Healdsburg Dominates List of Top Tasting Room Experiences

Hanna, Three Others in Area Chosen by Leading National Wine Magazine

Apr 17, 2008, 01:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

    HEALDSBURG, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- There are wineries in each
 and every one of the 50 states -- more than 6,000 across the country, in
 all. But a new article in a leading national wine publication suggests the
 finest winery experiences can be most readily found around a single small
 town in northern Sonoma County.
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     In its May 2008 issue, Wine Enthusiast selects "America's Best Tasting
 Rooms" and lists 25 wineries from coast to coast. Sonoma and Napa counties
 dominate with six wineries apiece -- no surprise there. But what might
 catch some people off guard is that that the Healdsburg area, all by
 itself, claims four spots on the list.
     Hanna Winery President Christine Hanna, whose Alexander Valley tasting
 room is among those on the list, says her winery has worked hard to ensure
 it keeps pace with the quality lodging and restaurant options now available
 in the region.
     "People come to Healdsburg wine country with high expectations," Hanna
 says. "After dinner at a restaurant like Cyrus, the mindset is that a
 winery visit will be special. We've always taken pride in the experience we
 offer, and obviously that starts with excellent wines. But meeting visitor
 expectations also means having a knowledgeable, helpful staff, as well as
 extras like local, artisan foods that take the visit beyond simply
     Even with that, Hanna says the Healdsburg area's beauty and rural charm
 are what truly set the region apart.
     "The most important thing we did to make a great tasting room was put
 it on this gorgeous hillside, with a wrap-around veranda that looks out
 over our Red Ranch vineyards and the Alexander Valley," she says. "Despite
 all the changes we've seen in Healdsburg and throughout Sonoma County, you
 can still visit here and be transported to a very quiet, intimate place,
 and that's a quality we never want to lose."
     Hanna shows wines from three unique growing regions in its tasting
 room, including its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from the cool Russian
 River Valley; Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley; and several big
 reds from Bismark Mountain Vineyard in the Mayacamas mountains.
     The other Sonoma County wineries selected by Wine Enthusiast's editors
 were: Arrowood Vineyard & Winery (Glen Ellen); J Vineyards & Winery
 (Healdsburg); Gary Farrell Winery (Healdsburg); Preston Vineyards
 (Healdsburg); and Rosso & Bianco (Geyserville).
     Napa County matched Sonoma with six wineries on the list, including:
 Frank Family Vineyards (Calistoga); Louis Martini Winery (St. Helena); Mumm
 Napa Valley (Rutherford); Nickel & Nickel (Oakville); Rubicon Estate
 (Rutherford); and Revana Family Vineyards (St. Helena).
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