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KUNDE FAMILY WINERY, Kenwood
The Kunde family has been farming the land and making wine in Kenwood since 1904, when they imported grape cuttings from the famous Chateau Margaux and Lafite Rothschild in France. Today, you can enjoy the fruit of their labor by sipping sustainably made wines, paired with local cheese and beef from the Kunde's ranch, on their intimate Kinneybrook Room patio, with views of water fountains and vineyards. Kinneybrook Room tastings start at $30.
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DUCKHORN VINEYARD, St. Helena
The patio at Duckhorn, which overlooks the winery's estate vineyards, is a laid back, unpretentious space to taste the winery's bold Bordeaux wines, including their award-winning Merlot. After a wine tasting, grab a glass of your favorite wine and walk their extensive gardens and check out their collection of duck-inspired artwork. Tastings start at $35. (Photo: John Sutton).
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LYNMAR ESTATE, Sebastopol
Nestled among vineyards and organic gardens, Lynmar Estate produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, primarily from their estate Quail Hill Vineyard. Their eco-friendly terrace offers something for every lover of Burgundian wines: flights of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, varietal exclusive flights, and three-course farm-to-table lunches using estate-grown and locally sourced ingredients. Tastings start at $30. Reservations required. (Photo: Amanda Lane Photography)
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MUMM NAPA, Rutherford
The official sparkling of the San Francisco Giants, Mumm has been producing champagne-style sparkling wines since the 1970s. After checking out their collection of Ansel Adams prints in their gallery, head outside to one of their two patios, both which overlook their estate vineyards. On the Oak Terrace, chill out under the shade of an old oak tree, sipping limited production sparklers, and keeping cool with water misters. Tastings start at $20. Reservations recommended.
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MACROSTIE WINERY & VINEYARDS, Healdsburg
MacRostie's hilltop Estate House will impress any fan of contemporary architecture with its rustic, modern style. Taste MacRostie's Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on your choice of three patios, all which overlook vineyards. Opt for their Elevated Tastings series, which features single-vineyard designate wines paired with a property tour and a locally sourced cheese and charcuterie plate. Tastings start at $20. Reservations required.
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REEVE WINES, Healdsburg
Recently launched by Noah Dorrance, co-founder and head winemaker at Banshee Wines, Reeve Wines creates organic and biodynamic wines, including Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir. They recently opened their relaxed tasting space in Dry Creek Valley, where they offer appointment-only tastings of five of their small lot wines, under shady trees with vineyard views. Tastings are $25. Reservations required.
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ROUND POND ESTATE, Napa
A must-visit for home cooks who enjoy a splash of Cabernet in their glass while preparing dinner, Round Pond produces estate extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, citrus syrup, and other foodie products - alongside Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Try their wines paired with small bites using estate ingredients on their terrace, or stop by on the first Friday of the month to take in the sunset with a bottle. Tastings start at $40. Reservations required.
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Sonoma-Cutrer's Chardonnay dots dinner tables throughout the country, but they also make Pinot Noir and Rosé! Their tasting room was recently renovated and includes an expansive patio, chock full of umbrella covered tables overlooking rolling hills and a well manicured croquet court - you'll feel like you're in the English countryside. On the patio, try three wines then grab a Govino glass and sip your favorite while playing croquet. Tastings start at $15.
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WALT Wines, Sonoma
Tucked away just off the historic Sonoma Plaza, WALT serves Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from throughout California and Oregon's Willamette Valley. Experience a tasting, or buy a glass, and relax under old, tall redwood trees on their intimate patio. They also offer food & wine pairings, featuring small bites from the famed girl & the fig restaurant across the street. Tastings start at $30.
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SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS, Geyserville
A true family affair, the Sbragias have been involved in the North Sonoma County wine industry since immigrating from Italy in 1904. Father and son duo, Ed and Adam, make hearty red wines, including award-winning Zinfandel, and serve them on their terrace, which overlooks Dry Creek Valley. Bring your own picnic or grab a cheese and charcuterie plate at the winery. Tastings start at $20.
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BERINGER VINEYARDS, St. Helena
The oldest continuously operated winery in Napa Valley, Beringer was founded in 1875 by German immigrant Jacob Beringer. Today, Beringer's great, great grandson, Mark Beringer, serves as winemaker. Reserve tastings take place at the historic Rhine House, which was built in 1884. Enjoy a tasting on their elegant porch, which serves as a charming spot to sip their small production wines paired with artisan cheeses. Porch tastings start at $50.
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CHATEAU ST. JEAN WINERY, Glen Ellen
Housed in a 1920s mansion, Chateau St. Jean is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's registry. Enjoy winemaker Margo Van Staaveren's work (don't miss Cinq Cépages!) with a stroll through the property's Mediterranean-styled gardens, followed by a cheese & charcuterie and wine pairing on their patio, which overlooks the Grand Lawn, a mere portion of the 250 acre estate. Pairings start at $35. Reservations required.
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