I'm traveling with family to Sonoma on the 27th through 30th and would love any thoughts. Our group will be me, my fiancee, my brother (all in our late 20's/early 30's) and my parents who are in their 60's/70's. None of us are experienced wine tasters, but we all love food and wine, and we're excited to just jump in and splash around, so to speak. In terms of taste, the truth is that we are an, um, appreciative crew. My parents will probably like everything that most would say is fine or better, and I'd love to try some very special wines, but overall experience is probably the most important thing to me. I'd love to dig into the essence of the place as much as we can. The town of Sonoma will be our home base... so what should I scrap or do differently?
We're hitting the Cafe at Chez Panisse for lunch en route up to Sonoma, getting settled, and then:
Saturday the 27th:
- Pride Winery tasting
- Then possibly Behrens Family Winery, Tudal, or Tres Sabores.
- Lunch at La Luna Market & Taqueria in Rutherford
- Afternoon tasting at Frog's Leap (not sure if this is touristy, but I thought my mom would like it based on how pretty it looks on their website)
- Hess Collection tasting and checking out their art collection
- Dinner in Napa at Oenotri
Sunday the 28th:
- Brunch at The Girl & The Fig
- Planning on heading north on Rt 12 up to Kenwood and visiting Family Wineries, possibly Enkidu or Landmark, and then working our way back down to Sonoma, possibly visiting Wellington on the way. This depends on how much energy we have. Are these good choices, or are there are other don't-miss stops in the Kenwood/Glen Ellen area?
- Dinner at El Molino Central.
Monday the 29th:
- Breakfast at Fremont Diner
- Thinking of tastings at Scribe, Adastra, or Cline... we're taking the red-eye that night so will want to start working our way south.