5100 Montero Way
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: (707) 664-1155
Fax: (707) 664-8566
Most guys can only take wine tasting and sophisticated talking for so long. A visit to the Lagunitas Brewing Company seems the polar opposite of a visit to a vineyard. The company's flagship India Pale Ale has consistently been the best selling IPA in California. But 'management' Tony Magee doesn't take himself too seriously. The boss is usually seen strumming his guitar while the factory has hard-rock blaring. Apart from casual tours, the Lagunitas Brewing Company is also known to throw Thursdays-tasting parties. If not anything else, it's worth a visit only to try the "Brown Shugga," "Hairy Eyeball Ale" and "Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale."
Originally built as a prominent Opera House in the downtown area, the Maclay Building was completed in 1870. In the 1900s it was used majorly as a theater and a lecture hall. Later on, it was remodeled to accommodate offices and rental spaces. As of today, the Old Petaluma Opera House is home to a couple of law offices and an Irish pub.
The Jack London State Historic Park is a beautiful site that consists of a land of 47.5 acres. One can discover the beautiful trails, picnic sites, ancient stone barns, and the Happy Walls museum. The park also includes the burial site of London, ruins of the house, and most of the things of London. This place is called the National Historic Landmark.
A small winery located in the Bennett Valley, Sable Ridge introduces a minimum of four new wines in the market every year, and has been the proud recipient of several awards since 1998. Grapes grown in Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, and Sonoma Valley are bottled to produce a number of varietals, including "rich and balanced Zinfandels" that top the list of Sable Ridge's hand-crafted wines. You can buy their wines both online and from various restaurants and retail shops in California.
For the last few decades, Matanzas Creek Winery has crafted premium wines sourced from Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. It is not only known for the consistent quality of wines but also the lovely lavender gardens which source the lavender products made here. Varietals like the Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay are cultured here; however, the winery is hailed for the excellent Merlot. The winery offers itself is a great picnic area too.
Privately owned California Carnivores is the largest nursery devoted entirely to the carnivores of the plant-world. Featuring some of the most extraordinary and unique specimens, California Carnivores is an important retailer of the potted creepy-crawlies. If you thought Botany was a nightmare, this place will surely provide a new perspective.
The wines here at Eric Ross Winery are a tad expensive, but a sip will explain why. The in-house wine tasters can personally vouch for the quality and taste of each brew. Smooth and strong, the wines slide down easily and leave a pleasant after-taste. The winery holds annual Zinfandel Weekends at their tasting room, complete with events such as wine-tasting, barrel-tasting, blind-tasting and blending. Join the Rooster Club and revel with three bottles of the latest to-be-released spirits that are featured at a hefty discount every three months. Food and wine pairing advice flows as freely as the wines, ensuring that your soiree is a success.
Named after an aviation term used to test performance of pilots and aircrafts, Chandelle Winery is located in Sonoma County. Owing to the family's World War II legacy, the estate specializes in award-winning aviation art labels. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals rule the roost; also on offer are limited edition wines like El Rancho Feliz Cabernet Franc. Chandelle wines can be tasted at the multi-winery tasting room, The Cellar Door.
Benziger Family Winery has its 85-acre (34.4-hectare) estate in the beautiful Sonoma Mountains. The winery is into organic grape growing, where emphasis is given on land preservation and encouraging biodiversity of the farm. This winery originally was a ranch when the Benzigers purchased the land, and what followed was legendary. Their signature wine includes the Sonoma wine which is rich and flavorful. The winery also arranges the Biodynamic Vineyard Tram Tour, where a tram takes you through the vast estate vineyards and wildlife sanctuaries. You can browse the wine shop or laze around in the tasting room and savor some true delights.
Kellar Estate produces wine, and holds wine tasting events— only by appointment—on Thursdays and Fridays. Strong blends created from citrus fruits, form fresh and stimulating flavors. Come by and feast on your favorite drink. Become a member of the Key Club and avail of various discounts and be one of the first to taste the rarer and newer varieties. Also, you'll be one of the privileged few to receive invitations to special wine tasting sessions.
The first Mexican owned winery and tasting room in the United States, this winery was established by a Mexican migrant vineyard worker and visitors can see the hand crafted furniture and tasting bar from the Robledo Family's home state of Michoacan, Mexico. The tasting room offers spectacular views of the surrounding Carneros foothills.
The Mayo Family Winery believes in the concept of single yard wines. This, they contend, increases the aroma, taste and texture of the wine. The wine made here is exclusive and sold only at the tasting rooms and online. They are not distributed across the country. The beauty of visiting this winery is that they have four tasting rooms. One is attached to the winery. One is The Cellar Door where wines from many small wineries are available for tasting. The third is in the Sonoma Plaza. The fourth and most attractive one is the Reserve Room, where multiple wines can be tasted along with specially prepared dishes. Intimate and warm, this winery and its various tasting rooms are a great place to visit.