B. Kosuge: It seems as though Byron has either consulted or made wine for most of the pinot producers in the valley. An unbelievably nice and attentive guy, he provided the best wine tasting experience I have had (next to Morlet, perhaps). His pinots are phenomenal and his chards are right there, too. Makes his wine in a custom crush facility in Santa Rosa.
Flowers: Stunning property out on the Sonoma Coast. Make some spectacular chardonnays and pinot noirs. Certainly a trip to get out (and up) there, but worth going in my opinion. Need to call ahead and make a reservation.
Freeman: A newish winery just outside of Sebastopol. A beautiful winery and setting. Eric (and Ed) are really making some incredible wines. The winery is beautiful and Eric is an incredibly nice guy.
Hirsch: David Hirsch is one of the pioneers in the ‘true’ Sonoma Coast. Started the vineyard back in 1980 and sold off the fruit. Started making their own wine with the 2002 vintage. About three miles or so as the crow flies from Flowers, but it takes at least 45 minutes to drive it. An unassuming place, but Jasmine Hirsch is incredible and the wine is legendary.
Littorai: Another legend in Sonoma pinot circles is Ted Lemon of Littorai. Make both pinot and chardonnay and both are fantastic. Farms biodynamically and has a great tour and explanation of what biodynamics entails. If you visit (and you should) be ready to spend a good hour.
Siduri: One of my favorite producers. Great pinot, but also syrah and some whites. Fun tasting atmosphere even though Adam is a huge Cowboys fan.
Skewis: Top notch pinot. Hank and Maggie are the nicest people you will ever want to meet. I have not been to their new tasting room, but will get there this Spring. I’m sure it’s great, but I think I will miss the rusticity of the old ‘ghetto’.