Three Days in Sonoma County

Tom, Ginger, Tony, and Norma

We met my brother Tom and his wife Ginger in Windsor for three days of wine-tasting and conversation. This is the overview of our three days in Sonoma County.

We discovered a  really good winery that was new to us: Williamson Wines. We finally got to visit Belden Barns. We first discovered them in 2014. We revisited several old favorites including the Spire Collection (Maggy Hawk, Windracer), Zichichi (reviewed by us in 2011), Balletto (reviewed in 2016), Chateau Montelena (reviewed in 2017), Siduri (reviewed more times than we can count), and Pech Merle (which we’ve been meaning to review, mentioned in our overview of the Family Winemakers Tasting).

And, as an added bonus, we discovered two great restaurants in Healdsburg.  Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar does seafood (surprise). The Brass Rabbit occupies the space once used by Chez Ralph. Both offer outstanding food and excellent service.

About the author

Tony Lima has been a California wine fan since arriving in California from the east coast in 1974. He's lived the growth and expansion of the industry first hand. He's seen the fickle California Wine consumer fads pop up and burst... the craze for Zinfandel, then oaky Chardonnay, then Merlot, now Pinot Noir. His day job was Professor of Economics at California State University located in Hayward. (He retired in 2016.) His undergrad degree in chemical engineering (MIT) and his MBA ( Harvard) and Ph.D. Economics (Stanford) are the root of his interest in the Business of Wine. He is a card-carrying member of the AAWE - American Association of Wine Economists.

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