Fall 2014 was busy for us. I had a week-long work trip in San Francisco, and figured since I was already on the opposite coast, we should make a wine country weekend out of the trip. T traveled in to meet me along with 2 other couples.
We had a few hours in San Francisco waiting for everyone to arrive, so went for the obvious tourist destination to kill some time and stopped down by Fisherman’s Wharf to walk around, see the sea lions, and people watch. While down there, we made a great decision to hop aboard one of the boats and take a guided water tour that went under the Golden Gate bridge and around Alcatraz. The boat was BYOB and the $15 ride was probably the most economical way to spend $15 in San Francisco! We were there on a gorgeous (unseasonably warm) day and loved the tour.
Once everyone arrived, we traveled up to Sonoma to get settled for the weekend. We stayed at the Sheraton Petaluma.I’ve been to Napa once before, and had the privilege to stay in a locally owned hotel in downtown Napa – so the Sheraton was certainly less charming, but you’ll never hear me bash the Starwood hotel chain.
We arrived fairly late on Friday night, but made it out to Speakeasy for a late dinner. We had a great table on their patio and I’m pretty positive we tried everything on the menu. No complaints.
Saturday morning, we had great intentions of making it to 3 wineries. We made it to 2 – so feel pretty successful about our day. We started the day with some bubbly at Gloria Ferrer. The grounds there are beautiful and the winery is large. We were seated at a table and then provided a tasting menu to select from. We enjoyed the tastings, but the experience was fairly impersonal and felt slightly rushed.
Next, we traveled to B.R. Cohn. This stop lasted longer than intended, but we had a great time, great company, and there were fresh and BBQ’d oysters onsite for purchase. We decided there was no need to hurry on to another stop. B.R. Cohn offers a more laid back feel than some of the other wineries. The winery is also owned by the manager of the Doobie Brothers, so you know they have fun music playing. They also have olive trees onsite and produce a variety of olive oils that you can taste and purchase. We did not sample a wine we did not like here, and ended up joining their wine club. Twice a year, we receive a shipment of 3 bottles. Before the shipments go out, I receive a phone call confirming the order and asking if there is anything else I would like shipped.
After B.R. Cohn, we decided to go to downtown Sonoma to grab a bite to eat. By recommendation, we ended up at The Girl and The Fig. We had a great table outside on their patio and everyone enjoyed the service and the food.
Running out of time to hit another winery, we discovered that Hawkes Winery has a storefront just down the street from The Girl and The Fig. So, we popped in for a tasting. The wines here were tasty, but over our preferred price point.
Unfortunately, we flew out Sunday afternoon so were really only able to have one day to explore Sonoma. Luckily for us, we had a quintessential California day full of sunshine, nice people, and great wines. Sadly, we didn’t hit as many wineries as we would have liked to! Guess we’ll just have to go back🙂