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Wine Country

by Meghann on May 2, 2010

Welcome to Wine Country. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today Derek and I ventured outside of San Francisco to soak up a little wine and sun in beautiful Sonoma County.

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Why donโ€™t I live here again?!?!

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We had a pretty early start this morning and on our way out the door I had a similar breakfast to what I had yesterday.

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  • Kashi H2H
  • Granola Bark
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Kiwi
  • Apple
  • Pumpkin Butter

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Major THANKS to Beth and Cory for being such gracious hosts the last couple of days and letting Derek and I crash in the spare room. You guys are amazing and welcomed in Florida anytime. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the way to wine country I had a Chocolate Chip Salt Water Taffy I had purchased in Sausalito yesterday.

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Per Caitlinโ€™s high recommendation Derek and I had booked two spots on the Platypus Tour bus today.

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What Derek and I enjoyed most about the Platypus tour was their personalized approach to wine country. We visited 4 wineries throughout the day and each one was a small โ€˜Mom & Popโ€™ operation. A couple of our visits even took place in the ownerโ€™s back yards!

The tour was small, personal, and perfect for the two of us!

Our first stop was Inspiration Winery.

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We paired several wines with different cheese and crackers.

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I was a big fan of the Pinot Noir and ended up purchasing a bottle.

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Next up was La Czar

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Another tasting, another pour ๐Ÿ™‚

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Platypus provided a picnic lunch for our group.

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My plate included 1/2 ham sandwich, 1/2 turkey sandwich, apples, potato salad, and an oatmeal cookie with whipped cream and strawberry (x2).

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Our third winery (getting a little tipsy here) was Diablita.

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My distaste for white wines was highly confirmed today when I found myself discarding the majority of the whites I sampled. They were all just too sweet for me.

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Our last stop of the day was Stuhlmuller

 

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I really, really liked the reserve cab here, but it was a little $$ for my taste.

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Our tour ended in Jennaโ€™s neck of the woods and she suggested we try Zazu for dinner.

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Zazu is a small restaurant that prides itself on local ingredients which can include  fresh vegetable from their garden and meat from their farm.

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We started with a bowl of bread.

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I had a mouth watering corn muffin. mmmโ€ฆ

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Derek demolished the rest of the basket. After a day of wine tasting we were both really hungry and the food moved a bit slow for us. :/

For my meal I ordered a AntiPasti trio that included tabbouleh, eggplant dip and raddishes.

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The meal was good, but really the best thing on my plate was the duck fat brussel sprouts I had on the side.

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Itโ€™s hard to beat crispy, greasy brussel sprouts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Derek and i ordered the cookie fondue dish for dessert.

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Thatโ€™s peanut butter cookies with peanut butter gelato that you dip in chocolate. Amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Derek finished off the chocolate for us.

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Iโ€™m wiped. Tomorrow we have more wine tastings to hit up, as well as one last dinner in san Francisco before we catch the red eye out of here.

This weekend has gone by way too quickly! Not fair. ๐Ÿ™

1 Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete May 2, 2010 at 2:45 am

Oh my gosh! The food and the wine looks absolutely amazing! I love going to mom and pop places like where you went. They just seem to put more “love” into their product, right? Enjoy your time there!

2 Jenny May 2, 2010 at 2:50 am

Duck fat Brussels sprouts!?!?? Wow!

3 Jen Trinque May 2, 2010 at 6:27 am

I can’t believe you’re going to have to leave so soon! You sure are squeezing lots in, though.

4 Diana May 2, 2010 at 6:46 am

That place looks soooooo beautiful.
Looks like you had a great time!

5 Anne P May 2, 2010 at 7:28 am

Aww what a beautiful day to be wine tasting! Soooo jealous ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Erin May 2, 2010 at 7:30 am

Such a gorgeous part of the country–glad the weather is absolutely stunning while you’re there. ๐Ÿ˜€

7 Kath May 2, 2010 at 7:58 am

Look so fun!!

Are you not getting together with Jenna while you’re there ๐Ÿ™ ?

8 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com May 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

Wow, it seems like you just got there!! Enjoy your last day. ๐Ÿ™‚

9 britchickruns May 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

That place looks so beautiful, but all that wine would be totally lost on me…I hate wine! That dessert though….ohmydays does that look good!

10 Dori May 2, 2010 at 9:23 am

Funny that you think white wines are too sweet, I think red wines are MUCH sweeter! You need to try a really dry white wine, although I’m sure you did yesterday. OMG COOKIE FONDUE!!!

