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B.R. Cohn, Glen Ellen: Founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the manager of the rock band the Doobie Brothers, B.R. Cohn offers tastings of their vast portfolio of wines, as well as estate olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The tasting room is located in a former ranch home, built in 1920, and includes a display of music memorabilia from Cohn's music career. Open from 10am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-938-4064, 15000 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, brcohn.com. (Courtesy photo)
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Benovia Winery, Santa Rosa: Benovia has been producing estate pinot noir, chardonnay and zinfandel in the Russian River Valley for over ten years. Tastings take place in a former ranch home, with fireside tastings available (perfect for a chilly Thanksgiving Day) and views of their estate Martaella Ranch vineyard, which is named after the founders' mothers. Open by appointment from 10am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, (707) 921-1040, benoviawinery.com.
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Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga: One of the most famous properties in Wine Country, Castello di Amorosa is a tasting room and winery built as a 13th century Tuscan castle. Serving Italian wine varietals, tasting experiences include a tour of the castle (nothing says "Thanksgiving" like a Middle Ages torture chamber) and a private tasting of wines. Family friendly. Open from 10am-4pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-967-6272, 4045 Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga, castellodiamorosa.com.
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Christopher Creek Winery, Healdsburg: If your idea of a good Thanksgiving involves sipping pinot poolside, overlooking Russian River Valley vineyards, then Christopher Creek Winery's family-owned estate is your spot. For something a little extra, book the Legacy Tasting experience, during which you’ll tour the winemaking facility and taste their limited production Pinot Noir straight from the barrels. Open from 10am-2pm by appointment on Thanksgiving Day, 707-433-2001, 641 Limerick Ln., Healdsburg, christophercreek.com.
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Cline Cellars, Sonoma: Sustainably farmed and family-owned since 1982, Cline Cellars offers wines for every palate, including Rhône varietals from 100-year-old vines, day drinking chardonnay and single vineyard zinfandel. Tastings take place at their historic farmhouse and tours are offered of the property, which includes a visit to the barrel room, the California Missions Museum, and a meet and greet with the estate farm animals. Open 11am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-940-4044, 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, clinecellars.com.
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Clos Pegase Winery, Calistoga: Design meets wine at Clos Pegase Winery. Their Calistoga winery was designed by famous architect Michael Graves, in a Postmodern style. Get a glass of wine in their tasting room and wander the eco-friendly gardens, or make a reservation for a cave tour, which offers tastings in their 20,000 square foot wine cave. Open 10am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-942-4981, 1060 Dunaweal Ln., Calistoga, clospegase.com.
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Colagrossi Wines, Windsor: “When you are a native Californian, and of Italian Heritage, you just naturally have wine in your blood,” says winemaker-owner Craig Colagrossi, who began making wine at home in 1995. After years of experimentation and growth, Colagrossi launched his brand in 2009 and has become a cult favorite of fans of Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. Colagrossi’s tastings take place in his working winery. Open 11am-5pm by appointment on Thanksgiving Day, 707-529-5459, 7755 Bell Rd., Windsor, colagrossiwines.com.
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Cosentino Winery, Napa: In 1989, Cosentino created The Poet, the first designated Meritage blend wine in the United States. Producing primarily Bordeaux varietal wines, Cosentino wines are reasonably priced. Their patio was recently renovated and includes a fireplace and lounge-like atmosphere. Open 10:30am-2:30pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-921-2848, 7415 Saint Helena Highway, Napa, cosentinowinery.com. (Courtesy photo)
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Del Dotto Estate, St. Helena: One of three Del Dotto family wineries, Del Dotto Estate in St. Helena serves as a tribute to the family's Venetian heritage. Best known for their cabernet sauvignon, Del Dotto sources fruit from a variety of Napa Valley vineyards, and a touch from Sonoma County. Opt for the cave experience, which guides guests through the winery's expansive caves and offers barrel tastings and food pairings. Open by appointment on Thanksgiving Day, 707-963-2134, 1445 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, deldottovineyards.com.
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Elizabeth Spencer Winery, Rutherford: This winery is located in the heart of Napa Valley in a historic post office built in 1872 in the village of Rutherford. Owned by husband and wife team Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham, the winery produces primarily Bordeaux varietals with a touch of grenache, pinot noir and syrah. They offer four types of tastings, including their reserve wines and an educational blind tasting. Open 11am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-963-6067, 1165 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, elizabethspencerwinery.com.
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Girard Winery, Yountville: Cabernet sauvignon rules at Girard, which was founded in 1975. The tasting room, located in downtown Yountville, offers one-on-one tastings with staff, including one entirely devoted to cabernet sauvignon, featuring five cabernets from fruit grown throughout Napa Valley. For those seeking other options, they also offer plenty of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and viognier. Open from 11am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-968-9297, 6795 Washington St., Yountville, girardwinery.com.
