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The Hamburglar
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McDonaldland
Member since Jan 2005
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Sonoma, CA
Mrs. Hamburglar and I are travelling to Sonoma, CA in mid-October. We plan to spend the days eating, drinking, and being merry. This is my first time to wine (as an adult), so any suggestions as to vineyards to go to and restaurants to eat at will be appreciated!

TIA


LSUfootball222
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Member since Oct 2009
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re: Sonoma, CA
Where are you staying ?


The Hamburglar
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McDonaldland
Member since Jan 2005
3140 posts

re: Sonoma, CA
the Vintners Inn


Barrister
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re: Sonoma, CA
I'm gonna give you a little gem. Great tasting room and fantastic wine. COPAIN wineries. You will thank me.


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DonChowder
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Sonoma County
Member since Dec 2012
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re: Sonoma, CA
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the Vintners Inn
That's in Santa Rosa. The town of Sonoma is a ways away.

But since we've established your location...what kind of varietals do yall drink? Tell me that and I can point you towards the right appelation.


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TheWiz
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Third World, LA
Member since Aug 2007
9110 posts

re: Sonoma, CA
I have a friend that lives that way. He told me that Moon Mountain is the hot thing in Sonoma right now. I googled it and the wineries. Everything was 92+ points. As expected, they were also expensive AF. $90-$175 a bottle.


DonChowder
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Sonoma County
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re: Sonoma, CA
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As expected, they were also expensive AF. $90-$175 a bottle.
...and closed for the last 7 years.


Politiceaux
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re: Sonoma, CA
We are big fans of Lynmar (go with the reserve tasting), Merry Edwards, Small Vines, Unti, WIlliams Selyem, Idlewild, Laurel Glen, and Moshin. Can't wait to get back to Sonoma.


dallastiger55
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Jennings, LA
Member since Jan 2010
14240 posts

re: Sonoma, CA
St Francis

Benzinger




CaptainZappin
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Acadiana
Member since Oct 2016
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re: Sonoma, CA
Just went in June.

You have to do a private tasting at petroni. Ask for Ryan. He's incredible and loves his job. Italian style varietals grown in Sonoma.

Lasseter (glen ellen) was excellent too. It's owned by the CEO of Pixar. Also did a private tour here.

In town, we did Pangloss as well. Less expensive. Excellent wine.

Definitely hire a driver


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Reservoir dawg
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Member since Oct 2013
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re: Sonoma, CA
I liked Benziger also. Highly recommend.


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NyCaLa
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Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2014
475 posts

re: Sonoma, CA
If you're up in Santa Rosa, take a ride down the Russian River valley. Beautiful area. Can't go wrong.


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TheWiz
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Third World, LA
Member since Aug 2007
9110 posts

re: Sonoma, CA
It's an AVA. I think there used to be a Moon Mountain Winery, and you are correct it closed. I think it re-opened under another name.

Moon Mountain District


DonChowder
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Sonoma County
Member since Dec 2012
9022 posts

re: Sonoma, CA
2200' above sea level? Those vines get stressed (heat, lack of water, rocky soil) and probably make some great fruit. I might have to mosie over to one of the wineries that uses that fruit for a taste one of these days.


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