Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma, Second Edition by Tilar Mazzeo

By Tilar Mazzeo

This up-to-date consultant to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Sonoma profiles over 70 hard-to-find, genuine boutique estates that characteristic 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 with no trouble at the cabinets of your neighborhood supermarket. way more tough to discover are the picturesque, frequently family-run wineries handcrafting unparalleled wines respected by way of critics and locals alike. Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma will lead you to seventy of those gemstones, many with just a constrained construction and native distribution. up to date with new wineries, eating places, and native sights; maps; full-color photos; and tips about wine-tasting etiquette, wine transport prone, and itinerary making plans, this advisor will organize oenophiles and starting wine-lovers alike to enjoy within the laid-back surroundings that Sonoma has to provide

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Mazzeo ; photographs by Paul Hawley. – Second edition. pages cm Includes index. 1. Wine tourism—California—Sonoma County. 2. Wine tasting—California—Sonoma County. 3. Wineries—California—Sonoma County—Guidebooks. 4. )—Guidebooks. I. Title. 5 million tourists visit what locals call simply “the North Bay”—the rural and still magical wine country less than an hour north of San Francisco. And everyone knows, of course, that wine tasting is a serious business. Swirl, sniff, taste. There is nothing wrong with classiness and expertise and the love of a fine wine.

And it’s quite an experience. Driving up through the gates of the Pendleton estate, you find yourself wondering whether you’ve been whisked away to some countryside French château. Except that when you get to the main terrace of the house, perched at the top of a small, narrow valley, you realize that the views are 100 percent California. The Pendleton family came to the Alexander Valley in the early 1990s with no clear intention of making wines and no family legacy in the industry behind them.

Com Tasting daily by appointment only THERE HAVE BEEN GRAPES on the site of the Pasterick vineyards since the 1880s, and the family farmhouse once belonged to the folks who established one of Sonoma County’s landmarks, the Dry Creek General Store. The vineyards today are more recent, planted especially by Gerry Pasterick so he could create his signature California-inflected Côte Rôtie blend. Here on ten steep hillside acres, Gerry—a generous man with a sparkling wit and a passion for terroir—grows enough Viognier and Syrah to produce five hundred cases a year of his complex and eminently quaffable wine.

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