Sonoma County Winery
24737 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
|Phone #||(707) 546-4030|
|Pricing||$ $ $ $ $|
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Cline Cellars Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:
Daily: 10am - 6pm
Tours Daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
California Missions Museum
Cline Cellars Wine Tasting Notes
Cline Cellars is more than just a winery and tasting room, it's a straight-up wine lover's paradise. The beautifully manicured grounds are a pleasure to stroll through with a glass of wine. Along the way you'll see several fancy bird atriums, donkeys, ponds and fountains, colorful roses, green lawns and picnic areas, and the California Missions Museum.
There are many historic buildings on the property, as the site was the first camp of the Sonoma Mission. The Tasting room is in an old 1850's farmhouse with a wrap-around porch, full of charm and character.
We've been here a couple times... once for a wedding, which was spectacular --But this time we bellied up to the tasting bar for a complimentary tasting of five wines.
Cline does something cool and different with their tasting fees. Instead of charging one price for a tasting, and another for a Reserve Tasting, they let you taste for free, then, in addition, you can taste wines from the Reserve Tasting Menu for only $1 per taste. That's a really fair and friendly thing to do when you compare that to the other tasting rooms in the area.
When tasting with two or more people, try to taste different wines to cover the entire menu. So if there's two of you and they offer a free tasting of five wines out of the ten on the menu, each of you should taste five different wines and share. Tadaah! You've tasted them all for free!
When we were ready, our host showed us the menu of thirteen wines on the regular menu, and seven on the Reserve Menu ($1 per tasting). He was very nice and informative, and we were blown away by the 2007 Los Carneros Viognier, and the 2007 Live Oak Zinfandel (Reserve Menu), which were his favorites, too.
Fred Cline, the winery owner and winemaker, started the winery in the early 1980's with an inheritance from his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (yes, he invented the jacuzzi). Fred recently opened Jucuzzi Winery across the street from Cline Cellars.
Cline can get pretty crowded, as it's one of the first wineries you hit on Highway 121 on your way up to Napa and Sonoma... so hit it early, or on a weekday.
For weddings and other romantic getaways, there is also a guest house on the property, with four private suites that share a common living room with a huge fireplace and vineyard views, and a pool. (call for details: (707) 931-7551).
Cline Cellars Wines
Ratings and tasting notes coming soon!