We made it to Friday! What do you say we wrap up this little travel series in wine country to celebrate the weekend being upon us. Sonoma, CA and the wedding for a dear couple in our home group is actually what initiated our recent trip. We just happened to tack on Washington and British Columbia before we ended up there. Although Jordan and I have done wine region in Italy, we have never explored Napa/Sonoma, so we were really looking forward to this trip.
Renting a home through airbnb, tripadvisor, or vrbo is a great (and more economical) alternative to hotels. We found a beautiful farm house in Sonoma County which comfortably slept 12 adults and one sweet baby. The house worked perfectly for our large group, allowed us to cook meals, and even came equipped with a game room that we utilized.
–Gundlach Bundschu – unfortunately this was our first and least favorite winery we visited. We felt as though the experience was rushed and that they were stingy with the pours considering we paid $20 for the tasting.
–Cline Cellars – *free to taste and known for more french wines.
–Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – *free to taste and right across the street from Cline Cellars. We both really enjoyed our time learning about the history of the Jacuzzi Family (engineers behind the water pumps that our spas now use) and felt as though it was a true authentic Italian experience.
–Scribe Winery – I would say Scribe was the best atmosphere of all the wineries we visited, but not our favorite wine. The views were spectacular, as the tasting tables sat on top of the hill that overlooked the vineyards.
–Silver Oak Cellars – this was the only cellar that we visited in Napa and it was absolutely worth the 45 minute drive from Sonoma. Be prepared not to walk out of there spending less than $100.00 but the Cabernet Sauvignon was incredible.
–Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards – known for their champagnes, this vineyard was one of my favorites and the price was most definitely right. We opted for a $6 glass of bubbly and split a Spanish cheese plate to tide us over until dinner at the wedding.
–Lagunitas Brewing Co – our group met up with the bride and groom here and it was actually located in the bride’s hometown of Petaluma. If you enjoy draft beers, this is your spot.
–The Girl and the Fig – if you ask any of the locals, they will recommend this restaurant to you and for good reason. Aside from the service (I think she was having a bad day), the food was very fresh. It is farm to table style, so everything you order is truly California style cuisine.
–Sweet Scoops Ice Cream – according to the owner, this creamery just opened up in July and to our surprise, it was very crowded! Delicious homemade ice cream to top off a great day.
–Sonoma Market – this little grocery store in the square was perfect for a quick salad buffet to take on the go with us.
WORK IT OUT:
–Pure Barre Sonoma – $20/class which is standard for any Pure Barre as a guest to that studio.
–Cross Fit – $15/2 classes including a t-shirt.
*For the wineries that are free-to-taste, there is an underlying understanding that you will buy at least a bottle which we were okay with since we ended up purchasing a few to take home.
*If you are used to wine tasting in Europe, be prepared that this is an entirely different experience. We felt as though in California, the wineries were much more commercialized and not as personable as the Tuscany Vineyards. It is also much more expensive in Sonoma/Napa but wonderful to experience nonetheless.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great weekend!