BobDog Winery and SkyPine Vineyards

BobDog Winery and SkyPine Vineyards

BobDog Winery and SkyPine Vineyards
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The highest winery in all of this area, and the only winery on Pine Mountain, at 2000 feet above the Russian River and Alexander Valley, overlooking all of Northern Sonoma County from the coast range to Napa and Mendocino Counties. We specialize in personal vineyard and winery tours, very educational and tasty, with the goal of making our guests a better informed consumer on all things wine. BobDog Wines is home at Sky Pine Vineyards, and welcomes you to reserve your personal tour and tasting; a truly unusual and unique wine country experience. Contact us to make a morning or afternoon appointment.
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Blindsquirrel7
31 contributions
Apr 2022
Leave all your preconceptions about wine tasting down in the lovely town of Cloverdale and take ride up to see Tim and Candy at BobDog winery/SPVineyards. The drive itself is up a mostly paved twisty mountain road (no problem in the Altima rental!) that leads one to believe this is NOT going to be your fancy schmancy Napa over the top tasting. It's a little work to make the reservation and get there. Our group of 4 was greeted by Candy the winemaker as we arrived on property and guided to the "tasting room" which was the wine production facility. There we were met by Tim , the wine grower. We initially chatted about where we came from ( us from Ohio, Tim from Chicago) and got to know each other a bit before progressing to the wine. Typically the program (and it was a 3 hour program) is done outdoors but it was rainy and cold on our appointment day so we sat inside.Also the weather precluded us from walking the property on which grow all of the Noble Bordeaux varietals. Then the process began as we learned how to use all of our senses (with Tim's instruction) to characterize the wines in front of us. As Tim was called away to take care of some business, we were then treated to some time with Candy who was patient and gave great insights from the wine maker's perspective. After a very unrushed tasting and discussion about how WE experienced the wine during the blind tasting, the bottles were identified and we all realized how little we knew! But we did take away great tips and a more structured way of approaching a wine from bottle to belly (ALWAYS aerate). This was a very intentional, unpretentious, passionate educational experience meant to debunk the BS around the process of enjoying wine- including a plea to ignore the "tasting notes" wine tasting propaganda and enjoy your relationship with the glass in front of you as YOU interpret it through your senses. Thanks Tim and Candy for sharing yourselves and your life's work in a unique and unforgettable experience. Long may you run!
Written April 27, 2022
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T Miller
Anchorage, AK4 contributions
May 2021
Our visit to BobDog Winery with good friends was by far the best wine tasting experience we have ever had. The estate winemakers personally sit with you around a table and explain the nuances of their blends as well as the behind-the-scenes operations required to grow and produce the vintages. We literally felt like we were visiting family while there. You'll never experience a more pleasurable and intimate wine tasting.
Written May 14, 2021
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Family, Food and Friends: one of our rules for wine. You can call it the 3F rule. Thank you for your review and comments. They, besides the sale of wines, are just as important.
Written June 1, 2021
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hgbell
4 contributions
Feb 2020
Winery experience geared for those that are wanting to learn! My husband and I are moderately practiced wine "tasters", even so, Tim challenged us to think about the entire sensory experience. Tim and Kandy also make some absolutely fantastic wine. We very much appreciated all the time they spent with us, answering any questions we had about different parts of viticulture and viniculture. We had a very fun time, and highly recommended to any wine enthusiast.
Written February 13, 2020
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Its always great to meet those who truly like to know more about wine, especially without the normal hype and hotair that a lot of the industry advances. Wine is for family, food and friends, and the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. Thanks guys, and especially to our new Space Force Captain and his wife on their first anniversary.
Written February 14, 2020
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Dennis B
1 contribution
May 2022
From the moment we arrived Tim and Candy made us feel like old friends. I learned how to enjoy wine with my words and in my mind, rather than others that told me to enjoy their wine with their words. It was fantastic! A great experience with special people and wonderful wine. When you visit the valley, you must make a trip to BobDog. It was the best stop on our trip and we will return. Thank you Tim and Candy!
Written May 10, 2022
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John J
Wilmington, NC3 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
The wine makers did a great job of educating us on the art of wine making. We particularly enjoyed their Cabernet Franc and "port" style wine. View was fantastic...worth the drive!!!
Written January 7, 2013
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Our greatest joy is introducing our guests to an educational experience about growing and making premium wine, allowing this special place to create that totally unique experience in the wine country. Our guests often are celebrating special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, and honeymoons. And there is no better place the Sky Pine Vineyards home of Bob Dog Wines. Thank you for your kind remarks, and come back again for that next special celebration.
Written January 12, 2013
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saolsen11
Concord453 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Tim tells a great story about wine-making. Not for snobs! Nice wines. Great setting. Personal attention.

