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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Random Tuesdays: A trip to Wine County

Happy random Tuesday!

Today's "random" feature comes from the "Oh the places we will go," segment. 

If there's anything my husband and I love to do its to eat great food and travel to amazing places. 

The first gorgeous locale I want to share with you, my lovely readers, is Sonoma County, California.

If you're in dire need of a place to kick your heels up and relax, this is definitely the place. It's like a Swedish massage for your soul. 

When I first heard we were going on a wine tasting trip, I must admit I wasn't at all excited. Truthfully, the only reason I embarked on the journey was due to my love and infatuation with the great state of California. 

After a tiring flight to San Francisco, we arrived at our first destination which also doubled as our accommodations for the week of our visit; The Arrowood Winery. We were greeted with an amazing tour and my very first wine tasting class.


At first I was bored out of my mind, watching everyone sniff their wine and wondering why on Earth they kept doing it. I mean who smells their drinks? My husband just laughed at me and explained to me the process and significance of being able to distinguish wine. I still wasn't sold but I knew I probably should get my act together and at least try to indulge in the afternoon's activity. 

In no time at all, I learned wine etiquette and found myself swirling and smelling for the faint aromas each blend embodied. I was officially apart of "Wine Society."

For the duration of our week long trip, we had the privilege of staying at the private Arrowood home nestled in the mountains of the property. It was an experience like no other. As we pulled up to the home, I almost died. It had my name written all over it. I'm thoroughly disappointed that I can't find the pictures to share, but take my word, it was gorg! Four luxurious bedrooms, three formal dining rooms, three separate living areas, a gourmet kitchen, complete wrap around deck equipped with rocking chairs, a spectacular garden, pool, and so much more!

If you've never taken a trip to the Sonoma/Napa area, let me recommend that you make it your next priority. In total we visited about seven wineries for tastings and food pairings that will be remembered for a lifetime. Some of my favorites were Kendall Jackson, Matanzas Creek, and Verite

The quaint town is nestled in between beautiful mountains, sprawling vineyards, and gorgeous gardens. Here are just a few pictures from our trip. Enjoy!

Matanzas Creek

Kendall Jackson Winery

So let's raise our glasses to many travels and the good life!