Spring Fever in Sonoma

It’s official…spring fever has set in!  After what seems like eons of rain, the sun finally decided to shine its warming beams on Sonoma County.  Brandon and I are taking advantage of our first taste of spring and enjoying every moment of it.  Here are some pics of the abundant beauty all over Sonoma right now!

The sun is shining and Sonoma Square is getting busy!

Mustard is popping up all over Sonoma County.

Did you know we have redwoods in Sonoma?  We hiked Bartholomew Park and were surrounded by redwoods, streams, and beautiful wildlife!

I can’t think of a better way to wrap up a warm, sunny day in Sonoma then with a delicious meal at Fremont Diner.  Their fried oyster sandwich is one of my faves…don’t forget to try their biscuits and fried chicken too!

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Winter in Wine Country

Even with rain and cooler temperatures, winter is a wonderful time in Wine Country.  This year, we have had a nice mix of rain & sunshine and mustard season is getting a head start.  Here are some pics from the last couple of weeks!

Mustard season is getting an early start!

 

We enjoyed a 65 degree day in Bodega Bay.

 

Lingering fall leaves in Yountville.

 

Bouchon Bakery is delicious in any season!
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Autumn in Sonoma

Harvest has finally wrapped up so now we have more time to take advantage of everything the fall season has to offer!  As this was our first totally open weekend since the beginning of August, we decided to explore the coast and fall foliage in the vineyards.

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We have had a couple of days of rain over the last week so the coast is electric green!  If you have never had a chance to explore the coast of Sonoma and Marin Counties, you need to put it on your list.  Endless miles of beautiful coastline and breathtaking views!

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One of the best parts of heading to the coast are all of the amazing seafood restaurants.  This weekend, we stopped by Fishetarian for lunch.  They have the most delicious fish tacos in Norcal as well as an array of fresh, local seafood.

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We rounded out the weekend exploring the changing foliage in Healdsburg.  Ridge Vineyards‘ property is putting on a magnificent display of color right now.  An awesome way to wrap up Sunday afternoon!

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Adventures in the Bay Area

Our recent adventures have been pretty amazing.  There is always somewhere new to visit in the Bay Area and old favorites that you want to return to.  One of my favorite things we have been doing regularly is relaxing at the Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market in Sonoma Square.  Great music, wine, and produce!

Sonoma Farmer's Market

 

We have also been making it a priority to explore the beaches of Sonoma County.  Fort Ross State Beach is amazing.  Be sure to pack some chairs, an umbrella, and a picnic!

Fort Ross State Beach

 

We also has the chance to attend Rhone Rangers at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco.  We had a great time sipping through California Rhone wines!

Rhone Rangers San Francisco

 

After years of wanting to visit the wine Promised Land, we finally made it to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berekeley.  An epic wine shop that should be on everyone’s wine bucket list!

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

 

And, one last pic from the Sonoma Coast.  We already have another trip planned for next week!

Sonoma Coast

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A Week in Wine Country (and beyond)

We took our first trip to Medlock Ames in Healdsburg.  Such a beautiful property with plenty of patio space available to grab a bottle of wine and relax!Medlock Ames Patio

We were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Seven % Solution tasting in San Francisco.  This is honestly the best domestic tasting we have ever attended.  Amazing wines poured by passionate winemakers.  Don’t miss this event next year!

Seven % Solution

We ventured through some of the backroads in Sonoma and Napa Counties.  Seek out the road less traveled!

Sonoma Backroads

We also attended yet another fantastic wine tasting.  West of West Wine Festival features cool-climate wines grown on the Sonoma Coast and this year it was held at the beautiful Golden Gate Club.  We sipped some amazing Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay!

Seven % Solution

And last but not least, we finished the week in beautiful Sonoma Square.  Sunshine, palm trees, and great wine!

Sonoma Square

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This Week in Sonoma…

Began with a visit to Preston Vineyards.  We enjoyed a bottle of Rosé and hung out with the roosters and baby goats on their beautiful property!
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We also went to The Girl and the Fig to enjoy some incredible Rhone wines.  It’s one of our favorite restaurants in Sonoma Square.

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We also went to Unti Vineyards for their Rosé release party.  Great wines, live music, and a lot of fun!

Unti Vineyards

And we wrapped it up with a bike ride through Sonoma.  There are so many beautiful roads to take through the vineyards!

Scribe Winery

 

 

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This Week in Wine Country…

This week in Wine Country…

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We stopped by Jacuzzi Family Vineyards to spend some time on the property with friends.  A beautiful property where you can grab a bottle and sip it in the vineyards!

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We drove to Windsor to taste Two Shepherds’ new releases.  The tasting room is open on Saturdays from 11am-4pm and they make some of our favorite wines from Sonoma County!

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We made our first trip to The Barlow in Sebastapol and tasted the entire lineup at Woodfour Brewing Company.  A great place for sours and they have some pretty tasty food as well!

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We headed to Cadet to kick off the weekend.  Featuring mostly natural wines from small producers, Cadet has one of my favorite wine lists in Napa.

Model Bakery English Muffins

And we wrapped it up with English Muffins from The Model Bakery.  If you are anywhere near Napa, you have to try them.  On my list of the top breads I have ever eaten!

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This Week in Wine Country…

This week in Wine Country…

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Started off with a bike ride through the vineyards that surround Downtown Sonoma.  There are so many beautiful roads to explore throughout the city.

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I enjoyed a glass of J. Lassalle Champagne at Sigh, a fantastic Champagne Bar in Sonoma Square.

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We took advantage of 70 degree weather and explored the paths along the Napa River.

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We had a delicious lunch at The Fremont Diner in Sonoma.  I love their Fried Oyster Sandwich and just about everything else on the menu!

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And we experienced a beautiful sunset on a clear day in San Francisco.  You can catch a great view from the Marin Headlands.

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This Week in Wine Country…

This week in Wine Country…

Another beautiful start to the week in Sonoma Square

Began with another beautiful start to the week in Sonoma Square.

Grabbed a great breakfast at Acre Coffee

We grabbed a great breakfast at Acre Coffee in Petaluma.  Delicious breakfast sandwiches with organic espresso and coffees.

Picked up some delicious local, farm-fresh eggs at Taramasso Ranch in Napa

We picked up some delicious local, farm-fresh eggs at Taramasso Ranch in Napa.  We love to eat local as much as we can and eggs do not come any fresher than this!

Enjoyed a great happy hour at Oso Sonoma in the Sonoma Square

We enjoyed a great happy hour at Oso Sonoma in the Sonoma Square.  The Deviled Eggs topped with crab are a must!

Welcomed the Sonoma International Film Festival to town!

And, we welcomed the Sonoma International Film Festival to town!  Meg Ryan is among the talented guests in attendance to showcase her film “Ithaca”.

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