I think you can tell from my last post that I was in a pretty good mood and had some awesome plans in store for the weekend. Dare I say was drunk with happiness?
I chose to fortify my drunken oblivion with some wine tasting on Saturday!
Zach planned the whole thing. Usually I am the one that takes lead on organizing all events, transportation, food, invites, destination points, etc. It was more than refreshing for him to take the wheel and let me just come along for the ride. And by “ride,” I mean minivan. Ohhhh yeaaaah!
Though I adore pretty much every wine region in this area, I wanted to revisit Sonoma since it had been a couple of years. Zach prepared in advance and scoped out the wineries that specialized in Pinot Noir (my fave) and also sparkling wine. Score!
We started at Viansa:
Gorgeous property, less than stellar wine. Very meh. The Italian varietals are generally not my favorite anyway, so at least expectations were low. They did have cheese, mustard and tapenade tasting, which was phenomenal. It wasn’t a total loss!
Next up was Gloria Ferrer, which is one of my absolute favorite affordable sparkling wines. So tasty. I drink their wines often, but have only been to this vineyard once before — back in 2002 when I first moved to Cali!
But first, we had to pull over for this photo op:
Okay back on track. We snagged a small table at Gloria Ferrer and decided to share a bottle of the Brut Rose, which is limited in sales and cannot be found in stores. Loved it! Crisp, light in fruit, not too sweet. It was downed by all pretty darn fast ;) Along with our champagne, we broke out the snacks: hummus, pita chips, maple smoked cheddar, salami, chocolates, carrots. It was a healthy feast =)
Since we quickly snarfed down the champagne, we decided to get a bottle of Pinot to share as well. This didn’t knock my socks off, but I wouldn’t kick it outta bed.
Next up was a small little winery called Anaba, where the volume was loud and the atmosphere was fun.
Moving on, we headed to Schug because we heard that had Pinots. I would summarize this place by saying it was rapid fire wine tasting. The wines were good, but the tasting room was cramped and just didn’t have an atmosphere that screamed “stay! drink more!” But I did end up buying a Pinot and snapping a pic of our group by the minivan turned hummer.
Onward to Ravenswood. This was the most mainstream winery we went to and while I do enjoy their Merlots, they were primarily serving Zins :P Yick! Zin is easily my least desired vino. The others liked it though! Win!
We had to end on a good note, so I convinced (severe arm twisting you know) to go Domaine Carneros, which also specialized in sparkling wines and Pinots. AND it is modeled after the wineries in Eperney, France, birthplace of Champagne, and our vacay spot in 2007.
It’s safe to say I was silly at this point.
We had an incredible server who offered us a lot of extra tastes — surely a full 2 glasses more, including their premium $100+ bottles. Nice! I would have easily purchased a case of sparkling wine, but hubby isn’t much of a fan, so we went with a pretty spectacular Pinot.
One last group shot before hitting the road:
When all was said and done, we only walked away with 3 bottles of vino. 2 Pinots for me and 1 Zin for the hubby.
I had a lovely and exhausting day and it was well worth the wait for my Birthday celebration. Thanks friends :D
What is your favorite wine? Least favorite?