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Trombetta Family Wines

Trombetta Family Wines handcrafts beautifully balanced small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from vineyards that exemplify the area in which they are planted. Erica Stancliff winemaker and daughter, takes great pride in producing wines with purity of flavor and balance. Rickey Trombetta, mother and owner, works closely with Erica and our growers to identify only the best fruit for our wines.

Trombetta Family Wines story began around the family table with food harvested from our garden paired with wines we loved. Our journey into winemaking began in the mid 80’s as home winemakers. Our passion for great food and wine led us down this lifelong journey.

Rickey and Roger learned to make wine from Carmine Indindoli, a wine grape grower, co-worker and neighbor. A passion was ignited and they pursued winemaking courses at Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis.

An opportunity to work side by side with Paul Hobbs in 1998 changed our hobby into a passionate pursuit of winemaking. One night at dinner, Paul discovered Erica’s palate at age 10. Encouraging Erica’s talent, Paul walked vineyards around Napa and Sonoma counties with her. In 2010 Erica graduated from California State University Fresno with her degree in enology. 

As a note currently the winer is having tasting (outside, weather permitting) by appointment.

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

Bluenose Wines

Boutique winery in Sonoma County specializing in Zinfandel and Syrah. 900 case production. Bluenose Wines was launched by Paul Brasset, who has been a winemaker in Sonoma County since 1980. Wines offered include Sonoma County Zinfandels and Chardonnay from vineyards in the Deer Creek Valley. Brasset's 2006 Zinfandel was awarded the 2006 Gold Medal (Critics Challenge), which was described by Brasset as, "...a fruit forward style, rich and full bodied with some plummy fruit and vanilla."

Hook and Ladder Vineyards & Winery

In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine
staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. In the early seventies, the De Loaches decided to acquire additional vineyard land.
For several years they watched others make notable wine from their grapes before making the decision to produce wine under the De Loach label in 1975.

Annapolis Winery

The vineyards were planted in 1978, replacing an old apple orchard. After farming for several years, Basil Scalabrini began making wine commercially. With no winery, the first wine was made in a redwood grove at the top of the hill, a 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon… It was a good one! The Scalabrini family built the winery in 1987, and began making wine from each vintage thereafter. A family owned and operated, and the family is involved in every phase of the wine growing process. At Annapolis Winery the focus is on quality, not quantity and the winery produce a very small amount of wine, taking personal care at each step of the process. The results are wines that are naturally lush and intense.

Bjornstad Cellars

The wines, Pinot Noir's, range from garnet color to deeply colored (2009 Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir) with a hint of blue at the edge of the glass. Complex aromas open slowly to show savory spices, pungent cedar and subtle earth. Dark, brooding fruit aromas suggest a bramble of wild blackberries. Flavors follow aromas on the palate with a sweet, round core of cherries. The palate weight is significant and the mouth coating tannins are firm, but yielding.

Saxon Brown

n 1997 Saxon Brown was launched, named for the willful heroine in Jack London’s Valley of the Moon. The winery gained instant recognition for its flagship “old vine” Zinfandel and Semillon from heritage field-blended vines originally planted Italian immigrants. The winery also produces a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Pinto Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel from Parmelee-Hill Vineyard, Syrah and Syrah Rose from Flora Ranch, and Semillon from Cricket Creek (Alexander Valley).

Christie Estates Winery & Vineyards

A family operated winery & vineyards located just outside the friendly town of Healdsburg California. Christie Estates wines are handcrafted from tenderly cultivated & selectively harvested grapes. Christie Estates sources their grapes from one of their two sustainably farmed vineyards in the famed Dry Creek Valley & Russian River Valley appellations of Sonoma County. Founded by Steve Aitken in 2003 and has gained a loyal following for his style of wines.

Matini & Prati Wines

Martin Ray Winery's Founder Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini & Prati winery in July, 2003. The tasting room structure, which dates back to the 1900's, used to serve as a stable and bunkhouse where Italian immigrants stayed during harvest.

Michel-Schlumberger

It's almost not fair for me to give this place a review-- as there has recently been a change in ownership. The new owner is renovating and updating a majority of the property. The drive up to Michel-Schlumberger is absolutely gorgeous; at least it is in April because it is not directly off the freeway; instead it is through several windy roads, and then through more curvy windy roads. It feels like you've reached some kind of sanctuary or private retreat in the countryside by the time you've arrived.

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