Weekend Getaway: Healdsburg, Sonoma & Napa
The Line Up - Wine Tasting in town
Siduri Wines - A tasting room and lounge that hints at Old World refinement. The space is sprinkled with reclaimed furniture and you can enjoy the hipster vibes while playing chess and sipping on their Pinot Noir flight (their specialty). Pair that with some regional bites made with locally sourced ingredients and enjoy! Siduri wines specialize in single vineyard Pinot Noirs from around the Northwest coast of California. We highly recommend this spot if you're in the mood to relax in one of their comfy, deep leather chairs and take in the pedestrians and sunlight through they huge front windows. What to try: Passion for Pinot Flight.
Williamson Wines - I would not miss tasting a flight at Williamson, it's so much more than a wine tasting. The Australian owners, not only provide wine flights, you can opt in for the full experience. This entails cheese and homemade spreads/sauces with every pour of wine! They make all their seasonings and spreads in house and they are delicious. We didn't end up leaving with wine but we did end up leaving with their sweet beet and horseradish mustard, garam masala, hot pepper bacon jam and their homemade nut mixture. What to try: Fridge Foods and Fine Wine Pairing Experience.
Banshee Wines - I personally thought Banshee had the most distinctive wines and we loved the retro hipster vibe, with tunes spinning all afternoon. It seemed, unfinished, imperfect and felt like you were sitting in your living room. They had card games and board games at the cozy tables. They also had huge front windows that allowed the sun to come in or kept the rainy day just far enough away. Banshee works with owners and growers in the area to produce their own wines. What to try: 2015 Banshee Marine Layer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast.
La Crema - If you've ever bought wine at a grocery store you've seen a La Crema bottle. This winery is extremely well known, average priced and a standard grocery store wine. BUT if you have a chance to visit the tasting room, or the nearby vineyard you'll see they have much more to offer. What to try: Signature Tasting.
The Line Up - Wine Tasting at Vineyards
Lambert bridge: As you walk up to Lambert Bridge you see lush green garden and a barn like structure located up the gravel driveway and behind two vintage trucks. Inside you'll find a gorgeous tasting room lined with wood and filled with rich leather furniture in a room that feels like a sophisticated barn-like structure with elevated design elements. The wines are delicious and made in small batches, only sold through the tasting room and wine club, so you know you're tasting something special! What to try: Only one tasting option but we wanted to buy all of the following: Malbec, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mauritsons: A tasting room under the radar that we found through the recommendation of a previous tasting room employee. We got special treatment here since we were referred and we were thrilled to taste in their beautiful cellar after they took us on a tour of their production area, barrel storage and vineyards. They have a casual patio area to enjoy a delicious glass of wine as well in the front of the building. They offer vineyard tours and are very knowledgable about the process and science that goes into their wine-making philosophy. What to try: Standard Tasting.
Where to Grub
The Parish: A Cajun and Creole breakfast/lunch spot that’s taken an old craftsman style house and turned it into one big dining room. You can walk across the street to the Town Square afterwards and explore the cute stores in the center of town. You can’t miss the beignets, fried okra, or hush puppies!
KINSmoke: This order and sit concept is down to earth, and down right delicious! Whenever I visit Healdsburg it’s my first dinner of choice. Get the 4x4 combo, you choose four meats and four sides and it comes with four cornbreads. My favorite meats are the prime brisket and pork shoulder, along with the mac and cheese and crispy brussels sprout sides. Grab a beer to wash it all down, I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
Campo Fina: As you walk into this adorable Italian restaurant you pass by only about ten tables within it’s brick lined indoor area, as you work your way to the back, the cozy restaurant opens into a large garden patio with a plant covered overhang, bocce ball courts and twinkly lights. Sit at one of the high tops near the bocce ball, order a glass of bubbly and put your name on the list for a game while you wait for your delicious Italian pasta and pizza.
Moustache Baked Goods: Adorable little bakery on the main square in town. Stop by for an afternoon delight, and bring your gluten free friends because they have options!
The line up - Wine tasting in town
Walt Wines: Known for Pinots, their tasting room is located right off the town square in Sonoma. The little house converted tasting room is quaint, cute and a great place to relax and enjoy their one hour tasting. Or you can enjoy your wines outside in the yard under a huge redwood with twinkly lights strung between the house and tree. What to try: The 1 hour ROOT 101 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir tasting.
Where to grub
Sunflower Cafe: Right off the main square, Sunflower cafe is a healthy, order and sit breakfast spot that’s popular with locals and visitors alike. You order in the small, front area of the restaurant and walk out to a lush courtyard with a trickling fountain and the sun poking through the leafy overhang above.
Maya: Great margaritas, chips and guacamole. What more could you want from a Mexican restaurant? This spot is a fun, laid back, sit down restaurant on one corner of the main square. They serve a plethora of different and unique margaritas that are as strong as their spicy salsa.
The line up - Wine tasting at vineyards
Artesa Vineyards: Modern, clean with a Spanish flair, this airy and window lined tasting room has amazing views of surrounding vineyards. The entrance is extensive and impressive with a large stone walkway leading up to an expansive entrance. The tiled circular bar in the middle of the tasting room is a fun place to sit and chat, if you want more of a relaxing, quiet experience ask for a table on the terrace and enjoy the views of Napa Valley. What to try: Single Vineyard flight, we walked away with a bottle of the 2014 Tempranillo from the Alexander Valley.
Caymus: The tasting room is located in a wonderfully, romantic, well-manicured garden that is lush green all year around. Around every corner lies a different nook to relax, kick back and sip on some delicious vino in the process. What to try: Steel Barrel Chardonnay! I’m normally not a Chardonnay drinker but this one was damn delicious.
Where to grub
Gott's Roadside: Pulling up to Gott’s is like pulling into a portal to the 50s. The red and white theme catches your eye, the umbreallas, tables outside and the fact that it’s right off the main road in Napa makes you feel as if you’re in a movie. The only difference between other roadside diners and Gott’s is that their burgers are insanely delicious. Stroll up to the counter and wait in line (there’s always a line, it’s that good) order one of their gourmet burgers, fries and don’t forget a milkshake.
Mustards Grill: Unlike the casual grill name, Mustard’s is known for it’s upscale vibe, comfortable atmosphere and delicious food. All the ingredients are locally sourced and they serve up sophisticated dished such as wood oven duck, their famous Mongolian pork chop or seafood tostada. Obviously, as a Napa institution, their wine list is on point.
Who’s been to Sonoma & Napa? Comment below and let us know you’re favorite places to sip, chew and chill! We always love trying something new.