Half Moon Bay & Sonoma Part 01

You know those weekends when you feel like you didn’t do much, but when you look back, it was actually quite the whirlwind? Yah, that happened.

I talked about my upcoming plans on Friday, and they did not disappoint. I love just randomly hopping in the car and going on daytime adventures (especially if they involve wine and cheese), and this weekend was no exception. Today I will recap part 1 of our weekend, which was Saturday in Half Moon Bay!

Warning: If you hate blog posts containing lots of pictures of wine, beautiful scenery, and other people’s good times, then maybe skip this one? 😛

Half Moon Bay

It was Brett’s idea to go to Half Moon Bay. I didn’t really know much about it, but I’m so glad we made it happen. Apparently we picked the perfect day to go because afterwards we heard that it’s usually super foggy there (even more so than SF), but it was a beautiful day! The drive there had no shortage of beautiful scenery.


I’m not even sure what this, but I’m into it.


First Stop: La Nebbia Winery

Nebbia Winery Half Moon Bay

La Nebbia Winery is right off the highway into town, so it was pretty hopping when we went in. If I’m being honest, we didn’t have the most enjoyable time, not because it was busy but because one of the employees was just super busy and frazzled and made no effort to hide it, which resulted in her being sort of rude. I don’t know about you, but when I’m wine tasting, I want to be immersed in the experience. I don’t want to get a quick pour and literally be told to head to the back until I was ready for more. Not fun. I understand being busy, but it just seemed sort of disorganized. The man working there that day though was super pleasant, so he somewhat made up for our less than stellar visit.

Nebbia Winery Half Moon Bay 2

The wines themselves were okay; nothing really stood out to us except, oddly enough, the dessert wines. I’m typically not a dessert wine person, but they were pretty tasty. Our favorite part was the add-on of port in a chocolate cup. Yes, please!

IMG_9224A Teeny, Tiny Cheers

Stop #2: Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Co.

Half Moon Bay Wine and Cheese

We liked Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Co. much better. Though not an actual winery, they offer flights and single 2/3/6 oz. pours. The place was bright and clean and pretty chill. We were able to linger at the tasting bar at our leisure and didn’t feel rushed at all. We started by sharing the “Autumnal Mix” flight, which included a Cortese, a Grenache Gris, and a Sangiovese. Tasty.


Next, we shared two 2-oz pours: a Tempranillo and a Chilean Cabernet (not pictured). Afterwards, we wandered around, popping in and out of the little shops. There was some ukelee playing.


Last Stop: Hop Dogma Brewing Co.

Hop Dogma Brewery Half Moon Bay

Hop Dogma Brewing Co. was so cute, like a little hipster slice of heaven tucked away. We could have gone to the bigger Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, but I had read reviews that Hop Dogma was more intimate and just a better experience. I have to agree. We each had a flight, and we got a couple of tacos from the food truck outside. The crowd was lively, and there was even a dog! Cuteness ensued.


From front to back: Polydactyl Pilsner, Danked and Confused (Indian Pale Lager), High & Dry Stout, and Potent Porpoise Porter (what a great name!)


Have you ever been to Half Moon Bay? Tune in later for part 2 in Sonoma!


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2 thoughts on “Half Moon Bay & Sonoma Part 01

  1. Meghan November 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm Reply

    My parents visited both of these places (not exactly the places you went but the cities) back in 2010 and they have some of the prettiest pictures! Looks like a great time!

    • Brittney @ Quirky Britches November 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm Reply

      Yah, so fun! I’m definitely guilty of not exploring around Northern California as much as I should!

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