The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful with sunshine and rolling hills- just what the doctor ordered to combat the winter blahs. Our three stops were pretty spread out, which allowed for lots of sightseeing, and moderate tasting. We started the day at Lambert Bridge Winery where we tasted a pretty wide variety of reds. We saw lots of Zinfandel growing on the way up, which I'm usually not a fan of- but I have to say, their Zin was balanced and tasty- not the fruit bomb I was expecting! The wines were pretty good (though I thought the prices were inflated for the quality) and the tasting room was gorgeous!
Next we headed out into the absolute middle of nowhere (dirt one-way road) to Iron Horse Vineyards. We carry some of Iron Horse's wines at the store, and my boss wholeheartedly recommended we visit. I decided to not let myself be put off by the fact that Reagan commissioned their wines for the summit with Russia. They are known for their sparklings, and they were very tasty. Though I was really surprisingly impressed by their Pinots! Though I'm not normally the biggest fan of pinot, several of theirs were medium-bodied and spicy. Yum! If they hadn't been a little out of my budget, I'd have brought one home with me. As was, I brought home a bottle of Blanc de Blancs made for National Geographic. $4 went toward coastal reef preservation- how could I resist? Also, it tasted good.
All in all, I wish I'd had five more days to laze around the region, eating and drinking wine. The temps in the low 70s were AMAZING. But, it's nice to have a place to dream on going back to! Plans for the future!
And, if any of y'all have any recommendations for other Sonoma gems, let me know in the comments! You know, for next time! (Brewery recommendations also accepted!)
Cheers- stay warm out there!