan winemakers are finally getting their due. Come for the fresh air, fine wines, incomparable cuisines and relax! Pacific Coast Air Museum 2230 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa (707) 575-7900 www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org “Climb Aboard” vintage aircraft, and learn about the history of where and how it was used from the crew who has lovingly restored it. Currently, the F-14 Tomcat, F-16N Viper & F-5 Tiger II are featured. Windsor Golf Club 1340 19th Hole Drive, Windsor (707) 838-7888, www.windsorgolf.com Follow in the footsteps of the pros at this par 72 championship course regarded by the regulars as a must-play course. Four tee options provide an appropriate challenge for any skill level. Armstrong Redwoods 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville (707) 869-2015, www.parks.ca.gov The ancient coast redwood is the tallest living thing on our planet! Come see this stately nature preserve of trees close to 1,000 years old!
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FOOD John Ash & Co. Restaurant , 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa (707) 527-7687, www.vintnersinn.com Celebrate wine cuisine at its best. Cooking seasonally with fresh, local foods and produce—and pairing these exceptional recipes with wines from the region, today the restaurant remains an icon of gourmet dining and wine country living. Gilardi's Delicatessen, 810 Den Beste, Windsor, (707) 838-9869 Certainly a vine above the rest! Feast on homemade lasagna and freshly baked sourdough garlic breads. LODGING Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa (707) 575-7350, www.vintnersinn.com A luxury, 44-room, 4 Diamond intimate hotel that is designed to showcase the very finest in gracious hospitality that Wine Country provides. Relax in the spa, walk the grounds, even take a cooking class with famed chef John Ash! Truly an exceptional hotel! Fountain Grove Inn 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa (707) 578-6101, www.fountaingroveinn.com For business or leisure travel, the Fountain Grove Inn Hotel & Conference Center is a luxurious, but not ostentatious, hotel that is convenient to all of Sonoma County wine country. Hilton Sonoma Wine Country 3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa (707) 523-7555, www.hilton.com Enjoy 13 acres of landscaped grounds and views over Santa Rosa Valley in this resort-like, pet-friendly, 100% non-smoking hotel.
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Just the drive to this winery, not far from the Sonoma Coast, brings back the history of the early days of winemaking in Northern California. It fluctuates from wild to cultivated as the topography changes along with the climate. Korbel, an iconic name in wine country, has been making California méthode champenoise champagnes for more than 130 years. One of the oldest wineries in California, it is set along the Russian River in Sonoma County, where they pride themselves by producing award-winning California champagne using only the finest premium California-grown varietals. In the mid-1800s, this country offered possibilities to three brothers seeking to escape political unrest in their European homeland. Francis, Anton and Joseph Korbel found success in exchange for enduring hard work and innovation. F . Korbel & Bros. began as a manufacturing business in San Francisco, producing materials for the building industry. As that business expanded, the brothers eventually acquired a sawmill and began a full-scale lumber operation near the town of Guerneville in Sonoma County. This all grew into what is now a premier California champagne enterprise, where French methods were used to make the premium California champagne they became famous for. A visit to this historic winery is a trip back in time, and also a visit to the future. The grounds are beautiful, the tasting room lively yet harkens one back to the hallowed past. The people are well-versed in it all, and a visit is not just about today, it also recognizes a very special history that should not be forgotten. By Charles Neave

VARIETALS California Champagne (15 varieties), Chardonnay, Edelzwicker (white blend), Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sherry, Port, Brandy (3 varieties) TOURS Tasting and tours offered daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call ahead for group tours, (707) 824-7708 GARDEN TOUR HOURS The Garden Tour is offered daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, from the middle of April through the first part of October. DELI HOURS Enjoy this popular option daily, at the same time as the tasting room is open. It is like one-stop-shopping with great wine in a historic setting. FUN FACT More than 250 varieties of roses are planted in front of the circa-1882 Korbel family house. Many antique rose varietals have been re-established in the garden and are budding up for a spectacular display. PLAN AHEAD The winery has many special events so check their website often for more information.

Korbel Champagne Cellars
Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

13250 River Road, Guerneville (707) 824-7000 | www.korbel.com Follow Korbel on Facebook & Twitter
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Martin Ray Winery is an ambitious amalgam of labels and wines, all housed in one of Sonoma County’s most historic wineries. Founder/Proprietor Courtney Benham is a third-generation San Joaquin Valley winemaker who knew he wanted to some day own a winery himself. In 1990, he discovered a treasure trove of old library wines with the label of Martin Ray, a Santa Cruz Mountains winemaker. Courtney bought the rights to the Martin Ray name and in 2003 purchased the historic Martini-Prati Winery in western Sonoma County; now home to the Martin Ray line of wines. One common thread between Courtney and Martin Ray is the firm belief that vineyard location is crucial to character and quality of the wine. There is a special emphasis on mountain-grown wines, a conviction that mountain-side elevation provides cooler nights during the growing season which result in superb fruit ripeness. Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley, Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the south are three of the most prestigious vineyard locations for Martin Ray grapes. Wines available include fruit-forward, picnic-friendly Angeline wines, Martin Ray wines that have elegant structure and vineyard character, the vineyard designated reserve wines and Courtney Benham wines that are limited-production offerings from some of California’s most interesting wine regions. At the winery, picnic tables and chairs outside the tasting room overlook verdant hills and vineyards. Lush, colorful landscape and flowers surround the tasting room. The friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff can suggest interesting wines to taste side-by-side, so visitors can compare a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain with one from Alexander Valley. It’s not only a great educational experience - it’s also lots of fun!

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Rosé, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel ON THE VINE The longer “hang time” (the time a grape cluster remains on the vine) that the mountainside vineyards allow means riper, richer fruit. You can find the result right there in your glass of Martin Ray, Angeline and Courtney Benham wine. FUN FACT Martin Ray Winery is one of the oldest historical winery sites in the Golden State (California), so take your time and wander through the historic property. PLAN AHEAD Allow extra time for a tour (by appointment only) of the historic production facilities, as well as extensive tasting. The scenic drive to Martin Ray Winery on winding roads is a fascinating combination of forests and vineyards. You’ll know you’ve reached the winery when you see the large water tower that dominates the skyline.  

Martin Ray Winery
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa (707) 823-2404 | www.martinraywinery.com Look for them on Facebook and become a Fan!

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What makes a tasting room visit special and memorable? Excellent wine? Charming location? Great staff? Yes, all of the above, and Sonoma-Cutrer, tucked away in the rural paradise of the Russian River Valley, has all of these. And here is proof: They make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a true French Burgundian style. Yes, the vines are in Sonoma County, but the clones are French, and the winemaking is pure Burgundian in method and tradition. The result is delicious wine at a fraction of the cost of its French counterparts. The winery is located in the cool Russian River Valley, a prime growing area for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. To get there you drive past lush vineyards and then up a tree-lined driveway to open lawns and panoramic vistas. Climb a flight of broad stone steps to a spacious, trellis-covered patio with tables and chairs and expansive views toward the west. You’ll want to sit and drink it all in, which you can do with a glass of Sonoma-Cutrer in hand. Great wine and a great location can still be diminished if the tasting room staff isn’t top notch. But the folks who work here really love their jobs, and their energy and enthusiasm shines through. Most impressive is their understanding that every visitor comes with a different degree of wine knowledge and tasting experience. Here there is no memorized cookie-cutter pattern. They listen to you, and tailor information to match your interests as they pour those outstanding By Charles Neave wines.

WHAT TO TASTE Try all three restaurant-only Chardonnays and their award-winning Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. They also make limited-production wines that are only available at the winery. GOOD PRESS This Chardonnay is so popular that it has been chosen as the “most popular wine by the glass” in restaurants for 22 of the past 24 years in the Wine and Spirits magazine’s annual reader poll. SONOMA-CUTRER FOR CHARDONNAY & CROQUET The winery has two gorgeous croquet courts and hosts tournaments throughout the summer. The day begins with a friendly croquet tournament while enjoying some special Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay. Followed by a gourmet boxed lunch. You don’t have to know how to play croquet or wear white to have a fabulous time. Cost is only $35 per person. Check the website for dates. TOURS They offer an extensive tour of the vineyards and winemaking facility with a taste of four wines at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday by reservation; $25 per person.

