Sonoma

Comstock Winery – Dry Creek Valley AVA Appointment Recommended Big, luscious reds, big whites and don’t leave without a bottle of blanc de blanc Service animals only $$-$$$

J Vineyards and Winery – Russian River

Although I used to sell J Vineyard wines and have done a couple different tastings and tours here, this by far was the most special – a true guest experience in all its cheese and food pairing glory thanks to renown Chef Carl Shelton. Trade hospitality is always so fun and educational but this timeContinue reading “J Vineyards and Winery – Russian River”

Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Sonoma

Built for either the ultimate family experience in wine country or a pool-side cabin trip with your girlfriends, Francis Ford Coppola Winery has more to offer than I even realized. All together the estate boasts a full day’s worth of activities with an endless array of wines – stylistically – to suit anyone’s personal preferences.Continue reading “Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Sonoma”

Goosecross Cellars, Yountville

Goosecross was THE perfect stop from the 29 as we made our way over to the Silverado Trail from downtown Yountville, the home of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, and literally the heart of the Napa Valley. The trail is loaded with some of the best wineries and a beautiful drive right the base of theContinue reading “Goosecross Cellars, Yountville”

Matanzas Creek, Bennett Valley

I found myself at this winery when I was leaving downtown Santa Rosa, not far from the 101 but still a windy little adventure. You’ll be led to a magical place surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides, this enchanting feeling you’re entering a storybook setting. Bennett Valley is one of the most romantic AVA’sContinue reading “Matanzas Creek, Bennett Valley”

Artesa, Napa

Artesa is a great stop, again as you’re heading north into wine country. A solid good day and a day I do often is a big brunch at Boonfly Cafe (order the BLTE, to DIE for), Domaine Carneros, Saintsbury and Artesa. They’re all in close enough proximity to require less drive time and each have theirContinue reading “Artesa, Napa”

Saintsbury, Carneros

I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am for the experience I stumbled upon at Saintsbury. So unique because I got to meet cellar master, Jaime and his cellar hand Martin while topping off barrels of the 2017 vintage where they let me taste through them ALL (should’ve taken a cab). From these barrels theContinue reading “Saintsbury, Carneros”

Domaine Carneros, Sonoma – Sparkling

LOVE it here! ‘nuf said; However, there’s a right way to do this one.   After working in the industry for so long and never finding myself in need of purchasing wine, I finally gave in and joined their Chateau Society wine club. Not only do they have 4 tiers to choose from (so youContinue reading “Domaine Carneros, Sonoma – Sparkling”

Ram’s Gate: Carneros, Sonoma

Winter wine tasting is my absolute favorite time of year to be out in wine country. The air is crisp, the sun is most likely to be shining and the colors of the landscape are rich and vibrant. Another reason I like to head out during the colder months is the flow of tourists drasticallyContinue reading “Ram’s Gate: Carneros, Sonoma”

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