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    Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    My girlfriend and I will be spending a week in the San Fran area during the first week in Sept for a little vacation. We will be leaving Sunday after the Tulsa game on Saturday.

    We are looking to spend a day, maybe two in the Sonoma Valley. We would like to get hooked up with a chartered tour so we don't have to drive and plan, etc.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips for us???

    Thanks in advance!!


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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by nb06 View Post
    My girlfriend and I will be spending a week in the San Fran area during the first week in Sept for a little vacation. We will be leaving Sunday after the Tulsa game on Saturday.

    We are looking to spend a day, maybe two in the Sonoma Valley. We would like to get hooked up with a chartered tour so we don't have to drive and plan, etc.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips for us???

    Thanks in advance!!
    Don't know if what your looking for exists in Sonoma--have been there literally dozens of times, never saw a chartered tour.

    You may just want to rent a Limo and a driver for the day--several companies specialize in Sonoma Valley wine tasting day trips. Your hotel should be able to point you in the direction of a good one. And you don't have to worry about driving after a day of tasting.

    Highly recommend the tour and tasting at Cline--it will be one of the first wineries you come to in the Sonoma Valley. Great place, lovely gardens, usually have live music.

    Enjoy!



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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    I just did Healdsburg about 2 months ago. Cheaper than the napa types but just as fun and the same experience. If you want some places for reference in that area PM me.


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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    If you're looking to get in as many wine tastings as possible start earlier. I would start with the smaller family wineries such as Larson Family Winery, and then work your way up to the bigger ones. Go up through Sonoma, and then come back down through Napa Valley.



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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by volclone View Post
    You may just want to rent a Limo and a driver for the day--several companies specialize in Sonoma Valley wine tasting day trips. Your hotel should be able to point you in the direction of a good one. And you don't have to worry about driving after a day of tasting.
    This is a good idea if you do not want to drive yourself around and reeeeeally get a good amount of tasting in for the day. I googled "sonoma limo wine tours" and several options came up. I don't know which ones will depart from San Francisco, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect if nothing else. There are several that I remember seeing in pamphlets the last couple of times I was out visiting, but couldn't tell you which ones were which. As I said, it will give you a good place to start thinking about what you'd like.

    And don't hesitate to ask Hawkeye11en1. We communicated about his trip out there and he found a lot of stuff that sounded really interesting in various parts of Sonoma County.


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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    The wife and I were in Sonoma in early June for a wine tasting trip. If you haven't found lodging, check out the Inn at Sonoma, a nice little boutique hotel.

    Once you figure out how you are getting around, go to Ledson Winery just north of Sonoma and ask for the sommelier named Anthony. He will walk you through the steps of how to taste wine and to recognize the various flavor profiles. You will also taste some great wines there. Chateau St. Jean, St. Francis, Landmark, and Kunde are all within a couple of miles of each other and adjacent to Ledson. All have good wines predominantly Chardonnays, Cabernets, and Zinfandels.

    If you have a second day to spend tasting, I would suggest the Russian River appellation, along with Dry Creek. You can taste some terrific Pinot Noirs there as well as Chardonnays and Zins. Check out Gary Farrell and Joseph Swan (need an appointment there) for terrific Pinots. Dry Creek Vineyards and Dutchers Crossing are also a couple of favorites. Martinelli has great Zins if they have any to sample.

    Before you go check out each winery on their website and if you have a Visa Signature card use it as many wineries in Sonoma County give better tasting deals when the card is used. Check it out on the Visa Signature website.

    Have a great time!


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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by nb06 View Post
    My girlfriend and I will be spending a week in the San Fran area during the first week in Sept for a little vacation. We will be leaving Sunday after the Tulsa game on Saturday.

    We are looking to spend a day, maybe two in the Sonoma Valley. We would like to get hooked up with a chartered tour so we don't have to drive and plan, etc.

    Anyone have any suggestions or tips for us???

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    This is your girlfriend. If you go to Sonoma, go here:

    Lagunitas Brewing Company - You Must Be 21 To Enter

    then here:

    Russian River Brewing Co.

    If she can't deal with that, dump her.

    To hell with wine, drink beer. Be a man.

    *edit: By the way, although that's the smart-arsed comment, both of those beers are HIGHLY recommended. Can't go wrong with either.


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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    This is your girlfriend. If you go to Sonoma, go here:

    Lagunitas Brewing Company - You Must Be 21 To Enter

    then here:

    Russian River Brewing Co.

    If she can't deal with that, dump her.

    To hell with wine, drink beer. Be a man.

    *edit: By the way, although that's the smart-arsed comment, both of those beers are HIGHLY recommended. Can't go wrong with either.
    Lagunitas SO GOOD. Little sumpin' sumpin' ale ftw.



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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Lagunitas SO GOOD. Little sumpin' sumpin' ale ftw.
    Is waaaay too long between our trips to see the in-laws in Arizona.

    Thanks for the rep, though.



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    Re: Sonoma Valley - Wine Tour Suggestions

    Email John Viszlay at Visplay Vineyards. They are just south an east of Healsdburg. John will take care of you.


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