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Simi Winery, Healdsburg

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Winery / Vineyard
Simi Winery is a winery in California in the United States.HistoryThe winery was founded in San Francisco, California in 1876 by two Italian brothers, Giuseppe and Pietro Simi, who had immigrated to the United States during the California Gold Rush. They moved operations to Healdsburg, California in 1881, paying $2,250 in gold coins to buy a winery on Front Street.The winery was run by Giuseppe Simi's daughter, Isabelle Simi, beginning 1904. After marrying a local banker, Isabelle continued to make wine during Prohibition from 1920 until 1933, which she stored in the winery's stone cellars. One of the few California wineries to survive Prohibition, Simi was forced to sell most of its vineyards to survive, but was also one of the few companies to have wine available when sales were again legal. Simi opened its first tasting room in 1934. Isabel Simi sold the winery to grower Russell Green in 1970 but continued working there.In 1973 Maryann Graf, the first woman to graduate from an American university with a degree in oenology, joined Simi. In 1979 winemaking was taken over by Zelma Long, one of California's most prominent winemakers, who modernized and brought the winery to national prominence. The winery was sold in 1981 to Moët-Hennessy, which in turn became part of LVMH Moët Hennessy. Beginning 1982 the winery began to re-acquire its own vineyards. Long, who continued after the Hennessy sale, eventually became President and CEO.
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TripAdvisor
  • Very reasonable priced tasting, compared to outrageous costs elsewhere. The wine reviewer was very knowledeble.  more »
  • Very friendly and great wine. Not snooty or treat you like a number. Love their wine club options and great cabs. Grounds are beautiful with large red woods or cedars.  more »
  • When asked for recommendations for a California trip, our local Premier Liquors contacted Constellation brands who set up VIP tastings for us at SIMI and Close du Bos. We went about 1 pm and had a gre...  more »
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  • Great tour with detailed history. Very fun. Recommend visiting if you are around sonoma
  • The Cabernet Sauvignon is excellent
  • $10 for five tastings, and we enjoyed all of them. Beautiful tasting room and garden.
  • Housemade Pancetta, Broccoli Rabe, & Green Garlic Pizza was paired with the 2010 SIMI Pinot Noir. The wine went really well with this pizza. The slight fruit flavors of red cherry, raspberry, cranberry, plum, and black cherry balanced out the salty pork belly, making the pizza not so shocking to the palate. This wine also has well-balanced flavors all by itself with good structure and perfect acidity. Thumbs up!
  • The food for the events has been truly a pleasure. The wine knowledge that is enforced with the elegance of the food has been an experence to remember! Check out the redwood forest on the grounds, and the wood burning oven on the Landslide terrace.