My husband and I will be visiting Sonoma, Napa and Healdsburg in April for my 40th birthday. After doing a ton of reading on this board, we've finalized our dinner plans for the three days, as well as most of the wineries we plan to visit and other meals.
We'll be staying at the The Lodge at Sonoma, arriving late Thursday evening and departing early Monday morning. I tried to keep to someone's advice on the board to schedule no more than 4 wineries in a day and no more than two appointments. Day One I feel hits the mark and I feel the best about but maybe the other days are getting a bit out of control. Also, after researching I found out that the wine event, April in Carneros will be going on that weekend and I am thinking about getting tickets. It sounds like fun but not sure if and looking for any input. So, Day 3 is a little loose thinking that we will just hit the wineries with events going on that day, making sure to hit the ones on the list. I haven’t make an appointment with Keller yet. Also, would like to hear any comments about the decision to dine at Bottega. I know that restaurant gets mixed reviews on this board but I wanted to give it a try. The 9:30 reservation is all I could get and we would have to drive all the way back to Yountville. I also need to figure out a late lunch spot for Day 2 in Healdsburg.
In terms of wines, we're fans of Cabernets, Zins and unoaked Chardonnays. Also, looking to hit one or two of the big wineries so I’ve included Mondavi and Kendall-Jackson on the list. We are also foodies and love a great meal and since it is my birthday I want our choices to be solid ones.
Please feel free to comment, fill in any gaps and suggest anything I may have missed. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve been to the wine country and I am looking forward to it. The last time I was here was with my girlfriend who lived in San Jose and our main objective was to collect as many complimentary wine glasses as possible. Good times but ready for another trip with a new appreciation for wine and food. Thank you in advance for your help and suggestions. So many wineries and restaurants, so little time!
Here is our tentative itinerary:
Arrival: 9:00pm--Hit an In-n-Out Burger :) and head to Sonoma
Breakfast: Bouchon Bakery
Bouchon Bakery Yountville
10:00-11:15 Reservation Schramsberg $90 Cave Tour/Tasting
Lunch: 12:45pm Reservation Solbar
4:30-6:00pm Reservation Elizabeth Spencer Cottage Tasting of EXS
Dinner: 9:30pm Reservation at Bottega
Breakfast: 10-11:00The Fig Cafe and Wine Bar Brunch
11:30-12:00 Reservation Loxton
11:00-12:30 Reservation Mayo Reserve Room Wine and Food Pairing (I have to change this reservation. I think maybe later or cancel?? not sure if there is enough time if we want to get to Healdsburg)
Stop at Figone’s Olive Oil on the Way
Kendall Jackson Wine Center (10-5pm)
Russian River Brewing Company(11-1am)
725 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404
Rodney Strong (10-5pm)
Dinner: 9:30 Reservation at Meadowood
April in Carneros Event http://www.carneroswineries.org/events/
Breakfast: Fremont Diner
24737 Arnold Drive/Highway 121 Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: (707) 940-4030 or 800-546-2070
24724 Arnold Drive/Highway 121
Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lunch? Sonoma Square:? El Dorado Kitchen?
Dinner: 7:30 Reservation The Girl and the Fig
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA
411 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612