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Winery suggestions for Chalk Hill, Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valley?

Wonderful suggestions! MacPhail sounds right up our alley as well as Starlite, which looks really quaint and pretty. Unfortunately, William Selyem is not open to the public.

May 28, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Winery suggestions for Chalk Hill, Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valley?

Thank you for those recs! We have visited Bella before. We fell in love with Preston, just looking at the pictures, so we are definitely planning a visit there. Can't wait! Have also hit the Dry Creek General store which we also love. Great idea to pick up lunch and picnic at Preston!

May 28, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Winery suggestions for Chalk Hill, Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valley?

Thank you for those links! Looked into Arnot Roberts..looks like amazing wine. Will have to schedule an appointment to visit their tasting room.

May 28, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Winery suggestions for Chalk Hill, Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valley?

With all of the amazing feedback I received from a previous post seeking advice and suggestions for wineries and restaurants in the Carneros area, I have returned to obtain advisement for these areas.

My boyfriend and I, along with two other couples will be staying in Healdsburg at the end of June for the weekend and would greatly appreciate some winery suggestions! We all love unique, off-the-beaten-path places. We are very laid back, go with the flow and have a deep appreciation for all good wine.

We would like to explore Chalk Hill and Knights Valley one day, and Dry Creek and Alexander Valley the next day. We know that the latter areas are much larger, but since we have already spent some time in those areas, we would like to devote a day to the smaller, unique areas of the former.

To give a feel for our taste, here are a few wineries that we have enjoyed in the area: Fieldstone, Jordan, Quivera, Raymond Burr, Robert Young
Other wineries that we have enjoyed in other AVAs are places like Adastra and Scribe; unique wines in a more personal setting.

Here's what we have come up with so far. We haven't yet found any for Dry Creek. Please suggest any others you feel would be more our taste and feel free to yay or nay any. Thank you!

Chalk Hill
Chateau Felice
Albini Family Vineyards

Knights Valley
Peter Michael Winery
Hans Fahden Vineyard
Anakota

Alexander Valley
Coyote Crest Vineyards & Winery
Stonestreet
Medlock Ames
Mojons Bench

Dry Creek/Healdsburg
Ramey
Open for suggestions!

May 27, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

Just wanted to give everyone a quick recap of the weekend we spent in Carneros (April 27th - 29th). We had a great time to say the least!

Friday
Left the peninsula around 9am and reached Carneros in about an hour and fifteen minutes. Our first stop was:

Buena Vista - It was neat to check out one of the oldest wineries in California, rustic tasting room. Enjoyed one of my favorite chards of the trip. Also to note, a great red blend.

Bouchaine - Neat little tasting room, nice grounds, excellent chards, including a favorite of mine called "a mouth full of butter".

Di Rosa Art Preserve - Well worth a trip here. Took the one hour long introductory tour. Beautiful grounds, fascinating art.

Boon Fly Cafe - Excellent lunch; gourmet, artisan food.

Sojourn Cellars - Private tasting. Wonderful, big pinots and cabs.

The Girl & the Fig - Delicious dinner, unique plates. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Saturday

Acacia - Tasted a lot of great wines, purchased a great collection of their reserves.

Domaine Carneros - Had some time before our next appointment, so we stopped by. It's a grand and beautiful place, rather touristy, but it was nice to enjoy the weather and some bubbles on the balcony.

Truchard - Definitely a favorite of the trip. Outstanding wines and grounds, as Maria Lorraine described. Had a semi-private tour of their wine cave and vineyards, did some barrel tasting as well. Bought quite a few bottles including an excellent cab franc that we actually very much enjoyed last night.

Artesa - Quite a well traveled winery, lots of people snapping pics and what not. Sculptures and grounds were architecturally stunning. Did a reserve tasting and rather enjoyed it.

El Dorado Kitchen - Lunch was perfect, lots of classic and gourmet dishes to choose from.

MacRostie Winery - Another favorite of ours. Tasting is in a warehouse in an industrial looking complex which was different and rather refreshing. Exquisite and unique chards.

Farm at the Carneros Inn - Simply amazing. Every course was absolutely delectable. A very memorable meal to say the least. Ambiance is fabulous. Highly recommended.

Sunday

Etude Wines - Had a wonderful semi-private wine and cheese pairing. Really excellent wines all around. It was a fun experience to test each paring.

Scribe - Really rustic, yet beautiful setting. We had a private tasting at an old wooden picnic table outdoors. Another fantastic experience in which we left with plenty of wine

Adastra - The most favorite of ours. This is the first winery we have actually ever become members of. We had a private tour of the barn, grounds, pond and vineyards by the owner, who felt more like an old friend we were visiting. This was definitely one of those rare experiences one would have at a winery. The tasting was conducted in his kitchen. The wines really speak for themselves. Quite an amazing time that I will not forget.

