Grape tasting in Sonoma County

Last stop...Christopher Creek WineryLast stop...Christopher Creek Winery

Blog, Live. | June 11, 2015 | By

We took a little weekend getaway this weekend to beautiful Sonoma County for some wine tasting and R&R time!  With more than 400 wineries, exquisite tasting rooms, jagged Pacific coastline, rushing Russian River and towering redwood forests, Sonoma is truly a wine lover’s dream.

All aboard Seaman Airlines

All aboard Seaman Airlines

Touchdown in Sonoma

Touchdown in Sonoma

Our view of the Russian River from the balcony

Our view of the Russian River from the balcony

We started our day of wine tasting at Williams Selyem Winery in Healdsburg’s Russian Rivery Valley.  Tours and tastings are available to their Allocation List Members and their referred guests and joining a wine tasting here also entitles you to get on their mailing list (which ordinarily there is a waiting list for).  The vineyard designates are extraordinary and it’s exciting to see how they vary and evolve from vintage to vintage.  We took home a delicious 2013 Vista Verde Vineyard San Benito County Chenin Blanc, 2013 Unoaked Russian River Chardonnay and an amazing 2012 Block 10 Mass Selection Estate Russian River Pinot Noir. Yum!

Williams Selyem Winery in Healdsburg

Williams Selyem Winery in Healdsburg

The entrance at Williams Selyem Winery

The entrance at Williams Selyem Winery

Our first tasting of the day

Our first tasting of the day

Vineyards as far as the eyes can see

Vineyards as far as the eyes can see

Our next stop was a beautiful tasting room looking out into the beautiful vineyards of Benovia Winery, a family-owned producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel wines in Santa Rosa off the beaten path.  Benovia farms three estate vineyards, including the famous Cohn Vineyard, totaling 71 acres.  We loved the pinots here!

Tasting overlooking the vineyards at Benovia Winery

Tasting overlooking the vineyards at Benovia Winery

After our tasting, we headed downstairs to a beautiful table outside among the grapes as our fearless driver Woodie brought us the most amazing sandwiches from Oliver’s Market in Santa Rosa that we enjoyed with (yet another) glass of fine pinot.  I highly recommend the Calistoga Honey sandwich – Columbus maple honey ham with crisp bacon, fresh avocado, aged cheddar and honey mustard aioli toasted on a soft Dutch crunch roll…or create your own delicious monstrosity!

Fabulous "picnic" lunch from Oliver's Market

Fabulous “picnic” lunch from Oliver’s Market

The entrance to Lancaster Estate caves

The entrance to Lancaster Estate caves

With tummies full, we headed to the Lancaster Estate in Healdsburg.  We were taken into the beautiful cooling wine caves for a tour and were set up with an exquisite private tasting in the cave.  The wine was delicious (especially the cabs) as was the enchanting atmosphere we tasted in. 

Tasting room in the cooling cavesTasting room in the cooling caves

Tasting room in the cooling caves

Aging barrels

Aging barrels

Albeit pricey, a Lancaster Estate wine guild membership also includes a 3 night stay at the 6,000 square foot Proprietor’s House on the property that is blessed with captivating views of vineyards and surrounding hillsides that was built by the owner of Lancaster Estate that sleeps 10 people comfortably.

Our last tasting for the day was at Christopher Creek Winery, a small family owned winery located in Healdsburg.  To be honest, by this point all the wines we were tasting were starting to all blend together but I sure enjoyed having my wine sitting poolside overlooking their rolling vineyards and creeks!

Last stop...Christopher Creek WineryLast stop...Christopher Creek Winery

Last stop…Christopher Creek Winery

The final (and by far the most special) part of the day was stopping at Cooper’s Vineyard at J’s Winery to remember J’s beloved late winemaker Paul Cooper!

Remembering Paul Cooper in Cooper Vineyard at J Winery

Remembering Paul Cooper in Cooper Vineyard at J Winery

Woodie got us back to our Russian River cabin safely to finish off the night with some more wine and gourmet pizza.  Perfection!

back and cozy at the cabin

Heading home tuckered out and full of wine (literally)

Heading home tuckered out and full of wine (literally)

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