Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weekend in Sonoma

In late November, Matt and I celebrated Thanksgiving together. After our Thanksgiving in San Francisco we headed north to Sonoma County. During our internships in Northern California during Summer 2013 we loved going up to Napa and had several recommendations to wineries in Sonoma. We ended up finding a good deal on Airbnb for a private room and booked two nights there to explore the area. I love wine country. Theres something about all the vineyards, the fog, the sun, and the grapes that just speaks to me. If I won the lottery and could do anything with my life,  I would pack up my bags and head out there, no looking back. If you've never been, get yourself out there. 

Winery Recommendations: Ravenswood and Kendall Jackson 
ravenswood winery
Ravenswood: Zin zin zin! Ravenswood is known for their Zinfandel. They own a great piece of property right near Sonoma square and have absolutely delicious wines. We had an incredible tour through the vineyard and even got to taste wine from the barrel. Very interesting people that provided great education on their wines. 

kendall jackson winery
Kendall Jackson: Their wine estate and gardens (pictured above) are a few miles out of Sonoma, but its accessible and their wines are totally worth the drive. They prepare world class food to go with their world class wine. I can't wait to come back someday (preferably during the summer) to try some of their meal pairings. We ended up snagging one of the last few bottles of their Grand Reserve Meritage and enjoyed it later that night. 

sonoma overlook trail
This picture doesn't do the scenery justice. Matt and I hiked thorugh the Sonoma Mountain Cemetery to the trailhead of this beautiful and easy hike. It was a foggy and drizzly morning, but instead of dampening the hike, it only made the colors more fibrant. I've rarely seen such forest green moss and big beautiful boulders. It brought us up to an overlook where we could see parts of Sonoma and when the fog was gone, even the bay.  

We had originally planned to eat at another restaurant until we heard mixed reviews. We made a last minute decision to come here and we are so glad we did. It was a Saturday night and we didn't have a reservation so we ended up sitting at the bar and eating one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. Above: Duck Confit (blurry because I was so excited to eat it). We ordered two legs and shared. 
matchstick fries
Our side: Matchstick fries. Crispy and potatoey goodness. 
chocolate trifle
Dessert: Chocolate and salted fig caramel trifle. We licked that thing clean. 

We also ate at Sunflower Cafe and got a delightful chocolate truffle box from Wine Country Chocolates.

Overall it was a fabulous weekend. If you have any questions about Napa and Sonoma, let me know!

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