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Kistler Vineyards

Updated: Jan 13

Recognize this glowing face in the picture below?

I adore my Instagram and now real life friend Kathy aka @vinstagrape We met for the first time at Kistler Vineyards. Such a treat to drink mouthwatering wine and chat about how Insta brought us together.


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Kistler has arguably the best Chardonnay house in all the land. I should probably mention the elephant in the room…. I’ve very publicly admitted online that I am NOT a Chardonnay lover. Why in tarnation would I book an appointment where 4 Chardonnays are poured and only 1 Pinot? Well, I’ve grown up friends. The little fledgling wine baby has leaped out of her nest and is soaring. My palette has expanded. Over the past 81 days I’ve immersed myself in everything Sonoma County wines has to offer.


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My wine preferences have evolved. Where I used to like light, airy, easy drinking wine I’m now finding such pleasure sipping wines of incredible depth, balance, and layers upon layers of complexity. Kistler is one of those shining wine memories. A tasting experience where, as a wine drinker, you feel like you’ve truly arrived. Kistler sits on a gorgeous property in Forestville. A luxury tasting experience. 360 degree views. Looking out every window is like gazing onto an exquisite piece of vineyard art.


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What’s fascinating about Kistler Chardonnay is experiencing the impact of terroir. The same grape clone is planted in various prime growing areas and then handled exactly the same way. Almost as if by magic each wine is noticeably different. Each Chardonnay has such a distinct flavor profile. I’m smitten. Smitten with my wine friend Kathy. Smitten with Kistler Chardonnay. Smitten with Sonoma County’s beauty and how it continues to amaze me on this joyful summer day!

Now on to more of the facts…


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  • Located on Trenton Rd outside sleepy Forestville in west Sonoma County.

  • Tasting by appointment only.

  • The tasting room is in the Trenton Roadhouse, a 93 year old white farmhouse.

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  • The Kistler brand waited 34 years before opening a wine tasting facility.

  • The launch of the exclusive, distinctive tasting facility was in 2015.

  • Steve Kistler suggested stark white interior for the look of the new tasting room.

  • He thought serious tasting needs to be conducted in a white room.

  • Tastings happen in the back of the house with a view of the barn and vineyards.

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  • Both the beautiful tasting table and floor are ebonized wood.

  • Upstairs in the supposedly haunted attic, there’s a dining room that seats 22 people.

  • On the roof of the farmhouse are picturesque views of the pond and barn.

  • The old barn on the site has also been renovated into a large central tasting room.

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