One of my bestest friends is getting married! Which is incredibly exciting stuff in itself but when she told us she wanted to celebrate her bachelorette in Sonoma in Northern California, I was even more thrilled.
Really, what could be better than hanging out with friends, catching up, drinking delicious wine and taking in some pretty gorgeous views? It much captured all my weekend goals and will be a tough bachelorette weekend to beat.
My other friend did a fantastic job of coordinating and planning everything. Serious kudos to her. We managed to check out four vineyards in the Sonoma area over the long weekend. Here’s a quick recap of all the gorgeous vineyards.
First up was Cline Cellars. It has more of a rustic, old-fashioned appeal to it and has been family-owned since the 1980’s. There’s willow trees dappled across the property as well as a few exotic animals. The people who helped us with the tasting were very friendly and let us take our time catching up with each other. Being split between different coasts, jobs, boyfriends, etc. it’s rare we get undevoted amounts of time to just talk which, boy did we do.
After that, we mosied on over to the Gloria Ferrer vineyard which everyone should check out for the view alone. The restaurant and tasting room have a beautiful terrace that overlooks Sonoma valley. They specialize in sparkling wines which we were happy to indulge in. Be prepared for a serious case of real estate envy.
Instead of trying to cram all the vineyards into one day, we headed back to the rental AirBnB to get ready for dinner and head out for the night. Downtown Sonoma is quaint but the bar scene is super small. Definitely recommend their vineyards over their bars.
The next day, we checked out Gundlach Bunschu or better known as Gun Bun, which is as much fun as it is to say (Gun-lock, bun-shoe). One of the coolest parts of these tastings is hearing about the history of these vineyards and the effort it takes to make a single bottle of wine. On a side note, I’m reading Eight Hundred Grapes which is a great summer read and will really help to get you in Sonoma state of mind.
Gun Bun is a much more intimate folksy venue and a charming place to picnic and hang out casually.
Last, and probably my favorite of all the vineyards was Scribe Winery, an updated hacienda. It has much more of a young, somewhat hipster-ish vibe to it. It was probably the priciest of the wine tastings but the Pinot Noir was super yummy. We paired it with the food which we came to find, they make a lot of it fresh from the property. Honesty never knew salad could taste it so amazing and if it did, I would eat it everyday.
After writing about all this wine, may have to indulge in a glass of it myself…
Cheers to a wine-derful weekend!