July 23, 2013 – Sonoma County Wine Tasting

Here it is the last day of our Annniversary Trip. After a nice breakfast at the Gaige House we head out for a little wine tasting. We are going to try a couple of new wineries today. Our first stop is at Wellington Winery where we like a couple of pinot noirs and have a good conversation with Ron behind the bar. He suggests some other places we might try and gives us some free passes to them.

Our next stop is at Imagery Winery. They still consider us wine club members so we are able to get the discount and a free tasting. We enjoy a crisp rose, the cabernet franc and the mourvedre.

John discussing the merits of a particular wine with Bull behind the counter
John discussing the merits of a particular wine with Bull behind the counter

We head on to Deerfield Ranch Winery with bottles jingling in the back of the car. Deerfield Ranch’s tasting room is in their cave and is very nice. We sit down and Ben brings us various wines to try. The wines are made in such a way as to reduce their histamines which I am very enthused about. We think that their caberbet franc is spectacular.

John making notes at Deerfield Ranch Winery
John making notes at Deerfield Ranch Winery

Lunch pickings are slim and we end up at Cafe Citti. We both order the gnocchi which Ron from Wellington Winery has recommended. The gnocchi is very good but it is absolutely swimming in pesto. I wouldn’t order it again.

Back out on the wine tasting road we stop at Muscardini Winery and pick up some zins. Our final stop is at Chateau St. Jean where we relax on the tasting porch and Bob brings us some tastes. We are pretty much tasted out but it is always a pleasure to sit on the porch and enjoy the view.

The view from the porch at Chateau St. Jean
The view from the porch at Chateau St. Jean

We stop and buy some sandwiches to have for dinner at the Gaige House. Over dinner we reminisce about our trip and what we liked best. I think for us the thing we always like best is being together.

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