There are 4 adults heading to Ca. We are arriving late afternoon Tuesday Sept 7. We have two full days and will head up the coast on Friday morning. We have received many recommendations and are having difficulty pairing down our list. We mostly drink reds, cab, pinot, not zins.
We are staying downtown Sonoma. We don't mind driving if the scenery is nice ( we have a designated driver who isn't a wine guy) but we don't want to spend our days in traffic. The California wines that we know and like include Kendall Jackson, La Crema, Rodney Strong and Sterling.
We hope to hit Walt wines in town on the day we check in. Then I need to decide on the next two days.
I have been given these recommendations for Somoma:
In Healdsburg: Simi,Jordan,Thomas George,Rodney Strong,Arista,Muscardini, J, Limerick
In Santa Rosa: Kendall Jackson
In Windsor: La Crema, Carlisle
In Sebastopol: Merry Edwards,Lynmar
I also have been told we may be closer to wineries in Napa:
In Rutherford :Caymus,Elizabeth Spencer,Cakebread,
In Napa: Plumpjack, Hess and Sequoia Grove
Obviously, we won't have time to hit them all. Does it make sense to do one day in Napa and one day starting in Healdsburg and working our way back. I can't imagine we can reasonably hit more than 3 tastings in one day.
I love to drink wine especially in a beautiful setting but I am curious as to whether there is anything specific that should steer us to one winery/tasting over another? I have heard some suggestion to steer clear of the big names and discover the small family vineyards but I also see some wisdom in going to a place that you know you like their wines!
Your help will be greatly appreciated.