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Charles Creek Tasting Room

Wine Tasting Room on Sonoma Plaza

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Charles Creek Tasting Room entrance on Sonoma PlazaIn 2002, after successfully growing wine grapes on Sonoma Mountain in Glen Ellen, Bill and Gerry Brinton decided to create their own brand of exceptional wines at a reasonable price, and their Charles Creek is the successful result. Sourcing grapes from vineyards in Carneros, Sonoma Valley, and Napa Valley, the fruit-forward wines have won numerous Gold Medals.
A visit to the winery’s tasting room, located on Sonoma’s central plaza, means that you can precede or follow your tasting experience with lunch in one of the local restaurants and perhaps a browse through art galleries and shops.
Cork cow in Charles Creek Tasting RoomYou’ll know you’ve arrived at Charles Creek because the tasting room mascot, Ms. Moo-Lot—a sculptured cow made from hundreds of used corks—will be waiting to “greet” you inside the door. The down-home tasting room is festooned with gold ribbons and paintings by local artists, and you’ll get to sample some excellent wines (try the unusual chocolate-infused port). The room doubles as a shop for the Brintons’ line of food products (including an 18-year-old Black Currant Balsamic Vinegar) and other wine-related items.

Fascinating Fact:

Bill Brinton is a direct descendant of John Deere, who invented the world’s first commercially successful steel plow in 1837 and went on to found the giant agricultural equipment company that bears his name.
Amenities: Wine Club, Art Gallery, Located on Sonoma Plaza
Founded: 2002
Signature Wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio
Wine Tasting: No appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 11-6
Charles Creek Tasting Room
483 1st Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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