Some quick notes on a recent visit to Sonoma. No food notes, just wine. We left the City a little after three on Saturday and visited Cline Cellars (purchased a case of Mourvedre) and Chateau St. Jean (one of the prettiest grounds of all the wineries -- would recommend the reserve tasting for the patio views alone)before we ran out of time (most places close at 4:30) and proceeded on through Sebastopol(stopped to pick up bread and cheese) to the Applewood Inn in Guerneville. Really nice Inn, fantastic restaurant. On Sunday, our friends were pokey, so we did not get out the door until 11! -- nevertheless we proceeded north in the Russian River Valley area and stopped at some great places -- Hop Kiln ; Rocchioli (beautiful views); Belvedere (wonderful grounds and gardens and wine);Rabbit Ridge (case of Sangiovese; lots of tasting room only specials); Lambert Bridge;Quivira; Michel-Schlumberger (french style pinot and cabernet -- beautiful grounds, only open for tours at 11 and 2 - well worth it to listen to Pascal explain zee wine process with his franch accent); Ferrari-Carano (beautiful grounds --totally touristy, did not even stop to taste); and then last stop at Chateau Souverain (beautiful grounds, very friendly and they poured lots of reserves for us to try). Stopped in Healdsburg on the way back to the Inn for some much needed rest! And then off to the airport on Monday morning -- a very "efficient" weekend.
I am leaving out one purchase - because we wound up shipping back 5 cases!