As a huge wine country lover I try to visit as much as I can. As a result, in the two and half years I’ve lived in San Francisco I have definitely discovered some of my favorite Wineries to visit and to recommend to others.
To me, a few things make a winery special.
First, the wine. I obviously must like the wine or I won’t return.
Second, the people and team behind the Winery. No matter how good wine is if the wine maker or team sharing the wine with you aren’t wonderful it’s pretty hard to want to return.
Third, the brand story or family’s store. I love hearing how a family got into the wine business or why a particular winery specializes in one wine vs. another.
Lastly, a smaller intimate feeling. I prefer not to visit wineries with large tour buses of people visiting.
Below is a running list of my favorite Top 10 California Wineries at any given moment. I also have a Top 10 Sonoma Winery List here. This will be like the Eater 38 list which changes every month. So, visit often as I’ll be updating it as I have a new favorite spot I’ve discovered….. Click on the link to read my post & review on the spot. Note, there is no particular order here, just a list of my favorite Top 10 Wineries in California’s Wine Country.