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Hagafen Cellars, Napa: Located on the Silverado Trail, Hagafen produces less than 8,000 cases of wine from two vineyards. Their wine, which includes riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and more, has been served over 15 times at the White House, from 1981 until 2012. Their Mediterranean-style tasting room includes a patio surrounded by a garden and resident chickens. This is also a great place to stock up on Kosher wine for the holidays. Open from 11am-4pm by appointment on Thanksgiving Day, 707-252-0781, 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa, hagafen.com. (Photo: Napa Wine Project)
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Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Sonoma: Owned by the Cline family, Jacuzzi represents the family's Italian heritage with sustainably farmed Italian wine varietals and cabernet sauvignon. Their tasting room is an elegant, Italianate-style property with a piazza with vineyard views that will transport you to Italy. Jacuzzi is also home to the Olive Press, an olive oil producer and custom crush for locals who grow their own olives. Open 11am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-931-7576, 24724 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, jacuzziwines.com. (Courtesy photo)
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K Squared Cellars, Windsor
Named after winemaker and owner Andrew Moore's two children, Kaylie and Kyle, K Squared Cellars produces rosé, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot, and zinfandel from Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. Their intimate, appointment-only tastings take place in a working winery, surrounded by barrels aging fine wine. K Squared Cellars is open 11AM-2PM by appointment on Thanksgiving Day, (707) 687-3300, ksquaredcellars.com. (Courtesy photo)
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Lauterbach Cellars: A labor of love by retirees Stew Lauterbach and his wife Barbara Swary, Lauterbach Cellars has been producing Pinot Noir and Syrah, including sparkling wine and rosés, since 2000. A boutique production, they produce wines from their 10.8 acres of sustainably grown vineyards. Tastings at Lauterbach are intimate experiences, with an educational tour of the small winery, a barrel tasting, “sometimes some blending,” and a plentiful amount of wine to enjoy. Open by appointment only on Thanksgiving Day, 707-578-0537, 3420 Woolsey Rd., Windsor, lauterbachcellars.com.
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Paul Mathew Vineyards, Graton: A perennial favorite among wine geeks and collectors, Paul Mathew Vineyards makes unfiltered, small production Burgundian and Rhône wines, including pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, and sparkling. Tastings often include six to seven wines, focused primarily on pinot noir. Open from 11am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-861-9729, paulmathewvineyards.com
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Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Bodega Bay: If a trip to the Sonoma Coast is in the plans this Thanksgiving, then Sonoma Coast Vineyards (SCV) is a must-visit. Using grapes from five Sonoma Coast vineyards, most of which are very small and mere miles from the ocean, SCV produces sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir. Their tasting room is nestled on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Open from 10:30am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-921-2860, 555 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, sonomacoastvineyards.com. (Courtesy photo)
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Swanson Vineyards, Rutherford: Francophiles will appreciate the offerings at Swanson, which include tastings of rosé, cabernet sauvignon, and sweet dessert wines in the Parisian salon-inspired tasting room. Appointment only, Swanson's tastings include food pairings and chocolate accompaniments in a colorful setting surrounded by French antiques. Open by appointment until 2pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-754-4018, swansonvineyards.com. (Courtesy photo)
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The Flight Deck, Healdsburg: Whether you're seeking a pre-game splash before Thanksgiving dinner or you want to spend an afternoon exploring wines from throughout Northern California, the Flight Deck has got you covered. Wine guides serve flights based on appellation and varietal, and custom flights based on your tastes, all for $20. All the wines are from the wine bar's mother company, Vintage Wine Estates, which includes Girard, Viansa, Middle Sister, Windsor Vineyards, and Clos Pegase. Call ahead and see if there are special offerings, such as weekly food pairings (popcorn and bubbles, or zinfandel and cupcakes). Open from 12pm-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-921-2893, 308B Center St., Healdsburg, theflightdeckhb.com.
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The Rhône Room, Sonoma: The Rhône Room showcases Rhône varietal wines like Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, Picpoul, and Mourvèdre. The welcoming space features a small bar, a lounge area, and a sunny patio overlooking the garden that the girl & the fig restaurant uses for their French country cuisine (the Rhône Room is the creation of fig's Sondra Bernstein). Guests can enjoy flights, pairings, and wine by the glass and bottle, many of which are part of Bernstein's own wine label. Open 9am-1pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-933-3000 x10, 20816 Broadway, Sonoma, therhoneroom.com.
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Ty Caton Vineyards, Kenwood: Small, family-owned Ty Caton Vineyards welcomes guests to tastings in their unpretentious, Kenwood tasting room. If the weather is nice, sit on the patio for your tasting of sauvignon blanc, cabernet, syrah and malbec. Be sure to try Ty's estate olive oil and mustards. Open 11am-6pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-938-3224, 8910 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood, tycaton.com. (Courtesy photo)
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V. Sattui Winery, St. Helena: Founded in 1899 in San Francisco by Italian immigrants, V. Sattui relocated to Napa Valley in 1976 to produce Italian-inspired wines. Today, they make a wide variety of wines, ranging from chardonnay to cabernet - even sparkling and dessert wine. Various tastings are offered, including fireside and al fresco tastings. You can also pick up a panini or some pasta from their onsite deli for a picnic on the grounds. Open from 9am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 707-963-7774, 1111 White Ln., St. Helena, vsattui.com.
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Viansa Sonoma, Sonoma: Viansa is one of the first wineries to greet Sonoma Valley visitors from San Francisco. Originally founded by members of the Sebastiani family, an iconic name in winemaking, tastings are offered daily at their tasting bar. They also offer private tastings, including fireside food and wine pairings, and al fresco tastings overlooking the valley. Open 10am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day, 800-995-4740, 25200 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, viansa.com.
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