My husband and I are making the East Coast to West Coast pilgrimage in early April to visit some friends in the San Francisco area. We're doing one night in Sonoma in Healdsburg proper (dinner at Cyrus).
I think we'd like to stay close to the town on day one as our friends will be driving up and back the same day since they have to work the following morning and it will be less crazy for them to stay in a rather centralized area. My husband and I will be able to meander around the next day at our own pace, so we could go a little bit farther off the beaten path.
Unfortunately, as much as I adore red wine (and red wine loves Sonoma county), it does not agree with my chronic migraines, so I would like winery suggestions that have strong white lineup. I can have SOME red wine, but very sparingly and spread out. I prefer dryer, non-sweet, and non-oakey whites. Other than that, I am not too picky about specific varietals.
We would prefer smaller, more intimate places. We certainly wouldn't be opposed to visiting some of the larger places, but as a frequent visitor to the Finger Lakes I have grown accustomed to that kind of environment.
We'd also like to visit at least a couple olive oil places, so would appreciate any favorites for that as well.
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