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Inspired by formal estate gardens in the south of France, Chateau St Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery that features gracious style and exquisite architecture. Founded in 1973, the winery is a pioneer in single vineyard wines and the home of...more
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Went out on a fine winter's day for estate wine tasting with snacks. A list of 8 wines was presented (4 white and 4 red) with a choice of 4. Wines were explained and served along with a nice selection of snacks (cheese, sweet bread,...More
We are in NorCal this weekend for the national championship football game and friends recommended that we had to stop at this winery. We booked reservations online and are most grateful we did. The grounds are amazingly beautiful, even in winter. It was rainy and...More
The large tasting room is fine, but I would spend the extra dollars to upgrade your tasting to a sit down tasting in the French chateau. Wide selection of their finer wines to choose for tasting accompanied by several cheeses, dried fruit and olives. It’s...More
The grounds and the chateau are so tranquil, even with numerous visitors, and there is something for everyone here. Lots to see and lots of great wines to try. We did the Sips and Bites tasting on the patio and it was fun and informative...More
The wine professionals pouring on our visit were wonderful. Knowledge and care of the visitor were evident. We were very impressed with each of our pours and we did make some purchases...We will return...
My wife and I recently enjoyed a wine tasting on the patio at CSJ. We were assisted each step of the way with a full explanation of each wine. There was a plate of olives, cheese and crackers for us to share. I did all...More
My wife and I love coming to Chateau St. Jean. It is a long trip but it is always worth it. The wines are spectacular. I love the reds. She loves the whites. The wines are great, enough so that I am a member of...More
Visited this gem with my mother and 27-year-old son. The grounds were beautiful. Our server was very friendly, knowledgable and gave just the right amount of attention. We all enjoyed the wines and the cheese, fruit and chocolate pairings. Would happily go back and spend...More
*Do the escape room! We had a lot of fun even though we were fumbling around trying to figure things out. And it was a great way to change things up after 3 days of tastings only. Be ready to think outside the box! And...More
Need winery recs, but don't need great wine! (6 Replies)
I'll be in Sonoma for 2 days and would like to visit some amazing wineries, but not looking for the best wine. I'm looking for the best "experience," by which I mean, who has the most gorgeous tasting room, or scenery, or water features, or tours, or cute animals, or fantastic snacking options, or engaging & passionate people. Call me a dilettante, call me a philistine, but I know for a fact that I can get really great wine at millions of restaurants or at my local wine shops, & I also know...More
July 28, 2013|
Response fromamy e|
Are you looking to make appointments of just drop in?
Trip Report 7/18-7/21 (4 Replies)
Hi there, thanks to everyone for your wonderful input as I planned my short trip to Sonoma. We had a wonderful time and I just wanted to post a report and hopefully this will help someone else with their plans. Sorry it's a long one. July 18: Arrived at SFO on time so we were able to get up to Sonoma by about 3:00. We couldn't check in to the Cottage B&B until 4 so we went to Gundlach Bandschu (sp?) for a quick tasting. Beatutiful grounds and good wines, definitely recommend. Received a...More
July 29, 2007|
Response fromJoan Randolph|
Great job. You did yourselves proud seeing Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley. I grew up there. Went to high school with one of the Kunde's. (So sorry you missed the caves.) And you got in Jack London State Park and Armstrong Redwoods State Park and Point Reyes in, as well. Thanks for the report.....I certainly haven't been to as many wineries in my "home valley" as you have. I'll take your report with me the next time I go. Thanks! I am glad you survived July 20th !!
Sonoma wineries- help please! (8 Replies)
I would like to take the Benziger tour- are Saturdays in April typically very busy or is it still kind of the slower season? I am just wondering if I need to get there first thing since the tickets are first-come, first-served. Also, I am staying in Napa- is it worth going from Benziger further up to Landmark and Chateau St. Jean? I am interested in seeing both of these as well. Also, looking for feedback on the following: Kaz Family (next to Landmark) Larson Bartholomew Park Gundlach...More
February 13, 2008|
It's a very short drive from Benziger (which is just north of Glen Ellen) to Landmark and Chateau St. Jean--under 15 min. So definitely go to all 3. Bartholomew Park has some very nice estate Cabs and a Syrah. It's also a unique winery to visit, steeped in history (great little museum) and the property is expansive with nice views. If you feel like walking a bit before or after you do your tasting there, it's the perfect place.