Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Sonoma Wine Trip

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 at 11:08 am in Uncategorized.

For my 30th birthday, a white stretch limo carrying four of my dearest friends rolled up to my house. Inside, flowing presents, basil-infused brie and Vevue Clicquot. Turns out we were going to Sonoma for the day.

Bragging rights aside (I do have the best friends on the planet), I’m writing to tell you the wineries we hit because I know how daunting it can be when you have one day in Sonoma and hundreds of wineries to hit. The route Jenny picked was perfect, and I want to pass it on to you:

On Hwy. 121, we started at Cline Cellars, makers of award-winning zinfandels. The Oakley Five Reds made me proud to come from Contra Costa County. And the popcorn machine out-front confirmed my belief in wine as a snack beverage.

Just up the road, we arrived at champagne maker Gloria Ferrer, which had quite the hipster vibe, with Coldplay pumping through the sound system and tables of young men. Our favorite was the 1991 Carneros Late-Disgorged. It had notes of honey.

From there, we melted back into our leather seats and made our way to B.R. Cohn, where I was almost more blown away by their olive oils than their Cabernets. A hot spring runs beneath the vineyards, which was also pretty cool.

We ended our day at Arrowwood, where the Victorian setting and magnificent Syrahs were the perfect ending to a perfect day.

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