Half Moon Bay and Sonoma Part 02

Happy Friday! Here we are wrapping up Part 2 of our fun-filled weekend last weekend in Half Moon Bay and Sonoma. Read part 1 here. Since it’s Friday afternoon, and everyone’s probably already checked out (at least mentally) into the weekend, I’ll keep this on the shorter side and be brief with my words. Here we are!

Sonoma

We love taking day trips up to Sonoma, driving around to 3-4 wineries, tasting, and choosing bottles to take home. On this day, we traveled up with some friends and stayed around the Petaluma area.

Stop One: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards winen tasting

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards grape vines

As far as tasting goes, Jacuzzi was probably our favorite spot, mainly due to the employee who poured for us. He was so nice and friendly; Don will hold a special place in our hearts forever. You can get a glimpse of Don below, to the far right.

wine friends

Jacuzzi had olive oil tasting, too, which was a fun experience!

olive oil tasting at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Stop Two: Cline Cellars Vineyards and Winery

We had been to Cline before, but we didn’t mind another stop. The grounds are beautiful (as they all are), but they feel a little more “homey” than other wineries, especially since the tasting room is in an old house.

Cline Cellars grounds

Cline Vineyards picnic area-01-1

Brett hung out with a pigeon, per usual.

Cline Vineyards pigeons

Lots of cool trees and cacti.

Cline Vineyards palm tree Cline Vineyards cactus

And then there was this bench, which we found funny for some reason.

Jim Eller's bench at Cline Vineyards

Stop Three: Viansa Winery & Marketplace

Viansa Family Vineyards

Viansa was probably our least favorite of the day, not because it was bad, but we because we had been spoiled by free tastings at Jacuzzi and Cline. It’s actually pretty common to have to pay for tastings, so the fact that our first two stops were free was amazing and made us become a bit bratty when we had to pay at Viansa. 🙂 Plus none of the wine really knocked our socks off, so we left empty handed as well.

Viansa Family Vineyards wine tasting

wine friends2

Excuse my ghost face above. Stunning grounds and scenery below!

Viansa Family Vineyards sign

Viansa Family Vineyards grape vines

Viansa Family Vineyards barrels-01-1

Sonoma Scenery

Stop Four: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Now as far as general atmosphere and just overall beauty and awesomeness, Gloria Ferrer was my favorite of the day. They specialize in sparkling wine, so rather than pay for a (pretty expensive) tasting, we decided to just share a bottle. And a cheese plate, naturally. Sitting on the terrace overlooking the vast scenery, sipping on sparkling, and nibbling on cheese. Seriously, is there anything better?

wine tasting

Sonoma Scenery 2

Gloria Ferrer scenery

sparklin wine at Gloria Ferrer

Last Stop: Rossi’s 1906

Rossi'sBBQSonoma

After our fourth winery, we knew we were pretty much done, but food was imperative. We did a quick Yelp search and ended up at Rossi’s 1906, which was quite tasty. Our table was right off of the dancefloor, which was sadly empty. Probably because we were eating what I like to call the “early bird special” at 5:30pm.

And that wraps up last weekend! Have you been to Sonoma Valley or any of the above wineries?

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