Saturday, January 29, 2011


Next stop: Sonoma
We drove north from Muir Woods on up to Sonoma.  We arrived and walked around the cutest town square. Northern California has to be one of the most relaxing places to visit.

While walking around we stumbled upon this:

David's favorite food is cheese - and not one specific type. He doesn't discriminate, he likes them all. He has this theory that there is not one thing that is not made better by adding some type of cheese.  So, you can understand why when we discovered this little shop, he was in heaven.

Wine tasting or Chocolate tastings??

We had a lovely dinner

Then settled in at the quaint Glen Ellen Inn to stay for a few nights

We had our own "secret cottage"

The next day we set out to explore the Sonoma Valley and some of its wineries.
First winery: Ledson

Second winery: Chateau St. Jean
Such a beautiful part of the country

Third winery: Kunde
They were harvesting

Fourth (and favorite): Benziger

Our absolute favorite winery in all of Sonoma Valley was Benziger (no, not the cheap Benzinger)
They run a certified biodynamic farm - which is like a step above organic. You can really taste the difference. Everything we had here was fantastic. 
We had gorgeous 75 degree, sunny weather and spent a lot of time tasting wines, eating cheese, and relaxing taking in the beautiful scenery.
We took a little tram tour around the grounds and learned a thing or two about making wine. 

After tasting wines all day, we spent the late afternoon walking around Jack London Historic Park

We visited the home of the writer/adventurer and explored the grounds where he was inspired.

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