Sonoma-Cutrer
Open Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments recommended.

4401 Slusser Road, Windsor Off of River Road (707) 237-3489 | www.sonomacutrer.com

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This is a great place to consider if you are looking for a quintessential Russian River Valley wine country experience. The winery features a host of unique activities that take visitors beyond the typical tasting room experience, with a particular emphasis on education and exploration that brings people deeper into the wine world. Our informative vineyard tour offers visitors a deeper understanding of Biodynamic® farming and the role it plays in making great wines, all while enjoying fresh produce and treats from the winery chef paired with their sumptuous wines. Or, explore the many expressions of the Pinot Noir grape in a private tasting called the Pinot Noir Experience. With a wine educator as your guide, taste a flight of five exclusive Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs which often includes rare library wines. In the elegant guesthouse behind the tasting room, the walls are bedecked with gorgeous original art, created by students of the San Francisco Academy of Art. Book in advance to explore the finest terroirs of Burgundy with an exclusive guided tasting in the DeLoach Vineyards guesthouse. Enjoy a quiet, elegant retreat tucked amongst the vineyards while you discover the origins of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Boisset family of wineries in Burgundy, including Domaine de la Vougeraie, Bouchard Aine & Fils, Jean-Claude Boisset and Louis Bouillot. Gorgeous picnic grounds in front of the winery invite guests to relax and enjoy the wine country. The landscaped garden overlooking the vineyards is the perfect spot for a picnic, and DeLoach can provide a picnic basket of special delicacies, elegant linens, stemware, cutting board and knife along with your favorite DeLoach wine. While you’re here, schedule a tour of the grounds for $15 (includes a wine tasting), or simply enjoy the wine tasting, sans tour for $10. Tours are daily at 11 a.m.

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel plus late harvest Gewürztraminer and a Tawny port-style wine LITTLE KNOWN FACTS • DeLoach Vineyards became a certified Biodynamic estate in 2009, which is a method of beyond-organic farming. They treat the vineyard as a self-contained ecosystem to foster a natural balance among the earth, the vines, the people and animals that contribute to its vitality. At DeLoach Vineyards, there are sheep that keep the weeds under control in the vineyards and a half-acre organic flower and vegetable garden that provides produce and flowers for special events. Getting married or want to host an event surrounded by vineyards? DeLoach offers a great event space. • DeLoach also has a very unique Barrel to Barrel program where you can have your very own French oak barrel in your home, complete with an “eco-bag” inside that holds three liters of wine, or equivalent to four bottles of wine. The keeps the wine fresh while showcasing a very elegant, unique way to serve it. The winery offers new wines each quarter to help keep your barrel full & delicious! Check out the fun website www.barreltobarrel.com.

DeLoach Vineyards
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa www.deloachvineyards.com For tours and reservations, call (707) 526-9111

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Old World Winery is conveniently located just off of Highway 101 at River Road (the gateway to the Russian River Valley), but it could just as well be a half a world away. A visit there is like stepping back in time to a simpler, more wholesome era. This special place was founded on the idea that great tasting wines are even better when created with environmental and social responsibility; the buildings were constructed with reclaimed materials (except for the house, a 1916 Craftsman, which was remodeled using reclaimed materials), the grapes are farmed using Biodynamic® methods and the wines are produced using native yeasts, a minimum amount of sulphur and stomped by foot. Owner/Winemaker, Darek Trowbridge founded the winery in 1998 and first opened the doors to the public in 2010. He is usually on site to pour wine and give tours to his guests. Darek comes from a long line of Sonoma County farmers and grape growers – his grandfather, Guiseppe Martinelli first taught him about grape growing and winemaking. Darek later went to work with his uncle, Lee Martinelli, who taught him all about agriculture, machinery fabrication and multiple ranch farming. Darek then took his family roots a step farther by attaining a Masters Degree in Enology from Fresno State and a Bachelors Degree in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Be sure to visit this unforgettable place and tell them The Wine Wench sent you!
By Sue Straight, The Wine Wench

PLAN AHEAD Bring a picnic to enjoy in one of two shaded picnic areas and then take a stroll around the farm. FUN FACT Old World Winery is a working Biodynamic® farm, complete with chickens and pigs. VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Arbouriou and unique blends

Old World Winery
Open Thursday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

850 River Road, Fulton www.oldworldwinery.com (707) 490-6696 Follow Old World Winery on Facebook and Twitter.

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Known as West County, the Highway 116 route that ambles through Sebastopol, Graton and Forestville is home to a unique cluster of twn family-owned wineries that make-up the Taste Route 116 trail. These vintners bottle some of Sonoma County’s most prized, often small-production varietals, from crisp Chardonnay to earthy Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and more. The drive along Highway 116 drifts through Gravenstein apple orchards, redwoods and gently rolling hills of perfectly trellised vineyards – with small towns, great food and interesting discoveries along the way.

Get to know the Taste Route 116 wineries:

Dutton Estate Winery
8757 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol, (707) 829-9463 Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An award-winning, family owned and operated winery, Dutton Estate produces Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah. Located on Green Valley Road, conveniently off Highway 116, visitors can relax and enjoy flights of wine, served with local Joe Matos Cheese and Zoe’s uncured salami. The Dutton family prides itself on sustainable farming practices, and has a long-standing farming history in the Sonoma County region, with an extensive wine following.

Atascadero Creek Winery
6542 Front Street, Forestville, (707) 824-8204 Open Thursdays through Mondays, 12 to 5 p.m. Sole proprietor Bob Appleby produces small lots of single vineyard, unfiltered red wines, including Pinot Noir, Syrah, Carignane, Primativo and Zinfandel that locals clamor for. Atascadero Creek Winery’s unique tasting room space also serves as an art gallery, with ongoing rotating exhibits by local artists. Food and wine pairings of small bites created by a local chef are also available.

Balletto Vineyards & Winery
5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, (707) 568-2455 Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once prominent vegetable farmers, the Balletto family now grows over 600 acres of grapes in the Russian River Valley. Nearly 200 acres surround the winery and tasting room off Occidental Road, including 40 percent of the Pinot Noir Balletto grows, as well as Chardonnay. Drop by seven days a week to taste their award-winning wines and savor the rustic setting. The location is a photographer’s dream during mustard flower season each spring.

Graton Ridge Cellars
3561 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (707) 823-3040 Graton Ridge Cellars is owned and operated by the Paul family, Gravenstein apple farmers in the West County for over 65 years. The family winery produces just 1,700 cases per year – keeping lots small. Beating out more than 3,000 wines, Graton Ridge Cellars won the Red Sweepstakes in the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. If you like a sweet wine, try the 2011 Graton Ridge A+ – it’s a Gravenstein apple dessert wine. Stop by the tasting room, purchase a favorite wine and sit beneath the giant Sequoia tree for a picnic, or play a round of bocce.

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HANNA Winery
5353 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, (707) 575-3371 Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The original home ranch of HANNA Winery & Vineyards is just off of Occidental Road in Sonoma County. The picturesque winery has lovely grounds and a picnic area overlooking the vineyards (HANNA Winery also has a stunning Mediterranean-style hospitality center in heart of Alexander Valley, 9280 Highway 128, Healdsburg). With over 25 years of winemaking experience, this estate winery produces varietals from three of Sonoma County’s finest regions: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains.

Russian River Vineyards
5700 Gravenstein Highway North, Forestville Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., (707) 887-3344 Celebrated Russian River Valley is home to Russian River Vineyards. It’s a unique destination winery, where visitors can easily spend an afternoon wine tasting, taking in the panoramic views and savoring Cork’s restaurant – the only winery-based restaurant in the Russian River Valley. Meticulously crafted wines can be enjoyed in the open-air tasting room or on the romantic patio, an ideal place to catch a dazzling West County sunset.

Taft Street Winery
2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol, (707) 823-2049 Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends until 4:30 p.m. The term “Garagistes” originated in Bordeaux, France in the 1980’s and referred to a group of innovative winemakers who produced exceptional wines in their garages rather than a grand chateaux. Like the renegade French Garagistes, Taft Street began in a garage in 1979, stressing quality without pretense. The winery continues in the Garagistes tradition to this day, producing limited production, handcrafted wines from select Sonoma County vineyards. Taft Street makes great wine, available at a fair price, and has a fun time doing it – sharing that joy daily with visitors.

