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Offering one of the hippest tasting room experiences in Wine Country, Banshee Wines focuses on single designate Pinot Noir (many of which are available by allotment only), along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and of course, rosé (which is so popular they sell it in a magnum!). The winery was founded in 1998 by three friends who decided to purchase a few barrels of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with the hopes of producing enough cases to share with family and friends. Since then, they have gained reputation for their carefully crafted wines, especially their Pinot Noir. (Photo: Gretchen Gause Photography)
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Relax at Banshee's bohemian chic tasting room, featuring a collection of vinyl records you can play, reclaimed wood floors and walls, and a vintage communal table perfect for enjoying wine with friends. Visitors can choose from a variety of tasting experiences, including food and wine pairings featuring small bites prepared by Healdsburg's acclaimed SHED.
Wine tastings at Banshee Wines start at $15. Reservations are strongly recommended. The tasting room is open from 11 am-7pm daily. (707) 395-0915, 325 Center St., Healdsburg. (Photo: Gretchen Gause Photography)
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Following through with her father's dream of having his own wine label, winemaker-owner Susie Selby produces small production wines from organic and sustainable vineyards in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley. From Sauvignon Blanc to rosé, unique varietals such as Semillon, and bold reds like Malbec and Petite Sirah, Selby Winery produces a wide swath of wines sure to please even the pickiest palate. (Photo courtesy of Selby WInery)
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Selby Winery's tasting room is the oldest in Healdsburg. It's a modern space, dog friendly, and has a friendly, welcoming staff. It's commonplace to see Selby in the tasting room, meeting and greeting guests - she'll even sign a bottle for you! Be sure to taste her Chardonnay and Syrah - both of which have been served at the White House.
Tastings at Selby Winery start at $5. The tasting room is open from 11 am-5:30 pm daily. (707) 431-1288, 215 Center St., Healdsburg. (Photo courtesy of Selby Winery)
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"Beautifully balanced wines," is the motto of Mueller Winery and it's not false advertising - they produce award-winning, super small production red wines from the Russian River Valley. Launched in 1991 by seasoned winemaker Robert Mueller, the winery produces primarily Pinot Noir, which are only available at the tasting room and select restaurants in the area. (Photo courtesy of Mueller Winery)
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Guests to Mueller Winery are invited to relax in their unpretentious, laid back tasting room while sipping the winery's flagship Chardonnay and Emily's Cuveé Pinot Noir - the latter has been recognized as one of the finest Pinots produced in Wine Country. Fans of the winery often note that Mueller is in the tasting room himself, pouring wines and sharing stories.
Tastings start at $15. Mueller Winery is open Friday-Sunday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm and Monday-Thursday, by appointment. (707) 473-8086, 118 North St., Healdsburg. (Photo courtesy of Mueller Winery)
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Kobler Estate Winery
Mike Kobler always wanted to own a winery and in 2010 that dream came true. Partnering with his father, Michael, the two released three wines and, three years later, they hired Mike's brother, Brian, as winemaker. Today, Kobler Estate Winery produces Russian River Valley grown, small-lot wines including Chardonnay, Syrah, and Grenache. (Photo courtesy of Kobler Estate Winery)
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Kobler Estate Winery
Just three blocks from the Healdsburg Plaza, Kobler's tasting room is located in a warehouse space that feels more like a loft in San Francisco than anything else. Mike pours a wide selection of wines - including the three rosés that they make - most of which are produced in the family's own Green Valley vineyard.
Tastings start at $15. Kobler Estate Winery's tasting room is open 11 am-5 pm daily and by appointment. (707) 473-8287, 107b W. North St., Healdsburg. (Photo courtesy of Kobler Estate Winery)
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Seghesio Family Vineyards
One of the oldest winemaking families in Sonoma County, the Seghesio's have been making world-class wines since 1895. Today, 4th generation winemaker Ted Seghesio helms the ship, producing Zinfandel and Italian reds and whites, including Sangiovese, Barbera, Vermentino and Pinot Grigio. Seghesio offers casual tastings at their estate, located mere blocks from downtown Healdsburg. (Photo courtesy of Seghesio Family Vineyards)
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Seghesio Family Vineyards
Seghesio offer tastings at their tasting bar and outside, where guests can enjoy a bottle of wine and play bocce ball. Special offerings include the Founder's Flight, which features a pairing with charcuterie and cheese served in their cellar, and the Chef's Table, which includes a tour of the winery and a seasonal food pairing prepared by their executive chef, Peter Janiak.
Tastings start at $15. Seghesio Family Vineyards' tasting room is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. (707) 433-3579, 700 Grove St., Healdsburg. (Photo courtesy of Seghesio Family Vineyards)
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A recent addition to the tasting room scene in Healdsburg, the new Siduri Wine Lounge celebrates the Babylonian goddess of wine (Siduri) in style with Pinot Noir and small bites. Founded in 1994 by Texas natives Adam Lee and Dianna Novy, Siduri is a Pinotphile's dream - they produce Pinot Noir from as far south as Santa Barbara and as far north as Willamette Valley in Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Siduri Wine Lounge)
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The Siduri wine lounge offers various tasting experiences, including an all Pinot Noir flight and wine and food pairings prepared by their on-site chef. They also offer wines by the glass - both from the bottle and tap. Grab a glass and take your pick from their food menu, which features small nibbles like candy cap mushroom kettle corn or grab something heartier, like buttermilk fried chicken - or braised alligator.
Tastings start at $20 and wines by the glass start at $11. The Siduri Wine Lounge is open Sun-Wed 11 am to 7 pm, Thur-Sat 11 am to 8 pm. (707) 433-6000, 241 Healdsburg Ave.