By Tilar Mazzeo
This up to date consultant to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Sonoma profiles over 70 hard-to-find, genuine boutique estates that function world-class, artisanal wines respected through locals and critics.
Each yr, travelers stopover at Sonoma’s well-trodden wineries, a lot of which provide wines you should buy quite simply at the cabinets of your neighborhood supermarket. way more tough to discover are the picturesque, sometimes family-run wineries handcrafting remarkable wines respected by means of critics and locals alike. Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma will lead you to seventy of those gem stones, many with just a constrained construction and native distribution. up-to-date with new wineries, eating places, and native points of interest; maps; full-color pictures; and tips about wine-tasting etiquette, wine delivery companies, and itinerary making plans, this advisor will organize oenophiles and starting wine-lovers alike to delight in within the laid-back surroundings that Sonoma has to supply
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A bit more unusually in the valley, Göpfrich also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon, a consistent gold-medal winner in wine competitions, and, as Ray will tell you, because the Dry Creek Cabernets are less well known, they are one of the best values in the valley. Ray’s estate reds are in the $30 to $40 range, and there’s also a rosé on offer (around $20). Before you get to these small-lot reds that have made the Göpfrich reputation, don’t be surprised when you are offered another unique tasting experience.
Most of the wineries in the area can be reached by traveling along one of two local highways, Highway 101, which runs in the north-south direction, and Highway 12, which intersects with Highway 101 near Santa Rosa and runs roughly in the east-west direction. Sonoma County covers a relatively large area, and, because it can easily take more than an hour of steady driving to get across the region, the best way to plan a day of wine tasting is to focus on just one or two appellations, taking time for a leisurely gourmet lunch and some sightseeing along the way.
Vincent is the farmer in the family, and Lise is the winemaker. They make only a few wines—a white, a rosé of Syrah, a vineyard Syrah, and a reserve wine that in 2007 garnered points in the 90s from The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker (from $25 to $45). Because it’s a small family operation, you have to make an appointment to visit, but they are delighted to welcome you out to the vineyard for a tour and a chance to sample the wines that are making their reputation. PAPAPIETRO PERRY WINERY 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg Exit Dry Creek Road west from Highway 101 Tel.
Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma, Second Edition by Tilar Mazzeo