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Old 02-22-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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...because I suggested we take romantic trip to Sonoma wine country. She then mentioned to me in passing that it might be fun for me to stop by Russian River and Langunita's. Our hotel (which she booked) is 1 block from Bear Republic!

I think she might be the one who is awesome!

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Old 02-22-2011, 12:15 AM   #2
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Nice! I'd love to do that trip someday, for now we're "stuck" with the Finger Lakes when we want to get our wine on. Would *love* to spend a few [days] drinking at Russian River.

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She's awesome. Russian River is great. Head west from there, hit the pacific coast highway, and drive south to SF. Maybe turnaround at Muir Woods if you want to avoid the city. That's some beautiful land.

If you end up at RR, just get their sampler platter.

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Why not go to Paso Robles and go to the Firestone Brewery and there are a lot of Winery in the area. A nice beach is like 45 minutes away, Pismo Beach.

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Nice! I'd love to do that trip someday, for now we're "stuck" with the Finger Lakes when we want to get our wine on. Would *love* to spend a few [days] drinking at Russian River.
New York State makes the only Rieslings I like. Why do California and Germany insist on 1.5%+ resididual sugar, even in their "dry" rieslings?

And also, they make the best Cab Francs in the world, hands down.
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Why not go to Paso Robles and go to the Firestone Brewery and there are a lot of Winery in the area. A nice beach is like 45 minutes away, Pismo Beach.
We did Paso 2 years ago. It was nice. Napa 2 years before that.
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My SWMBO booked us a trip to that area of wine country in a couple of months here as well, looking forward to it

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Why do California and Germany insist on 1.5%+ resididual sugar, even in their "dry" rieslings?
For German winemakers, it's about balancing the incredibly racy acidity that riesling produces in such a cool climate. Think adding sugar to lemon juice to make lemonade. That being said, more than 50% of German wine is truly dry (they just don't export to the US because the expectation here is for sweet). If you like truly dry riesling (I happen to love it), look to Austria (specifically in the Niederosterreich) and Alsace (in France). They have some bone-dry, mouth puckering, mineral-driven, fantastic wines.

As for the OP, if you're that close to Bear Republic, you're staying in Healdsburg, which is a great town. If you're looking for one of the best meals you'll ever have in your life (and possibly one of the most expensive), check out Cyrus. Also, many of the nearby wineries are truly world class. And yes, I definitely recommend you go down to Petaluma to go to Lagunitas. They do an awesome job of having live music and great beer, which is a +1 in my book.
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Be sure to go on the lagunitas brewery tour. They always give you lots of samples!!!

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Personally, I like the semi-dry Reislings that the better Finger Lakers producers make (we will also buy a few bottles of semi-sweet to give away). The semi-dry is what... maybe about 1% RS? The truly dry ones almost tastes a little thin, a little watery. Just a *little* sweetness brings out the fresh fruitiness, not too much, just a touch.
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