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Midway situated in Sonoma County Wine Country, Santa Rosa is a city that is now and then neglected by guests who go directly to well-known Wine Country objective urban areas like Sonoma and Healdsburg. In any case, guests to Sonoma County will see that Santa Rosa offers similarly as much in the method of elite tasting encounters, prestigious wineries, and wonderful view. The following are probably the best wine sampling objections in Sonoma County’s biggest city.

1) Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa.

Started by Joe Donelan in 2009 after he had spent some years working on a different winery project and decided to branch out, Donelan Wines is a true family operation now run by Joe and his sons Tripp and Cushing. The Donelan’s focus is on making boutique wines that showcase the unique Sonoma County vineyards they are sourced from.

2) Carol Shelton Wines in Santa Rosa.

Launched by U.C. Davis graduate Carol Shelton and her husband Mitch Mackenzie in 2000, Carol Shelton Wines set its sights on sourcing the best zinfandel from some of the most unique sites in California and building a reputation for producing stellar zinfandels. All that hard work has paid off; Carol Shelton Wines has won a cult following of zinfandel loving fans over the past two decades.

3) Pellegrini Wine Company From Santa Rosa.

The Pellegrini family, having worked with grapes and wine since the 1920s in Santa Rosa, arrived on their Olivet Lane property (then a plum and apple orchard) in the 1970s. They were among the first in the Russian River to plant pinot noir and chardonnay using heirloom clones. 

4) DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa.

DeLoach Vineyards has sat for over four decades on its Olivet Road property in the heart of the Russian River. While the winery was founded by Cecil DeLoach in the 1970s and was one of the first vineyards to plant pinot noir in the region, the vineyard changed hands in 2003 when it was purchased by local French wine mogul Jean-Charles Bisset.

5) Inman Family Wines.

Established in 2000 by Kathleen Inman, Inman Family Wines released its first vintage in 2002. Making less than 5,000 cases of pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot Gris, Inman Wines is a true ‘boutique’ winery. Kathleen’s focus is minimal intervention winemaking, sustainable farming, and eco-friendly practices (including a solar-powered winery). The Inman Wines tasting room is open Thursday – Sunday for $20 tastings (with advanced reservation), but it’s worth looking into booking a private tasting with the winemaker ($50) for a true insider’s perspective.

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