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Since 2001, Sojourn has been producing highly collectable Pinot Noir available only by allotment. Of the 10 different Pinots they produce, eight come from single vineyards, including Rodgers Creek, Gap's Crown, and Sangiacomo - three vineyards synonymous with California Pinot Noir. (Photo courtesy of Sojourn Cellars)
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Open by appointment only, Sojourn offers a reasonably priced side-by-side comparative tasting that explores their Pinot Noir from vineyards located in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVAs. It's an educational experience, in a relaxing, unpretentious setting.
Tastings start at $35. Sojourn Cellars is open by appointment only with tastings being offered from 10 am to 4 pm daily. (707) 938-7212. (Photo courtesy of Sojourn Cellars)
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Owned by the winemaking Chappellet family of Napa Valley, Sonoma-Loeb makes Sonoma County Pinot Noir from Dutton Ranch in Russian River Valley and Sangiacomo Vineyards in Sonoma. Winemakers Phillip Titus and Daniel Docher bring their experience from Chappellet and Hanzell Vineyards to produce Burgundy-inspired wines. (Photo courtesy of Sonoma-Loeb)
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Sonoma-Loeb's tasting room is located in Vine Alley, a charming part of Sonoma filled with numerous tasting rooms. They offer a Pinot Noir exclusive tasting, as well as reserve tastings of their Chardonnay and Pinot. Offerings take place in their newly renovated tasting room and on their shaded patio which makes for a great place to relax with a cheese and charcuterie plate.
Tastings start at $20. Sonoma-Loeb is open from 12 pm to 6 pm daily. (707) 934-8363, 27 E. Napa St., Sonoma.
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Winemaker-owner David Rossi founded Fulcrum in 2005 with a desire to create age-worthy, New World Pinot Noir. He produces super small production single vineyard designate Pinot Noir from vineyards like Gap's Crown and Landy in Sonoma County and the historic Chalone AVA in Monterey. (Photo courtesy of Fulcrum)
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Also located in Vine Alley, Fulcrum offers a tasting of five wines in their modern tasting room, which features original artwork by New York artist Stephen Hall. Guests can select from Fulcrum's many wines, crafting a personalized tasting.
Tastings start at $25. Fulcrum is open Sun-Wed 12 pm to 6 pm, Thur 12 pm to 7 pm, and Fri-Sat 12 pm to 8 pm. (707) 931-6097, 25 E. Napa St., Suite D, Sonoma. (Photo courtesy of Fulcrum)
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Three Sticks Wines
Creating Pinot Noir from primarily Sonoma County vineyards - Durell and Gap's Crown - Three Sticks Wines was founded in 2002 by wine lover Bill Price III. At their tasting room, they offer not only access to their newer vintages, but also library wines dating back to 2005.
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Three Sticks' tasting room is housed in one of the most historic buildings in the state; built in 1842, it's the longest occupied residence in Sonoma. They offer current and library wine tastings and food and wine pairings, the latter are offered in partnership with Crisp Bakeshop and El Dorado Kitchen. Their patio is a charming place to experience Sonoma's vibrant wine heritage.
Tastings start at $40 and are by appointment only. (707) 996-3328, ext. 105. (Photo courtesy of Three Sticks Wines)
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Owned by Kathryn Walt Hall and Craig Hall, founders of Napa Valley's acclaimed Hall Wines, WALT Wines produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vineyard sites from throughout California and Oregon, including local favorites like Gap's Crown and Sangiacomo, and vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley and Santa Barbara's Sta. Rita Hills. (Photo courtesy of WALT Wines)
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WALT Wines' homey tasting room offers walk-in and appointment only tasting experiences, including on their redwood tree shaded patio. Their appointment only ROOT 101 tasting showcases the "distinct vineyard voices" of their single designate Pinot Noirs paired with seasonal small bites prepared by the famed girl & the fig restaurant.
Tastings start at $30. Reservations recommended. WALT Wines is open daily from 11 am to 6 PM. (707) 933-4440, 380 1st St. W., Sonoma. (Photo courtesy of WALT Wines)