Sonoma

Hi wine friends! I am back with our Sonoma day! If you missed my previous post I will link it here; Napa ~ Day 1. I am so glad we got to make it to Sonoma for a day during our weekend to Napa. I really wanted to visit Sonoma because I was told it was more comparable to Virginia… smaller, family owned and operated, and more laid back.

We started the day at Meadowcroft. Tastings here are just done at the bar, standing style. Their tasting room is adorable and located in Cornerstone Sonoma. This is an area with restaurants, wineries and small boutiques. Meadowcroft is a smaller winery that produces about 5,000-6,000 cases a year. They source their grapes from all over Sonoma. We tasted six wines and they were really delicious. The one that really stood out was their Malbec, it was very fruity with a dry smooth finish. This was the bottle I brought home! I was happy I caught the buzz at Meadowcroft Vineyard!

Post tasting, we decided to stay at Cornerstone Sonoma to grab lunch. We stopped at Palooza Beer Garden and Eatery. We shared a burger and a charcuterie plate!

Our next visit was probably my favorite stop during the whole trip, Hanzell Vineyards. Hanzell specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Nior. They still have their original vines from 1953! Hanzell has a holistic approach when it comes to farming and wine making. They have 46 acres of vines but within the vines you’ll see vegetable gardens and animals like pigs, sheep, and chickens all working together to enhance the land. Their tasting room has an amazing view overlooking the valley of Sonoma. We loved their Sebella Chardonnay ~ this Chardonnay is all estate grown, clean and crisp, done in the Chablis style. We also loved their 16 Hanzell Pinot Noir and The Ramos Selection Chardonnay.

Our final vineyard stop for the day was Schug Winery. We had a lovely seated outdoor tasting. We loved the relaxed style of their tasting and enjoyed several of their wines. The ones that stood out were their Sauv Blanc, Rose of Pinot Nior and their Cab Sauv. All their wines were approachable and delicious… we ended up sending three bottles home! Our tasting attendant was amazing and gave us wonderful recommendations for dinner!

Post tasting we decided to head to the town of Sonoma and check out their square. We hit up Sigh ~ a Champagne bar. It was SO FUN! We both enjoyed Champagne flights and had so much fun talking to our server. This is a place I would definitely put on your list if you are visiting Sonoma, go early though, its a very popular place. For dinner, we decided to head next door to Tasca Tasca for tapas. We got a bottle of red and had so much fun sipping and nibbling.

Sonoma was definitely amazing and I wish we could have spent more time there. There is always next time<3 Make sure you subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post and follow my wine adventures on insta @sipsandtripswithpaige!

Cheers, Paige


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