6.06.2011

Sonoma Wine

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Hello! Thank you so much for your well wishes regarding the two events that I planned this past weekend for work. They went so well, and it feels great to check them off my to-do list!

I had such a beautiful weekend with wonderful friends.. Meet Tucker & Allison!




They flew in from Kansas City last week for a vacation in San Francisco, and we offered them our place to stay for the weekend. Allison is a sorority sister, so we met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln back when we were freshmen in 2005. Tucker, her boyfriend, would come to our sorority formals - so it felt like we were back in college this weekend!




They wanted to make a trip up to Wine Country when they were here, so we headed up to Sonoma yesterday. Our first stop was at Buena Vista Carneros. Buena Vista is actually California's oldest premium winery. It's located just outside the town of Sonoma...very secluded and beautiful. We printed off two-for-one tastings, so it ended up being $10/couple for five tastings per person.




The tasting room was in the original building from the 1860s! It was so rustic - I loved it!




I fell in love with their 2010 Pinot Gris and just had to get a bottle. Allison and Tucker felt the need to buy it for us since they were crashing at our place - thanks Al & Tuck! :)


After a quick pit-stop for lunch, we headed to Ravenswood - another winery hidden on the back roads of Sonoma. 




We had more two-for-one coupons that Buena Vista Carneros gave to us (the Sonoma wineries like to work together), so again it only cost $10/couple. We were only supposed to have five tastings at this one also....but the Ravenswood employee was super nice, and we tried like 12 different kinds!


This one's for you, mom!


Allison and I both really enjoyed the Moscato, so we each bought a bottle. This is the same type of wine that my mom fell in love with when they were in Napa with us back in March. It's pretty darn delicious and perfect for a hot summer day!


We tried to hit up Gundlach Bundschu, but it closed at 4:30....we arrived at 4:32pm. Evan and I are definitely going to go back to GunBun because it was gorgeous there!




We were able to ask an employee if there was another winery close by that was open later on Sundays, and she directed us to Nicholson Ranch






Evan and I split a 7-flight tasting which was $10. While I really enjoyed the wine at Nicholson Ranch, the employees weren't as personable as the first two wineries. I guess a huge party bus had just left, so they were all feeling somewhat overwhelmed.


It was such a fun day - Evan and I are already planning out next trip to Wine Country!


Tell me...what was the best part of your weekend?

Mine was seeing Allison and Tucker...and drinking wine! :)

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