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Tag: Wineries

Zialena

“No, turn left! That’s River Rd.,” my tasting partner exclaimed as we both tried to figure out exactly where Zialena exactly was. Just as I was about to make that left, a little A-frame sat on the side of the road providing a much needed sign (literally) to head straight to get to the winery. And with that, we’ve arrived. Welcome to Zialena. For all…

MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

The Russian River is known for three things: Chardonnays, Pinots, and wineries tucked away, up roads flanked by redwood trees, or buried up in the pines on the top of the mountain. A majority of wineries are missing something the neighboring regions of Dry Creek Valley & Alexander Valley have: tasting views. Yet MacRostie defies the norm. Welcome to MacRostie Vineyards. MacRostie Vineyards sits on…

Foley Sonoma Winery

While I have a propensity to describe Alexander Valley as a bit like the central valley in the way the topography goes, it does have a few differences (ok, so maybe more than a few differences). Namely a few rolling hills, to which one of them is where Foley Sonoma sits atop on. Welcome to Foley Sonoma. While you may think a winery sitting atop…

Pangloss Cellars

They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, I somewhat did initially with Pangloss Cellars. The rustic typeface that sits above the door as you walk in is classic western. Think Wells Fargo. The typeface, mixed with the tasting room sitting across the street from the Sonoma Square made me think I was in for a California-western themed tasting room. And that was…

Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli Winery is much like the old guy at the end of the block. But instead of yelling, “Hey, you kids get off my lawn,” he’s handing you a glass of Sangiovese and saying, “Here, have a glass.” That’s Pedroncelli. I’m really not kidding when I say Pedroncelli is old. The winery celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2017, having not moved from it’s same location…

Medlock Ames Winery

There is something majestic about driving into Alexander Valley. The multi-story buildings of nearby Healdsburg and Geyserville fade away and all you have on nearly all sides of you are vineyards. There’s only a few roads into the valley. And where the two main roads meet, Alexander Valley Rd. and Hwy 128 is where you’ll find the newer kid on the block. Welcome to Medlock…

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Am I at a winery or at someone’s house? How comfortable are these couches and chairs outside? How incredibly beautiful is the large sculpture of a horse? Is this real? Yep. Welcome to Stonestreet. There are two locations to taste Stonestreet’s wines. The first is the downtown Healdsburg location. The second, and more highly recommend is out off of Hwy 128 in the Alexander Valley….

Ramazzotti Wines

Much of the wine world can thank the French. After all, it’s how we got the bottle sizes we have today, much of the grapes, styles and the overall general wine vibe can be traced back to France. But while the French raised wine onto pedestal levels not seen before, it’s the Italians that really make wine approachable and inviting. They created their own bottle,…

Fritz Underground Winery

Ok. I give up. Where’s the winery? No seriously. Where is it? If you’re cruising around Dry Creek, you’re probably not going to find this winery just on a whim. To complicate things, it’s truly underground, with the entire operations being housed inside of a mountain. And you thought NORAD was the only company buried underground. Welcome to Fritz Underground Winery. As much as I…