Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cheers!


I am sad to report that my trip to Sonoma ended on Sunday evening, but I'm happy to share it with you! We had a wonderful time at the wineries, a great in-house dance party, a roller-coaster ride on a cable car, a responsible limo driver, and a fun celebration for Miss. L.  

The bachelorette weekend was not sans (yes, that kind of is a double negative) games, uniquely shaped items, desserts, toasts, t-shirts, and laughter. We flew into SFO on Friday and made our way to the rental house in Sonoma for a in-house chef dinner and a night of girlie fun. Saturday was all about the wineries....

St. Francis: Our first winery of the day. It was simply beautiful. Wide open spaces everywhere. Our tasting room with an over-sized oak bar, wooden beams, vaulted ceilings, and double doors to the view below. The tasting was structures, and our guide wanted to tell us a lot of wine facts and information (good thing it was at the beginning of the day and our group of 10 women were more attentive at this point). The wine was very good, but my favorite hands down was the Malbec.
St. Francis Winery

Sara Cate and Bride-to-be Miss L

Chateau St. John: The second winery was large, but felt quaint. Lush gardens greeted us at as we regally exited our limo. We were escorted out to the back patio with gorgeous views of vineyards, rolling hills, and grandfather trees. Our host, a petite french man, was delighted to share the vineyard's wine with us (I think he was delighted to celebrate with us too). The wine was phenomenal, every single glass. Whites and reds flowed into our glasses, and then quickly into our bellies. I am typically not a white or spicy red wine drinker, but at this winery, nothing should be passed up. All of it was...well, more than just drinkable (see photo below). They also have a fabulous store with smooth and tasty olive oils and dips. SO YUMMY. PS: If you're interested in getting married at a winery in Sonoma, this one is beautiful (venue fee: min $12,000).
Limo ride to wineries. Asti all around!

Sara Cate and Jordan at St. Jean

 Imagery Winery: Our third and final winery was modern, hip, and more like a wine bar for the cool crowd. Really easy going, artwork galore. No photo here, but it was fun. Definitely the right winery to end the day with. I ordered 2 bottles of Muscato - a sweet wine that I will be indulging in as soon as it is shipped!

Sonoma - DEFINITELY a place to visit.
So what comes after the bachelorette party? The wedding on March 31. YAY and Congratulations Miss L.

Our dance party house. Unfortunately I didn't capture the vinyard in the back yard. Seriously, there was one.


Our cable car in SFO.
 Sincerely,
Sara Cate

5 comments :

Sweet Simplicity said...

That sounds like the ultimate girls trip! I love San Francisco and would love to go back soon and do Napa Valley tour.

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

This looks like such a fun weekend!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It sounds like it was a great trip!!!

Kristin said...

I knew it would be an amazing time!

St Francis Winery said...

Looks like you had a fantastic day, and I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to St. Francis! Come back for more Malbec anytime!

 

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