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