There are few activities I find more enjoyable than sipping on a glass of wine outside in the summertime. Such a simple activity, with the only focus on savoring the wine and gazing at the scenery, is relaxation at its finest. And this is exactly how the entire city of Sonoma felt last weekend when my girlfriends and I visited for a wine-tasting tour.
After battling the circus commonly known as the airport and piling into our rental car, we began our trek to wine country. Each mile that the odometer ticked taking us farther away from the crowds of the Bay Area, the calmer I felt. It was as if the wine was already kicking in, even though I hadn’t had a sip.
By the time we reached our quaint cottage in Sonoma, I felt a world away from the stress of life and the infinite worries that make up each day. We popped the cork of the bottle of wine generously provided to us by our cottage hosts and took to the patio to take in Northern California’s fresh air and sip on some Chardonnay.
The melody of our trip continued to the same beat :: wake up to chirping birds singing their praise to the summer sun, take a drive alone the rolling hills of Sonoma while admiring the perfectly manicured rows of grapevines until we arrived at a vineyard, sip on wine, return to our cottage for some relaxing conversation, sip on more wine, then repeat. The whole trip was like an extended version of sipping on a glass of wine in the summertime.
We visited three wineries, each with their own personality. We savored sparkling wines with an unbelievable view at Domaine Carneros in Napa. In Sonoma we toured Landmark Wine‘s vineyards in a horse-drawn carriage and had a private wine tasting at one of California’s oldest vineyards, Sebastiani Winery. We took souvenirs of wine, knowledge and good memories from each.
Sonoma was the perfect escape. Yes, there is an abundance of wine. But there is also good food, great people and the most relaxing vibe throughout the whole city.