Northern California Wine Tasting Guide

You like wine? We like wine too. There’s no better excuse than National Wine Day (May 25th) to drink up. We’ve got a list of the best of the best wineries in Northern California to keep your taste buds acutely aware of the wonderful things that can be done to grapes to make them taste incredible (and bring on a good buzz).

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1. Ferrari Carano Vineyard Winery

8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

 Visit this winery for it’s perfectly manicured lawns and stunning flowery landscapes at a reasonable tasting price.

Visit this winery for it’s perfectly manicured lawns and stunning flowery landscapes at a reasonable tasting price.

2. HALL Wines

401 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574

 Cab lovers, this winery is for you.  Reserve a spot at their “Ultimate Cabernet Experience” to enjoy their highly rated and allocated Cabernets.

Cab lovers, this winery is for you.  Reserve a spot at their “Ultimate Cabernet Experience” to enjoy their highly rated and allocated Cabernets.

3. Darioush Winery

4240 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

 Visit this winery for a beautiful recreation of Persepolis that took years to build, complete with columns and a fire torch entrance. Darioush has a well rounded collection of wines created in the French style and bold take on the Shiraz/Syrah, a French take on the Australian classic.

Visit this winery for a beautiful recreation of Persepolis that took years to build, complete with columns and a fire torch entrance. Darioush has a well rounded collection of wines created in the French style and bold take on the Shiraz/Syrah, a French take on the Australian classic.

4. Domaine Carneros

1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559

 This winery has beautiful architecture resembling a french chateau, close proximity to San Francisco, and a range of bubbly and red wines to taste from! This is the perfect place to up your Insta game!

This winery has beautiful architecture resembling a french chateau, close proximity to San Francisco, and a range of bubbly and red wines to taste from! This is the perfect place to up your Insta game!

5. Ravenswood

18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476

 Go here for friendly service, generous pours, and a great outdoors patio. Where else can you sip Zins and sit out on Adirondack chairs? They even have a cheese and charcuterie plate if you some nibbles between your tastings.

Go here for friendly service, generous pours, and a great outdoors patio. Where else can you sip Zins and sit out on Adirondack chairs? They even have a cheese and charcuterie plate if you some nibbles between your tastings.

6. Ridge Vineyards

650 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

 This winery has a seriously amazing view, a great garden, and an assortment of bites to please your palate.

This winery has a seriously amazing view, a great garden, and an assortment of bites to please your palate.

7. Silverado Vineyards

6121 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA

 This winery was once owned by Walt Disney's daughter, so there is a bunch of Disney-themed art collections around the winery!  

This winery was once owned by Walt Disney's daughter, so there is a bunch of Disney-themed art collections around the winery!  

8. von Strasser

965 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515

 Come here for a laid back experience.  If you’re lucky, enjoy a bit of live music played by the guys who work here!

Come here for a laid back experience.  If you’re lucky, enjoy a bit of live music played by the guys who work here!

9. Seghesio Family Vineyards

700 Grove St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

 There’s a special four-course wine and food pairing experience here for $80/person.  2015 Old Vine Zinfandel plus lamb loin with fondant potatoes, piquillo peppers and a castelvetrano olive puree.  Need I say more?

There’s a special four-course wine and food pairing experience here for $80/person.  2015 Old Vine Zinfandel plus lamb loin with fondant potatoes, piquillo peppers and a castelvetrano olive puree.  Need I say more?

10. Albini Family Vineyards

886 Jensen Ln, Windsor, CA 95492

 If you want a friendly family atmosphere, this is the place for you.  This winery has outstanding service and outstanding wine!

If you want a friendly family atmosphere, this is the place for you.  This winery has outstanding service and outstanding wine!


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