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Posted by zindoug, Mar 20, 2009.

I had the opportunity to visit Sonoma/Napa counties after a work conference out in San Francisco last year and absolutely fell in love with the area. Some of my favorite wineries were discovered in the Dry Creek Valley. Unfortunately, distribution of these great wines rarely reaches Milwaukee. My solution has been to visit the area every six months and stock up :) My next trip is coming up in two weeks so I'm here looking to find some suggestions for new places to visit and to learn more about wine.


Reply by h2w4, Mar 20, 2009.

If you're back out in the area you should make sure to check out the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley, and since they are all so close together you can actually check out all of them in a day (although I recommend taking three; one for each area) if you're in a rush. Dry Creek has some great Cabs and Zins, Alexander Valley has some nice Cabs, Merlots and Zins and Russian River has some good Chards and Pinots. Take a look at for a map of the area including wineries to visit.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 21, 2009.

Hi Doug,

Welcome to Snooth,

I'm sure you'll get some great recommendations from the folks here. What are the Dry Creek wineries you've found and liked? Would love to get a better idea of your palate before ofering more specific tips.

Reply by zindoug, Mar 28, 2009.

Thanks for the link h2w4, great website! My favorite places to visit so far have been Rued, Preston, Quivira, and Unti. I love anything with some spice and a good amount of cherry/plum. I've been on a zinfandel and pinot kick lately.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 28, 2009.

HondaJohn should have some good recs for you, too. He curates the Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley pages, and has put up a number of posts like this one:

I imagine he'd be very helpful if you gave him a shout....

Reply by John Andrews, Mar 29, 2009.

@zindoug ... let me know if you need some recommendations. I'd be happy to share some ideas.

@dmcker ... thanks ... I try to help where I can. :-)

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