Off Roading in Sonoma – Day 2

Day 2 of Off Roading! For Day 1 click HERE

Saturday May 18, 2011

11AM- What a way to wake up with some sparkling rose, pastel shorts, bow ties and sear sucker jackets at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.  With a magnificent view on the terrace that looks out upon its vineyard, this vineyard was one of the most breathtaking visions I’ve seen, not to mention their 2007 Brut Rose with tangy raspberry, apple, and citrus flavors was one of the best sparkling’s I’ve tasted.

  • Bought: 3 bottles of 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé for $25
  • Fun Fact: Has one of the best terrace’s good for enjoying with a big group, watching gorgeous views and drinking excellent bubbly and rose!


12:30PM – The next stop, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, was filled with my first Olive Oil tasting (tried an orange olive oil, it was, well, interesting) and full-bodied reds complete w/ chocolate wine shots!

  • Bought: 2008 Late Harvest Aleatico (what we did the chocolate shots of) intense plum and floral-licorice in taste; great for after dinner; 2009 Barbera (won 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition); crisp and vibrant raspberry and cherry filled with tobacco notes – delish
  • Fun Fact: Not only are the chocolate wine shots fun, Jacuzzi’s label is the wedding picture of winemakers, Giovanni and Teresa Jacuzzi


1:40PM- Lunch pit stop at the most amazing sandwich shop I’ve tried out there… Sonoma’s Best. They have the best Panini’s with so much olive oil that one person in the groups Panini slipped off  his plate and fell to the floor… He wasn’t very happy, woops! Even so, I would HIGHLY recommend this place for a bite in your wine journey!

3PM- Arrived at Tin Barn Vineyards and tried out a steel barrel… You’ll see what I mean in an upcoming post…  Tin Barn is a very unique and ‘off the map’ vineyard that offers up a twofer as a tasting room and cellar space. Their wines are authentic to the ‘wine country’ and presents a nice variety of fruitful and well balance wines.. Not to mention you get that ‘homey’ feeling and hands on experience when you first step in the door.

  • Bought: 2008 Zinfandel Russian River Valley (lush with fruit); 2007 Syrah Sonoma Coast, Coryelle Fields Vineyard
  • Fun Fact: Not only are their wines GREAT, they offer bite size dark chocolate disks to taste with your wines… although dangerous (bc you cld eat way too many of them) they add a nice extra to the experience.  Great ‘off the beatin’’ tasting room!

4PM- We ran right next door to Tin Barn in the rain to Kamen Estate Wines tasting room.  Definitely known for it’s high quality Cab’s, this tasting room was very quaint and a nice way to end our wine tasting experience… Might as well go out with BANG with heavy hitters!

  • Fun Fact: The winemaker of Kamen Estate Wines is the acclaimed Robert Kamen, screenwriter of such films as Taps, The Karate Kid series, The Fifth Element, A Walk in the Clouds, The Transporter series and Taken.. Cool!

6PM- After our lovely day with good company, we ventured into the downtown of Sonoma county where we visited the Swiss Hotel Bar in Sonoma Sq… Such a cute little town, it almost reminded me of Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard (without the water nearby)!
**However, on our way to the bar, we heard a BEEP and it was the sommelier who conducted our tasting at Jacuzzi… apparently he remembered us, we said hello, and he pulled out another bottle of 2009 Nero d’ Avola from his backseat and said “take this, it’s one of my favorites, enjoy” WOW!


7PM- We then went a BBQ at a friends house in Sonoma, filled with fire pits, cheeses, meats, a wonderful steak dinner, and of course lots of excellent wine….. So many laughs and great company ended our Sonoma trip with perfection!


Don’t know how we survived Day 2, but we did and we did it well experiencing lots of unique places and tastings all over Sonoma! Our last day was a magical day at a vineyard I’ve been following and been amazed with for a while now….But you’ll have to STAY TUNED!

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