If you are like many people and have a burning interest in taking a memorable wine country tour, your thoughts may gravitate naturally to the Sonoma Valley in California. You have a number of options when it comes to taking an idyllic Sonoma wine country tour.
One tactic you can employ is to hop on a prearranged tour of Sonoma wineries. On the other hand, you can also prepare your very own, personalized Sonoma wine country tour. With this in mind, there are seven marvelous Sonoma wineries you will want to consider visiting when on your own memorable wine country tour.
- R. Cohn Winery
- R. Cohn Winery was founded by Bruce Cohn, the former manager of the highly popular California band, The Doobie Brothers. B. R. Cohn Winery opened its doors in 1984. The first winemaker at B. R. Cohn Winery was Helen Turley, who is now a very famous and highly respected in the industry.
- R. Cohn Winery comes complete with a public tasting room and a wine club. The winery is also a popular location for weddings, anniversaries, and other events. The vineyards at the winery are mostly planted with cabernet sauvignon grapes. However, the vineyards also cultivate smaller amounts of pinot noir, zinfandel, cabernet franc, and Malbec.
Cline Cellars has become best known for the production of what are known as “ancient vines” wines. These are wines that come from Contra Costa County. The vines planted at Cline Cellars are between 80 and 120 years old.
Cline Cellars has a very unique tasting room. The tasting room is in a rustic, and well appointed, 1850s farmhouse.
Cline Cellars includes vineyards that grow a variety of grapes, including Carignane and zinfandel vines. In addition, the vineyards include Grenache and palomino vines.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is a winery in the Sonoma Valley that specializes in amazing sparkling wines. These are Pinot noir and Chardonnay wines. The winery an vineyards was the first to plant Champagne grape clones in Sonoma.
The winery has laid out a specific mission, which is to capture the complete expression of the truly distinctive Carneros terroir in certain wines that are made to pair perfectly with food.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards began producing wine in 1986. In addition to sparkling wines being its specialties, the winery and vineyard more recently has started to produce still red wines.
Korbel Champagne Cellars
Korbel Champagne Cellars is the producer of some of the more popular sparkling wines in the United States. Indeed, Korbel Champagne Cellars does specialize in sparkling wine.
The company behind this winery has long and storied history. The company was founed in 1882 by three Czechoslovak brothers named Korbel. The company today, including its operations in the Sonoma Valley, is the 12th largest wine producer in the United States.
European Union law mandates that only wine from vines grown in the Champagne wine region of France may use the terms “Champagne” on the label. Nonetheless, Korbel has been using terms like “California Champagne” and “Russian River Valley Champagne” to described its sparkling wine.
Remick Ridge Vineyards
Famous faces can be seen with regularity in the Sonoma Valley. This includes some famous folks who own vineyards and wineries. On this list is the popular 1960s comic duo, the Smothers Brothers. Tom and Dick Smothers own the Remick Ridge Vineyards.
Remick Ridge Vineyards is described as the best kept secret in the Sonoma Valley. The establishment was opened in 1977 and currently grows 50 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.
500 cases are produced annually, under the supervision of wine master Richard Arrowood. The wine is always 100% varietal, unfiltered, and in-fined.
Kistler Vineyards is one of the most respected wineries in all of the the Sonoma Valley. Kistler Vineyards is a family owned winery. The winery releases its Chardonnay every other year. When that happens, it becomes one the most sought after vintages by discriminating wine enthusiasts. Time and again, the leading wine magazines in the United States call the wine from Kistler Vineyards as the “best of the best.”
Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates
Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates is part of the whole Kendall-Jackson brand. The vineyard and winery, in the Sonoma Valley, produces the best selling overall brand of what is known as super premium wine. Super premium wine is wine that sells for more that $15 a bottle in the United States. The grapes for the wines from this winery are grown on 80 acres.
Jessica Kane writes for TIPS Alcohol Training, offering TIPS responsible alcohol service training online for both on and off premise needs.