Top 10 Free Wine Tastings

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winetastingroom.jpgIt's a nice feeling to be welcomed in for a complimentary taste to savor a winery's best. Like fine art or local artists is for art lovers so is wine and the family winemakers for wine lovers. When we find one that resonates with our soul, it is hard not spend the money anyway. Here are some wineries who offer an open door and a free taste: 

1. Calistoga, Napa Valley:

August Briggs Wines, 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA
Phone: 707.942.4912
August Briggs Winery may be Napa Valley's new kid on the block, but owner-winemaker Joe Briggs has been around! After nearly ten vintages of roaming, Joe and his wines now have a permanent home in Calistoga; Focus in Artisan Cabernets, Syrah and Chardonnays
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2. Santa Cruz Mountains:

Bargetto Winery, 3535 North Main Street, Soquel, CA 95073, Phone: 800.4-BARGETTO
Bargetto Winery represents the oldest continuous-operation winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, producing handcrafted, award-winning wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933. It is situated on the banks of Soquel Creek in California. Specialize in Estate Grown and Italian red varietals. 
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3. Salinas Valley, Monterey:

Paraiso Vineyards, 38060 Paraiso Springs Road, Soledad, CA 93960, Phone: 831.678.0300
Paraiso Vineyards Tasting Room is perched high on the Santa Lucia Bench, above the Salinas River Valley of Monterey County; Focus on Pinot Noirs, Syrah and great white varietals like dry Riesling.
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4. Healdsburg, Sonoma County:

Simi Winery, 16275 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448, Phone: 800.746.4880
Simi is proud to have a hospitality center on the site where their original tasting room once stood. The Simi Winery Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for wine tasting and winery tours. Specialize in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernets.
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5. Willamette Valley, Oregon:

Van Duzer Vineyards, 11975 Smithfield Road, Dallas, OR 97338, Phone: 800.884.1927
Located on a hillside in Oregon's Willamette Valley, these vineyards benefit uniquely from the blessings of the gentle west wind which blows through the Van Duzer Corridor to the interior Willamette Valley. Specializes in Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
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6. Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia:

King Family Vineyards,6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, Virginia is located in Crozet, Virginia - just fifteen minutes west of Charlottesville and two minutes off the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy a picnic on their outdoor terrace. Focus is in Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Meritage Blends
Phone: 434-823-7800
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7. Ukiah, Mendocino County:

Parducci Wine Cellars, 501 Parducci Road, Ukiah, CA 95482, Phone: 888.362.9463
Located in Ukiah in Mendocino County; Specializes in Zinfandels, as well as Pinot Noirs, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlots, Cabernets, Syrahs
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8. Kenwood, Sonoma County:

St. Francis Winery, 100 Pythian Road, Kenwood, CA 95409, Phone: 800.543.7713
Located just about 10 miles north from the Sonoma Square in the beautiful valley of Kenwood, enjoy a selection of four tastes from a list of our Reserve Vineyards Series wines, many of which are available only at the winery.
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9. Paso Robles:

Midlife Crisis Winery, 1244 Pine Street, Suite A, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805.237.0109
The Midlife Crisis Winery was founded in 2004 as the fulfillment of a crazy dream of Kevin and Jill Mittan to become winemakers in Paso Robles while working day jobs in Los Angeles. The Midlife Crisis Winery offers an eclectic mix of Italian, Rhone and Bordeaux varietals and sparkling wines to pair with food or enjoy by the glass
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10. Santa Rita Appellation, Santa Barbara:

Lafond Winery and Vineyard, 6855 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton CA 93427, Phone: 805.688.7921
Located near the Santa Ynez River, Santa Barbara County. As vineyard Designated Wines (100% from one vineyard) and as Santa Rita Hills wines (100% from the Santa Rita Hills appellation), they produce three varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. See their tasting room videos online and fill in their complimentary wine tasting coupon.
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If you like big reds it doesn't get any better than Manzanita Creek Winery in Healdsburg. They are friendly and the winemakers are usually there to chat with you. The Zins are the best I've ever had and the tastings are free.


The wine at Salinas Valley, Monterey is very good.
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