San Francisco to Sonoma/Napa wine country is a little over an hours drive and is well worth it to spend some time in this part of the country if you are a wino, foodie, or just like wide open spaces. There are small towns that dot the never ending vineyards and this trip we are visiting a few of them.
Yountville was our first stop because the main goal of today was to revisit Cliff Lede Vineyards right outside of Yountville. This was a favorite stop of mine on our Sonoma/Napa tour for Rebekah’s birthday a few years ago.
We stopped at the Yountville Deli for a couple of sandwiches before the vineyards. Always be prepared with food while wine tasting! Plus most of the vineyards have picnic areas to enjoy food and a glass of wine.
It was Sunday at the tasting room at Cliff Lede was not crowded so we had our own private tasting. The wines at Cliff Lede (pronounced Cliff Lady I learned!) are very tasty but not quite as tasty as they were a few years ago. Last time I left with a few bottles, this time Rebekah and I split a glass of Pinot Noir to eat with our sandwiches in their sitting area.
The gardens were gorgeous and we had ourselves a good little time.
Our second stop of the day was to a tasting room in the middle of Yountville. Tasting rooms are usually in cahoots with different vineyards but not on the grounds. Maisonry Napa Valley Tasting Room is an art gallery/tasting room/furniture store that was highly rated on Yelp. It was fun to walk around with our wine pours and check everything out. Wine tasting can get a little boring if you aren’t really into the particulars of wine (which I’m not, I just care if they taste good or not!) but adding some fun things to look at was a treat. Also this gives the designated driver something to do!
There was a bunch of cute outdoor firepit seating as well but it was 95 degrees while we at Maisonry so I opted to stay inside for much of the stop here. We ended up buying a bottle of cabernet sauvignon to share later on.
The drive from Yountville to Healdsburg was gorgeous and reminded me of the Tuscan countryside with it’s rolling hills filled with grape vines. Healdsburg was our destination today because that is where we checked into our adorable VRBO cottage. We got just a little lost but eventually found Grandma’s Cottage- 2 blocks from the downtown Healdsburg Square. It was really the best location ever.
The baby dresses on the wall were a bit creepy so we just took them down in the bedroom and ignored them every where else
Finding affordable accommodation in high season in this area is hard to do but Grandma’s Cottage was the perfect choice. We walked downtown to Kinsmoke for dinner, the place the guys at Maisonry raved about- always ask the locals where to eat and what to do! I had an ahi tuna salad that was amazing. Rebekah had a BBQ chicken salad that was ginormous that she loved.
After dinner fun was our bottle of Cab on the back porch at Grandma’s house. We bought ourselves a citronella candle, bug spray and got out our books.
It was a great little Sunday in wine country and a fun friend adventure. But there is more fun to come! Stay tuned!
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