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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tasting with a View

Following are some Sonoma County winery tasting rooms that have great views for you while you sample their products.  No sense looking at a boring wall!

These are all open daily.  There are others where you can see some vines or you can step outside and have a nice view but these all have a Bar With a View.  I'm sure there's something I've missed.  Let me know if you can think of any others.

Known for their Zins and some legendary parties during the March barrel tasting weekends, but go on a quieter day and enjoy the view over Dry Creek Valley.

Gary Farrell
In the hills of the Russian River Valley down a road where you'll swear you're lost and will never see civilization again. Gary no longer owns his namesake winery but he sure did put some money into this place before he sold.  You can look out over the oak forests--see it's not all vineyards!  They are known for their Pinot Noir.
Gary Farrell

Gloria Ferrer
Sitting part way up a hillside off the valley floor outside of Sonoma with a nice view of the vineyards.  You can sip on some excellent sparkling wines at an outdoor table.

Iron Horse
It's high-end sparkling wine and Pinot served from an old, rustic building. The cool part is the tasting is outdoors where you can look over the vineyards on the rolling hillsides with mountains in the distance.
Iron Horse

Paradise Ridge
You would never guess what a great view you'd have based on their location in Santa Rosa with nearby commercial and residential areas.   They have a  spot on a hillside overlooking some of their vineyards and points farther west across the entire Russian River Valley.  There are indoor and outdoor tasting areas.  Highlights are the estate Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel.

Stryker Sonoma
From the tasting bar you look through huge windows out onto Alexander Valley.  Known for their Cabs and Zins.

This is the old Roshambo Winery in the Russian River Valley.  Actually it's right on the "border" with Dry Creek Valley.   The tasting room is on a hill looking over the valley and to the mountains beyond.  Great Pinot Noir.

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