We spent Sunday and Monday in the Sonoma Valley enjoying some good wine and great weather. On Sunday, we hit up Cline, known for their zinfandel, and Lynmar, which had great Russian River pinot noir (all of the scenery pictures are from Lynmar... it was so pretty).
We stayed in Sonoma Sunday night with Matt's cousin Aaron while the rest of the crew headed back to Alamo. We went to a great dinner at a place in Healdsburg called Ravenous and ended up staying at the bar drinking afterward. I haven't had a ton of opportunities to get to know Aaron, even though I see him a lot. It's always around a lot of people, so it was nice to hang out with him on a more personal level and really get to know him a lot better. We had a good time and maybe too much to drink. :)
On Monday, Aaron had some meetings so he dropped Matt and me off in charming downtown Healdsburg, and we got Flying Goat organic coffee and doughnut muffins from a local bakery, both of which we were told were must haves. They didn't disappoint. At lunchtime, the rest of the crew met us in Healdsburg and we picked up lunch and headed to the Teira vineyards. One of Aaron's partners owns the vineyard and has a summer house in the middle of it. The house was awesome, and we were able to eat lunch in their courtyard just feet away from vineyards.
After that, we headed to Armida for Saxon Brown tastings straight from the barrels. We got to taste a wine that won't be in production for a few more months and won't even be available until probably February. It was delicious, and I will be having Aaron get us a few bottles when it becomes available. So yummy.
We ate dinner at Bistro Ralph in Healdsburg and headed back to Alamo that night. We spent the rest of our trip in San Francisco. More on that next time! Way too long of a trip for one post. :) But, if you make your way to wine country, I highly recommend Sonoma. Matt has been to Napa, and he thought Sonoma was better, but we like the more laid back vibe. Napa's wineries are closer together and fancier, if you will, where Sonoma is more spread out and more agriculture based, according to Matt.