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Cline Cellars

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


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Key Info

  • No appointment necessary.

  • Hours: 10am-6pm

  • In Sonoma County Carneros wine appellation.

  • $10 tasting fee, waived with purchase of bottle.

  • VERY dog and kid friendly.

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  • HUGE property. Lots to explore. Almost feels like you are at a park!

  • Six ponds, thousands of rosebushes, fountains and vintage railroad cars.

  • Lots of picnic tables. Bring in your own food, buy a bottle, and relax.

  • Picnic tables can be reserved.

  • On a hot day they have bottles chilled for purchase.

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  • Tasting room has a little deli with cheese, meats and snacks.

  • Staff is quirky, friendly and very informative.

  • Super small tasting room.

  • Luckily there are other outside tasting stations.

  • Super reasonably priced wines. Most cost between $14-$37.

  • Known for their Zins.

  • Offering both whites and reds.

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  • Supposedly all wines here are vegan.

  • Find Cline wines at select restaurants and grocery stores, shipped around the world.

  • 15% discount for seniors. (over 60)

  • A wedding venue

  • Very active and up to date social media presence.

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You May Not Know

  • Cline Cellar’s was started in 1982. The year I was born!

  • The Cline’s also own:

  • Jacuzzi Vineyards which is across the street.

  • The Olive Press. The most highly awarded olive oil in the country.

  • The tasting room is a rustic 1850’s farmhouse that is original to the property.

  • Feed fish in the pond.

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  • Browse the Mission Museum (free of charge) with models of 21 California Missions.

  • The Mission models were originally from the 1939 San Francisco Fair.

  • The Cline family restored the models and created the museum.

  • Enjoy some winery critters: lots of aviaries with brightly colored exotic birds.

  • Fred Cline (owner) also owns Green String Farm and Institute in Petaluma.

  • The Clines also own Villa Laura in Tuscany which was the set for the movie “Under The Tuscan Sun.”

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  • Cline Cellars does not use any pesticides or herbicides in their vineyards.

  • They use sheep and goats to help fertilize and keep weeds away.

  • Cline has popular annual events:

  • Dixieland Jazz Festival every year around July.

  • Halloween Party where the barrel room is transformed into a Spooky Laboratory.

  • Every year they host a Easter Sunrise Service at the adobe mission on property.

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Sheila’s Recommendation

  • While strolling the Cline property, I turned to my boyfriend:

  • “We need to bring our mom’s here. They would LOVE the birds!

  • We need to bring your sister and my friend Katie and all the kids! They would love the fish pond!”

  • Plan a day of it.

  • Get everyone you love to block out time on their weekend calendars.

  • Decide who’s bringing what. Potluck/picnic style.

  • Get over to Cline before the mad lunch rush.

  • Stake out a picnic table or throw a blanket down in the grass.

  • Buy a bottle of cold Pinot Gris.

  • Enjoy!

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