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We spent nearly every day going from winery to winery tasting everything that we could. A tip for the driver: Go to the furthest winery you want to go to for that day and work your way back to your hotel. You really don’t want to drive very far after you visit the 10th winery of the day. Most wineries charged $5 - $10 for a tasting that included 5 or so wines. Pick up some tourist brochures on the way into the valley because they have coupons and "2 for 1" offers on wine tastings. We really enjoyed the scenery and the slow pace of just going from winery to winery and tasting all the different wines. A relaxing vacation to say the least.
Here are some of our favorite wineries from Sonoma. Judged by atmosphere, taste and general coolness. Taste is a very subjective thing.
Buena Vista Winery – Located just a couple miles from the Town Square. It is a picturesque winery with tall eucalyptus trees lining the road into the winery. They have a picnic area where you can eat lunch or just a snack. Cheese, cold cuts, bread, etc. are available. The wines are good.
Ravenswood – They have some great Zinfandels. The people here were very nice. Located just a couple miles from the Town Square.
Landmark – Try this winery if you like buttery and oaky Chardonnay’s. They also have a good Pinot Noir.
Ledson – The wines are good, but the atmosphere and the pictures of the chateau are worth the stop.
Silver Oak – Can be one of the best Cabernets or just a so-so. Depends on the year. The one we had was spectacular.
Murphy-Goode - Very good wines at a reasonable price.
Simi – Great Chardonnay’s.
Jordan – Beautiful grounds, extensive tour but reservations must be made in advance. Great wines.