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Readers vote Corner 103 America's best tasting room

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Winning winery takes the intimidation out of wine tasting

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  • Corner 103

    Corner 103
    Sonoma, Calif.

    Lloyd Davis, founder of Corner 103, created this Sonoma tasting room for all those people out there who might feel a little intimidated by the wine world. The staff insure an educational and comfortable tasting experience that includes wines from Corner 103 and the rest of the Sonoma County American Viticulture Areas.
    Photo courtesy of Corner 103

  • Castello di Amorosa

    Castello di Amorosa
    Calistoga, Calif.

    Wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa transports you to a European-style castle, where visitors sample wines at the main tasting bar, underground Knight’s Hall, Grand Barrel Room or the Royal Apartment tasting salon.
    Photo courtesy of Castello di Amorosa

  • Davis Family Vineyards

    Davis Family Vineyards
    Healdsburg, Calif.

    The Tasting Room and Organic Garden Lounge at Davis Family Vineyards is just steps from the scenic Russian River in Healdsburg. Visitors can sample current releases, sit down for a cheese pairing or play a game of bocce ball in the garden between sips.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Juanmonino

  • Long Shadows Vintners

    Long Shadows Vintners
    Walla Walla, Wash.

    Allen Shoup, the founder of Long Shadows Vintners, struck up a friendship with Dale Chihuly in the 1980s. Today, the Chihuly Tasting Room features work by the famous glass artist, including a custom chandelier and a custom-designed installation inspired by the fields of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
    Photo courtesy of Long Shadows Vintners

  • Louis M. Martini Winery

    Louis M. Martini Winery
    St. Helena, Calif.

    The gem of the newly restored Louis M. Martini Winery is the Crown Bar, a tasting room featuring warm wood tones and a glass wall with views into the barrel cellar. Visitors can also taste outdoors in Martini Park or in the Heritage Lounge, designed for tasting small-lot wines.
    Photo courtesy of Louis M. Martini Winery

  • Charles Krug Winery

    Charles Krug Winery
    St. Helena, Calif.

    The wine estate now known as Charles Krug became California’s very first tasting room when it opened in 1881. These days, the tasting room doubles as a spacious hospitality center, where visitors can sample some of the winery’s small-production offerings.
    Photo courtesy of Charles Krug Winery

  • Stoller Family Estate

    Stoller Family Estate
    Dayton, Ore.

    The eco-friendly tasting room at Stoller Family Estate has something for everyone – excellent Oregon wines, an expansive lawn for picnicking, Adirondack chairs, Frisbee golf and even a tire swing for the little ones. The views from the tasting room rank among the best in the Pacific Northwest, if not the country.
    Photo courtesy of Mike Haverkate / Stoller Family Estate

  • Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

    Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
    Healdsburg, Calif.

    This Russian River Valley winery welcomes guests with an inviting tasting room outfitted in earth tones and stunning artwork. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light.
    Photo courtesy of Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

  • Smith Story Wine Cellars

    Smith Story Wine Cellars
    Philo, Calif.

    At the Smith Story Wine Cellars tasting room in Anderson Valley, wine lovers enjoy private tastings hosted by founders Eric and Ali Story. The space also includes a small boutique, Smith Story Sundries, selling home decor and wine accessories.
    Photo courtesy of Smith Story Wine Cellars

  • Rava Wines

    Rava Wines
    Paso Robles, Calif.

    Rava Wines is known for their sparkling wines, which visitors can sample in the contemporary tasting room and sprawling patio just 15 minutes outside downtown Paso Robles.
    Photo courtesy of Rava Wines

  • Corner 103
  • Castello di Amorosa
  • Davis Family Vineyards
  • Long Shadows Vintners
  • Louis M. Martini Winery
  • Charles Krug Winery
  • Stoller Family Estate
  • Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
  • Smith Story Wine Cellars
  • Rava Wines

The quality of a tasting room can make or break a wine tasting. A comfortable, elegant tasting room with a knowledgeable staff can elevate the entire experience.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Tasting Room are as follows:

  1. Corner 103 - Sonoma, Calif.
  2. Castello di Amorosa - Calistoga, Calif.
  3. Davis Family Vineyards - Healdsburg, Calif.
  4. Long Shadows Vintners - Walla Walla, Wash.
  5. Louis M. Martini Winery - St. Helena, Calif.
  6. Charles Krug Winery - St. Helena, Calif.
  7. Stoller Family Estate - Dayton, Ore.
  8. Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery - Healdsburg, Calif.
  9. Smith Story Wine Cellars - Philo, Calif.
  10. Rava Wines - Paso Robles, Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning wineries!

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