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Recently I was invited upward to Sonoma to see the Wine Road. The Wine Road isn't an actual road, but a winery association amongst a broad multifariousness of members as well as their mission is to increase awareness of Northern Sonoma County. Think of it every bit your ain personal concierge, available to arts and crafts the perfect experiences inwards the Alexander, Dry Creek, as well as Russian River Valleys. The Wine Road covers 6 unlike AVA's, represents nearly 150 wineries, or around one-half of the wineries inwards the region, over 50 unlike lodgings as well as produces a fantastic map of the area.
I larn upward to Sonoma frequently, but this latest trip hosted past times the Wine Road introduced me to a pose out of wineries I hadn't visited before. Here are the highlights of my trip:
Kendall Jackson Wine Center
I know what you're thinking. Really? Kendall Jackson? The build I discovery inwards the supermarket? Well, yes. Kendall Jackson has a serial of stunning Wine Center Gardens and an outstanding vino tasting program.
There are cerise as well as white vino sensory gardens that include the plants that conduct keep affinities for wines, as well as descriptors, which are the flavors that you lot discovery inwards the wines. For illustration inwards the Pinot Noir department you'll discovery descriptor plants similar plum, violets as well as strawberry (all flavors you lot volition discovery inwards the Pinot) as well as affinities such every bit figs, pumpkin as well as leek (all of which pair good amongst Pinot). There's also an international cuisine garden, a vegetable trial garden as well as a culinary herb as well as edible bloom garden. Meandering through the gardens provides a proficient starting indicate for vino province exploration.
Kendall Jackson has a chef on staff as well as a food as well as vino tasting available for $30. You'll larn a run a peril to stimulate vii of their wines (that are non available inwards the supermarket) primarily their Grand Reserve as well as Highland Estate wines, each paired amongst a delicious morsel of food.
Think Chardonnay paired amongst theater cured virile someone monarch salmon amongst Chardonnay grapeseed oil, preserved Meyer lemon as well as estate peas followed past times Syrah amongst sugariness tea brined Niman Ranch pork belly slider amongst Syrah BBQ sauce. My favorite pairing was the 2007 Highlands Estate Seco Highlands Pinot Noir amongst mushroom arancini amongst sottocenere truffle cheese as well as Pinot Noir aioli. Each seize amongst teeth of nutrient made me desire to conduct keep some other gulp of wine, as well as each gulp of wine, some other seize amongst teeth of food. There are also wine as well as cheese tastings if you lot prefer.
Paradise Ridge Winery
I tend to similar wineries amongst that extra something special. At Paradise Ridge I non only enjoyed their refreshing Sauvignon Blanc amongst lots of grapefruit as well as a hint of gooseberry, but feasted my eyes on their sprawling 156 acre estate as well as outdoor sculpture collection all tucked away behind a residential neighborhood inwards Santa Rosa.
Worth a see for the views alone. It's a minor winery, you lot may discovery some of their wines inwards vino shops, but to a greater extent than often than non they sell through their vino club. The outdoor sculpture "galleries" are opened upward to earth without accuse every bit is a self guided vineyard tour. Driving upward to the belongings you lot run across all unlike sculptures laid upward into the landscape. The tasting fee is $10 as well as refundable amongst purchase.
Truett Hurst its located inwards the midst of Dry Creek Valley as well as at that topographic point are acres of garden as well as a especially idyllic setting on the creek that is perfection for a picnic or a nap. Yet some other winery assail amazing slice of property...but fifty-fifty if it wasn't I'd nonetheless advise you lot seek it out.
Paul Dolan a pioneer of sustainable, organic as well as biodynamic wines is ane of the partners, as well as Virginia Lambrix is the vino maker as well as I actually similar her elegant approach. I can't say which of the Pinot Noirs I preferred, the Black Sheep Pinot Noir amongst classic strawberry notes, proficient acid as well as big bouquet or the Burgundian mode White Sheep Pinot Noir amongst proficient construction as well as theater tannins as well as patch Zinfandel is non my favorite varietal, her wines won me over. They ranged from the Luci Zinfandel which was intense as well as bold amongst lots of spice (and a frightening 16% alcohol) to the Red Rooster Zin which was balanced as well as juicy. I also similar that none of their wines are priced over $40.
I also enjoyed Virginia's VML Chardonnay which was bright, clean, zingy as well as fresh as well as the rosé which was also brilliant as well as fresh amongst lots of fruit.
If I could afford it, I'd dearest to rest in ane trial again inwards Forestville inwards the Russian River Valley at the deluxe Farmhouse Inn. It's the most luxurious, individual as well as placidity spot amongst to a greater extent than attending to exceptional than I've experienced inwards a long time.
Who wouldn't dearest a identify amongst non only gorgeous gardens but a burn pit for making your ain s'mores (all the ingredients provided, natch)? Not only cookies earlier bed, but cookies as well as milk the mini refrigerator as well as a couplet of mini cupcakes too! Heated marble floors inwards the bathrooms as well as cozy bedding spoiled me.
But best of all mightiness conduct keep been the food. Breakfast at the eating seat was included as well as I was crazy for the corn waffles amongst bananas, caramel sauce, candied pecans as well as whipped cream ane twenty-four hours as well as huevos ranchers amongst dark beans as well as chorizo the next. I'm dying for the recipe for their banana walnut muffins, the best ever.
Of course of education you lot tin innovation a trip on your own, or only caput upward to Sonoma as well as fly it, but if you lot desire something specific, I practise recommend contacting the Wine Road folks who know the surface area intimately. They tin build suggestions or arrangements for you. For illustration they tin steer you lot inwards the correct direction if you lot desire to see wineries that also offering nutrient or conduct keep keen fine art collections, or garagiste winemakers that are non ever opened upward to earth or that offering tours past times twenty-four hours of the month only, if you lot desire to discovery a winery amongst with picnic facilities.
There are also a ton of events upward inwards vino country, as well as thence last certain to depository fiscal establishment lucifer out Wine Road outcome listings before you lot larn for things similar BBQ's, concerts, parties as well as more.
And oh yes, this is a Wine Road iPhone app!
My thank you lot to the Wine Road for hosting me on this trip.
Wine Road, Sonoma County
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