Hook & Ladder Winery
104 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, (707) 634-6249 Open six days a week 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) closed Tuesdays Stop by for a glass of wine on the way out to the Sonoma Coast. The Hook & Ladder tasting room is located at Main Stage West in eclectic downtown Sebastopol, near local artisan shops, boutiques and dining. It’s a tasting room by day and theater by night – a fun place to meet up with friends. Wine is served by the flight or glass. Hook and Ladder also has a rural tasting room located inside its nearby estate production facility at 2134 Olivet Road in Santa Rosa.

Martin Ray Winery
2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa, (707) 823-2404 Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located in the hub of the Russian River Valley, Martin Ray Winery is located on one of the oldest historical winery sites in California (established in 1881), known by its soaring water tower built in the 1940s. The grounds are serene and lushly landscaped. Pack a picnic to enjoy with a bottle of Martin Ray wine. Tasting room staff is friendly, knowledgeable and unpretentious – happy to guide visitors on a wine tasting journey. First-timers come in as strangers and leave as friends.

The Wine Guerilla
6671 Front Street (Highway 116), Forestville, (707) 887-1996 Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With its maxim being “The Art and Soul of Zinfandel,” there’s no mistaking where it’s at for The Wine Guerilla. Made entirely from Sonoma County-grown grapes, and distinctly bottled with the splendid musings of artist Sean Colgan adorning each label, these popular zins make it worth a trip for a taste. Enjoy lunch on the charming outdoor patio (gourmet boxed lunches can be ordered and delivered to the tasting room for $15) along with your wine purchase. By Denise Oliffe

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Downtown Healdsburg
Healdsburg is charming. Every brick, every flower box, every elegant shop and eclectic gallery, every five-star restaurant and cozy cafe on every single corner speak to this town's genuine individuality and down-to-earth-treasures. Downtown Healdsburg may be surrounded by bucolic rolling hills and picturesque vineyards, but around this age-old square, its hard to imagine being anywhere else more delightful. No matter what time of year, Healdsburg is a town for every season. Getaway Adventures Santa Rosa, (707) 568-3040 www.getawayadventures.com Healdsburg Sip 'n Cycle: Visit the sites and learn local wine facts throughout downtown Healdsburg and into the vineyards on this innovative, healthy tour! Tours include a picnic and bocce. Sonoma County Wine Library 139 Piper Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-3772, www.sonomalibrary.org/wine The library has more than 5,000 books dealing with all aspects of making wine, some of them date even back to 1512! Knowledgeable librarians are on hand to help guide you. Veterans Memorial Beach, 13839 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg (707) 433-1625 Truly one of Healdsburg’s most favorite riverside beaches! Bring a picnic, kick off your shoes, or even borrow an inner tube. Nothing to do here but relax, breathe deeply and listen to the river roll on by. THINGS TO DO Healdsburg General Store 322 Center St., Healdsburg (707) 431-2784, www.healdsburggeneralstore.com Healdsburg General Store harkens back to the original general stores of yesteryear, but adds a modern twist. Everything at Healdsburg General Store is well crafted, and at the same time, undeniably hip. Raven Theater 115 North Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-6335, www.raventheater.org Where would we be without performing arts? A big, dark nowhere, that's where. It’s thanks to cultural theaters like the Raven, that publics can experience entertainment that is beyond a moment's blip of distraction. Enjoy wonderful performances and expand your world. Segway Tours (707) 953-3477, www.segwayofhealdsburg.com Take a fun tour of Healdsburg on a rented Segway. Bosworth & Son General Store 21060 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville (707) 857-3463, www.bosworthandson.com Once a mortuary and even a buggy store – the buggy paint still stains the floor – Bosworth & Son General Store is an old-fashioned store meeting the Western-inspired needs of today’s customer. Healdsburg Ridge Hiking Trail Entry gate at Arabian Way and Bridle Path. One of Sonoma’s favorite nature preserves, take the Ridge Hiking Trail to the Fox Pond Run and Fox Pond Overlook. A wonderful place to get some fresh air and exercise in wine country! (No pets.) LODGING Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza 112 Matheson Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-6991, www.healsburginn.com Built in 1901, this classic California inn is located right on the Healdsburg Plaza. From summer concerts to holiday tree lightings, the town's best events take place right here. Hotel Healdsburg 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg 1-800-889-7188, www.hotelhealdsburg.com Chic, beautifully appointed Hotel Healdsburg is located on the historic square and is one of the premier Wine Country luxury lodgings in all Sonoma County. Grape Leaf Inn 539 Johnson Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-8140, www.grapeleafinn.com A picturesque Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast, the Grape Leaf Inn seamlessly blends modern decor with timeless antiques. Gracious staff provide the best hospitality in this relaxing, romantic environment. Belle de Jour Inn 16276 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg (707) 431-9777, www.belledujourinn.com A single-story Italiante built in the 1870s, Belle du Jour nestles on six acres of hilltop overlooking rolling hilltops and valleys. Hope Merril & Hope Bosworth B&B 21253 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville (707) 857-3356, www.hope-inns.com Once an early stage-coach stop, these now two strikingly restored Queen Anne Craftsman homes welcome you with open arms. Truly where wine and romance intertwine!
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Geyserville Inn 21714 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville (707) 857-4343, www.GeyservilleInn.com First class accomodations at more affordable prices in the heart of wine country! FOOD Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen Hotel Healdsburg, 317 Healdsburg Avenue (707) 431-0330, www.charliepalmer.com Celebrating Sonoma's pioneering wines and spirits, celebrated Chef Charlie Palmer takes the best of our farm-fresh produce and culinary cradle and infuses it with his passion and trademark style. Jimtown Store, 6706 Highway 128, Healdsburg (707) 433-1212, www.jimtown.com Literally tucked into the vineyards in the Jimtown store. For more than 100 years, Jimtown has provided Healdsburg with fresh baked goods, hot coffee, and local products. Linger over the eclectic American antiques and old-fashioned toys. Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria 21021 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville (707) 814-0111, www.diavolapizzeria.com A great stop for picnic items such as house-cured salumi and olives plus traditional Italian cooking including gourmet pizzas and delicicious pastas. Diavola uses the most locally available ingredients combined with centuries old recipes.

Campo Fina 330 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg (707) 395-4640, www.campo-fina.com New hot spot in Healdsburg – wine, beer, wood-fired pizza and outdoor bocce! Hoffman House Restaurant 21712 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville (707) 857-3264, www.hoffmanhousegeyserville.com Built more than 100 years ago, this cafe serves healthy breakfast and lunch with striking views of the majestic mountains. Seasonal dinners, call first.

Scopa 109 A Plaza St. (on Healdsburg Plaza), Healdsburg (707) 433-5282, www.scopahealdsburg.com Rustic Italian fare, a local favorite Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar 344 Center Street, Healdsburg Reservations recommended, (707) 473-0946 Dinner served daily, lunch Monday-Fridays Zin features delicious seasonal cuisine with produce grown especially for them. Wine industry locals often gather here for nourishment and “shop talk.”

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Perhaps no other winery captures the casual luxury of Sonoma County better than Chalk Hill Estate. Founded nearly four decades ago, this spectacular property features 1,300 acres of wilderness areas interspersed with 300 acres of vineyards, winery, hospitality center, culinary garden, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds, and guest houses. From the top of the Estate visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Russian River Valley to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east. The property features 13 soil types ranging from ancient alluvial deposits to young volcanic soils strewn with rocks and boulders. A distinctive layer of volcanic ash lies under much of the topsoil inspiring the name “Chalk Hill.” The complex soils and climate allow Chalk Hill Estate to produce great wines from a wide range of grape varieties. The winery’s vineyards are thoughtfully woven through the native foliage and contoured to fit the intricate terrain. The vines are farmed using low-input, sustainable viticultural practices to preserve the long-term viability of the ecosystem. There are a number of memorable activities available to visitors of Chalk Hill Estate. First and foremost, is the wine tasting. Chalk Hill is also famous for its tours. The Estate Tour explores the history, viticulture and winemaking practices at the property. The Culinary Lunch Tour examines the organic gardens and vineyards. The organically farmed produce is the inspiration for Chef Didier Ageorges’ culinary artistry. The tour includes a sit-down tasting of estate wines paired with Didier’s menu of several small plates in the Pavilion – an extraordinary conservatory overlooking the equestrian center.