11 theprocessofhealing May 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Wow, that sounds like an AMAZING day!!! The food, the wine, the scenery… soak it up girl!

12 gina (fitnessista) May 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

LOVE all of the pictures! so glad you guys are having a great time.. i think napa would be a great place for a proposal. heh heh. ๐Ÿ˜‰
keep living it up and drink some (more) vino for me ๐Ÿ˜€
xoxo

13 Stephanie May 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

Looks like you’re both having a lot of fun! I am currently looking for places for my honeymoon and going to Wine Country is definitely at the top of our lists. Beyond the fact that I would love to run through the countryside! Have fun on your last day in San Francisco, vacations always go by too quickly ๐Ÿ™

14 joieandrileysmommy May 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

I found you through Caitlin’s blog, and I must say I’m hooked. I have been to San Francisco and the wine country many times and each time I leave wondering why I don’t relocate myself. I have very much enjoyed reading your trip recaps. It brings me right back to my own trips. Thanks!

15 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover May 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

WOW!
Such stunning pics, Meghann!
I bet you and Derek are having a BLAST…
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Have a wonderful Sunday, girl!
Brazilian XOXOยดs,
Gabriela

16 hundredtenpounds May 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

That looks like a fantastic way to spend the weekend! I love wine tasting and picnics.

17 Kellie May 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I got so tipsy (ok drunk) when we went wine tasting. It all started tasting like water at the end. I do think it is fun, though.

18 Evan Thomas May 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

That last restaurant–wow. I’d want to move in to their kitchen

19 runnerforever May 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm

You guys sure do know how to travel! I want those cornbread muffins now hehe!

20 Christina May 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Wine country looks so beautiful! Like you’re in Italy. I always forget about nice places in our own country!

21 Kelly May 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Oh a day of wine tasting is right up my alley, I would love that. I also hate white wine, gimme some good reds anyday though!

22 Julie May 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’m so glad you went to Burma Superstar! My sister in law used to live around the corner and tells everyone it will “change your life.” I didn’t believe her until we went there. Now I tell everyone going to SF to eat there and so far you are the first one to go (it’s kinda out of the way of typical tourist areas, huh?) . . . and I didn’t even get to tell you! I’m very jealous and can taste that soup and salad still . . .

23 Brittany May 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Wine country looks amazing! I’m jealous!! ๐Ÿ™‚

24 Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Simply gorgeous! What a wonderful day you have had!!

25 fitandfortysomething May 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

oh i love the wine country-glad you are enjoying it!

26 Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce May 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

hey meghann! i’ve lived in the bay area my whole life so i really enjoyed reading your last few posts about your SF trip! all my favorite places :). i’m actually joining you guys for dinner at herbivore tonight, looking forward to meeting ya!

27 amanda May 2, 2010 at 6:43 pm

such great pictures. i love the cupcakes…they look so yummy.
you two look to be having such a blast!

28 Michelle May 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Zazu’s looks absolutely spectacular! I would love to eat there one day ๐Ÿ™‚

29 Maria @ ahealthierMaria May 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

oo I want to go to wine country! Everything I ever see about it looks amazing. Enjoy the rest of your time!

Also, cookie fondue might be the most delicious looking dessert I have ever seen!

30 kamadavitta May 2, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Looks like you had a great time! My husband and I are heading there next weekend and your pictures made me even more excited!

31 justjac May 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Wow, looks like you are having an amazing time! Love the wine, the eats and the gorgeous weather! Super jealous!! Enjoy the rest of your trip and your time iwth Derek!! ๐Ÿ˜€
By the way, can I have some of that wine?!

32 Julie @ Wearing Mascara May 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I loooove winery’s! Looks like you’re having a blast ๐Ÿ™‚

33 Moxie_Marmalade May 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Oh wow, I’ve always wanted to go to wine country! Your trip looks fabulous.

Those duck fat brussels sprouts? I must have some!

34 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 3, 2010 at 2:41 am

Looks amazing! I was living in Norcal for so long and never went wine tasting… I am definitely checking out this tour when I get home ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you are having a great time!

35 hungryforbalance May 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

Wow! How beautiful! Enjoy

36 Danica May 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I LOVE the bus tour in Wine Country….but, I think your lunch the most. Too bad I missed saying hi to you all this time around ๐Ÿ™‚

37 Jennifurla May 6, 2010 at 12:40 pm

just found you blog, I am so very jealous of this trip!

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