By Tilar Mazzeo

This up to date consultant to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Sonoma profiles over 70 hard-to-find, genuine boutique estates that characteristic world-class, artisanal wines respected by way of locals and critics.

Each yr, travelers stopover at Sonoma’s well-trodden wineries, lots of which provide wines you should purchase effectively at the cabinets of your neighborhood supermarket. way more tricky to discover are the picturesque, regularly family-run wineries handcrafting unheard of wines respected through critics and locals alike. Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma will lead you to seventy of those gem stones, many with just a restricted creation and native distribution. up-to-date with new wineries, eating places, and native points of interest; maps; full-color pictures; and pointers on wine-tasting etiquette, wine transport companies, and itinerary making plans, this consultant will arrange oenophiles and starting wine-lovers alike to savour within the laid-back surroundings that Sonoma has to supply

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Their story started out in the vineyards, where Fred began by supplying grapes to local estates. These days, he says that he likes to think of himself still as a winegrower—someone growing fruit that will make a great wine. And at Peterson, where the philosophy is one of “zero manipulation,” the character of the fruit and the land is pretty much everything. These days, son Jamie is the winemaker, and, if you want to get some hands-on experience as part of your tasting adventure, Peterson offers some of the most intriguing special events in the county.

It’s a sparse and rugged landscape, where the vines suffer and the fruit is beautifully intense. There are also estate wines made from fruit grown on family properties in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valley appellations, including a small-lot Chardonnay, a rosé, and a Sauvignon Blanc. Most wines range from $20 to $50. RUED WINES 3850 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg Exit Dry Creek Road west from Highway 101 Tel. m. m. THE RUED WINES tasting room is one of the new additions to the dozen or more wineries that have opened along Dry Creek Road, but Richard Rued, his wife Dee, and their children have long ties to the Sonoma Valley, too.

M. by appointment only THE FOLKS at A. Rafanelli Vineyard and Winery aren’t always great about returning phone calls, and the tasting rooms are open only by appointment. But they’ve been making wines in the Dry Creek Valley for more than four generations, and they have one of the best reputations locally for making great red wines. Their Zinfandel is generally considered superior and emblematic of the Dry Creek AVA. In fact, most of these wines are so good there are limits on how many bottles you can buy in the tasting room—which is the only place outside a few high-end restaurants that you’ll ever find them.

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