SPECIAL TOURS AND TASTINGS • Salon Tasting: $15 per person, daily • Estate Tour: $30 per person, daily, includes tasting • Chairman’s Reserve Tasting: $50 per person, includes a flight of Chairman’s Selection wines and artisanal cheeses to compliment them, by appointment only • Culinary Lunch Tour: $100 per person, call for dates; includes estate tour, culinary garden tour and food & wine pairings by Chef Didier Ageorges PLAN AHEAD A “regular” wine tasting takes 30-45 minutes, the Estate Tour takes about 1½ hours and the Culinary Lunch Tour takes about 2½ hours. LITTLE KNOWN FACT All wines produced by Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery are 100% estate grown.

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

10300 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg www.chalkhill.com For tours and reservation, call (707) 657-4837 or go to www.vinovisit.com Friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

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You can read the statistics: Lancaster Estate has 53 acres of hillside vineyards in the coveted volcanic soils of the Alexander Valley. The diverse soils, along with a climate marked by sunny days and cool evenings, are perfect for nurturing the Bordeaux varietals for which Lancaster is esteemed. However, statistics cannot impart the experience of a visit to this extraordinary property. The spectacular seasonal changes in the vineyards are only one of the things you’ll see when you schedule an appointment at our estate. As you wind your way up the private winery drive from Chalk Hill Road, you will pass vineyards, bright red roses, and the original winery buildings before approaching a modern structure that is our state-of-the-art winery. Following a vineyard and winery tour, you will be guided through a pair of tall wooden doors into our extensive wine caves, which are carved deep into the adjacent hills. Once inside, you will see French oak barrels, filled with wine made from the vines you just touched, resting and aging in perfect temperature and humidity. You will enjoy a seated tasting in one of three exceptional tasting areas, focusing on four of our offerings, including Sophia’s Hillside Cuvée, our flagship Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and a complex Sauvignon Blanc with beautiful floral aromas and bright hints of citrus. Tastings with our dedicated and knowledgeable staff are unhurried, friendly and educational. When you leave, you will remember the wines, the place and a very special wine country experience.

VARIETALS In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, all five of the noble red Bordeaux varietals are grown on the Estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. TOURS All visits include a tour of the estate vineyards, production facilities and wine caves culminating in a special, seated tasting. SPECIAL TIMES Release parties, harvest lunches and member-only wine pairing dinners are offered several times each year. Should your plans include any luxury lodging needs, the amazing 6,000-square-foot Proprietor’s Home, with 360° views of the estate, the surrounding Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains is a unique option for Wine Guild Members. PLAN AHEAD Tastings here require a reservation. Call or book online at their website ($35 per person – includes vineyard and winery tour followed by seated tasting in the wine caves). With advance notice you can upgrade to a Wine & Artisan Cheese Pairing Experience ($45 per person; $35 for Lancaster Estate Wine Guild Members). SPECIAL OFFERS For access to special experiences, library vintages, discounts on wine purchases, complimentary tours and tastings and other special privileges, consider joining one of the Lancaster Estate Wine Guild Membership programs.

Lancaster Estate
Open daily by appointment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

15001 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg www.lancaster-estate.com (707) 433-8178 | hospitality@lancaster-estate.com

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Simi Winery has something for everyone – fantastic wines, friendly, informative staff, a well-stocked Visitor Center, gorgeous grounds and winemaking history galore. Simi Winery is the longest continually running winery in Sonoma County. It was founded in 1876 by Giuseppe and Pietro Simi, and even Prohibition didn’t shut down the winery’s production. Simi Winery’s Visitor Center is spacious and airy, with hardwood floors, a rough-hewn rock fireplace, a long, l-shaped bar and a tasteful selection of wine-related gifts and foods, so visitors can sip, stroll and shop to their heart’s content. Bring a picnic, purchase your goodies in the Visitor Center or enjoy fresh salads and sandwiches prepared by Simi’s chef (who formerly worked with famous chef Gary Danko) on Fridays and Saturdays. The state-of-the art outdoor kitchen is equipped with a pizza oven and pizza dinners can be reserved for groups of 15-40 people. Two separate event spaces are available by reservation – the indoor space accommodates up to 75 guests and the picnic area accommodates up to 100 guests. These spaces are available for corporate events, weddings and private parties. During your visit, don’t miss the chance to purchase some winery-exclusive, single-varietal wines. These “Winemaker Select” wines come from grapes grown in Simi Winery’s prestigious Landslide Vineyard, a 172-acre estate located on Chalk Hill Road in the Alexander Valley. This vineyard possesses such diverse microclimates and soil types that it is sub-divided into 44 distinct blocks. It consistently produces critically acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Late Harvest Riesling FUN FACTS The garden that encompasses the picnic area won the honor of “best garden in Healdsburg” Get your growler on! Simi Winery now sells two-liter, refillable growlers of “Maiale Cieco” (Blind Pig), a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend PLAN AHEAD Give yourself extra time for a tour (at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and to enjoy the redwood-shaded picnic area

Simi Winery Visitor Center
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

16275 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, CA 1-800-746-4880 www.simiwinery.com Follow Simi Winery on Facebook www.facebook.com/simiwinery

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If you’re heading to the hip and happening Healdsburg for high-end, handcrafted wines, then Topel Winery should be at the top of your list. Topel Winery and its Hidden Vineyard are perched on the east side of Duncan Peak – 1,400 feet above the Sanel Valley floor and just south of Hopland in southern Mendocino County. Owners Mark and Donnis Topel are passionate about organic and biodynamic farming. They lovingly tend the vines year-round, coaxing each variety – including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah Noir – on the steep, rocky slopes to produce moderate grape yields with intense flavors. Step into the warm and inviting tasting room at Topel and let the natural wood and golden lighting soak in while you cozy up to the beautiful mahogany bar. Sit back, relax and get ready for a wonderful ride through the world of wine. “The staff is not only friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and genuine, but good looking, too!” says Donnis, who is sweet and welcoming to all. Try their Traditional or Private Sit-Down Tastings in the smaller room of limited-edition and library wines (for groups of four or more) with either Mark or Donnis. If you’re in the mood to shop with a glass of wine in hand, gaze at their unique art, then take home some of the delicious balsamic vinegar or olive oil as a souvenir. “To make absolutely the best wine that can be made from these grapes in this spot at this time, and to do it honestly, is our goal,” confirms winemaker Mark Topel. “We literally capture a piece of time so that when you open a bottle, no matter when, it brings back the whole year. Every vintage is like a new child.”
By Karin Argoud

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah Noir, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier. FUN FACT Does your dog prefer Pinot Noir or Petite Sirah? Go to Topel Winery to find out. Topel is Fido-friendly, a great place to go wine tasting with your pet. TRIVIA What does Mark Topel do besides making wine? He is a criminal trial lawyer. EVENTS Topel has two major events to mark on your calendar: Love & Meritage Blending Event that is always held the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day, and Dogtoberfest, held on the Saturday before Halloween, when the winners of the Topel Wine Tails Calendar for the next year are revealed. All proceeds from the sales of the calendar go to Healdsburg Animal Shelter. TOPEL IS GREEN! The winery is completely solar and the bottles are all eco glass from California – in an effort to significantly reduce their “footprint.”

