My wife and I are staying at the Lodge at Sonoma around the holidays. We are foodies and like great wine and are really excited about this trip. Unfortunately I do not know the geographic area well and am having trouble picking my restaurants and the vineyards.
In a perfect world, we would like to have a lunch and dinner planned for both days. Cost is generally not an issue. We would also like to visit about 4 vineyards a day -- with tastings at three and a more involved tour or library tasting at one vineyard each day.
Since I know I have a very educated group reading this post, to give you a flavor of what we like, when we spent three nights in Napa earlier this summer, we hit the following: Bistro Jeanty, Ad Hoc, Brixx, and Bottega. We also did a tour at Cakebread Cellars, and visited for tastings Frog's Leap, and Honig. We also did a trip up to the Alexander Valley and hit Hanna, Stryker, and Alexander Valley Vineyards.
We like bold Cabernets, complex Pinots, and Chardonnay. When we go to the vineyards, we would like to stay in the same general vinciity per day and generally like to stay within 20 minutes of the hotel for dinner at night.
I had originally wanted to visit Jordan -- but read that it is closed during the week we will be visiting. I'm also intrigued by the Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley.
All recommendations regarding a gamenplan would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Alexander Valley Vineyards
8644 Highway 128, Healdsburg, CA
8300 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599
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