In a previous blog, I shared my favorite Napa and Sonoma wine experiences, but I didn’t cover Santa Rosa wineries, nor those in very close proximity to this county seat of Sonoma County. According to an article in San Francisco Magazine, wineries in the areas immediately north and west of Santa Rosa – such as Russian River, Healdsburg and Bodega Bay — are growing in popularity and are definitely worth the trip. I agree, there’s plenty to discover and Santa Rosa area wineries offer some delicious wines. Here are five of my favorites:
1) DeLoach Vineyards
From wine blending parties and fireside tastings to gourmet wine and food pairings, wine classes, and vineyard tours, this vineyard offers it all. You have to taste their award-wining pinot noir, chardonnay, and zinfandel, but my favorite is the Santa Rosa Marathon red blend. Not only is it tasty, you get to customize the label. Fun!
2) Inman Family Wines
If organic farming and natural winemaking is important to you, then you’ll love this place. Inman offers “a bed and get your own breakfast,” where you can stay the night and make dinner with veggies from the organic vegetable garden. I find the wines to be elegant, layered, and vivacious.
3) Romililly Wines
Romililly Wines is the new kid in town. Their new tasting room just opened last July in one of Historic Railroad Square’s oldest buildings. Because the room maxes out at six guests, you can visit by appointment only. But it’s worth the wait, especially if you’re a fan of smooth, crisp wines. The pinot noir has a broad flavor profile that features cherry and a hint of toasty vanilla.
4) Matanzas Creek Winery
You’ll want to hang out at Matanzas Creek due to the breathtaking view and the winery’s lavender fields. I suggest you bring a picnic, something to go with sauvignon blanc, chardonnay or merlot. The merlots here are powerful and elegant. I also adore the winery’s five sauvignons blancs. Sample for yourself and let me know what your favorite is.
This unpretentious winery can be found in a warehouse. With 25 pinots, it’s developed quite a following among pinot lovers. Expect bright flavors of dark fruit, earth, and even a hint of cigar. The staff is also very helpful.
Now that we’ve uncovered my favorite wineries in Santa Rosa, we can turn our attention to the business of buying or selling your wine country estate. Why not take a look at country properties for sale in the area? Just call me at 707-953-9456 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve been specializing in estates, vineyards and other country properties in the area since 1989.