Boon Fly Cafe - Lunch for the second time here. Since we were close and had such a delicious lunch on Friday, we decided to dine here again. Great decision.

Cuvaison Estate - Our last stop of the trip. Wines were good, though nothing we thought stood out, perhaps because it followed Adastra. We tasted outside overlooking gorgeous vineyards. Great ending to an amazing time in wine country.

Thank you SO much to all of you for your great advice and recommendations! Special thanks to Maria Lorraine and Goldangl95. Without you, I know we would not have had the wonderful trip that we did.

May 18, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

I think I will skip Bouchaine, as you suggested, if need be.

I made dinner reservations later in the evening to give us a few hours just to hang out at our cottage ( we are staying just a couple of miles away from downtown) and freshen up, possibly nap.

Mar 24, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

Friday is the day I had the most difficulty arranging. I see that indeed I was underestimating travel time. I do prefer your advised itinerary, however Bouchaine does not open until 10:30 am, so I presume I would just have to visit Artesa first to save some time, but allot ourselves a bit more time there. I do think visiting Domaine Carneros after lunch would be ideal, unfortunately, the latest I could push the appointment at Sojourn would be 4 pm (one hour tasting; they close at 5). I definitely do not want to be late to any appointments or have to rush, so worst case scenario, though I would hate to, I could cut one of the wineries.

Mar 23, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

Yes, the introductory tour is 1 hour long. If time allows, I would love to explore more.

Mar 23, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

A big thank you to everyone for all of the great recommendations! I know we will have a great time, largely because of them. Here is the itinerary (Feel free to critique):

Friday
Artesa - 10 am
Bouchaine - 11 am
Di Rosa Preserve - 12 - 1 Introductory Tour
Domaine Carneros - 1:15 pm
Lunch at the Boon Fly Cafe - 2 pm
Soujourn Cellars - 3:30pm - 4:30 pm appointment
Dinner at The Girl & the Fig - 9 pm

Saturday
Acacia - 10 am -11am appointment
Truchard - 12 pm - 1pm appointment
Lunch at El Dorado Kitchen - 1:15
MacRostie - 2:15
Etude - 3 pm - 4 pm appointment
Dinner at Farm - 9:15 pm

Sunday
Scribe - 11am - 12 pm appointment
Adastra - 1pm - 2 pm appointment
Lunch (TBD)
Cuvaison - 4 pm - 5 pm appointment

If we have time:
Bartholomew Park
Buena Vista

Mar 22, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

Thanks Maria Lorraine for all of your great reccommendations and insight! I've also made a visit to MacRostie a must on our trip as well as a tour of the Di Rosa Preserve. We have chosen to explore Carneros exclusively this trip as we prefer to spend a good deal of time in each unique region.

Mar 20, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

I have made tasting appointments at both. Can't wait!

Mar 19, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

Which ones would you consider "touristy and big"? With so many great small production wineries to chose from, I'd like to cut those heavily traveled ones out. I have since cut Shug, Gunbun, Gloria Ferrer, Anaba and Nicholson Ranch in favor of Etude and Adastra.

Mar 19, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

Thanks! I do love Mexican, so I will add El Molino Central to my restaurant list.

I did see that thread, but wanted to concentrate on Carneros exclusively.

I was on the fence about Gundlach, Shug and Gloria Ferrer, and as you confirmed, I have cut them and replaced with Etude and Adastra - they look amazing and right up our alley.

Glad to hear your thoughts on Sojourn, I've heard great things as well, definitely a keeper.

If time allows, I would love to check out the tasting rooms you suggested in Sonoma.

Mar 12, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area

Carneros Wineries and Restaurant Suggestions?

My boyfriend and I are visiting Carneros at the end of April for the weekend (3 full days) and would greatly appreciate some food and wine suggestions! We love unique, off-the-beaten-path places. Love places like Quivera and Fieldstone wineries to name a couple favorites.

Please no heavily traveled, tourist attractions a la Coppola. We are very laid back, go with the flow, deep appreciation for all fine wine and gourmet, well done food. We are not snooty or fussy nor will we come bearing cameras, fanny packs or sneakers, I promise.

Here is what I have been recommended thus far. Feel free to yay or nay any:

Wineries: Bouchaine, Domaine Carneros, Schug, Gundlach Bundschu, Gloria Ferrer, Anaba, Cuvaison, Artesa, Batholomew Park, Nicholson Ranch, Acacia, Sojourn Cellars, Scribe, Buena Vista, Truchard

Restaurants: Boon Fly Cafe, Farm at the Carneros Inn, The Girl and the Fig, Angelo's Wine Country Deli

Mar 08, 2012
Acire in San Francisco Bay Area