Sonoma and Napa- Wrap-Up


Five questions about Sonoma and Napa Valley, California to wrap-up the two wine regions.

1) Which was better, Napa or Sonoma?  Napa had the better wine but Sonoma had more character and friendlier folks. I would recommend doing a day tasting tour of both valleys Sonoma and Napa.


2) Which winery was the best?  Cliff Lede in Napa was the overall favorite in our group.  Paradise Ridge and Imagery were the two favorites in Sonoma.


3) How should we pick our vineyards?  It depends on your goal.  If you are trying to save money, use the Daily Sip and Winery Finder Apps for 2 for 1 deals.  Yelp has a lot of reviews but asking a local is the best option in Sonoma and Napa.  Give them an idea of what you like- reds, whites, sparkling, cheap, family-owned, well-known brands, tasting rooms versus vineyards, etc


4) What is the best way to get around?  We rented a car and rented a driver each day of wine tasting- one was an expert on Sonoma, the other Napa.  Or find a pregnant or non-drinking friend and make them drive! Smile

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Photo by Dawn

5) What do we do about food?  Our drivers went and got us sandwiches while we wine tasted both days so we didn’t waste any time (Sonoma and Napa vineyards typically close between 4-530).


One night we went to the well-known restaurant in Sonoma- The Girl and the Fig.  I didn’t love it so no pictures from it.  There were a plethora of cheap taco stands and cute French Bistros in Sonoma, Napa is well-known as the culinary capital of the West Coast.  I would have loved to do something there but most of my group was on a budget.  Our AirBnB apartment allowed us to cook at night and drink some wine that we bought during the day.


photo by Dawn

That is all from Sonoma and Napa.  I am officially crossing California Wine Country off the bucket list!  My friends and I are driving Highway 1 on the coast of California up next. Oysters and great ocean views abound!

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