Topel Tasting Room
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

125 Matheson Street, Healdsburg
(across from Oakville Grocery)

www.topelwines.com | (707) 433-4116 www.facebook.com/topelwinery

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As I write, autumn is readying itself to take position over our Valley, where we will soon begin our carefully choreographed dance of the harvest. After almost 30 years of successive harvests, we still feel like kids at Christmas! It’s a reflective time as we assess our produce, our grapes, so carefully tended throughout the year, yet also stewarded by our own Mother Nature. It’s the year, the climate that makes each new wine, emblazoned with a fingerprint of the vintage. Our family also tends to think of vintage when it comes to the vegetables we grow on our very rural homestead. Perhaps it’s the winegrower in us that has lent such a fascination for the cycle of nature and its indelible mark on the bounty of our table. We have always subscribed to all things local, sustainable and seasonal, wonderfully furnished by our own vegetable patch. This year, we’ve really enjoyed tomatoes – all 17 heirloom varietals! Also, garlic, many varieties of beans (many of you have enjoyed some in our samplings in the Tasting Room), eggplant, squash and pumpkins – our annual family carving contest will be fierce this year! What would a farmstead be without hens?! Our 17 hens (from Barred Rock to Black Giant breeds) furnish us with many wonderfully fresh eggs that we share with our food bank. Being such fans of fresh food, we’ve decided to start our Wine and Food Pairing Series in the Tasting Room. Every month, local Chef Matthew Paille will create a menu of four seasonal bites, paired with four different wines. This is a wonderful treat of small batch wines paired with seasonal and premium food, prepared fresh daily. This month we will be featuring : • 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon with Asiatic Fig & Blue Cheese • 2007 Pinot Noir with Parmesan Truffle Popcorn • 2011 Sauvignon Blanc with Grilled Pineapple wrapped in Lardo Prosciutto • 2010 Late Harvest Chardonnay with Panna Cotta with Pluot Compote We look forward to seeing you soon to experience our award winning wines now paired with delicious bites! – Nancy

VARIETALS Award Winning, Small Lot Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Carignane, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Late Harvest Chardonnay and a very special Port called, rather cleverly, ‘Portentous’ A NICE TOUCH The chef directed Wine and Food Pairing Series changes monthly, and not to be missed. GOOD TO KNOW Wine and Food pairing is $20 per person, reservations are recommended, but not required. PLAN AHEAD The regular tasting is $10 per person for five wines, refunded with purchase. These award winning wines are small production and it’s tough to choose a favorite!

Stephen & Walker Tasting Room
Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

243 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, (707) 431-8749

Stephen & Walker Home Ranch Winery
Open by appointment

1500 Grove St, Healdsburg, (707) 331-8480 www.trustwine.com www.facebook.com/stephenandwalker Twitter: @stephandwalker

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Recent wins: DOUBLE GOLD – 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, DOUBLE GOLD – 2010 Late Harvest Chardonnay and GOLD – 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.
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Wine tasting just south of downtown Healdsburg, on the east or west side of Highway 101, you’ll instantly feel miles away. Westside Road is slow and winding, filled with redwood trees, heritage oaks with moss beards and famous vineyards. Wineries on the east side of Highway 101 specialize in Pinots, cool-climate Syrahs and that famous Zinfandel. Here, some of the finest winemaking and culinary talents in all of Northern California are represented. Should you wish to slow down and experience wine country up-close-and-personal, just south of Healdsburg is the place to go. THINGS TO DO Dragonfly, 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg (707) 433-3739, www.dragonflyfloral.com By appointment only, this is a unique botany and flower-lover's destination. They can custom pick and arrange flowers. DaVero, 766 Westside Road, Healdsburg (707) 431-8000, www.DaVero.com Guided tastings of wines, olive oils and jams — as well as fresh produce. It's also a great spot for a picnic, or just to wander the field. Check the website for hands-on cooking clases.
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Russian River Valley Produce 400 Grapevine Lane, Healdsburg, (707) 433-7933 A four-acre, family-owned ranch, Russian River Valley Produce farms top-notch vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers sure to brighten any palate and table. Excellent farm tours by appointment. The best of California farming! Wohler Bridge, 9765 Wohler Rd, Forestville A true Sonoma County landmark, Wohler Bridge is one of the few old-old-OLD bridges left in California. This steel truss bridge crosses the Russian River at quite a beautiful spot, too. Mill Street Antiques 44 Mill Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-8409 Take the time to seek out the treasures here – there’s sure to be something for everyone! 35 Dealers in 10,000 sq. ft.
Driving Time: 6 minutes From De La Montanya to Alderbrook Winery >3 miles to Mutt Lynch Winery 3 miles to Rodney Strong >2 miles Total 7+ miles

Riverfront Regional Park 7821 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg, (707) 565-2041 Once an old quarry, Riverfront Regional Park is now home to two sparkling lakes perfect for swimming and non-motorized boating...or hike a trail through serene redwood groves! Healdsburg General Store 322 Center St., Healdsburg (707) 431-2784, www.healdsburggeneralstore.com Healdsburg General Store harkens back to the general stores of yesteryear, but adds a modern twist. Everything at here is well crafted, and at the same time, undeniably hip. LODGING Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg 1-800-258-4003, www.MadronaManor.com A world-class destination for guests seeking gracious service and luxurious accommodations in the heart of wine country. Oh yes... "Rated #1 in Napa & Sonoma" by Travel & Leisure... Need we say more? Farmhouse Inn, 7871 River Road, Forestville (707) 887-3300, www. FarmhouseInn.com Representing the finest level of Sonoma inns, restaurants and Spas, sublime guestrooms, farm-fresh food, and seasonal body treatments come together for one unforgettable experience. Country Garden Lodging, Healdsburg (707) 431-8630, www.hcountrygardens.com Three fully-equipped, affordable vacation homes located on a 25-acre wine country estate boasting spectacular gardens. Located just 1½ miles from charming downtown Healdsburg. DINING Farmhouse Inn Restaurant, 7871 River Road, Forestville (707) 887-3300, www.farmhouseinn.com Tucked into one of the smallest, lovely towns in wine country, the Farmhouse Inn boasts an exquisite restaurant. Each plate by Chef Litke tells the story of Sonoma's diverse agriculture and artisan producers. Giorgi’s Restaurant 25 Grant Street, Healdsburg, (707) 433-1106 Great family-style Italian restaurant…pasta and hand-thrown pizzas. Has a full bar, open late and food available to go. Gilardi's Delicatessen 810 Den Beste, Windsor, (707) 838-9869 Certainly a vine above the rest! Feast on homemade lasagna and freshly baked sourdough garlic breads.

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De La Montanya Estate Vineyards was established in 1995 with the planting of the Home Ranch in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Eight years later, in the summer of 2003, owners Tina and Dennis De La Montanya opened the winery and tasting room just five minutes from downtown Healdsburg. At present, De La Montanya has a total of 270 acres of vineyards planted throughout Sonoma and Lake counties. The appellations include Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Red Hills in Lake County, and from these vineyards De La Montanya has been known to make up to 18 different wines, ranging in size from one barrel (24 cases) to 15 barrels (350 cases), truly specializing in small-lot winemaking. The tasting room and winery at De La Montanya Vineyards is known affectionately as “The Barn,” which is located among the Felta Creek vineyard and apple orchard. The Barn is where guests experience wine the way it was intended to be, with good friends and family in a welcoming, fun and beautiful environment. Just outside the tasting room is an outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven, a gorgeous garden picnic area and even a bocce court. De La Montanya Estate wines are only available to wine club members and through the tasting room. “While the wine business can be very serious, we strive to make it a fun experience for our guests and wine club members,” says Dennis De La Montanya. “We like to have a connection between all of us at the winery and our guests, which is what keeps them coming back each year.” By Mike Hyland

VARIETALS Merlot, Red Blend, Late Harvest, Tempranillo, Viognier, Gerwürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Primitivo CHECK OUT The latest PinUp wines include the 2010 Cabaret and 2009 Desire. Tastefully photographed in the winery and embodying the high spirited lust for life found in Wine Country, the PinUp wines have become a cult favorite. Each year, our female wine club members of all ages take their chances in a random drawing to be featured on the PinUp label. The PinUp wines are available only at the tasting room. STAY A WHILE The Little Yellow Cottage in the middle of Felta Creek Vineyards, just a short walk from the tasting room, is a two bedroom cottage, a private and cozy retreat for one or two couples. The cottage is equipped with a full modern kitchen and dining area plus a redwood deck with spa and much more. The ultimate Wine Country get-away.

