Pinot NOIR

PINOT NOIR IS MY MOST FAVORITE VARIETAL

How lucky am I that I live in one of the best growing regions for this tempermental grape?? I favor a wine that can stand on its own...something I can enjoy without food...Not too tanic, lower alcohol, fruity but dry, complex, and can move from pre-dinner to dinner seamlessly. 

 

Despite being the highest produced red grape in the Russian River Valley, pinot is actually one of the more difficult grapes to grow...

Cool, foggy mornings allow the grape to ripen more slowly and develop those lovely and complex characteristics that earn awards for the region's wines. 

 

North County

 

Alden Alli

From one of the pinot geniuses that brought you Kosta Brown, Dan Kosta, this is his latest labor of love.

"AldenAlli Winery creates limited-production Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel

from cool climate regions such as the Sonoma Coast"

14210 Bacchus Lndg Wy Ste 300, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 494-2045

aldenalli.com

 

 

Arista*

Arista makes some very high end pinots, both single vineyard and appelation focused.

If you want something special, reserve a private "Taste of Terroire" tasting. It's so well done and a fine touch when hosting guests from out of town or if you're visiting and want an elevated experience.

Their website discourages groups of more than 8 and specifically bachelorette/bachelor parties. Which I find humorous. And awesome.

7015 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 473-0606

aristawinery.com

 

BACA Wines*

 

 

Copain Wines*

Producer of vineyard-designated wines from Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier, and Zinfandel.

Just purchased by Kendall Jackson. Hopefully it will keep its boutiquey feel.

One of the most incredible views in the valley.

~By appointment only ~Call ahead for picnic basket lunches

7800 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg, CA

(707) 836-8822

copainwines.com

Flowers*

Stunning property w state of the art architecture overlooking the Russian River Valley.

Award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot, Rosé & limited-production sparkling.

Food & wine pairings offered. Which you MUST do b/c their resident chef is uh-may-zing.

By appointment only. 

 4035 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 723-4800 or RSVP online here

flowerswinery.com/visit-flowers-healdsburg/

Gary Farrell*

Beautiful tasting room overlooking the Russian River Valley.

By appointment only. 

 10701 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 473-2909 or email or RSVP online here

garyfarrellwinery.com

 

Thomas George Estates

Small producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel on the former site of Davis Bynum Winery. 

The people here are as awesome as the wine. Their wine club has great perks. And they rent out their facilities for private parties. And they have a cave! 

This is a nice place to bring a picnic or snacks. They also have several cottages available for rent.

Another reason to join their wine club...

8075 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

(707) 431-8031

ThomasGeorgeEstates.com

 

 

J. Rochioli

Phenomenal pinot by the winery that put Healdsburg and Sonoma County on the wine map.

6192 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA

Open Thursday-Monday, appointment only Tuesday & Wednesday

(707) 433-2305

rochioliwinery.com

 

J Vineyards & Winery

Contemporary tasting room featuring an incredible menu of sparkling, chardonnay and pinot noir wines. For a special occasion--or if you just want to spend an afternoon sipping and pairing wine with food--make a reservation in their Bubble Lounge. A time-worthy experience. Get a driver if you do. Trust me. You'll eat (and drink) a lot more than you think...

11447 Old Redwood Hwy Healdsburg, CA

(888) 594-6326

jwine.com

 

 

MacRostie*

One of my favorite new wine tasting rooms. The perfect combination of ambience and hospitality. Lovely pinots and chardonnays. And rosé! They actually greet you at the door with a tasting of rosé. Who doesn't love that?!

The MacRostie Estate House

4605 Westside Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 473-9303 ~Reservations required on weekends & strongly recommended on weekdays

~Make a reservation online here--call (707) 473-9303 ext.201~

~-or email your reservation request here~

macrostiewinery.com

Papapietro Perry

The pinots and the views here are excellent.

4791 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, CA

(707) 433.0422

papapietro-perry.com

Reeve Wines*

A small, "passion project" dedicated to some beautiful wines in an even more beautiful location. 

My fave rosé (grown, picked and blended specifically for rosé) KILLS!

Lovely reisling and pinot as well. 

Their tasting room, property and 4-bedroom guest villa stun. 

Thursday-Monday by appointment

4551 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg CA

(707) 235-6345

reevewines.com

 

West County

Dutton Estate

Chardonnay, rosé, pinot and syrah are these guys' forté. 

Great food & wine pairing available as well.

When you leave here, stop by Mom's Apple Pie and grab a slice. Ohmygod.

8757 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol, CA

(707) 829-9463

sebastopolvineyards.com

Dutton Goldfield

These guys are known for their chardonnay and pinot. West county grows some of the best of these grapes. And they are no exception.

3100 Gravenstein Highway North (@ the corner of Hwy 116 & Graton Rd.), Sebastopol, CA

(707) 827-3600

duttongoldfield.com

Lynmar Estate*

A beautiful tasting room in West County. Knowledgeable, fun staff. Ask for Drew. He's THE BEST.

Gorge gardens and places to lounge and take in the day.

They truly are a luxury pinot and chard producer in the Valley. 

~call ahead to reserve an awesome picnic prepared by their onsite chef

3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 829-3374

lynmarwinery.com

 

Martinelli Winery

The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in Sonoma County since the late 1800's. Their finer wines are mostly available exclusively to their mailing list--and it's a worthy list to join. Some of the best wines I've ever poured are made by Martinelli. 3360 River Rd. Windsor, CA 95492

(707) 525-0570

martinelliwinery.com

 

Merry Edwards

Merry is one of the first female wine-makers, and only one of four who've won a James Beard Award for wine.

She specializes in pinot but also makes a fancy, single vineyard desginate Chardonnay from Olivet Lane Vineyard and a sauvignon blanc. This is a wine you can only find at high end restaurants, boutiquey wine shops or at the winery.

2959 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA

(707) 823-7466

merryedwards.com

 

Paul Hobbs*

Exclusive, award-winning, expensive pinots made by one of the most meticulous wine-makers in the region.

Their tasting room is stunning. I could live there.

 Appointment only, Mon-Fri (That's right...only during the week...)

707.824.9879 

paulhobbswinery.com

Red Car

Red Car is unique. A cool gift shop with clever items surround the tasting couches and picture windows. Their wines are some of my favorite daily drinkers and they offer a very nice tasting experience. I also love that it's just a stone's throw from my favorite brunch spot, Willowood. So it's easy to pop in here to kick off your day. Their whites, rosé, pinots and syrahs are very nice.  

8400 Graton Rd., Sebastopol, CA

email or (707) 829-8500

redcarwine.com

Woodenhead Vintners

Small producer of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel near Forestville.

5700 River Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 

Open Thursday-Monday

(707) 887-2703  

woodenheadwine.com

*Appointment Only