Mama w her babies

Mama w her babies

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sonoma California

I just spent Thanksgiving weekend in the Sonoma/Napa area if California & it was a truly great trip.  We had some spectacular wines & great food!!!  We found out early that 2-3 wineries are about the limit for the day. 

Of course our 1st day we visited 5, Chateau St. Jean, Imagery, Schug, Cline & Jacuzzi. I had to dump a lot of wine & some were too good to dump.  I can still say now that I have tasted just about everyone of Jacuzzi's wines I haven't found one that I didn't like.  I have to say that doing tour  & Private tastings were much more enjoyable then tasting with everyone else on a busy weekend when there is a special event where you spend $44 for a 2 day weekend & get to taste at 120 different wineries. We then went to dinner in downtown Sonoma at a place called the Depot.  It was very good but we were a bit wined out so we just ate with no wine. I had a tenderloin with a pepper sauce, whipped potatoes & some steamed veggies.  All very good!!!  We then headed up to the Russian river to the Korbel estates & spent the night in one of the guest houses.

The next morning we got up & walked around to discover that the estate is really an old railroad town that Korbel had purchased & turned into their winery.  We then headed back down to Sonoma to Kenwood & then Vally of the Moon.  They are both owned by Korbel. In between the two tours we went to the Meritage where I had a lobster salad sandwich on their home made foccica with a side of fries.  Very good!!!  I split my sandwich with my hubby & in return I got half of his burger with cambazolla cheese & bacon, also very good!!!  Doing only 2 wineries was a much better idea.  We then headed back to Santa Rosa were we stayed the night & went to dinner at Zazu restaurant & farm.  It would have been nice to get there in while it was still light to see the farm but it was dark.  There I had a fatoush salad that was made with mint & parsley for the greens with pomegranate seeds & goat cheese.  It also had red pepper that was a little over bearing but I just picked them out.  For my entree I had the flat iron steak that was cooked perfectly & served with blue cheese ravioli, whole roasted garlic cloves & red chard.  It was all sooooo good!!!! 

The next morning we headed up to Lake County to visit the Langtry Estate & Vineyards for a tasting, lunch & a tour. It was truly spectacular.  We had lunch up on a hill where the cab grapes are grown that overlooks the whole Langtry valley.  Our guide, Scotty, was extremely knowledgeable about the winery & knew all aspects of  the process.  We were able to enjoy wines from the barrels & the stainless vats, which was very cool to see the differences in flavor of each.  It was a great way to spend our last day.  We then headed back to SF to the airport.  Of course when ever I am at the SF airport I have to pick up 2 of my favorite things in the world, See's candy & SF sourdough bread, to bring home with me.  ...& I don't share!!!