De La Montanya Estate Vineyards
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Westside Road to Felta Road, left under the bridge …hard to find, but worth the effort

(707) 433-3711 | www.dlmwine.com

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When you visit this pretty winery in the rural area not far from the town of Healdsburg, you can remember the sincere words of their tasting room manager: “We’re laid back, so come on in, try our wines and feel free to stay a while.” Since 1981, when the winery was founded, Alderbrook has been offering a variety of wines that now have a legion of faithful followers. The setting is tranquil, with white fences, a 60-acre estate vineyard and a farmhouse-like tasting room with white bleached-wood walls, wood floors, a high ceiling and a fireplace at one end of the casual, comfortable room. Though the property is just minutes from Highway 101 (which makes it about an hour from the Golden Gate), it is a world apart. There’s a spacious porch in the front, and a long deck in the back facing a large lawn. If you care to picnic, feel free, enjoying you meal or snack with a glass or a bottle from their collection of wines. They will even loan you glassware as you pair one of their Zinfandels, the Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir or a Syrah with your picnic. Inside, at the two L-shaped tasting bars, with their polished wood tops, you’ll learn about what it means to have a winery and grapes sourced from two of the most famous regions in all of Sonoma: Dry Creek and the Russian River Valleys. And, to learn this, you will be able to taste the difference and the triumphs in your glass. Can you imagine of a better way to learn? By Charles Neave

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Carignane, Zinfandel and Zinfandel Port DATES While the winery was founded in 1981, it was in 2001 that the famous Terlato Family Vineyards took over the property and led it to the prominence it now enjoys. In fact, some of the wines, such as the Block 9 Syrah and the Chardonnay, have the Terlato name on the label. FUN FACTS Live music every Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dogs are very welcome at Alderbrook. Come in for a button that says, “We ♥ Dogs @ Alderbrook.” OTHER TASTINGS There is a self-serve bar where you can sample mustards, oils, vinegars , chocolate and caramel sauces. PRIVATE EVENTS Contact the winery for information on hosting your own event at this scenic winery.

Alderbrook Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg (707) 433-5987 or 1-800-405-5987 www.alderbrook.com
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Located just south of Healdsburg on lovely Limerick Lane is a very special place – a place of delicious, world-class wines, rustic, totally unpretentious surroundings, friendly folks and wagging tails. If you are an animal lover like me, you simply must visit Mutt Lynch. The whole atmosphere at Mutt Lynch is one of delicious fun, with a bit of mischief thrown in. The wines are seriously good, but the folks at Mutt Lynch don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s not an ounce of pretension here, folks! The building that houses the winery and its tasting room is an old, ivy-covered barn, complete with huge sliding doors in front. Once inside, there’s no doubt that you’re inside a winery – stacks of barrels and t-bins, along with shiny stainless steel fermentation tanks line one long wall. The Mutt Lynch tasting room, so to speak, is located in a corner of the winery. The tasting bar is a couple of wooden planks set atop two upended wine barrels. Cute, dog-themed t-shirts are displayed on the wall and more than likely, there will be a cute, tail-wagging dog or three to supervise your tasting experience with Mutt Lynch’s friendly, knowledgeable staff. At Mutt Lynch they measure success in two ways: by the number of charities they help and the number of awards they garner for their winemaking. In the past 12 months, Mutt Lynch has assisted more than 80 animal organizations. The winery was also recently named the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Label Sweepstake and Best of Class/Series for its “mbf” (Man’s Best Friend) series of wine – the second consecutive year they have the won this prestigious award! Be sure to visit this unforgettable place and tell them The Wine By Sue Straight, The Wine Wench Wench sent you!

VARIETALS PRODUCED Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnnay and Sauvignon Blanc FUN FACT Mutt Lynch donates a portion of annual revenues to support local animal rescue organizations, including Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Sonoma Humane Society, Green Dog Rescue Project and PAWS/Petchitecture.

Mutt Lynch Winery
Open daily by appointment Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg www.muttlynchwinery.com (707) 942-6180
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Rodney Strong just finished an update to their tasting room self-guided tour. It’s an illustrated story of their family ownership and the team that puts delicious Sonoma County wine in the bottle for your enjoyment and it’s another great reason to visit the winery. Here is an excerpt from the tour told by Ryan Decker, who works in Winegrowing. Fall is all about harvest. The berries are getting sweet, and the vines are starting to get tired. Growers and winemakers are constantly in the field testing sugars and tasting grapes. The sugar content is normally measured in °Brix (grams of sucrose in 100 grams of solution), and every block of grapes is tested multiple times throughout the ripening process. Our sugar samplers head out on their ATVs and grab buckets of grapes from our vineyards to bring back to the winemaking team for a battery of tests. After a visual assessment and some tasting, the juice is sent to our lab for chemical analysis. Ripeness is fairly subjective, but each variety has a target °Brix that needs to be reached before harvest. Generally 24°Bx is considered ripe for red varieties, but some lots of grapes are allowed to reach 27°Bx before they are considered ready for picking. Once the decision is made to pick a particular block, we decide how to pick it. Hand harvesting and machine harvesting are the two methods used to get the job done. Hand harvesting is still the preferred method for hillsides and reserve wines, but machine harvesters have come a long way in the last decade. There are now machines that not only harvest the crop, but also remove the stems and sort out the bad fruit. Regardless of the method used, the goal is to get the fruit to the winery in a timely fashion, as cold as possible, to preserve the quality from the vineyard to the fermentation tank. Once harvest is completed, the vineyards are given a deep irrigation and a small shot of fertilizer to help recover from the stresses of the season.

VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon and Port FUN FACT A taste of Rodney Strong’s Alexander’s Crown Cabernet is not only superb with layers of dark red fruits and brown spices, it’s a taste of history. The winery’s 1974 vintage, from this same vineyard, was Sonoma County’s first single-vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rodney Strong Vineyards
Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11455 Old Redwood Highway Healdsburg For more information, call (707) 431-1533 or visit www.rodneystrong.com

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Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek wine country is one of the smallest enclosed American Viticultural Areas in the nation, only 16 miles long and two miles wide. With 9,300 acres of vineyard along this beautiful valley’s floor, Dry Creek is a “must see” for first-time and veteran wine lovers. Dry Creek boasts 63 wineries producing a diverse range of wines from the famed Zinfandel to Bordeaux and even Mediterranean varietals. Don’t let its small size fool you… Dry Creek winemakers have been growing grapes and making great wines for more than 135 years! THINGS TO DO Lake Sonoma Hatchery 3333 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville (707) 433-9483, www.parks.sonoma.net Located in the beautiful foothills of Northern Sonoma County, Lake Sonoma is surrounded by vineyards and land rich in history. Here, visitors can observe the operation of the hatchery and see displays which describe the life cycle of the coho salmon, steelhead and chinook. Dry Creek Olive Oil, 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg (707) 431-7200, www.DryCreekOliveCompany.com Rooted in traditions as rich as the Dry Creek Soil, Dry Creek Olive Oil Company is your destination for artisan, very fine, extra-virgin olive oils. PICNIC FARE Oakville Grocery, 124 Matheson Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-3200, www.OakvilleGrocery.com “Little Country Store” with overflowing shelves and a deli chock full of handmade, gourmet picnic items, the Oakville Grocery is an absolute MUST. Dry Creek General Store, (707) 433-4171 3495 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg So much more than just a corner store, established in 1881, this is also a full-service deli and beer garden with live music occassionally, spectacular views and a wealth of information on wine tasting, tours and even fishing! LODGING Grape Leaf Inn, 539 Johnson Street, Healdsburg (707) 433-8140, www.grapeleafinn.com A picturesque Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast, the Grape Leaf Inn seamlessly blends modern decor with timeless antiques. Gracious staff provide the best hospitality in this relaxing, romantic environment. Hope Merrill & Hope Bosworth B&B 21253 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville (707) 857-3356, www.hope-inns.com Once an early stage-coach stop, these now two strikingly restored Queen Anne Craftsman homes welcome you with open arms. Truly where wine and romance intertwine!
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Inside Villa Fiore, the magnificent Italian-style villa that serves as Ferrari-Carano’s hospitality center in Dry Creek Valley, guests will find a world of tasting opportunities. On the main floor wine shop and tasting room, guests may taste many new releases in addition to select wines that are only available at the winery. Take your wine and browse the shop’s selection of wine country gifts and souvenirs, including wine and cookbooks, housewares, apparel and home décor. Downstairs in the cellar, the luxurious Enoteca offers guests Ferrari-Carano’s Limited Release and Reserve Wines. Try a flight of lovely Russian River Valley Chardonnays, or compare the two delicious PreVail Cabernet Sauvignons that hail from the winery’s two mountain ranches in Alexander Valley. Guests are welcome to stroll the enclosed garden, which has a meandering path and foot bridges along a rippling stream that empty into fish-filled ponds. The garden has more than 2,000 species of trees and shrubs, all marked with informative identification tags, including some of the few successfully growing Portuguese cork trees in the area. Art lovers will also find bronze sculptures from world-renowned artists such as Dennis Smith, Douglas Van Howd and Jane DeDecker throughout the gardens.
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DID YOU KNOW... Ferrari-Carano has a wine shop in Healdsburg? “Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop” features wines from Ferrari-Carano and Lazy Creek Vineyards… fantastic Anderson Valley Pinot Noir as well as chocolate from Scharffen Berger! SPECIAL TOURS AND PRIVATE TASTINGS Winery tours are free and by appointment, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. Or, try the ultimate-fun private tastings by appointment, six days a week, 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., price varies. Call (707) 433-6700 or email tourinformation@ferrari-carano.com. WHAT TO TASTE Upstairs, try Pinot Grigio, Fumé Blanc, Chardonnay, Bella Luce (aromatic white blend), Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Siena. Limited Release and Reserve Wines are available in the Enoteca: Vineyard Select Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trésor, PreVail West Face, PreVail Back Forty, and two dessert wines, Eldorado Gold and Eldorado Noir.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg www.ferrari-carano.com For Tours and Private Tastings, call (707) 433-6700

Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop
Open Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

113 Plaza Street, Healdsburg • (707) 431-2222
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Dutcher Crossing Winery has everything a wine-loving visitor could hope for – delicious, reasonably priced wines, a beautiful tasting room staffed with friendly and knowledgeable employees, a gorgeous picnic area with stunning views of Dry Creek Valley and a winery dog to welcome you. Let’s start outside – you pull into the parking lot and notice the beautiful landscaping surrounding the brown, barn-like building that is the winery and tasting room. A flagstone path leads you through a riot of colorful flowers to a breezeway that separates the winery from the tasting room. Glass doors provide a view into the barrel room and winery. Most likely, you’ll be greeted by Dutchess, a sweet, tail-wagging yellow Labrador Retriever, owned by Dutcher Crossing Winery’s Proprietor, Debra Mathy. The tasting room is large, bright and airy, with high ceilings, glossy wood floors and tasteful décor. A vintage high-wheeled bicycle (used as the winery’s logo) sits against a wall, beckoning to be ridden (well, I was tempted to try to ride it, but I restrained myself). A selection of non-wine items is available for browsing as you sip and stroll around the room. During the week, there is a $5 tasting fee (waived for wine club members) to sample a variety of six wines, and on weekends a $10 reserve tasting is available as well. Winemaker Kerry Damskey does a wonderful job crafting these wines! I tasted a few wines during my visit and they were all excellent! Taste some great wines, pet a friendly dog, relax and stay a while! By Sue Straight, The Wine Wench

PLAN AHEAD The picnic area is lovely and its views of the Dry Creek Valley are breathtaking. There are six picnic tables under a wisteria-covered arbor. The colorful, fragrant landscaping and manicured lawns will make you want to kick off your shoes and stay a while. VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port ANOTHER FUN FACT Winemaker, Kerry Damskey is known as “the Indiana Jones of the wine world.” LITTLE KNOWN FACT Dutcher Crossing’s self-appointed greeter and mascot Dutchess is a rescue dog. Owner, Debra Mathy transported her all the way back from Taiwan!

Dutcher Crossing Winery
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

8533 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg www.dutchercrossingwinery.com (707) 431-2700 Look for Dutcher Crossing on Facebook. 15% off Visa Signature cardholders + complimentary tasting

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Set in the heart of Dry Creek Valley is a special estate called Truett Hurst. As you drive in, the sheep and goat pasture is the first indication that this is not in any way your average winery. Vineyards are flanked by habitat islands for birds and beneficial insects, and there are bluebird and owl boxes. Maintaining biodiversity and habitat are part of the farming philosophy here. Our commitment to responsible stewardship of this property is matched by the passion with which we handcraft award-winning Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are made by fermenting grapes in small, open- top stain fermenters. The grapes are punched down during fermentation, rather than pumped over, allowing for gentle extraction of color and flavor components, while avoiding bitter tannins. Then wines are barrel aged in approximately 30% new French oak, until the flavors and structure of the wine perfectly balance. The result: big, bold, textured wines with lots of spice and jammy fruit. You can savor these wines in one of the most comfortable and relaxing wineries in the valley. You have a choice of Adirondack chairs down by the creek where you may see Steelhead or Coho salmon. Or hang out on the patio and listen to music while enjoying the sublime scenery of Dry Creek, or enjoy a picnic or a slow lunch in the olive grove. If this is not enough, you’ll always be served by the friendly hosts who will make you feel right at home in this inviting tasting room.

VARIETALS Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc PLAN AHEAD On Saturdays and Sundays there is live music in the tasting room from 1:00-4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays a food pairing from the grill. SPECIAL TASTING Tell them in the tasting room that Luci the black goat sent you and you can taste the special Zinfandel that’s named after her. FUN FACTS • Relax and drink your wine in one of the Adirondack chairs down by the creek! • A 60-year-old olive grove, a four-acre chef’s garden and the beautiful Dry Creek (which, by the way, is never dry) are all part of the estate.

Truett Hurst Winery
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg (707) 433-9545 www.truetthurst.com Follow Truett Hurst Winery on Facebook and Twitter.

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SEBASTOPOL GTO’s Seafood House – 234 South Main Street, Sebastopol; 707 824-9922 Hopmonk Tavern – 230 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol; 707 829-7300 Seafood Traditional American

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SONOMA VALLEY Café Citti – 9049 Highway 12, Kenwood; 704 833-2690 Cafe La Haye – 140 E Napa Street, Sonoma; 707-935-5994 Centre Du Vin – 480 First Street East, Sonoma; 707 996-9779 Della Santina’s Trattoria – 133 East Napa Street, Sonoma; 707 935-0576 El Dorado Kitchen 405 1st Street West, Sonoma; 707 996-3220 Fig Cafe & Wine Bar – 13690 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen; 707 938-2130 Girl & The Fig – 110 West Spain Street, Sonoma; 707 938-3634 Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar & Secret Cottages – 13670 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen; 707 996-6409 Glen Ellen Star – 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen; 707 343-1384 Hopmonk Sonoma – 691 Broadway, Sonoma; 707 935-9100 Kenwood Restaurant – 9900 Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-6326 Italian Contemporary American French Italian © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © © ©

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LaSalette Restaurant – 452 First St East, Ste H, Sonoma; 707 938-1927 Maya Restaurant – 101 East Napa Street, Sonoma; 707 935-3500 Saddles Steakhouse – 29 East MacArthur St, Sonoma; 707 938-3191 Sante – 100 Boyes Boulevard, Boyes Hot Springs; 707 938-9000 Swiss Hotel Bar & Restaurant – 18 West Spain St, Sonoma; 707 938-2884 Taste of the Himalayas – 464 First St East, Sonoma; 707 996-1161 Yeti Restaurant 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen; 707 996-9930

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Cucina Paradiso – 114 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma; 707 782-1130 Risibisi Restaurant & Wine Bar – 154 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma; 707 766-7600

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Located off the historic square, Della Santina’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant that has stood the test of time to become a Sonoma institution. The Della Santina family name shares a long lineage and history in the Tuscan town of Lucca, Italy. My father Quirico Salvatore Giovanni Della Santina migrated from Lucca in 1960. Residing in the North Beach area of San Francisco, Quirico became a baker by trade. Later, he was lured to Marin County by his uncle Adolph to work in the family restaurant: Marin Joes. After 25 years of successful ownership in a thriving business, he decided to go out on his own in beautiful Sonoma Valley. Since 1990, we have continued to bring Tuscan country cooking to the wine country using recipes passed down from my grandmothers Pia Fontana Della Santina and Clary Gambogi Barsotti. In 2008, we opened Enoteca Della Santina, a wine bar and retail wine shop specializing in wines from all over the world. Enoteca, translated literally in Italian, means “wine library” – a place for people to enjoy a glass in an Old World ambiance. Along with my partner and fellow wine enthusiast Ron Kantor, we created a showcase for international as well as local, small producers. Our wine club has circumvented the globe looking for value selections that expand our members’ palates and knowledge. Day to day, the bar is a gathering spot for locals and tourists looking to experience a taste of Sonoma Wine Country living. By Robert Della Santina

ENOTECA DELLA SANTINA NEXT DOOR – SONOMA’S BEST WINE BAR • More than 300 selections of domestic and international wines at competitive prices • 30 wines by the glass, customized flights and specialty beers • Assorted cheeses and panini served daily • Winemaker dinners and educational seminars, call for schedule • Thursdays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. – “Burger Thursdays’’ • Sundays, 5 to 9:30 p.m. – “Sausage and Suds” Both locations are available for private events.

