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We are planning to visit the Sonoma and Napa Valey over a 3 day period in July. How would you recommend we approach the area as far as a game plan to make our round? We really enjoy Pinot Noir...which ones are a must see?

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You might want to put this message in either the Sonoma or Napa forums, as Rhonert Park is not "wine country".

It is the home of the California State University Sonoma.

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I’m assuming that you posted on the Rohnert Park Forum because you’ll be based there? Since it sounds like wineries will be your main focus, Rohnert Park isn’t the most convenient spot to stay altho’ it does offer a good choice of budget rate lodging and is close to #101. You’ll have an hour to 90 min. roundtrip “commutes” to the major wine regions. But at this late date and esp. if your 3 days are during the 4th of July weekend, I understand that it may not make sense to try to find alternate lodging which is better positioned. Availability (lack of) and cost (much higher) will both be big factors.

For Pinot Noir lovers THE location in Sonoma County to visit is the Russian River Valley area. Some of my favorite Pinot Noir producers: Dutton Estate (Hwy. 116) and Merry Edwards also on Hwy. 116 between Sebastopol and Forestville (note: at Merry Edwards, try to reserve a tasting time for the best experience altho’ they do allow drop-in’s); Gary Farrell, Rochioli and Arista (all 3 are along Westside Rd. between Healdsburg and Forestville areas). Also, try to visit Martinelli Winery on River Rd. (a little more than 2 miles west of #101)--superb Pinots (and Chards). Go to www.wineroad.com for more info. about wineries in this region.

If you decide to visit the Sonoma Valley, Artesa in the Carneros region has an excellent, very nicely balanced Pinot. Some other wineries with tasting rooms in the Sonoma Valley that should be pouring Sonoma County Pinots are: Gundlach Bundschu (Sonoma Valley), Buena Vista (Carneros), Sebastiani (Sonoma Coast), Chateau St. Jean (Carneros), Kenwood (Russian River Valley), and Gloria Ferrer (they have a Carneros Pinot in addition to some great sparkling wines). For more info. on wineries in this area: www.sonomavalleywine.com

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