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Nicholson Ranch, Sonoma
(4.2/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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  • The Pinot Noir was delicious. So good that we signed up for their wine club.The staff was passionate about the wine and very knowledgeable. 
  • Wonderful property for wine tasting with a lot of beautiful spots to enjoy the scenery. Tastings are $30 each, but the wine is good and the staff are very nice. 
  • Excellent and absolutely beautiful. The wine was delicious, really appreciate their micro concept and their organic, dry farming methods. Worth the stop when in Sonoma! 
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  • We were trying to stop for wine tasting on a whim as we were in the area visiting a friend. The winery was a little routy but it was later in the day and often tour busses take over on the weekends. The offending group was moving on, so we decided to stay for a tasting. We got situated and were carded. Handing my card back to me and the server said "thank you young lady." I'm 33, young, but older than him and most of people in the room. I have seen waiters try to charm my grandmother by calling her young lady. I shook off this pale attempt at humor. It would not be notable but he persisted in calling be young lady until the end of the tasting saying it no fewer than 15 times. He then tried to school me about diluting my pallet with water. He said do it between glasses but not sips. I was actually switching wines as we were revisiting Pinots to decide which I would like to purchase. When he continued to go on about the water, like insisted, I explained this and he reacted "we are here to teach, young lady." The server was a tool, but the wine - the wine was good. The tastings were over priced, the atmosphere was similar to a frat house. Unless that is what you are going for, I'd skip it. Or maybe make a reservation and avoid the self-important former wrestling scholarship holding, Econ major who graduated from Cal. We never exchanged names but he did share a bit about himself with this young lady.
  • I will avoid this winery in the future. I am Bay Area resident and go wine tasting a couple times a year for special occasions. Usually you pay a nominal fee $10 - 20 for a tasting of 5+ wines and there are a few bottles not on the list that are open and the winery would like to share. The staff or wine maker are excited to tell you about the character of the wine based on where it was grown, the weather that year, etc. Tasting fees are often waived with purchase of a bottle --- NOT at this place! This place felt like a tourist trap. The tasting was $30 for six wines. My wife and I shared one and decided we'd get a bottle if we liked what we tried and see of they would waive the fee. The server was not knowledgable about the wines and smarmy. He seemed to bragging about his scholastic achievement (it was not that impressive). He actually looked at my wife and said "can I teach you something young lady" and told her that she shouldn't drink water between tastings. She had asked for a oyster cracker or something to clear her pallet and they had none - water was the next best thing. We were trying to decide between the two Pinot Noirs on the list. The server had mixed them up at one point and we were trying to decide which bottle to take. She was annoyed. We bought the bottle of the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir the fee was not waived. I was hoping for a nice romantic treat after visiting an old family friend in Sonoma, instead I left feeling insulted and hustled.
  • Beautiful location and good facilities. The wine was much weaker than other wineries in the region and the cost and pouring sizes were also inferior to its plentiful competition. One to miss if your schedule is crammed.
  • Beautiful beautiful grounds. We did the Cave Tasting Tour and I highly recommend it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of the place and the whole wine-making process. The wines were my favorite in Sonoma County. We tried a couple Chardonnays, a Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Syrah and I loved them all. Ended up buying a bottle of each the Merlot, Syrah, and Pinot Noir to take home and share with the fam!
  • A great winery experience! Debbie was attentive, informative, and made our visit so enjoyable...and helped make Nicholson some of my favorite wines. Nicholson is a welcoming and beautiful winery.