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Road trip to Sonoma

Our annual visit over to Sonoma was slated for Sunday so we woke early and had the usual big breakfast at the Wine Country Inn which is always great. After our breakfast it was off to pick up our picnic lunch of sandwiches from the local Sunshine Market in St Helena. The trip over to Sonoma takes about an hour and we arrived in Geyserville around 10:00am. First stop was at Stryker Vineyards which was just a random pick as we recognized the name from a bottle we were given when we built our wine cellar a few years back. The stop was an excellent choice with really good wine and a beautiful tasting room with a nice view. Moving on we made a stop at a collective wine shop called Locals, collectives are tasting rooms that host a group of smaller boutique wineries that are either too small for, or do not want the hassle of their own tasting room. We actually made this stop to try some Portalupi wines after meeting the wine maker Tim at Envy wines the day before. We did end up trying several selections from local wineries and were quite impressed by several of them. It was then on to an old favorite, Raymond Burr Vineyards (see our write up on Raymond Burr in Unique Us wineries). We stop at Raymond Burr every year to send back their Chardonnay which is a favorite, along with some 2005 Cabernet. One last random stop in Sonoma proved to be another gem; a family owned winery called Mounts. Once again we tasted some nice wines with the added benefit of some fantastic ribs they were barbequing for the July 4th weekend, just a great visit! It was then over the mountain and back to the Inn where we had some afternoon wine and appetizers and discussed our favorites of the day.

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