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Swanson Vineyards Salon
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We reserved a 1:30 tasting in the Salon and had such a unique and fun experience. I equate it to a 8 person wine party experience (sitting at a round dinner table in their salon having wine and cheese). The decor is funky and the table settings are beautiful with flowers and candles etc. A few of the wines were decanted and overall we tasted many great wines. Our wine guide was also very friendly and knowledgeable. The wines were all reasonably priced (esp their 2005 magnum merlot) and they do ship. The tastings are only by appointment and they are $65pp. They do say a food and wine pairing and some people get confused by this. Most wineries refer to a food pairing as cheese, nuts and chocolate that enhance the wine, rather than a meal that is served. Overall we loved Swanson and are very happy we went!

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Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

It was advertised as a food and wine pairing. The food consisted of a single potato chop (yes 1 chip) with a topping, a small taste of cheese and two crackers, and one tiny piece oh chocolate. The price was 65$. The hostess blathered on as if talking a lot could make up for the pitiful amount of food. It took 1 1/2 hours and ended up wasting one of our afternoons on our weekend getaway

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Mindy was a great host of our group of 10. This is not a tour as much as a tasting. We got to sit outside and were well taken care of with a great selection & presentation of a variety of Swanson's fine wines. One must have purchase is their Merlot soaked chocolate bark. Place is small and quaint great for small groups.

Thank Matt C
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is a beautiful spot, grounds are lovely, Salon is funky and the wines are very good. We were looking for a little more than just a wine tasting and while there was food and wine this wasn't what we had expected. We were given a small plate of a few cheeses, nuts and some crackers. The second wine came with a small plate with a caviar topped potato chip, which went beautifully with the wine....we thought we were in for a treat---but this was the only wine that was actually "paired" with a specific food. The hostess did suggest certain cheese with some of the wines, but said all would go well. We were expecting a little more and overall were a little disappointed. Our table-mates were wonderful and the hostess was very knowledgeable. We ended up buying a few bottles of wine, but if we had it to do over we'd save the $40 and stand next door at the Sip Shoppe.

Thank SFabs
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

If you tire of standing at a bar with wine taste after taste quickly poured for you with a short repeated descriptive phrase of explanation over and over...then try the salon experience. Or just try it to begin with. Sit at a lovely table with other guests who become your instant friends. Hear fun stories about the Swanson family. Have wine tasting expertly paired with food choices to really bring out their character. It's so worth it.

Thank Jim K
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