I hope that everyone has been enjoying this gorgeous weather here in Sonoma County! I know we are getting some rain again, but hopefully that sunshine is just around the corner again!
Barrel Tasting on the Wine Road is the ultimate event for a wine lover, and it is something that I look forward to every year! I love it because over the time of two weekends, over 100 wineries along the Wine Road open their doors so that people can come taste their wine, fall in love, and then proceed to become longtime customers. Most wineries offer discounts that are good for the weekend to sweeten the deal. This was my third year going, and like the years prior, I spent hours planning out our route. We decided to pass on Friday, but went the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend. It was just Tawni, Michaela, and I who went, so Michaela and I took turns driving (Saturday was my day to be DD, but don't worry, I made up for it Sunday, haha). It was nice to have a smaller group because we could take as little or as much time as we wished. Of course the hours I spent planning went to waste, since somehow, I was looking at a list of wineries of which not all were participating so we proceeded to take a random approach, which turned out to be awesome because we visited some places that we would not have stopped at. Our goal every year is to try places that are new to us, and this offered the perfect opportunity to venture off our usual path. We decided to stay in the Russian River Valley both days, and I am so glad we did! So, without further ado, here was our route.
Day #1, Stop #1: La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard
While we have previously visited La Crema's tasting room in downtown Healdsburg, and are already fans of their wine, (especially the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay), we wanted to check out their new location at Saralee's Vineyard. I had previously been to the property for events before La Crema took over, but wanted to see what they had done, and was not disappointed. It is such a gorgeous estate, and the deck is the perfect spot to relax and sip a glass or two of chardonnay in the sunshine. Unfortunately, we went on a rainy day, but the rain stopped long enough for us to enjoy the deck and take in the views. In the event that you too visit on a rainy day, there is a huge fire place with comfy chairs before it to bask in the warmth and enjoy a nice pinot. I recommend visiting this location whether you are a seasoned La Crema drinker, or have never tasted it before in your life.