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Sausal Vineyard & Winery

Sausal Vineyards was acquired by the Demostene family in 1956. They planted additional vineyards and built the winery in 1973, where they crushed their first grapes. Proud of their Italian origins, the vineyard is planted primarily to Zinfandel, as well as other varietals. There are Zinfandel blocks boasting vines that are up to 130 years old.
The Demostene family said they are delighted to sell their property to Silver Oak, and they are confident the Duncan family will be good stewards of the land.

Silver Oaks Wine Cellars

The day was gorgeous and couldn't have been more perfect. Both indoor and outdoor surroundings were beautiful. The architecture and the courtyard were very impressive. There were plenty of shaded lawn areas that were perfect for picnics or for the guests to simply sit and hang out at.here were just a few cars in the parking lot when we arrived, and the tasting room was warm and inviting. There's a really cute patio and fountain outside, so if the weather was nicer I can see that being a great place to relax with some friends and a glass of wine.
We found a spot to stand at the counter/bar and ordered 2 tastings to share. They are a red only producer, so we tasted 4 different vintages from the Alexander Valley.

Rodney Strong Vineyards

We had a great time here. We stepped in here while waiting for another winery to open. The very first thing we noticed when we opened the door was the intoxicating scent of wine. We were able to take a self-guides tour around and realized the large barrels were right in the open, which was why the facility had that lovely sweet wine smell. Tour was timed perfectly, not too long, but not too short, and we had a super nice tour guide. Wine tasting after the tour was extra fun.

Hobo Wine Company

Kenny Likitprakong explains the name Hobo Wine Company; "Instead of becoming a hobo, I became a “Hobo Winemaker.” Of the two ways to make wine, with and without money, the first should probably be the only, but a few of us slip through the cracks and do it on the skinny. No winery, no vineyards, no truck, no warehouse, no employees…nothing. There are advantages. Making small lots comes naturally, the flexability to pick and choose grape type, vineyard, appellation, and winery on an ongoing basis, and a larger circle of people involved which means more ideas and expertise."

Carol Shelton Wines

The only wine of Carol's we have enjoyed is her Wild Thing Zin. “Wild Thing” is named for its attitude and uninoculated or “wild” yeast ferment is used to create it. Black raspberry fruit, vibrant and alive in both the nose and mouth, nice oaky-smokiness, hit of black pepper. Smoothly textured in mouth, the finish is long and lushly jammy fruit—dangerously good! Looking forward to visiting and trying her other wines soon.

Blessing Family Cellars

Blessing Family Cellars is a family-owned winery with a dedication to making small lot, hand crafted, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinor Noir and Syrah. Our passion for great wines began in 1995 when we moved to San Francisco. Over the years our trips to Napa and Sonoma became more frequent and our wine collection grew as we explored many Northern California wineries. In 2005, we began to turn that passion into a business when we planted the Triplets' Vineyard. And yes, the vineyard is named in honor of our triplets, Peyton, Parker and Wells, who enjoy playing in the vineyard and actually help with the annual harvest."

Foppiano Vineyards

One of the oldest wineries in Napa and so down to earth! We had a great visit chatting with the hostess. We discovered things about the history of the local wine industry from her that other places were not sharing. Very personable.

Hanzell Vineyards

The winery itself has a ton of history and is one of the longest standing wineries in the area. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Our tour consisted of a drive around the property by our guide, Ben, a tour of the wine caves and finally trying the wine itself! Views are gorgeous all the way from Oakland, Sonoma, SF.

Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery

Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery takes a very labor intensive approach to their winemaking, but this effort is apparent when you taste the wine. The production facilities use gravity rather than pumps to minimize intervention. Additionally, all of the wines are hand punched 3 times a day during fermentation. Phil and Marilyn Cool are the owners of Coyote Crest. In 1985, they purchased 32 acres of undeveloped land. They have since planted many acres of quality vineyards.

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