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Head to Healdsburg for Charbono

Sip and enjoy Kachina’s Charbono with lunch.


Courtesy of Kachina Vineyards

We’ll tell you a secret, if you promise to destroy this page immediately: There’s a tiny winery in Sonoma where you can enjoy a Tuscan lunch prepared and served by the owners, and discover a remarkable wine rarely found in the valley.

The winery is Kachina, and the wine is Charbono, a smooth varietal with the richness of cherries and berries, and just enough acidity to cut through summer BBQs. “It’s a ‘tweener,’ ” says Nancy Chambers, describing Charbono as having the finesse of a Pinot and the depth of a Cab.

Chambers and her husband, Greg, can set you up on their patio—with just 24 hours’ notice. The Tuscan lunch ($50 a person, or $45 for six or more) is served with a sampling of four Kachina wines (make sure to request a Charbono) and a special Kachina Port. Order a full glass of your favorite.

Sniffing out the most interesting wines and wineries is what makes a trip to Sonoma worthwhile. And Kachina’s Charbono (sip and say that three times fast—or slow) is a real find.

Tastings by appointment, 4551 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, (707) 332-7917, kachinavineyards.com.


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