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Wilson Winery, Healdsburg

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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  • The Wilson group of wineries (6 in total) all offer great red wines. Each wine is unique which allows you to find the one for your palette. Wilson Winery won't disappoint, Nice big deck to settle on a...  read more »
  • After a great meal we headed here to wine taste. What an experience! Gorgeous views, relaxing on the deck and tasting some of the best wines ever. We became members, have loved every shipment and many...  read more »
  • Just thinking about this place makes me want to open a bottle of Wilson's Zin. I honestly wasn't expecting to love this place. We just drove up because we had some time and were drawn in by the sign a...  read more »
  • My wife and I were in the Sonoma area for wine tasting. We were choosing Sonoma for two reasons: the VISA signature program as mentioned in the previous review, and the fact that it wasn't Napa where attitudes and culture surrounding wine have become fairly pretentious. We stopped in on July 5th. When we walked in there was a taller, heavy-set woman with dark hair behind the tasting counter. We informed them we found them through the VISA signature program. She immediately turned cold, nasty and proclaimed that they did not honor the VISA program and that she had a letter to prove it. She told us there would be a fee for tasting, when I said I was not interested in paying it then she asked us to leave! Unbelievable! On my way out I informed her that money was not an issue, that the reason I went to wineries in the VISA program was because that vinters who had confidence in their grapes would not charge for tasting, which has become common in many cash-cow wine enterprises. I also informed her I would be contacting VISA since they were still getting free advertising from it. When we drove down the road we found another winery named "Mazzacco" which was great and they did participate in the VISA program. Come to find out, they are owned by the Wilson winery! On arriving home I phoned the winery to see if I could speak with the management. I got through to a woman who told me she was their wholesaler. I explained the situation to her and she tried to tell me they no longer participated in the VISA program because their wines were too high in demand to be used for complimentary tasting. I guess she doesn't understand that if the wines are that great then people will buy them! As a rule I have never bought I wine I didn't taste first, and I NEVER pay for tastings. Charging for tastings is tacky and what you do to tourists, not serious wine connoisseurs. When I asked her about why the Mazzacco winery which is owned by them honors VISA and they didn't, she gave me a lame excuse about each winery being run independently even if they are owned by the same person. I do not accept this explanation. The "wholesaler" told me that the tasting room manager named "Dee" was away and that I should email her. I will update this review if I get any new information. I still recommend the VISA program. On our trip we visited over 40 wineries in the Sonoma area and only found 1 that was non-compliant, 1 we had benefit issues with and another that did not properly list their hours and benefits. Overall it was still worth it, just avoid this place. UPDATE: I finally got a hold of Dee. She said she knew exactly who the rude woman was that I dealt with but would not tell me her name. When I explained that I had already contacted VISA and that VISA was not happy with my experience or finding out that Wilson owned separate wineries in the VISA program, she seemed nonplussed. She said she was sorry for my experience but no attempt to remedy the situation beyond an empty verbal apology.
  • If you love bold fruity wines then go here
  • A warm and friendly experience at a real down to earth family operation. We enjoyed the wines immensely
  • I went with my family to show my uncle a great zin place, due to the ratings. Boy was I disappointed. We were a group of 10, in our early 30's and my older relatives. We mentioned the Visa Signature program, and the ladies said they do not honor the program, but will give us 5% off any order. Whenever other couples stopped in, they were involved in pleasant conversation with them. We were never engaged in any conversation, and were met with annoyance whenever our glasses were empty. I was embarrassed, considering my relatives were from London and I have never encountered such snobbery at a winery. Maybe it's because we don't look like your typical wine clientele if you know what I mean. Then they were pushing their wine club, but not even offering tastes from the reserves, saying that they were only for the wine club members! Hmmm, how about showing off your wine club by sneaking a splash? It's December for goodness sakes, they should be happy to have anybody come by. By the time the ladies realized that other cultures liked wine too and can spend just as much money as their "normal" customers, I was heading out the door and telling them thanks but I'm already a member of two other wine clubs. Besides, I uncorked a bottle of 2003 Ridge Geyserville Zin earlier that day with lunch, and Wilson's juice doesn't even come close. If you're in your early 30's and have some visible melanin, don't expect engaging service from this place and move on.
  • Wilson Winery has the best zinfandels in Sonoma County! Plus everyone there is very friendly and helpful. Definitely worth stopping in.
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