By Tilar Mazzeo
This up-to-date advisor to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Sonoma profiles over 70 hard-to-find, actual boutique estates that function world-class, artisanal wines respected through locals and critics.
Each yr, travelers stopover at Sonoma’s well-trodden wineries, lots of which provide wines you should purchase easily at the cabinets of your neighborhood supermarket. way more tricky to discover are the picturesque, commonly family-run wineries handcrafting unprecedented wines respected by means of critics and locals alike. Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma will lead you to seventy of those gemstones, many with just a restricted construction and native distribution. up to date with new wineries, eating places, and native sights; maps; full-color pictures; and pointers on wine-tasting etiquette, wine transport providers, and itinerary making plans, this consultant will arrange oenophiles and starting wine-lovers alike to get pleasure from within the laid-back surroundings that Sonoma has to provide
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Places where you can find excellent handcrafted wines made by on-site proprietors, often with only a local or regional distribution and a limited case production. The vast majority of the wineries included in this book make fewer than ten thousand cases of wine a year, and the smallest produce only a hundred or two. The very largest make fewer than thirty-five thousand cases, and, in a county where some of the big commercial operations churn out five million cases of wine a year, this is still a small operation.
M. by appointment only THE FOLKS at A. Rafanelli Vineyard and Winery aren’t always great about returning phone calls, and the tasting rooms are open only by appointment. But they’ve been making wines in the Dry Creek Valley for more than four generations, and they have one of the best reputations locally for making great red wines. Their Zinfandel is generally considered superior and emblematic of the Dry Creek AVA. In fact, most of these wines are so good there are limits on how many bottles you can buy in the tasting room—which is the only place outside a few high-end restaurants that you’ll ever find them.
All those little sips of wine add up quickly, after all. And remember: no matter how much fun you are having, drinking from the dump bucket happens only in the movies. Shipping Wines Home FOR MANY VISITORS to the wine country of Sonoma County, the trouble is finding ways to get all these wonderful wines home. When you have been touring the back lane wineries, discovering small-production, handcrafted wines that won’t be available at home, the question takes on a particular urgency. Most of the wineries in this book distribute their wines only through their tasting room sales, and this is part of what makes discovering them so satisfying.