Monday, December 19, 2016

Sonoma weekend getaway, day 2

Sunday morning, once we lounged a bit, we walked 3 blocks away to our favorite Santa Rosa coffee shop, Flying Goat Coffee.  A couple of scones and coffees, and we were ready for our morning. 

Winery stop #1 in the Dry Creek Valley area - Nalle Winery.

Another cloudy morning, but luckily no rain yet.  Nalle has mostly Zinfandels, but also a delicious rose.  We decided to join their club, too, as we could pick out our first shipment while standing in the winery.  They surprising had some rose left, and gave us a great discount and shipped a case for a penny, so we stocked up for next summer!

Next we headed to Timber Crest Farms, a farm and wine collective in Dry Creek Valley.  

Here we ducked into Papapierto Perry for a revisit - we were there years ago, but hadn't been back since then.  They make very good Pinot Noirs...a bit pricey, but very good.

They have a beautiful little tasting room that was bustling for the gray day. 

Once we finished our tasting, we walked across the parking lot to the Family Wineries tasting room.  Here they have wines from 6 very small wineries - a great opportunity for the winemakers to sell their wines without the overhead of having their own tasting room.  We went specifically for the Dashe Cellars wines, but enjoyed trying a couple of the others as well. 

We were starving by this point, so headed back down the hill to one of our favorite spots, the Dry Creek General Store, for lunch.  This is a must stop place for any trip to Dry Creek.  Delicious sandwiches and salads, plus a beautiful little store full of local goods, cookbooks, and wines.  

We enjoyed our sandwiches outside (under cover as it was starting to rain!) and watched all of the people come and go - this place can get pretty crowded, especially on the weekends. 

We had to stop at one of our favorite wineries while in town, Kokomo, so back to the Timber Crest Farms we went.  Since our last visit, they've opened a beautiful space for club members only, which we really liked.  Their club is great, we really enjoy getting our Kokomo shipments, and they produce  wine from many different varietals.  Their rose is possibly my favorite rose ever.  

Sun, rain, sun, and rain...we huddled inside and tasted several of their wines while the weather outside flipped back and forth.

One final stop for the day - a return visit to Truett-Hurst.  We stopped in there on one of our last visits, and have enjoyed a few of the bottles that we brought home since then, so decided to stop by again.  It was very fun - the folks working in the tasting room were just delightful.  They set us up with a long line of their different Zins to do a side by side tasting.  We liked them all!  So much guessed it...we joined their club, too!  We've already gotten one shipment, which included porcini salt!

Once we finished our wine tastings for the day, we headed to downtown Healdsburg to wander around a bit.  We ducked in and out of several of the cute stores along the square, before stopping to get a bite to eat.

Usually when we're in Healdsburg, we bar hop a bit - get a bite or 2 at one place, then move onto the next.  This evening we started at the newer restaurant, Chalkboard.  This place was adorable, and had a great cocktail list and menu.  I wanted one of everything!

We had a few different things, including the pork belly biscuits.  Everything was delicious!

Once the rain stopped, we headed over to a favorite, Willi's Seafood Bar.  We sat at the bar, had a couple more bites, and chatted with the guys working the raw bar.  

Another fantastic day in wine country, we headed back to the hotel in Santa Rosa and turned in for the night.  

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