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Recommendations Needed for Amazing Wineries Producing Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley & Unique Napa Valley Wineries

I used the information here on Chow to design a Russian River Pinot Noir tour for a Pinot-fanatic friend who was visiting. We started with lunch at Boon Eat + Drink, followed by a short hike in Armstrong Redwoods (such a beautiful place). Our first Pinot stop was Arista, which was incredible! Sadly, that was the best Pinot we had that day, nothing else quite compared. Arista suggested we visit VML just down the road, which was good but I only liked their Chard enough to buy. On to Porter Creek, which I always love. Great small vibe, and their Viognier and Zins are so good. On to Copain, which has some of the nicest views in the area. We finished up at Martinelli, which is a super-friendly tasting room. As I mentioned, the Pinot Noir highlight was Arista, and at each stop after that we would take a sip and declare, "Not Arista." We had dinner at Zazu, which I always love. Thanks to all who posted Russian River Pinot Noir tips!

Oct 01, 2012
redyoga in San Francisco Bay Area