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Snooth User: krissim

Sonoma - things to do, places to go?

Posted by krissim, Mar 8, 2009.

I'm going to Sonoma this week and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what the best things to do/see/taste are. Leaving on Weds so excited!

thanks in advance!


Reply by Philip James, Mar 8, 2009.

Sonoma town is very quaint.
Healdsberg is even more quaint (if thats possible) and worth the trip.

What sort of wines are you into?

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 9, 2009.

Hey Kristy!

How long are you going to be in town?
Where are you going to be staying?
What kind of wine / varietals do you like?

I work in Sonoma Valley on weekends so I know a bit about the area. Let me know the answers and I can give you a ton of recommendations.

Reply by krissim, Mar 9, 2009.

Favorite wines tend to be Pinot Noir and Syrahs. We are planning on being in town from Thursday to Sunday and will be staying in Forestville. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Reply by lunacsue, Mar 9, 2009.

Brix is an absolute must for dinner!

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 9, 2009.

Hey Kristy ... Okay ... it is barrel tasting weekend in Russian River. It may be a bit busy but you'll get access to a lot of wines. Not all the wineries are participating. You can get more info here:

Here are my recommendations:

Hartford Family Winery - a little pricey but good pinots and chardonnays and decent zins
Arista - great value pinot producer
Rochioli - cult pinot producer
Dutton/Goldfield - pinot
Lynmar - pinot, syrah
Loxton Cellars - where I work ... syrahs and zins
Saxon Brown
Parmelee-Hill Vineyards - if you can get in
Imagery - I like them but they can get busy

There are also some very good wineries in Dry Creek (which you will be close too) but they tend to focus on bigger reds. Let me know if you want recommendations there too.

Mosaic - Forrestville
Rosso - Santa Rosa
Fig Cafe - Glen Ellen
Eldorado Kitchen - Sonoma
Zin - Healdsburg

If you haven't visited here yet: it is a great place to get some high level maps and info.

Reply by chadrich, Mar 9, 2009.

From Forestville (dinner at Farmhouse Inn is a must) you have to be sure to visit Iron Horse. While largely a reknown sparkling wine producer, they also make some killer still wines. And nearby is Sunce, a Croatian winemaker who produces big extracted reds. There's usually something interesting in-barrel that they'll let you taste if you show the interest. I'm jealous; have fun!

Reply by Philip James, Mar 9, 2009.

Kristy (who is a friend) - stick a photo up! You're still the default iron...

Reply by Adam Levin, Mar 9, 2009.

If you're looking for a picnic spot, I'd recommend Preston of Dry Creek -

If you're in to the biodynamic thing, stop by Quivira -

Reply by h2w4, Mar 9, 2009.

If you're heading up to the Alexander Valley I have to recommend

Alexander Valley Vineyards
White Oak
Robert Young
Stryker Sonoma

All of these wienries have some nice Cabs, Merlots and/or Zins. You can also get a ton of info on Northern Sonoma County (Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys) through Hope that helps :)

Reply by krissim, Mar 9, 2009.

Thank you all so much! This has been extremely helpful and I can't wait to go and check some of these suggestions out!

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 14, 2009.

Make sure to let us know where you went and what you thought!

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