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Hard day at work? Need to unwind? Then Back Room Wines is for you. The best selection of wines can be found under this roof. Yet this shop offers more. There are a few wines for tasting at all times and also a lot of theme nights, like Friday Night Wine Flights, Guest Wineries at Back Room Wines on Saturdays and sit-down blind tastings on Wednesdays. And you can even buy a bottle of wine at retail price and drink it here.
This venerable store is known around the world as an incredible source for very rare and very expensive bottles of wine. On its website you can browse through more than a thousand bottles! Looking for that 1900 bottle of Bordeaux or a 1976 bottle of wine from Alsace? Taylor & Norton is the place to be. The staff is made up of experts who will answer any questions you have about anything that has to do with wine. The store ships bottles all over the country and features such wines as a 1997 Niepoort Vintage Port and a 1982 Gruaud Larose Bordeaux.
Ram's Gate Winery is the first winery as one enters Sonoma Valley. This beautiful winery is renowned for its quality red and white label wines such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Carneros and many more. Visitors can either purchase these wines, or lounge about on the comfortable outdoor chairs, enjoying views of the vineyards and the pond nearby. The staff is friendly and quite informative when it comes to the technicalities of the wines and will be happy to elaborate about the wine components and the processes it goes through. An informative and refreshing experience.
The first harvest for the MacLeod Family Vineyard was in 1985. Originally, the vineyard simply sold grapes to some of the best known organic wineries in the business; however, it decidedly began making wine and giving private tasting tours drawing from years of knowledge and experience. Tours are given solely at 10a. Although the time may appear too early for wine tasting, this two-hour activity is one of the region's best. The MacLeod's are a humble family expressing a good sense of humor and passion for sharing knowledge about grapes and wine. Tasting is done on a hill overlooking the 50-acre (20-hectare) property. Each wine is paired with fruit or chocolate and plenty of laughter. Reservations are required. -Hoiyin Ip