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Rutz Cellars

After years of living in the Russian River Valley and inspired by the greatness of Burgundy, Keith Rutz dreamed of making great classically-styled wines from the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes available in California. His goal was - and is - to craft small lots of wine that will be recognized as worthy competitors to the top French products. We guarantee that from harvest to bottling, Rutz Cellars wines are subjected to minimal handling and maximum care, underscoring our commitment to make the finest wines possible.

Folie-A-Deux

Best place for a very relaxing, tranquil, and private atmosphere. We arrived during low season so that may be a key reason why it was so relaxing and quiet. MUST TRY: Napa Cellars Pinot Noir. Affordable: REALLY reasonably priced for the budget wino. The Menage a Trois bottles range from $7.50 to $12.00 a bottle if you sign up for wine club membership. They carry the newer vintages/types of wines that you wont find at the grocery stores.

Did a tasting and they were all very good for the prices. The Menage a Trois Cabernet is $10.50 and a very good table wine for everyday meals. I am not a fan of Mascato's generally but theirs was not overly sweet and it was more of a undertone verses dominating.

Wilson Fleming Estate Wines

Edith Wilson and Tony Fleming launched their winery in 2002 and, already, these highly acclaimed wines are winning significant awards. Emphasis is to handcraft small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah wines from estate-grown fruit and Sauvignon Blanc wine from select vineyards in the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys.

Charles Krug

Krug is an incredible piece of Napa history but the wines don't take second seat to this fact. Their tasting room is relaxed, low-key and not overdone. They don't need to distract you from their great wines and great staff. Angie is awesome, friendly and knowledgeable.

Viszlay Vineyards

Viszlay Vineyards is a family owned and operated boutique winery located in the Russian River Valley. You can find this little gem just a few miles south of downtown Healdsburg, CA. Viszlay's estate wines are grown on their own 10 acre vineyard. Currently they are pouring their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Caberbet & Merlot blendm Zinfandel and a Petite Sirah wines. In addition to a traditional wine tasting you can also enjoy a Cheese & Wine paring. We just made recent contact with John Viszlay at the winery and we look forward to experiencing his wines and the winery story soon.  We will keep you posted!

Fisher Vineyards

Ended a lovely wine weekend at Fisher Vineyards with a tour and tasting overlooking the valley. Cameron was our hostess and what knowledge, charisma and overall hospitality! Their cabs are phenomenal - the Coach Insignia and the Cameron's Vineyard are my favorites. It was a pleasure to tour the smaller, family run wineries, where wine is their passion, their history, their legacy.

Shafer Vineyards

It is a little difficult getting a reservation for a tasting -- they only do 2 groups of ten a day. They spend a lot of time with you and provide a lot of great information about the winery.

The poured 5 wines, including a 93 Hillside and a 95 Merlot. The pours were very generous and the wines were wonderful. Staff certainly knows what they are talking about and as friendly as could be -- no pressure to buy -- and availability somewhat limited.

Antelope Valley Winery

Join Antelope Valley Winery/Donato Family Vineyard for tasting, tours, shopping, and vineyard picnics Wed. through Sun., 11AM to 6PM. The winery also sell Grass Fed Buffalo and a large variety of game and exotic meats, like Venison, Pheasant, Wild Boar & Alligator to name just a few! Antelope Valley Winery produces a wide variety of wines to please every palate. *

Hours:

Weds-    11:00 to 6:00pm
Thurs-   11:00 to 6:00pm
Fri-        11:00 to 6:00pm
Sat-        11:00 to 6:00pm
Sun-       11:00 to 6:00pm

Roth Winery

Roth Estate is a family-owned winery dedicated to crafting full-flavored wines grown in exemplary Sonoma County vineyards. Beginning in 2001, Roth committed to producing classic Bordeaux varietals in Alexander Valley. A decade later the winery expanded its winemaking to include cool-climate varietals from the Sonoma Coast.

Storrs Winery - Santa Cruz

Stephen Storrs and Pamela Bianchini-Storrs begn Storrs winery with their first harvest n 1988. Both are trained winemakers at UC Davis, they have wrked at a number of wineries which include Domaine Chandon, Felton-Empire and Almaden before starting their own venture. Stephen and Pamela appreciate the cool Burgundian climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This winery grew to a comfortable 10,000 cases per year and in 2001 realized a dream with the purchase of land in Pleasant Valley district of Corralitos.

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