We chose Bart Park as their website looked inviting and we wanted to make the best of our one day in Sonoma. I tried to call to book the afternoon tour but each time I got an answer machine (I did eventually find an email address on their website, but it was hidden). I left a message with my email and Courtney got back to me and was very apologetic, told me that the tour was fully booked so offered us special treatment if we asked for her when we arrived.
The winery itself was about a 50-minute trek from Sonoma Plaza (I'd recommend a bike or taxi). Thankfully there wasn't too much of an incline. There is also a small museum about the winery's history, which is a real asset and also contained some information about wine growing. The grounds are stunning.
On arrival, we were greeted by an enthusiastic Nathan (and Courtney) and were treated to a 2-for-1 tasting. During the tasting, Nathan was enthusiastic and informative and offered a re-taste of our favourite at the end. In general, the reds were better than the whites. The Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon were the best (and the most expensive). Overall, I don't feel we missed out not having the tour. I'd certainly return.
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