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August 25, 2011
From journal Girlfriends in San Francisco
Palo Alto, California
September 8, 2002
Tasting fee: Complimentary, with your choice of up to 4 wines.
Of note, Viansa wines are not distributed, so purchase them at the winery or through their website.
From journal Sonoma Valley Wineries
San Francisco, California
January 20, 2001
The real draw for me (aside from the fantasy that I've been swept away to Pienza when I walk the grounds) is the variety of food samples that they place out for the visitors. Several different types of oils, vinegars, marinades, mustards, salsas, sauces and dessert toppings vie for your attention. The prices on some of these accoutrements is steep, but at least when you shell out $6.50 for a jar of mustard, you can get the flavor that called out to you.
While the more jaded and cynical might say that Viansa is capitalizing on the fad with all things Tuscan, and that their wine and foods are overpriced, Viansa is still a fun and vibrant stop on the way into Sonoma, and a great place to pick up a wedding gift for the couple that has everything: a basket with some wine, foodstuffs and couple elegant kitchen accessories from the Marketplace.
Visiting midweek or before 11am may be the best option, as the Marketplace is often mobbed with visitors, and it is on the tourbus circuit, alas. However, if you just pretend that the crowds are some of your noisy relatives at an Italian Wedding and elbow your way up to the tasting bar, you'll be able to have a good time, even at peak hours.
From journal The Aroma of Sonoma