Yes I am still writing about our amazing 1st anniversary trip to California. This time, its all about our day trip to Sonoma Valley. A Taste of San Francisco tours picked us up from our hotel the morning of our last day in San Francisco and I was ready for a relaxing day to end the trip. (we did a day trip here and here the day before) We did a mini tour around the areas outside the city including the Presidio; an old army post turned national park. We stopped briefly in Sausalito to pick up another couple before heading for Sonoma Valley. (which is a must stop whenever we make it back to San Fran!) In Sonoma we would visit a large winery and a small winery, with a stop in the town of Sonoma in between for lunch.
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Our first winery stop was Jacuzzi Family Vineyards….yes just like the Jacuzzi tubs. The grounds were absolutely breath-taking.. I could not get over it. It felt as if we were in the Tuscan Country side. We sampled the wines and listened all about the history of the Jaccuzi family from our amazing guide Kirsten. I was a huge fan of their wines. Next we headed over to the olive oil tasting room. I love infused olive oils & balsamic vinegars; especially to use as salad dressing. My favorites were the blood orange and jalapeno flavors!
By this time I could not take it anymore and needed to head out to the back patio I was blown away. I could definitely sit out there all day long. We explored for a bit before heading back to the shuttle for lunch in the town of Sonoma Valley!
The Sunflower Cafe
We decided to try the Sunflower Cafe for lunch during our pit stop in the town of Sonoma. It was the cutest restaurant with a cozy outside eating area. We both chose the freshly made Arnold Palmer (iced tea + lemonade) and the Roasted Turkey Sandwich (w/ avocado, sun dried tomatoes, house made mayo, greens & bacon all on fresh sourdough bread) which was fresh and exactly what we needed to refuel.
Robledo Family Winery
Our last stop was at Robledo Family Winery where we were met by Larazo, one of the Robledo sons and taken into the tasting room. Larazo told us all about his family; and not only the wine making process, but also the business side of running a vineyard. Robledo is one of the few Mexican owned wineries in California and whose popularity has increased over the years. Their wines have even been served during White House affairs! Their reds were amazing and I am still considering joining their wine club! The outside areas were so picturesque and had the perfect covered area to hold events.
What a great day! On the way back to San Francisco, we were able to stop at another look out point to view the Golden Gate Bridge. Luckily the fog had left so we got some perfect views in! Big thanks to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Robledo Family Vineyards, The Sunflower Cafe and A Taste of San Francisco for hosting us East Coasters!
You can see more of our Cali trip here –> Los Angeles –> Carmel–> Yosemite –> Muir Woods (Mill Valley)–> Hog Island Oyster Company (Marshall). Recap of our time in San Francisco is coming soon!