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SONOMA! Give me your recommendations..

Posted by napagirl68, Jul 12, 2013.

So I am sneaking away to Sonoma for a few days.  I have spent tons of time up in RRV and Sebastopol, and I think I want to revisit the lower valley this time- Kenwood, Glen Ellen...  I would love recommendations for wineries, hotels, motels, vac. rentals, and restaurants.  Sonoma proper would be ok to stay, as is close to those areas.  Plan on hiking around in Jack London SP, since it's been about 15yrs since I've been there.  Any ideas are welcomed and appreciated! 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 12, 2013.

Nice! 

I'd like to recommend Fort Ross, it is a bit north but is true sonoma coast, there are coastal views near the winery. Jeff Pisoni is the winemaker.

Have a great time, look forward to the wrap up.

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 12, 2013.

Thanks, JD!   I have not visited Fort Ross, but have consumed many of their wines.  I don't think I will make it up that far (although Sonoma Coast is my fav AVA).  I want to concentrate on lower valley this time since it's been 15+ years since I've visited that area... Valley of the Moon, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and a bit of Carneros.  :-)

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Reply by outthere, Jul 13, 2013.

Enkidu! Enkidu! Enkidu! In Kenwood. Tasting room is next door to the generic gas station. Tasty lineup and a great Sauv Blanc.

In Sonoma on the plaza stop at Kamen for some great Cabernet or a couple doors down at Sojoun for killer Pinot, by appointment though.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 13, 2013.

Dinner at The Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen! $0 corkage!

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Reply by outthere, Jul 13, 2013.

The El Pueblo Inn is convenient and fairly reasonable. Right on the Hwy 12 elbow on the west side of town.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 13, 2013.

OT, thank you, thank you!   All great and appreciated.  Whoo hoo!!

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 13, 2013.

ARRGGH... lots of properties booked up for my dates, including El Pueblo (which looked cute! I just ckd it out on bookers and prop website)  Still investigating... may postpone until Nov when less crowded:-(

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Reply by AdrienneFarina Swsfl, Jul 13, 2013.

I still think Rodney Strong is a great place to visit and it is a short drive from Sonoma - great wines and lots of history.

 

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Reply by EMark, Jul 13, 2013.

NG, when I met OT, and Foxall (Remember him?) in May, I stayed at the Jack London Lodge in Glen Ellen on OT's recommendation.  Not particularly fancy, but perfectly functional and, for your adventure, very nicely situated.  It is right around the corner from the Fig Cafe.  Down and across the street from the Fig there is an outstanding breakfast place called the Garden something--or maybe it's the something Garden.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 13, 2013.

EMark, Jack London Lodge is cute!  Thanks for that lead.  I just checked my dates though, and it's booked :-(  

AdrienneFarina, I have been to RS, but it's been ~15-20 yrs ago.  I did enjoy it very much.  Back at that time, I also visited Piper Sonoma and Chateau St. Jean, which had beautiful gardens.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 15, 2013.

If you want to drop some serious dollars and stay in the nicest place in Glen Ellen, go to Gaige House. 

Love the $0 corkage at Fig Cafe, but going out is also a good way to explore wines up there, and there are lots of good restaurants now.  Della Santina is really good, just off the square in Sonoma--another OT reco.

In fact, for food and wine down there, do whatever OT says.

If you stay at Gaige, you can run a nice three mile loop by running down Arnold to Warm Springs, turning right, then right again on Henno.  Right again on Dunbar, and right again on Arnold to complete the loop.

Yep, I'm around, just been really busy.

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Reply by EMark, Jul 15, 2013.

Glad to have you back.

Busy is good.  I really would not know that, but people tell me it's so,

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Reply by Argovino, Jul 17, 2013.

It's worth stopping by Arrowood if only for the view from the tasting room.  Valley of the Moon has a great space architecturally, too.  B R Cohn (mostly cabs) and Cline (mostly zins) offer homier experiences, often with good deals on wine.  Landmark is a nice choice if you like oaky chardonnay.  And if you can grab Lodi zinfandel from Kenwood on the cheap, it's a bulk buy....

Salud!

The Argovino Crew

(Occasionally we talk about stuff other than Argentine wines!)

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 17, 2013.

Foxall- Gaige house is $500 + a night!  I don't plan on being in the room much since will be out tasting, so I'm not sure I want to spend that much.  I'd rather spend it on wine :-)   I will keep checking as my dates get closer, and if it doesn't happen, it WILL happen in November.  I am bound and determined!

Thanks, Argovino, for the recommendations.  VOTM was one that I visited back the last time I was in that area- like I said, 15-20yrs ago.  IIRC (long time ago!) they had a Semillon blend called Symphony that I liked in my early wine tasting days. 

You know, I getting really excited about going to that area again...   with the exception of some brief stops only in Glen Ellen for dinner, and one overnighter, I have not really "been" to that part of Sonoma for 15-20yrs.  The idea of revisiting after that long is kinda cool...

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Reply by outthere, Jul 18, 2013.

I know this isn't exactly in your wheelhouse, or maybe it is, but Akoma Zoume at Mountain Terraces would be a nice stop for mountain Cabernet and Syrah. The view is incredible, the vineyards are terraced into the hillside ala Europe, plus Gloria and Dan are wonderful and gracious hosts. Worth the drive up the hill.

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 19, 2013.

Sorry, NG, we got a deal on Gaige back in 2002 when travel was dead.  Even then, it wasn't cheap, but it's really nice.  If you check again closer to the date, they do have specials. 

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Reply by napagirl68, Jul 19, 2013.

Foxall,

Yeah, those were the good old days for some of us (recession).  Wine deals, travel deals... now a thing of the past.

Four Sisters Inns (who owns Gaige as well as many others) used to have a Carpe Diem special.. if you called the same day or in some instances, the day before, and said "Carpe Diem", you got the lowest rate on the best room available.  Talk about $150 for the best suite!  We scored that at Seal Cove in Half Moon Bay- was awesome.  I think that is no longer in effect. :-(

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jul 20, 2013.

NG, I never wish to benefit by the misfortune of others, but for those of us with seniority in jobs that don't go away completely--and that's often in the public sector, because dams need engineers, courts have to stay open, trains have to run--those are the times to stock up on wine, travel, enlarge your house.  Sadly, it can cause resentment, which is too bad, because it's sometimes one of the few things keeping the economy of places like Glen Ellen going.  We had one of the smaller rooms, but it was really beautiful, in a garden, had its own entrance, quiet as can be.  Got reservations at any restaurant we wanted, didn't pay tasting fees... I hate to get nostalgic for such a rough time, but it was very nice.  Everyone we met there was like us--vital jobs that normally didn't pay enough to stay at Gaige, but here we were.  (A doctor who ran a blood bank stands out in my mind, and two other medical researchers--NG would have been right at home.)

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 21, 2013.

One more: Calluna in Chalk Hill would be well worth your time. Would be a sit down with the owner/winemaker overlooking the vineyards from what I hear.

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Reply by outthere, Jul 21, 2013.

That's interesting because Calluna makes their wine at a custom crush in Santa Rosa. Didn't know they did tastings at their property. Have tasted their wines several times at the Vinify Open House. Very well made Cabs and Bordeaux Blends.

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