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Sonoma Wineries - Looking for some suggestions

Hi all - I wanted to follow up a little post-trip report. Thanks again for the suggestions and direction. Due to limited time I was only able to hit three wineries, all in the general area south and east of the town of Sonoma. My original plan was to start at Truchard, but due to lacklustre research I forgot to note that this one was by appointment only. With that in mind I recalled seeing the Domaine Carneros signage on the road to Truchard and DC became my alternate destination. Again, I wish I had read a little more about this winery before committing as I found their pricing for flights to be a little rich ($30 for four small pours, 2 oz IIRC). The setting was attractive, but a little over the top with the faux French Chateau look. I really enjoyed the two sparkling wines and the two pinot noirs I sampled, though I didn't like that there was no option to drink/sample or stand at a bar. All tastings are done at a table with service. Beautiful setting, but it felt more like a restaurant then a winery. I did pick up a bottle of their Estate Pinot Noir to take home. It was one of the few affordable bottles in my price range. Following Domaine Carneros I headed to Gundlach Bundschu. This was the more traditional tasting room/bar that I had in mind. Reasonably priced flights ($10 I believe) and a nice assortment of varieties to taste. The grounds of the winery were gorgeous and I'd love to return in future to have a picnic on the grounds. Following GB I headed to Buena Vista. The setting was also impressive and I really appreciated the service and insight from the staff. Their Petite Verdot and Sheriff (Blend) were both exceptional and I brought home a bottle of the latter. I was hoping to visit more than these three, but that will have to wait for a return trip.

On a side note, I had a great meal at the Hopmunk Tavern in Sonoma on Broadway. Inviting and spacious terrace with heat lamps that offset the slightly chill temps in the evening. Also enjoyed sampling a wide variety of wines at the bar at Enoteca Della Santina just off the town square. Unlike the wineries, the bartender was eager to sample different wines without charging per sip. Great service and reasonably priced bottles, given the restobar setting.

Sonoma Wineries - Looking for some suggestions

Thank you all for the replies Very helpful.

Follow up question - Seeing as I'm staying in the town of Sonoma, it appears that Napa is actually a closer jaunt. Alexander Valley and Russian River appear to be much longer drives. From my very limited reading I understand that Napa doesn't promise as much bang for buck, but maybe not? Are there any Napa wineries that excel in Cab Sauv or Pinot Noir that would be in my modest price range?

Sonoma Wineries - Looking for some suggestions

I'll be staying overnight in Sonoma, CA (the town, specifically) for one night in early March and I'll really only have one full day to visit wineries. I'm looking for suggestions on wineries that specialize in Pinot Noir and or Cab Sauv as those are my faves. Ideally there's a cluster or region that I could focus on for the sake of efficiency. Thinking 4 or 5 in total. I'd also like to focus on smaller, less massive operations. Also, budget is a bit of a consideration, so I'm ideally looking for wineries with bottles available south of $50.

Would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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