You may have gotten wine wind that we were in Sonoma last week! We spent our honeymoon in Sonoma in 2007 and came back for an anniversary trip in 2010. Matt and I have been planning a return trip for 2 years and 9 months. We always hoped that when Mazen was old enough to stay with his grandparents (and when they were willing to care for him for a solid 5 days!) we would plan a trip back. This long weekend in wine country may have been our best yet!
This visit was sweetened by the company of Larbs and Matt, who had never spent more than a day in Sonoma before. We rented this house in the town of Sonoma that was cute as can be and was a great home base for our trip. The house had 2 masters, a great kitchen, bikes, a hot tub and was walking distance from the Sonoma Plaza. We would definitely rent it again! It was recently renovated and the décor was gorgeous.
We said goodbye to Mazen on Wednesday night and flew out at the crack of dawn on Thursday. We arrived in California at 10:30am, and after getting our rental car, headed up the coast.
Our first stop was lunch at Scoma’s in Sausalito.
We jumped right into vacation mode and ordered a bottle of Matanzas Creek Chard – a winery I visited on a previous trip!
We enjoyed these coconut Thai mussels – broth and all!
And I had a blackened fish sandwich and some fries on the side.
Our first stop was halfway to Sonoma – Lagunitas Brewery! Matt’s idea of heaven!
Matt brought a bottle of his home-brewed Brown Shugga to share with the staff.
They may have just been being nice, but in my opinion they were really impressed! Most said it was a near-perfect clone.
Matt and other Matt did a tasting flight. Larbs was the DD, and I just had a few sips.
We checked into our house and ended up taking the bikes just a few blocks away to Sebastaini before the wineries closed for the day.
Let the swirling begin!
Here’s a tip if you’re planning a trip: Matt and I had plans to join 1 or 2 wine clubs while we were here. Sebastiani is part of Foley Family wines, and by joining their club we got free tastings at Sebastiani, Chalk Hill, and Roth (you’ll see those tomorrow) plus 10-20% off of any wine we bought and 10% off dinner at Chalkboard. We calculated joining saved us more than $200 – and we loved the wines we tasted at all 3 places! (Plus there were more if you had more time.)
We paid Whole Foods a visit and stocked up on breakfast supplies and hydration necessities.
And after unpacking, we dressed up and headed to dinner!
Our dinner spot? The Girl and the Fig of course! Sadly they have changed the sign so my traditional headshot wasn’t be the same : (
I ordered a wine flight – juicy!
Others got cocktails
To start we shared a cheese platter and a fig plate – both were packed with fresh California local goodness.
My entrée was incredible – a flounder with a caper butter sauce with spinach and whipped potatoes.
And finally, we shared two desserts – a strawberry short cake and a chocolate toffee goblet
Needless to say we were full and happy when we left!!
We headed home to hit the hot tub and get ourselves on West Coast time before our first full day. See you tomorrow!