Friday Tastings – Sonoma Coast and Russian River AVA’s

Friday Morning:

Joseph Phelps, Sonoma Coast  (ultra-premium wine tasting)

Enjoy estate and vineyard specific tastings from both Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley.  This includes a tasting of approximately six wines, featuring their flagship wine, Insignia.  The group will be seated at smaller tables with a personal winery steward discussing the wines.

Best Sonoma County Wineries to Visit" -Food & Wine, Oct. 2013

Friday Noon:

Paradise Ridge Winery(sculpture garden self-guided tour, wine tasting & picnic)

The tasting room features Paradise Ridge’s elite selection of wines from the Russian River Valley and the exclusive Rockpile Viticultural Area.  5- 7 wines will be tasted.

“Wander through the outdoor sculpture exhibit in Marijke’s Grove and enjoy the Nagasawa historical exhibit.”

Friday Lunch at Paradise Ridge:

Chosen as “The Best Wine Country Picnics  – Best View”  by the San Francisco Chronicle,

lunch Includes your choice of sandwich, side salad, dessert and beverage:


Roast beef

With brown sugar caramelized onions, blue cheese and garlic aioli

Curry Chicken Salad

Tender chunks of chicken breast and creamy curry dressing with dried fruits and honey


House made humus with fresh garlic and lemon zest, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichokes, red onions and oil cured olives with feta cheese

Tuna Nicoise

Flaked tuna dressed with our house vinaigrette, sliced sweet onions, chopped oil cured olives & diced tomatoes

Club Chloé

Applewood smoked ham, turkey breast, bacon, tomato, lettuce & basil mayo


Bistro Chloé

Variety of Spring greens with season market vegetables & Mato’s St. George cheese

Orchard Harvest

 Apples, raisins and goat cheese with toasted pecans, thinly sliced onions and seasonal veggies on a bed of baby greens

Quinoa & Roasted Carrot

Composed salad of nutty quinoa, dried cranberries and lemon dressing with walnuts


Oatmeal raisin cookie, double chocolate cookie, ginger fig cookie or peanut butter cookie


sparkling water, water, sodas or diet sodas

Friday Afternoon:

Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens(garden tour and estate wine tasting)

No wine country experience could be complete without a stroll through KJ’s Gardens. Taste a variety of their finest, limited production wines, while you experience the magic of their sensory gardens and watch the flavors in your glass come to life.   This tasting of Jackson Estate wines showcases their most prized vineyards, and a clear display of how sustainably farming small blocks of highly stressed vines will produce world class wines.  Most of these wines are sold only at the winery.  5 - 7 tastings.

“If you love flavor intense CA wine, this is a premium place to visit.  Great wine at wallet saving prices.  Go!”


Saturday Tastings – Sonoma Valley AVA

Saturday Morning:

Deerfield Ranch  (Wine Cave tour, winemaker/owner guided tasting)

The tasting room is in the center of a 23,000 square feet wine cave, in the heart of the production facility.  You'll have the opportunity to relax and savor various flights of wine selected from the 20 wines made by Deerfield.  Winemaker Dr. Robert Rex will guide you on a sensory experience that is much more than the average tasting.  +7  tastings.

"Spectacular wines and a great, relaxed tasting room in their wine cave."

Saturday Lunch (after tasting at Deerfield Ranch):

lunch Includes your choice of sandwich, side salad, fruit and dessert


Roast beef, Turkey, Ham or vegetarian

On your choice of bread

White, whole wheat, sourdough, light or dark rye


Potato salad, Coleslaw or pasta salad

Fruit Choices

Fresh fruit salad or whole fruit (banana, apple or pear)


Cookie or Brownie

Saturday – early afternoon:

Ravenswood Winery(Vineyard tour, barrel tasting and small-lot wine tasting)

Our visit starts with a walk through the vineyard to learn about the unique viticulture practices at Ravenswood.  The private tasting is in the barrel room where we’ll taste “what’s to come” along with rare, small-lot zinfandels along with other varietals. 5 – 7 tastings

“The tour presents the organic small house vintages, not the massive 800,000 bottle operation. While the winemaking is no longer done on premises, the setting is rustic with a lot of charm, and the hosts are friendly and knowledgeable.”

Saturday – late afternoon:

Mayo Family Winery  (wine tasting with winemaker/owner)

We’ll visit the tasting room located next to the winemaking facility off of Highway 12.  Tasting includes popular Sonoma Valley varietals such as Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll also try unique varietals ranging from Gewürztraminer to Cabernet Franc.  These wines are only available at their tasting room.  +10 tastings.                                                                                                                                                                         

“Stopped here in a guided wine tour not sure what to expect from such a small operation. I was pleasantly surprised as this turned out to be my favorite vineyard of the three we visited. The people there were very proud of their work and enjoyed sharing their wines with us.” 


Sunday Tastings – Dry Creek & Russian River AVA

Sunday Morning:

Christopher Creek Winery  (production tour, barrel tasting and ultra-premium wine tasting)

We will begin tasting on their oversized deck overlooking rolling vineyards, creek and surrounding vistas. Their Petite Sirah’s are legendary winners with over 45 Medals and “Best of Class-Gold Medals” during the past ten years.  +8 tastings.

“Hands down my favorite wine in California! I stumbled across this place a year ago on a wine tour, joined the club because I loved the wines and I felt the winery had an interesting story.” 

Sunday Lunch at Christopher Creek Winery:

An Italian style buffet will be presented on the deck.  Food stations include 

- Green Salad with 2 types of dressing
- Vegetarian lasagna (butternut squash, bechamel sauce, parmesan)
- Meat lasagna (traditional beef and red sauce)
- Pulled pork with house made slider buns and cole slaw

Sunday Noon:                                                                          

Davis Family Vineyards(wine tasting & bocce ball)

We’ll be seated along the Russian River (yes there really is a river) in their garden lounge area enjoying their flagship wine, Pinot Noir along with several other varietals.  Join in a game on their bocce court.   +6 tastings.

“Guy Davis's style matches bright, complex aromas and flavors with silky textures and impeccable balance, while capturing the essence of Russian River.”

Sunday Afternoon:

Take a stroll around Healdsburg Plaza and discover the treasures and treats of small town individuality that make Healdsburg so special.  World class shopping, renowned art and sculpture, organic locally grown produce and artisanal breads, +20 wine tasting rooms, world famous microbrewery, independent bookstores, treasure troves of antiquing and so much more.  Bus departs Healdsburg at 4PM. First stop is Sonoma airport at 4:30.  Final drop-off at the Santa Rosa Marriott Courtyard at 5PM.

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