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Sipping Through Sonoma: A Sonoma Wine Travel Guide

Sipping Through Sonoma: A Sonoma Wine Travel Guide

Sipping Through Sonoma: A Sonoma Wine Travel Guide

If you’re a fan of perfectly sunny weather, laid-back vibes, and a glass of fine wine in hand, then join me on a journey to Sonoma, California. After spending a few days in San Francisco (btw IMO the city has seen better days), I was ready to unwind in the charming embrace of Sonoma. Let me tell you, Sonoma has that cool girl vibe – she’s intelligent, relaxed, and always has the best recommendations up her sleeve. Without further ado, here’s my Sonoma wine travel guide.

The highlight of our trip was renting a Tesla and embarking on a picturesque drive through the Mayacamas, where we had the pleasure of exploring wineries in both Sonoma and Napa. First stop: Chateau Montelena, the winner of the 1976 Judgement of Paris for their Chardonnay. You might remember this story from the movie “Bottle Shock.” Our tasting was not only delicious but also incredibly informative. The history of this winery adds a layer of depth to each sip.

The exterior of Chateau Montelena
The exterior of Chateau Montelena
Wine Tasting at Chateau Montenlena
Our wine tasting at Chateau Montelena
Wine Tasting at Chateau Montelena
The grounds at Chateau Montelena

Next up was Schramsberg, known for its mesmerizing wine caves in this Sonoma wine travel guide. Walking through those caves was like stepping into a wine lover’s dream. While their wines skewed a bit sweeter than my usual preference, the experience was worth it. A stroll through the Calistoga Depot and a visit to the Oxbow Market added a delightful touch to our day. Our journey back to Sonoma via Napa and the Mayacamas was nothing short of picturesque.

Schramsberg Wine Tasting and Tour, Schramsberg Wine Caves, Napa, CA
Our wine cava tour at Schramsberg
Sandwich from the Calistoga Depot, Calistoga, CA
An incredible sandwich from the Calistoga Depot
Schramsberg Wine Tasting and Tour, Schramsberg Wine Caves, Napa, CA
Our wine tasting in the wine caves at Schramsberg
Clam Chowder from Hog Island Oyster at the Oxbow Market, Napa, CA
Clam Chowder at Hog Island Oyster at the Oxbow Market

Our home away from home during this adventure was The Lodge at Sonoma Resort. The spacious property offered us a perfect respite, and the rooms were incredibly comfortable. If you’re seeking relaxation after a day of wine tasting, this is the place to be.

The Lodge at Sonoma, Sonoma, CA
The pool at The Lodge at Sonoma Resort
The lobby at The Lodge at Sonoma, Sonoma, CA
The lobby at The Lodge at Sonoma Resort
The lobby at The Lodge at Sonoma Resort

Before diving into Sonoma’s culinary scene, we enjoyed some fantastic meals in San Francisco. State Bird Provisions and Liholiho Yacht Club exceeded our high expectations. And once in Sonoma, the Glen Ellen Star stole the spotlight. While it’s not exactly hidden, it’s definitely worth a visit. If you can grab a seat at the bar, do it—it’s an experience you won’t forget.

Dinner at the bar at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco
State Bird Provisions
Dinner at the bar at Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco
LihoLiho Yacht Club
Dinner at the bar at Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco
LihoLiho Yacht Club
Dinner at the Chef's Counter at The Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, CA
Glen Ellen Star
Dinner at the bar at Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco
LihoLiho Yacht Club
Dinner at the bar at Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco
LihoLiho Yacht Club
Dinner at the bar at Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco
LihoLiho Yacht Club
Dinner at the Chef's Counter at The Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, CA
Glen Ellen Star

What truly made our trip special was the warm and welcoming nature of the local community. We learned so much during our winery visits, and even though Schramsberg’s wines weren’t my personal favorite, the stories and experiences we encountered there have stuck with me. Sonoma’s community has a knack for making you feel like a part of their family.

As we charged our Tesla and savored breakfast at the Sunflower Caffe, we couldn’t help but reflect on the incredible journey we’d had. Tasting wines at Cuvaison, one of my favorite wineries (I’m a wine club member, after all!), was the perfect culmination of our wine-soaked adventure. And, of course, we couldn’t resist a dip in the hotel pool, capping off our trip with relaxation and contentment.

Breakfast and a matcha from the Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma, CA
Breakfast at the Sunflower Caffe
Tesla dashboard
Love the Tesla dashboard
The interior of the tasting room at Cuvaison Winery, Sonoma, CA
Cuvaison tasting room
The view from Cuvaison Winery, Sonoma, CA
The patio at Cuvaison

Sonoma, with its chill vibes and exceptional wines, is a destination that should be on every traveler’s list. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or just looking to unwind in a beautiful setting, this Sonoma wine travel guide has it all. So, pack your bags and head to this charming part of California for a well-deserved break. Your taste buds and soul will thank you.

What I packed for Sonoma

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