May 202014
 

Our next stop in California was in Sonoma. The Sonoma and Napa counties are home to over 400 wineries. It is spring so the vines are green and in flower. We spent a day driving in the area visiting a few different regions within the counties.

Hess Collection (Napa)
Shared a $15 (!) tasting, including some new (for us) varietals such as charbono and carignan.

Hess Collection

Hess Collection

Artesa (Napa)
Here we just went for the view, it was extremely windy at the top of the hill, where the cellar door is built into.

View from Artesa

View from Artesa

Truett-Hurst (Dry Creek)
This was probably our favourite. The wines were excellent, chardonnay, pinot noir and zinfandel. It is also a biodynamic winery and has beautiful gardens, both cottage and vegetable, that you could wander.

Gardens at Truett Hurst

Gardens at Truett Hurst

Unti (Dry Creek)
We rocked up here without an appointment but Mike was kind enough to offer a tasting along with his stories and knowledge of the wines.

Arista (Russian River)
Again could take our tasting and wander the gardens.

At  Arista

At Arista

Paradise Ridge (Sonoma)
Big views and sculptures in the grounds.

Lunch was in the cute town of Healdsburg, tapas at Bravas. While in Sonoma we had two amazing dinners at Harvest Moon and The Girl and The Fig.

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