The picture-perfect town of Sonoma anchors the southern portion of the Sonoma Valley. The focal point of Sonoma is the town’s historic plaza which attracts visitors and locals to this lively downtown. Surrounding the lush green plaza are old adobe storefronts that house an eclectic mix of wine tasting rooms, chic boutiques, quaint restaurants, galleries, hotels, and even an old movie house. Sonoma made the conscious decision to retain their small town pastoral setting back in the 60’s when they blocked a project to construct a freeway in the center of town and banned multiple housing units, leaving the original charm and beauty intact.
The wines of the Sonoma Valley are world-class so we gobbled up some lunch and set off to do some tasting. Our first stop was Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery which is just a few blocks from the plaza. Sebastiani is a name we were familiar with and is commonly found in wine and grocery stores. A few years ago Betsy met Vicki Sebastiani when she came to tour the zoo in New Orleans. As a thank you, Vicki sent Betsy a box of their reserve wines and a book on the wetlands the winery was instrumental in protecting. We loved that the winery was environmentally conscious and realizes the ecological importance of the diminished California wetlands.
|Adjacent to the Sebastiani tasting room is a collection of barrels, presses, and crushers that date back to the start of the winery in 1904 .|
Sonoma Valley has so many wineries to visit - something like 370 - so we picked a few that had wines we liked and a few that were small boutique wineries that we had never heard of before (like Tin Barn). All-in-all we had a great day in Sonoma but it was time to head back to Napa and the RV to drink our purchases. Besides, we still had a few more days and the Napa Valley to tackle.
|Good girl, you guard the wine.|