Della Santina’s
The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner; reservations are recommended.

133 East Napa Street, Sonoma (707) 935-0576 www.dellasantinas.com

Enoteca Della Santina
Open daily until late in the evening.

127 East Napa Street, Sonoma (707) 938-4200 www.enotecadellasantina.com

Wine Bar – Enoteca Della Santina – is open late most evenings!
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GEYSERVILLE Catelli’s – 21047 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville; 707 857-3471 Contemporary American and Italian Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria – 21021 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 814-0111 Italian Francis Ford Coppola’s Rustic – 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707 857-1462 Italian Hoffman House – 21712 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 857-3624 HEALDSBURG Cafe Lucia – 235 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707 431-1113 Portuguese Homemade American

Bear Republic Brewing Co. – 345 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-2337 Traditional American Bistro Ralph – 109 Plaza Street, Healdsburg; 707 433-1380 Campo Fina – 330 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707 395-4640 Contemporary American and French Italian

Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen – 317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 431-0330 Contemporary American Charcuturie – 335 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707 431-7213 Healdsburg Bar & Grill – 245 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707 433-3333 Madrona Manor – 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-1542 Ravenous – 420 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707 431-1302 Spoonbar – 219 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707 433-7222 Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar – 403 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-9191 French Grill

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Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar – 344 Center St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0946 Contemporary American GUERNEVILLE/FORESTVILLE Applewood Inn – 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville; 707 869-9093 Farmhouse – 7871 River Road, Forestville; 707 887-3300 SEBASTOPOL Zazu Restaurant & Farm – 6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol; 707 523-4814 SANTA ROSA Caffe Portofino – 535 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa; 707 578-3096 Equus Restaurant – 101 Fountrain Grove Parkway, Santa Rosa; 707 578-0149 Jack and Tony’s – 115 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa; 707 526-4347 Contemporary American Californian French Italian © Traditional American Contemporary American

John Ash & Co. Restaurant – 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa; 707 527-7687 La Gare – 208 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa; 707 528-4355

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Do the Math
One of the questions most asked when it comes to wine is how much of this does it take to make that, and so on. We won’t pretend that it’s simple, but here are some industry statistics that will give a pretty good answer to that query. As with anything agricultural, of course, they are all based on countless variables when it comes to acre yields, but this is a good starting point. The rest of the information varies little if at all.

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A case of wine includes:
…a dozen 750 ml bottles (or 24 half bottles) or 307.2 ounces total, which comes from 30 pounds of grapes.

A single bottle contains:
…750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made from about 2.4 pounds of grapes (39 oz.) and is enough for four or maybe five glasses.

An acre of vineyard land can give the grower:
…five tons of grapes (though it is also less, depending on a variety of farming and winemaking practices, and on the varietal and the vineyard One standard oak barrel of wine holds: location) which will give you 797 gallons of juice …295 bottles of wine (or 59 gallons) made from 740 pounds of grapes (or thirteen-and-a-half barrels) which is pretty close which works out to almost – but not precisely –24 cases of wine. to four thousand bottles of wine.

What does all that information on a wine label mean?

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The U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms regulates wine labels and requires that information be given in a straightforward way. Basically, you will want to look for the types of grapes grown, where the grapes are grown and when the grapes were picked. • Brand name • Designation for a special wine • Vineyard or appellation known for its grapes might be designated • Location where the grapes used were grown • Grape Variety used • Vintage year in which the grapes were picked • Location where the wine was made and/or bottled (Not to be confused with the area the grapes are grown.) • Alcohol content may be stated or the the label may simply say "Table Wine”

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Produced and Bottled by XYZ winery, Healdsburg, California
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Alderbrook Winery – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-5987 Ancient Oak Cellars – Santa Rosa, Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, 707-536-1546 Arrowood Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-935-2600 Atascadero Creek Winery – Forestville, Thu-Mon 12-5pm, 707-824-8204 B.R. Cohn Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 10am-5pm, 707-938-4064 Balletto Vineyards – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-568-2455 BRYTER Estates – Sonoma, Tue-Sun 11am-6pm, 707-501-8272 Buena Vista Winery – Sonoma, daily, 10am-5pm, 1-800-926-1266 Cellars of Sonoma – Santa Rosa, daily (check hours), 707-578-1826 Chalk Hill Estate – Healdsburg, daily 10am-4pm, 707-657-4837 Chateau St. Jean – Kenwood, daily 10am-5pm, 1-800-543-7572 Cline Cellars – Sonoma, daily 10am-6pm, 707-940-4030 D’Argenzio Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 11am-5pm, 707-546-2466 De La Montanya – Healdsburg, daily 11am-5:30pm, 707-433-3711 DeLoach Vineyards – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-526-9111 Dutcher Crossing Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-5pm, 707-431-2700 Dutton Estate – Sebastopol, daily 10am-4pm, 707-829-9463 En Garde – Kenwood, daily 11am-6pm, 707-282-9216 Eric Ross Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 11am-5pm, 707-939-8525 Ferrari-Carano – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-6700 Graton Ridge Cellars – Sebastopol, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-823-3040 Hanna Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-4pm, 707-575-3371 Hook & Ladder – Sebastopol, Wed-Mon 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-3pm, 707-634-6249 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – Sonoma, daily 11am-5:30pm, 707-931-7575 Kenwood Vineyards – Kenwood, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-833-5891 Korbel Champagne Cellars – Guerneville, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-824-7000 Lancaster Estate – Healdsburg, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm by appt, 707-433-8178 Larson Family – Sonoma, daily 10am-5pm, 1-800-938-WINE Laurel Glen Vineyard – Glen Ellen, by appointment only, 707-933-9877 Ledson Winery & Vineyards – Kenwood, daily 10am-5pm, 707-537-3810 Loxton Cellars – Glen Ellen, daily 11am-5pm, 707-935-7221 Martin Ray Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 11am-5pm, 707-823-2404 Matanzas Creek Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-528-6464 Meadowcroft Wines – Sonoma, daily 11am-6pm, 707-934-4090 Moondance Cellars – Glen Ellen, Thu-Mon 11am-5pm, 707-823-0880 Mutt Lynch – Healdsburg, open by appointment, 707-942-6180 Old World Winery – Fulton, Thu-Mon 11am-5pm, 707-490-6696 Rodney Strong Vineyards – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-431-1533 Russian River Vineyards – Forestville, daily 11am-5pm, 707-887-3344 Simi – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 1-800-746-4880 Sonoma-Cutrer – Windsor, Thu-Mon 10am-4pm, 707-237-3489 St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-5pm, 1-888-675-WINE Stephen & Walker Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-7pm, 707-431-8749 Taft Street Winery – Sebastopol, daily 11am-4pm, Sat/Sun til 4:30, 707-823-2049 Topel Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-7pm, 707-433-4116 Truett Hurst Winery – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-9545 Viansa Winery – Sonoma, daily 10am-5pm, 707-935-4700 VJB Vineyards & Cellars – Kenwood, daily 10am-5pm, 707-833-2300 Wine Guerilla – Forestville, daily 11am-5pm, 707-887-1996
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