After my trip to Texas Wine Country I was eager to plan another trip as quickly as I could and with Southwest Airlines’ low fares, I was off to San Francisco and a trip to Sonoma was definitely in the cards! This was my first time to the Bay Area and after a fun-filled few days in SF we said farewell to the Golden Gate Bridge to hello to vineyard views.
Our first stop was the highly anticipated Buena Vista Winery! This was an absolute must-do and an enchanting start to our day. I knew there was going to be a ton of history here as it’s one of the oldest wineries dating back to 1857. I was immediately taken away by the beauty and serenity of the old stone buildings surrounded by trees, caves, and even a maze! We had a private tasting with The Count of Buena Vista and made our way through a selection of varietals while hearing the fascinating yet tragic life story of The Count (his life ended by being eaten by a crocodile). After our tasting was complete we toured the wine cellars which turned out to be the highlight of the winery. The wine cellars are caves dug out of the stone walls surrounding the property and there are even secret passageways that now lead to private tasting rooms.
Don’t miss The Count’s Journey Maze, the picture frame photo op, and this incredible experience, and be sure to reserve your Tasting with The Count during your visit!
The next stop was more vino at B.R. Cohn and this was exactly what I imagine when I think of Sonoma! Vineyards that seem to go on forever, beauty in every direction…I never want to leave! Instead of a tasting here we opted for a bottle of their Rosé so we could just relax and absorb every minute of this picturesque vineyard. We made friends with a couple who were doing the same and we laughed and sipped on our wine, thoroughly enjoying this perfect moment!
After two wineries if was time for some food and we had dinner reservations at the very popular The Girl and the Fig located in Sonoma Plaza. We sat on the patio and kept the day going with a bottle of Cochon Tasting Bar’s Rosé. As the sunset on our day in Sonoma we filled our bellies with Beef Tartare, Avocado Toast, and a delicious Wild Flounder Meunière. If you don’t know, The Girl and the Fig is known for their Chocolate Chip Cookies so y’all know we grabbed some for the road!
I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day in Sonoma County! My one regret is only spending one day! I’ll be back for more wine soon!
Know before you go!
**Lyft and Uber are available in Sonoma but we had to wait about 20 minutes each time so plan ahead for that!
**Reservations are required or encouraged at wineries due to capacity limitations.
**Stay the night if you can! There’s so much to do and the wineries are so gorgeous, I guarantee you’ll want to stay longer at each one!
**Bring snacks and water for between winery visits!
Thank you to Sonoma County for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.