I hope my teeth are not permanently stained!!
I didn’t end up spitting anything out today, but I did take much smaller sips and was more mindful of how much that went in. Think it helped!
This morning we headed up to Healdsburg and walked all around the plaza for a bit. I LOVE Healdsburg (and Sonoma Town) – be sure to visit them (and stay in them!) if you come to wine country.
Matt was excited to taste Bear Republic’s beers, so I was a patient wife and went into a bar before noon. I didn’t want to taste anything, but he enjoyed a flight.
My beverage of choice? A Beet, Kale + Ginger juice from the Healdsburg Cafe Gratitude.
By the way, I have totally broken in my new boots and they are now my most comfortable traveling shoes!
While on our honeymoon we dined at Cyrus, one of the fanciest restaurants in Sonoma. It was definitely the meal of a lifetime. Somebody was anxious to go back, but it’s just not in the budget this time.
Most of today was spent in the Dry Creek wine region.
Our first winery of the day was also our favorite of the day: Ridge.
WHAT. A. VIEW.
The guy pouring was also super nice and their wines were fabulous. Nice and bold, flavorful, complex.
Next stop was the Dry Creek Country Store for a bite to eat! Last time we were here we picked up some cheeses here, and Jenna recommended their sandwiches.
We settled on one of the freshest packages salads I’ve stumbled upon plus a sandwich special: pork with fontina, arugula and garlic aioli.
We shared the sandwich and it was fabulous!! And perfect for lunch.
For dessert: only the best chocolate ever: Scharffen-Berger!
After lunch we decided it was time to explore the Dry Creek grape juice.
We winded all the way up West Dry Creek Road to Bella.
The tastings in Bella are inside a cave in the side of a mountain. So picturesque 🙂
Next up was Preston, highly recommended. The property is all organic (grapes and farm) and there are awesome cats everywhere.
We actually came to Preston on our honeymoon and remembered a cat named Scooch. Turns out she is STILL THERE!!!!
Our next stop was Michel-Schlumberger, the winery where Jenna began her wine country journey. We tasted there a year ago right after she had moved. I had been Tweeting with Judd there all day and was so sorry to just miss him for a tasting. But we still enjoyed all of the wines. Highly recommended for the scenery (and it’s all organic too!)
The Merlot in particular reminded me of a fresh slice of brie cheese!!
We decided we had spent enough time on West Dry Creek Road and headed back through Healdsburg to the Russian River. I think the Russian River is our very favorite part of Sonoma. The wines are just so lush!!
We made two final stops: first at Sunce. Here we had the best Zin of the day and purchased a bottle to have with dinner.
We were also so lucky as to get a slice of birthday cake!!! Happy birthday goin’ on! Mmmm!
Our last stop of the day was DeLoach, where we loved a handful of pinots and zins. Classic Russian River!
Sadly the weather turned out to be cold and rainy. Booooooo. But that’s OK because on the inside we were feeling quite toasty!
We each contributed a wine (so glad we were able to find one!)
Apps off the hizzle! We couldn’t decide and Adam was super hungry, so we ordered three:
Gioia Burrata [a cheese] with marinated Delicata squash, grilled baby leeks, farro. LOVED this!!!!!!!!
Wild Mushroom Crespelle, mushroom besciamella, arugula, parmigiano frico
Oven Roasted Clams with spicy Santi sausage, garlic, while wine and grilled bread
Intermezzi Pasta Course: Pappardelle with braised pork sugo, roasted nardello peppers, basil and pecorino. It was super spiced and I loved it! Split four ways –
For my entree I got the simple Winter Squash Soup with house made Italian sausage, toasted squash seeds and EVOO (the seeds reminded me of Halloween!)
Matt ordered the Chicken with Figs and Adam the Pork Loin with Farro and Pears and they both shared with the ladies. All i needed was a bite of each – both were so lush and flavored with sweet fall.
We couldn’t turn down dessert – a Gala Apple Pudding with a Spiced Alcoholic Whipped Cream + Fresh Caramel. A-mazing.
Come to California for the wine, stay for the food.