Happy Weekend!

My husband’s parents are in town this weekend, and we’re taking them wine tasting tomorrow. Do you have any suggestions for low-key wineries or tasting rooms in Sonoma? We were thinking of Ram’s Gate which we’ve heard is beautiful, but I’d love to hear your recommendations! Which NorCal wineries are your favorites?

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DIY seed packet garden party favors.

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Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


  • Perri says:

    We had the best time in sonoma and found it SO low key – we started our day at Unti and left with a case! They were so friendly and unpretentious and make some really great reds and whites. Can’t recommend it more! They also sent us with several other places to stop all of which were great too… Ridge was beautiful for lunch outside. We also enjoyed Mauritson (right near Unti), Gary Farrel, and Porter Creek. Headlesburg is an adorable town for meals and Im sure theres some great B&B’s nearby. You can’t go wrong in Sonoma! Oh and if you’re looking for something different – we had the best time at Lagunitas brewery in Sonoma – they have great beers, a free tour (with lots of beer!) and also a beer garden and concert stage. Have fun!!

  • lacy mckinney says:

    While I have no idea about wineries in Cal, I do know that I thoroughly enjoy your Happy Weekend posts!

  • Laura says:

    Gloria Ferrer is a perfect first stop on the way up from SF. I adore Deerfield Ranch as well, where you can taste in the cave.

    If you can make a reservation, Scribe is fun and very quirky/hip.

  • Lauren says:

    I love Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga — it’s this really cool, beautiful medieval-looking castle. Every time I’ve been it’s been really low-key and not crowded.

  • We adore Ram’s Gate!! I think it’s a perfect spot to get that wine country feel. And if you can also make it into Sonoma for some walking around, The Plaza never disappoints.

  • p.s. If it’s a Saturday, stop in and say hello to the fabulous ladies at The Collection Event Studio (wedding love)! On Broadway, just steps off the Plaza.

  • Victoria says:

    Matanzas Creek! Especially because they have a huge lavender garden that is starting to come into bloom (if it’s not already– they have a lavender festival in June). A little out of the way, tucked off the 12, but beautiful, beautiful grounds and excellent wine. I would bring a picnic lunch and taste, then go have a picnic somewhere on the grounds. And bocce ball! There’s also a bocce ball court!

    Also, I have to say that while I love Lagunitas beer, we were sorely disappointed in both the service and the food at the brewery.

  • Domaine Carneros is beautiful (and has the most delicious assortment of bubbly). You can’t beat the view of the vines over the hillside on the terrace either!

  • Abby says:

    I’d highly recommend Wilson on Dry Creek Road and Bella Wine Caves on West Dry Creek, just north of Healdsburg — probably a little further than you might be intending on driving, but totally worth it!

  • we really loved porter creek! it’s a small, family-owned operation with delicious wine and friendly people. highly recommend!

  • Auburn says:

    Ha, we are heading to Sonoma too this wknd–weather should be ideal!
    Near downtown Sonoma, I like Gundlach Bundschu. A few miles out of your way on your drive up (and right across from Domaine Carneros) is Cuvaison. I’m a member there and just love their white wines–clean, easy drinking and a price point which means they don’t have to be saved for special occasions. I believe you now have to make an appt at that tasting room, but it’s worth it–beautiful spot and yummy wines. And popping over to Domaine for some bubbly is always fun.

  • Christina says:

    For low-key, we like to visit wineries in and around Healdsburg. Two of our favorites are Truett Hurst and Seghesio.

  • Absolutely LOVE Mauritson. Small and friendly – we enjoyed the wine so much we joined their club!

  • Ohh, Sonoma! Was just there a few weekends ago with some girlfriends and had an AMAZING time at Bartholomew Park Winery (go on a tour and ask for Bob). The Roche Winery tasting room in Sonoma Plaza (across the street from the El Dorado Kitchen, yum)is also fantastic! Great reds, whites and sweet wine + outdoor tasting bar + heat lamps (chilly nights). Have fun!

  • Shirley says:

    Rams Gate is truly perfection. I have been there 6 times!! They also have amazing small plates, go for lunch. Call ahead you may need reservations.

  • Chelsea says:

    Cline. . . solar powered and they have miniature donkeys!

  • CN says:

    It isn’t in Sonoma, but Elizabeth Spencer winery is divine. It’s a refurbished brick post office that has been turned into an intimate tasting room. It also has an outdoor seating area. You should check it out if you make it to Napa! http://www.elizabethspencerwines.com/

  • Sally C says:

    We were at Ram’s Gate just last weekend and loved it! Open air, great decor and very friendly owners. A definite. If you happen to go further north near Healdsburg, J vineyards is wonderful too. They are known for their sparkling.

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