I will be having some visitors from Cleveland coming to town at the end of the month. We've been to Napa Valley several times during previous visits, so now we want to try Sonoma.
What is our best strategy to maximize wine tasting, scenery, dining and having fun? We have a designated driver, so that is not a problem, and we like wine but do not have the world's most developed tastes for wines. So, to summarize, I think we want to maximize the dining and scenery aspects and treat the wines as a secondary pleasure.
Is our best bet to just drive up to the Healdsburg area and explore from there? Of course, I will do more research, but am looking for starting points. I figure we can leave the city (SF) early, get breakfast somewhere, head up to Healdsburg for a lunch or picnic, go wine shopping, and then hit a nice restuarant. Dry Creek Kitchen, maybe?
Am I in the right ballpark here? Are there any other interesting, must see or must do things up there? Is healdsburg a good starting point? I hear there are also alot of nice cheese shops... And, finally, is the scenery all similar, or is there a certain route we should take for the most pleasurable drive?