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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wine Tasting in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

The largest city in Sonoma County has a few wine tasting opportunities right in town. If you are staying in Santa Rosa during your visit you don't have far to drive or Uber. The tasting venues range from vineyard and valley views to urban settings to light industrial locations.

Corte Riva

I know nothing about them except what it says on their website. Call for hours. Wines from the mid-$20s to $100.


Small production family winery making Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Zinfandel along with the occasional Barbera, Sangiovese, and other Italian varieties priced in the $30s to mid-$50s range.

Paradise Ridge

Family-owned, known for their sculpture garden and view as much as the wines. Wide range of wines available from the Russian River Valley and Rockpile appellations. Priced from low-$20s for the rosé to $80 for the Cabernet Franc. A full producing winery and vineyards onsite.


Two guys making Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir plus Zinfandel from the Monte Rosso Vineyard. Priced in the $30s and $40s. By appt. Located in the Railroad Square area of downtown.


Well-known for their wide range of Pinot Noirs sourced from central California to Oregon. Tasting by appt. in their production facility in Santa Rosa (called their warehouse winery), but they also have a tasting room in Healdsburg. The Pinots are priced from the mid-$30s to $60 plus he makes a few other wines.


Run by three members of the Vicini family (tre Vicinis -- get it?). Retail tasting room near downtown Santa Rosa. They make quite a few different wines priced from about $20 to $65.

In what is called the Coffey Park light industrial complex off Coffeey Lane there are several small winery operations. It ain't fancy, but it's all about the wine, right?

Carol Shelton

She's been making kick-ass Zinfandels for quite awhile, but you'll find Viognier, Petite Sirah, and a few others, too. Priced from about $15 to $50.


Husband and wife team making several different wines including several Zinfandels running from the mid-$20s to $50. Their website is way outdated so you may want to call before visiting to see if they are open and what they may be pouring. I'm guessing they don't have much of an IT staff to maintain the site.


Pretty much a one (busy) man operation making a few Russian River Valley wines reasonably priced from the mid-$20s to mid-$30s. By appointment.

Disclaimer: I work for one of the above wineries