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Wineries update

Confirmed Wineries for Friday:
Christopher Creek w/ intro by Winemaker
Mill Creek
maybe Porter Creek if we have enough time (they said come on by if we can)

Unconfirmed for Friday:
Acorn (near Christopher Creek and very selective)
whatever Belvedere renamed itself -- has great wine and nice garden patio for lunch

I'm thinking that we should wander up Dry Creek for Saturday, as Dry Creek is a little less popular than Westside road. None of the Westside road wineries could handle our group on Saturday.

Unfortunately, although I love Dry Creek wines I know these wineries less. If someone wants to give me some pointers I'm going to try and confirm all reservations before this coming Friday.

Finally, I am scheduling nothing for Sunday - in case we get a great pointer from someone. If not, there are a dozen or more wineries in town, all of whom will be open on Sunday. (these are generally more expensive than the wineries on the vineyards)

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lobolance
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
There's much to be said for running around the town; Healdsburg has a true old fashioned town square (there's even a sousa band somedays in the summer, honest), and there are lots of wineries to visit in town now.

It's been a long time since I was there, but here are some wineries I've been to (if memory serves!)
Quivera; actually owned by parents of a friend, at the time
Alexander Valley (the owner used to come to the bookstore where I worked, on the square; yes I was in charge of science fiction)
Dry Creek Vineyard
Hop Kiln Winery
Mill Creek
... and I see Optima is there! We must go there, they have the best affordable ports!
jorhett
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
I wanted to do lunch at Hop Kiln but for some strange reason they want $30 per person and $10 extra per person for reserve wines.

They have a nice selection of Mustards and such, but their wines are hardly worth the tasting fee given that it's free to normal people and nobody else wants to charge us a tasting fee.

I'll talk to Dry Creek and Quivera and Alexander Valley later today.

As I said before, I was thinking of leaving the in-town wineries for Sunday perusal, since they are all open on Sunday...
lobolance
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Coolness. I wish there were more time for precon visits. ;-)
jorhett
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Precon and postcon. I mean, seriously, we're going to hit maybe 10-12 wineries out of... 100? 150? in the local area. It's just a hint...
lobolance
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
lol You have a point!
dinogrl
Jun. 20th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
The nice folks at Christie Vineyard invited us up to the vineyards for a tour last year when Dave and I visited. They have some nice (albeit young) reds.

All I ask is that we make the journey wise on the fuel economy. We'll be driving a gas hog around.
dinogrl
Jun. 20th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
If I am not mistaken, Christopher Creek is in that little complex with Christie and two other wineries? They have a "gallery tasting room", right?
bovil
Jun. 21st, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Christopher Creek is in an old barn, and has a tiny tasting room.
dinogrl
Jun. 21st, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's not that tiny, and it is in the same location as Christie, which does have a tiny tasting room. There are about 4 winery tasting rooms in that one area, (like a wine mall of sorts) so we can spread out after the winemaker presentation, and eat lunch afterwards. Jo, does this sound like a plan?
jorhett
Jun. 21st, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
christie is not christopher creek
We can do Christie if you want, no problem. But Christopher Creek has their own tasting room in a converted barn as Bovil said.

What Bovil hasn't seen is the larger area they open up to handle large groups :-)

want to schedule Christie for Saturday?
dinogrl
Jun. 22nd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: christie is not christopher creek
Jo, understood you here, please read my post carefully. Christie is in the same *location* as Christopher Creek, there are also two other wineries that have tasting rooms in a that general area besides Christie *and* Christopher. Like a mall of wineries. Christopher is the largest of the tasting rooms in that area off Limerick. We can, as I said spread out and do a short exploration of all the other wineries after the winemaker presentation. We went to Christopher last summer, and discovered that we hit "paydirt" so to speak, like the Murphy's main street set up, only much smaller in terms of the amount of wineries. We could bypass all the other tasting rooms if you want, but since we are going there, we may as well hit them all. They are literally a few feet from each other.
dave_gallaher
Jun. 22nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: christie is not christopher creek
Actually, the tasting rooms in the same center as Christie Vineyards are Camellia Cellars, Holdredge Winery, Huntington Winery, and Sapphire Hill Winery. These were all in the Old Roma Station at 51 - 61 Front Street in Healdsburg. Christopher Creek is about 2 miles away.

Dave
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