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Snooth User: corskier

Memorial Day weekend in Sonoma/Napa area

Posted by corskier, May 7, 2009.

One of my best friends & my wife and I are going to be tasting down there on Memorial Day weekend this year (I know, terrible time to taste) and was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some boutique wineries in the Sonoma area. Particularly wineries that are cool with trading wines, since I work at a winery in Southern Oregon that isn't represented in CA. We've done the trips where we hit the big boys, but I really want to find some small guys that are doing great things!


Reply by carey1, May 7, 2009.

Here are some of my favorite little guys for Sonoma, In Dry Creek Valley- Zichichi, Kokomo(trade possibly), Deux Amis(call first), Bella(trade possibly), Mounts( Having a BBQ that weekend too) Russian River- (east side)Christoper Creek, Merriam, Mietz,(west side)Dehlinger, Porter Creek, Thomas George, Sheldon. On the Healdsburg Square don't miss, Williamson Wines and Thumprint. Have Fun!

Reply by h2w4, May 7, 2009.

In the Alexander Valley I'd recommend deLormier, Meeker, Trione, Stuhlmuller, Stryker Sonoma, and I would have to recommend my own Alexander Valley Vineyards...for more you should check out

it has all of the wineries in the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys as well as accommodation information.

Reply by corskier, May 8, 2009.

Thanks for all the helpful advice so far! I've seen the hard-copy that Wine Road publishes, but didn't know they had such a good site! Stuhlmuller has grabbed my attention so far, and I'll have to make sure and check out your place too h2w4! I'm sure we'll do an afternoon in Healdsburg too and I'll check out Williamson for sure. I've already been to Thumbprint, but I'm sure we'll revisit.

Reply by h2w4, May 8, 2009.

I'd love it if you were able to come by. Stuhlmuller makes some excellent Cabs and Chards, and they do a little in the way of Zins, but the best part is that the winery is a revamped barn, and it is the definition of boutique. If you stop by (it is at the end of West Soda Rock Rd...basically in the middle of nowhere) ask if Fritz is around he is the owner/winemaker and is a great guy who would be more than happy to talk with you about the wines.

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