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“Were we in France?” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau St. Jean

Chateau St. Jean
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Kenwood
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Owner description: Inspired by formal estate gardens in the south of France, Chateau St Jean is the quintessential Sonoma winery that features gracious style and exquisite architecture. Founded in 1973, the winery is a pioneer in single vineyard wines and the home of the iconic Cinq Cepages.
Santa Maria, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Were we in France?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

The other day I posted comments about an unhappy experience at another winery tasting room (“Domaine C-------”), so today I want to write about a completely enjoyable visit to the tasting room and gardens at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County.

The grounds of this winery are beautiful, from the driveway through the vineyards to the gardens and the chateau and the tasting room. Some say the gardens are the most beautiful of any winery in Sonoma or Napa.

First our party of three went to the spacious tasting room where the friendly and welcoming server gave us tastes of five wines. While we were tasting, one of the staff, Pierre, came in and my host conversed with him in French. When I said I wanted to bring home a special wine for a Mother's Day gift, our server found and opened a reserve cabernet for us to taste.

After choosing one bottle of wine to buy, we each purchased a glass of wine and some food from the charcuterie and went outside and sat in the gardens to enjoy the wine and the gardens and the French chateau. Beautiful and peaceful, as if we were in the French countryside.

I went to a high school in the vineyards of Napa and was surrounded by vineyards every day, so I was really interested in one section of the gardens planted with vines of several wine-grape varietals, sign-posted with their names. I hadn't noticed until this day how different the leaves of each varietal are, in size and shape and color. In late summer or early autumn it would be interesting to see the different colors and sizes of the grapes.

The Chateau St. Jean website describes everything better than I can, but I will say that it is not a place to stop in on for a quick taste: you will want to spend some time there to immerse yourself in its ambiance and the tranquility.

Visited May 2015
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United States
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“Worthy for visit and wine tasting ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

First time for us came to Chateau St Jean. It took about 1 hour 20 minutes to got there quite far from our home. They have big wine garden on the right side and some parking area and some flowers garden inside. There 2 place for wine tasting we went to the right wine tasting and tried 15$ wine tasting for 5 kinds wine and all taste good. We really enjoyed our time there with beautiful scenery. Came and enjoy wine tasting it's fun and worthy

Thank Tina B
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great place , excellent wine and very interesting !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015

After a lot of preliminary research , we had a short list (6) of ''must visit'' wineries in the Sonoma Valley and Château St. Jean was part of it . We were not disappointed by our experience ! The estate is beautiful and worth a good tour of it which we did prior to the wine tasting session . The wine testing session was excellent ( ask for the 5 blend ) and very informative . We had a wonderful chat with Jean-Pierre who told us about his life and the history of the winery plus some interesting data about the wine pairing ! The atmosphere is relaxed and one feels more like a guest and less as a customer.
Definitively a winery to include in the list !

Visited May 2015
1 Thank belleretraite
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Lima, Peru
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“Beautiful setting and great wines”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2015

Did the tasting on the patio with a great view of the property. The tasting was reasonable priced with a platter of local cheese and 4 different wines including one wine that had won wine of the year a couple years ago.
The explanation of the wines and knowledge of the winery and other Sonoma landmarks made it for a relaxing and interesting experience.

Visited April 2015
Thank Pedro R
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“Best wine using experience of the bunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015 via mobile

Great people working here and introducing you to the wines and the area if you're new to this wine country thing. This was the first place we stopped and probably the best.

Also one of the best looking estates I the area.

1 Thank brs14ku
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