Tim took the time to have us taste varietals BEFORE eating, and then again tasting the same varietal after eating. A real focus on each individual's palate. The MOST informative tasting we have experienced.
Written April 14, 2014
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Thank you for your comments. We really do strive to take the intimidation out of the wine tasting experience, especially since being in the ground with the vineyards and in the cellar with the wine, we learned some humility from mother nature and the always different flavor profiles that are attractive to our guests. We like to say: Its farming with booze add in at the end. And we hope you now are an adherent to the pairing of great food with great wine. Its 2 plus 2 equals 10. Come back and see us again.
Written April 16, 2014
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mbf18
San Francisco, CA96 contributions
Aug 2021
A++! Unforgettable, delightful & educational - "wine 'sensing" - what an experience! Tim's integrity, breath of knowledge, enthusiastic passion about red wine gave us a uniquely intimate experience and new appreciation for varieties of red wine...Fantastic views on the drive to the top of the mountain. Check out Tripadvisor member, 90JenN's review, Aug. 17, 2021 - shares much more! We bought 8 bottles of BobDog wines; with each we enjoy, we'll think back & toast to Tim!
Written August 24, 2021
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Harvey F
Saint Louis, MO28 contributions
Mar 2018
It was our last day in Sonoma and we headed to our reservation to visit BobDog Winery - a small, unique, intimate winery. We arrived early and headed up the old "stagecoach" road (Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt once took) that leads to the hot springs. I would recommend if you have time; extremely scenic.
The drive up to the winery is breathtaking seeing the vineyards this high up overlooking the valley. Interesting to see the different directions of the plantings to maximize the natural topography of the land and water.
The entire experience was quite informational and we appreciated the stories that Tim shared with us. We left much more knowledgeable about wine in every sense!
Written March 26, 2018
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Harvey: you make our day! Trying everyday to just educate people about the wine, the farming and the life here on Pine Mountain, 2000 feet above the Russian River.
Written March 28, 2018
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finIRE
Seattle, WA4 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This place came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Tim the owner spent 3 whole hours with us alone going through the vineyard, then onto a wine tasting/education teaching us in a common sense way how to understand what we were tasting. There was nothing he did not know and was a super passionate on all topics (not just wine). Go for the wine, learn something new and return for Tim the owner who is a charismatic charming guy to remember. Wonderful. A must do if in Sonoma area.
Written July 21, 2017
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Thank you young Irish couple for your comments. Good luck in your next career step Downunder. And come back for a holiday and see us again. And remember you are Graduates from the BobDog Wine "Sensing" school. Use your skills. Tim for BobDog Wines
Written July 23, 2017
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Kim O
Salt Lake City, UT4 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
We learned more about wines from Tim than we've learned in 15 years of visiting other Sonoma wineries. Loved the experience, the wines and the beautiful setting. Thanks Tim!
Written August 23, 2016
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It is great when two lovely ladies from Utah venture to our little location on Pine Mountain, and take advantage of the views and tasting experience. And to the bring their own SUV in order to load up on Sonoma County wines...now that is fantastic planning and foresight. Look forward to seeing both of them again on their next journey to the "real" wine country.
Written August 25, 2016
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