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

Hello All! Later this week, my husband and I are headed to the Russian River Valley in search of a few great bottles of pinot noir to bring back to our home in Minnesota. Although we are pretty seasoned on the Napa Valley side, we are quite "green" when it comes to the Russian River Valley. During a previous short visit, we had the good fortune to visit Littorai and have also had past luck purchasing some single vineyard wines from the RRV in restaurants and at wine stores and, as such, are thrilled for our trip. I've done some research that points me to Merry Edwards, Woodenhead, Copain, Freestone and Lynmar Estate. Although desireable, we were not able to get an appointment at Williams Selyem. I'd love any thoughts on those wineries or any suggestions that "those in the know" have to offer.

Similarly, when surrounded by such good food, we don't want to go wrong there either. Any "must do" options for lunch on the Sonoma side?

Lastly, although we've been to a number of places in Napa Valley (our favorites being, among others, Pride, Elyse, Terra Valentine, Reverie, Honig, Ehlers Estate, Robert Sinskey, and Domain Carneros), we'd love any suggestions!