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Blackstone Winery

“Sonoma County is one of the most fabulous places in the world to live and make wine,” says Gary Sitton, Blackstone's winemaker. “There’s no place like it. The immense diversity—from the coastline to the mountains, valleys and rivers—still leaves me in awe. For me, tapping into this range of growing conditions is fundamental to making beautifully expressive wines.”

Provisor Syrah

PROVISOR SYRAH IS LOCATED ON THE EDGE OF DRY CREEK VALLEY IN THE LYTTON SPRINGS DISTRICT OF SONOMA COUNTY. PROVISOR PLANTED 3.5 ACRES OF SYRAH CLONE 99 WITH ROWS RUNNING NORTH TO SOUTH DOWN GENTLE, BOWL-SHAPED HILLSIDE. TIGHTER THAN TYPICAL SPACING BETWEEN THE ROWS HELPS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY GROWTH COMPETITION AMONG THE VINES. CLASSIC ROCK RED SOIL AND A GENTLE SOUTHERN EXPOSURE HELP ENSURE FULL RIPENESS IN THE FRUIT.

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Mr. Swan makes some very nice California pinot noirs and zinfandels. Sure, this is not OPUS ONE facility-wise, but Rod makes great wine at more than fair prices. I appreciated their willingness to educate people and enjoyed their 07 Tannat.

Matanzas Creek Winery

Everything we tasted was so good.The staff at the winery are more than willing to talk with you about the history of the wine and the grounds. It is THE place to go for lavender lovers - especially in the Summer when they have their lavender festival.

Robert Young Estate Winery

Robert Young is a good example of a winery doing it right. The folks here are very friendly, and more than happy to tell you about the very interesting history of the place, the family history, and how they make the wines, etc. Nothing pretentious here, just a good, genuine vibe, all about having fun.
Pours are generous, and tasting fees are refundable with a bottle purchase.

Saint Helena Road Winery

Saint Helena Road Winery is a tiny winery on the west side of Spring Mountain. 20 acres are planted of the 5 Bordeaux varietals. Saint Helena has 3 brands: Roy J. Maier Cabernet Sauvignon, Maier Family Meritage, and Maier Family Cenote. They are all Bordeaux blends. Saint Helena Roads Winery grows all varietals on our estate property and do not buy or sell any fruit.

Dreyer Sonoma

The Dreyer family has been involved in California agriculture since the 1950’s, and has been making wine since 1980. Jonathan Dreyer has worked in the family business from the vineyards to the cellar.

Harvest Moon Winery

The tasting room was cozy and had a warm ambiance to it, as do most of the wineries along Olivet Road. The pourers were friendly and conversational, not too pretentious about their wines but knew just enough to make good recommendations and tasting tips. The sparkling chardonnay and sparkling gewurztraminer were both refreshingly strange and delightful.

Forchini Vineyards & Winery

FORCHINI VINEYARDS & WINERY is a unique family winery owned and operated by Jim & Anita Forchini with help from family members. After being grape growers in Sonoma County since 1971, the dream of creating wines from our own vineyards finally became a reality in 1996 when Jim & Anita started in a small barrel room making 425 cases. Annual production today is limited to 3000 cases

Benziger Family Winery

This is a first class operation! Every employee you see is smiling, friendly, and happy. The tour was fantastic and seeing the inside of the caves they built years ago was memorable. The tasting room was big enough and there was no pressure to purchase any wines or join the clubs. Every wine we tasted was explained in detail and needless to say, superb. We enjoyed seeing the sheep grazing on the hillside and then running back to the barn. This is a don't miss winery and tour in Sonoma County.

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