Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Trip to California- Sonoma recap Part 1

We left for Sonoma Sunday morning in time to grab lunch before our wine tasting at Gundlach Bundschu. I fell in love with Sonoma the moment we arrived and I could not wait to begin exploring the wine country. We had lunch at the Sunflower Caffe, located in downtown Sonoma, where we were able to eat lunch in the outdoor garden.

We had a barrel tasting scheduled at Gundlach Bundschu so once lunch was over we headed that way. During the barrel tasting we were able to taste developing wines straight from the barrels to get an idea of how the wine making team selects and uses the barrels. We were able to taste the difference between a French Oak barrel and an American Oak barrel that contained the same kind of grape and it was very cool to see how different they were.  (I personally liked the French barrel the best).

After the tasting Jennifer and Ian headed back to San Francisco as we made our way back into downtown Sonoma to check into the Inn we were staying at. We arrived just in time for happy hour so we grabbed some cheese and crackers and a glass of wine and sat by the fire. It was bliss.

Once we were able to peel ourselves away from the fire we stopped in here for another happy hour.       

Oysters baked with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, spinach and pancetta

We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant that was recommended by the Inn before crashing into bed for some much needed sleep.

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