We recently took a long weekend trip to San Francisco – the plane tickets were too cheap to pass up! After spending a couple days tromping around the wonderful city, it felt great to hop in a rental car (um, we got one of the last rental cars in the city which happened to be a Dodge Charger!) and drive north to the famous and beautiful California wine country.
If you happen to be planning a trip to the region or if we can inspire to go, here are some of our experiences/tips:
♥ Drive as far north as you can in the morning and then work your way south throughout the day. This gives you more time to drink coffee before you switch over to vino and most wineries begin tasting around 10 am. We started in Geyserville and would suggest both wineries we stopped at in the Alexander Valley: Geyser Peak and Clos du Bois.
♦ This one goes without saying – plan your food accordingly! Some wineries serve small bites such as chocolate or cheese, but definitely take snacks in case you aren’t near a food stop. Also, most wineries let you split tastings, so share with a buddy, especially in the morning hours!
♣ I will say that the further south we drove – down into Napa Valley – the more crowds we ran in to. Granted it was a sunny holiday weekend, but we got the touristy vibe the closer we got to the towns of Napa and Sonoma. I guess this is to be expected, but we loved our experiences that had less people and more time to chat about wine with the pourer.
• We really enjoyed the small town of Sonoma (sorry Napa). We both agreed Sonoma just had a little bit more character. It is based around a historic town square that has been preserved for tourists like ourselves. We made the loop around the square and wanted to eat in almost every restaurant – quaint, romantic, and all unique. We decided on the Girl and the Fig and enjoyed their large back patio under heaters.