Our second day in Sonoma started very early – East Coast time early. So we went running. We covered about 4 miles all around the town. The houses in Sonoma are just stunning. Cute, perfectly manicured cottages! I want to retire there!
After showers, we made a fancy breakfast to fuel us through the day. Eggs, toast, fruit, coffee and OJ.
Our first stop of the day was to Sonoma Cheese Factory where we picked up picnic supplies.
And then we traveled to Santa Rosa for another treat for Matt!
He lives and breathes Russian River Brewing.
This was quite the tasting – shared 3 ways!
He left with a few goodies that we shipped home.
We then meandered up to Chalk Hill Vineyard – which ended up being one of my favorites of the whole trip.
The views were spectacular and the wines were so complex. Layer upon layer of tasting secrets.
Right across the street was Roth, another of the Foley Family wineries where we enjoyed a free tasting.
We bought a bottle of their Red Heritage blend – but they were all good!
The best part was the staff was so accommodating. We were able to taste outside at a table while we enjoyed our picnic and were given a cutting board, plate and extra knife.
They boys got lucky with a corn hole set as well!
We continued our trip up to the Alexander Valley and went back to one of our favorites from our honeymoon – Tretadue!
Our final winery of the day was Lambert Bridge, a new find in Dry Creek.
The grounds here were gorgeous – a great spot for a picnic or proposal!
We had some time to kill before dinner, so we walked all around the Healdsburg Square. Always in search of dessert, we couldn’t help but pick out treats from Moustache and Noble Fork to have after dinner!
We popped in to say hi to La Crema – smooooooth!
And then stumbled upon Shed.
What a COOL SPOT!
Part bar, part coffee house, part café, part gourmet food, part housewares, part garden shop.
And finally, dinner took us to Chalkboard.
Matt and I shed a tear when we heard that Cyrus had closed, but Chalkboard was pretty darn delicious!
As the DD for the evening I ordered a mocktail. I asked our server for something lemony and she brought an herby lemonade drink. I didn’t miss the alcohol!
The small plate courses that followed were outstanding. We enjoyed everything and loved the pace of the evening.
A tuna special –
The pork belly biscuits with maple glaze and chipotle mayo – loved these!!
Enjoyed with the Dungeness crab tater tots
We had two veggie dishes – a grilled chipotle corn and grilled padron peppers. Both served with awesome fresh cheeses.
Next up was a pasta dish – smoked paprika strozzapreti with pork shoulder “carnitas”
And this squid ink gigli pasta with crab and black truffle was to die for!
This fried quail was one of my favorite quail dishes I’ve ever had.
And finally, we ended with the three beef sliders served with beef short ribs, bacon aioli and blue cheese. Omg – incredible!
If it looked like a lot of food, IT WAS! But keep in mind we shared everything as well.
We had a long, winding drive home that was not very pleasant, but an hour later we were back in Sonoma and eating our cupcake and pie.
And that’s when my camera lens fell apart in my hands. I seriously have no idea what happened, but I think this is a lesson that I really need to be using a real camera bag and not just my purse. This was totally sad and inconvenient, but thankfully I was able to take the remaining trip photos on my phone.
But FYI, that chocolate hazelnut pie was out of this world!
To be continued!