April 21st, 2006


healdsburgh, ca

Town Ripens on the Vine

HEALDSBURG, Calif. — Winemakers who practice their art near this northern Sonoma County outpost aren't the only ones who wrestle with maintaining a sense of taste, charm and authenticity these days. Anyone who lives here or who has visited regularly over the past few years can see the change during every stroll downtown.

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* Alexander Valley Standout grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Suggested tasting rooms: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Geyser Peak, Hanna, Jordan, Robert Young, Simi, Trentadue

* Dry Creek Valley Standout grapes: Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Suggested tasting rooms: Dry Creek Vineyard, Ferrari-Carano, Fritz, Lambert Bridge, Preston of Dry Creek, Quivira, Seghesio.

* Russian River Valley Standout grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay. Suggested tasting rooms: Christopher Creek, Gary Farrell, Hartford, Lynmar, Martinelli

[cross-posted to dream_vacations]