In Sonoma – A look ahead

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Amy and I arrived in San Francisco last Wednesday where we met up with some fellow wino bloggers.  It has been a whirlwind tour of some of the best of California’s wine country ever since. Things are about to get even more crazy as today we meet up with even more winos/bloggers for the a spate of barrel tastings in Sonoma. So please bear with us as our posts are a little sporadic, we are gathering a lot of material for weeks of future posts. Here is a quick recap so far, we will fill in the details in the days to come.

In San Francisco, we stayed just outside the gate to Chinatown at the Triton Hotel. It is a delightfully funky old hotel, which is what we always try and find when we travel. The night we got into town Lisa aka WineDiverGirl from California Life: Better Than Happy Hour, Thea of Lucious Lushes fame, Liza from Brix Chicks, and Robbin from Vineyard Adventures met us with armloads of wine and took us to a great joint for dinner. The trip was off to a great start.

The next day we got moving, rented a car, had breakfast at noon and headed to Murphys to meet El Jefe (Jeff Stai) at Twisted Oak Winery for an amazing tour and barrel tasting. Murphys and Twisted Oak alone could provide us with weeks of posts.

Last night we had a very long, scenic, and exhausting drive from Murphys to the Inn at Occidental where we are staying for the remainder of our stay. It is a very lovely and interesting place. Look for lots of photos to come later. We will be barrel tasting in Sonoma for the next two days at as many wineries as we can physically handle.

Tweeting up at dinner in San Francisco

Tweeting up at dinner in San Francisco

  • http://www.winedivergirl.wordpress.com WineDiverGirl

    And I LOVE the way Robbin's electrical suit glows…it made for a romantic dinner. Don't worry, it is solar! (and therefore totally GREEN!) Fabulous food and wine sharing at this table. I defy you to accurately capture the spirit of this gastronomical adventure :)

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com jpower

      I know that I will fall way short, but since you have called me out on it, I will have to give it my very best shot!

      Sorry we did not get to meet up with you again, but Murphys just would not let us leave. Truth be told, just about every part of this state that I have been lucky enough to visit seems to get a hold on me. Leaving California always makes me very melancholy, and the first waves are starting to hit about now. See you again in July!

    • http://www.anotherwineblog.com WineWonkette

      I didn't remember Robbin glowing in the dark! I just remember Thea tipping a number of glasses over ;) Wish we could have hooked up in Napa, too. We just tried to cram too much into our trip and didn't properly anticipate the hours it took to get from one place to the other. (via El Jefe's advice to take Route 12)

      • http://www.elbloggotorcido.com/ El Jefe

        oh – I hope that route 12 didn't end up taking you longer – that wasn't the intent! Was great to see both of you and I'm happy you had so much fun every day in California!

        • http://www.anotherwineblog.com jpower

          It was a beautiful drive. If we had been able to resist the charms of Murphys we would gotten to Occidental on time, but everytime we tried to leave we found something else to check out. I look forward to visiting there again.

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  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com jpower

    It was a beautiful drive. If we had been able to resist the charms of Murphys we would gotten to Occidental on time, but everytime we tried to leave we found something else to check out. I look forward to visiting there again.

  • http://www.anotherwineblog.com Houstonwino

    It was a beautiful drive. If we had been able to resist the charms of Murphys we would gotten to Occidental on time, but everytime we tried to leave we found something else to check out. I look forward to visiting there again.