Continuing on from yesterday’s post.
Sapphire Hill Winery in Healdsburg was a great value. It was $30 for a wine tasting for two, but there was a food pairing for each of the five wines and we got an extra three samples of wine and an extra sample of food so this really turned into a good lunch for the two of us. Nice location in town alongside several other tasting rooms.
Fogline was a rural winery right outside one of the vineyards they harvest from in Fulton. This is a 9 year old start up that is just really getting going. The facility is very industrial, but the wine, not the surroundings, is the important part. This was the Groupon that was only $12 for a wine tasting for two AND a $10 credit for a bottle of wine. Can’t beat that kind of deal!
Deerfield Ranch Winery was a little hard to find in the Kenwood area since it is a little ways off the Sonoma Highway, but totally worth visiting. It is a winery in a cave!
Talking to the staff, the owner decided to build an extensive cave network in the hills in order to save on refrigeration costs which normally are part of any wine storage in California. It also was a pretty cool atmosphere to relax and taste wine in.
Next was the Ty Caton Winery, also in Kenwood although in a much easier to find location along with several other wine tasting rooms. Lot’s of good reds!
Lastly, we visited the Karah Winery which was in the Petaluma Gap (hills between Petaluma and Santa Rosa). The location was a little hard to get to, but had a great view once you located it. The entire tasting room was literally surrounded by the vineyard and a tasting room with beautiful views of the whole county. Got a free bottle of wine as part of the wine tasting.
Regardless of the weather this year, this was a fun time for us and I suggest you give it a try too. You can go next door to the more famous Napa Valley, but I found that pretty much all the deals were in the Sonoma Valley. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.