Food, San Francisco, TravelA Day in Wine Country

A few weekends ago, one of my lovely girlfriends got married in San Francisco and had an amazingly beautiful wedding. (Congratulations, Emily!) She was the first of in our group of gals to get hitched, so we all planned for an unforgettable weekend in California. That included a side trip to Sonoma for wine tasting, which I was, of course, super excited for! We gathered recommendations from friends and did some research of our own to start planning our wine country tour. Although not all the ladies could make it, with our group size, it turned out to be only slightly more expensive to book a private limo than to do a shuttle bus tour. The flexibility to choose wineries and schedules was definitely worth it for us, and armed with a list of wineries we wanted to check out, we began our trip…

The first stop we made was at the Robledo Family Winery, a family owned and operated winery in Sonoma. We were greeted warmly by a member of the Robledo family and led to the tasting room, with double doors that opened up to acres and acres of vineyards. I loved the intimate and charming setting, tasting wines while learning about the history of the Robledo family. Their success exemplifies the American dream and their wines were my favorites of the day! I bought a couple bottles of the pinot noir and sauvignon blanc so I could enjoy them at home, too.

View from the tasting room at the Robledo Family Winery.

Delicious wines!

Although we had planned on continuing to tour through Sonoma, Luis Robledo gave us a few new suggestions so we could make the best use of our time. We took a quick detour into Napa to visit Artesa Vineyards & Winery. The Artesa grounds featured amazing architecture and views of Napa Valley. It was wonderful to enjoy their wines on a sunny day while taking in the beautiful views, including that first photo that I used above.

One of the gorgeous fountains at Artesa Winery designed by Domingo Triay.

Next, we headed back to Sonoma for lunch–a picnic in the town square! We stopped by the Sonoma Cheese Factory to pick up some cheese, meats, crackers, cookies, and wine. It was a perfect day for a picnic in the park, and probably a lot less expensive then dining out. Everything was yummy!

Check out our spread!

Since most wineries close by 5pm, our last stop of the day was at Gundlach Bundschu. This winery also had pretty views, including a pond where we saw little turtles! (Sadly, they jumped in the water when I tried to approach for a closer look.) Taking in the views and the sun was a relaxing way to end our day. We enjoyed their gewurztraminer the most and even picked up a bottle for the ride home.

Turtles live here!

Another lovely view of the Gundlach Bundschu winery.

We had such a fun time in beautiful Sonoma and Napa, and I can’t wait to go back someday soon. There are so many more wineries to see… and taste!

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  1. Susan Sueiro  |  26 April 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Hey Nina,
    Thanks for coming by and posting about your visit. The trick to photographing the turtles – sit in the sun and drink that bottle of gewurztraminer. By the time you are a glass in, they will come back onto the bank for you. Hope to see you back soon, thanks again for the mention.
    Susan Sueiro (Gundlach Bundschu)

  2. Roy Tennant  |  26 April 2010 at 10:04 AM

    You certainly located some gems of the Valley, from great wineries to one of the all time best picnic supply places. For your next foray to Sonoma, you might want to check out my “One Perfect Day in Sonoma Valley” accounts on my web site, . There are so many great places to visit and things to do (for example, don’t miss the Sonoma Overlook Trail next time, to help work off all the great food and wine!). Best of luck to you and safe travels,

  3. Lauren N  |  18 August 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Such elegant beauty in wine country. I cannot wait to go back. And its always a good idea to not plan out the entire trip yourself, but rather pick a winery and have them lead you on a path of their choosing. Good wineries like to endorse other good wineries

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