Being that this is my first interaction with our blog, let me start by saying, “Hello!”. Erika and I are thrilled to get this rolling and provide you all with more awe-inspiring photos, stories, and recommendations on where and how to spend your day(s) off adventuring.
Now that we have officially (well…virtually) met one another, let’s stay on track and dive right into our exceptional trip to Sonoma County.
On our way to Sonoma, I surprised Erika with a stop at her favorite winery in Napa, Far Niente. Ironically enough this winery is named after one of Erika’s favorite hobbies – to do nothing. Fortunately, the team at Far Niente did quite the opposite by providing a fabulous tour and tasting for us along with a few other couples. Our hostess, Kathy, started off the tour by introducing Far Niente’s interesting and prosperous history. She then walked us through the property where we peaked into an amazing car collection, strolled through the wine caves and ventured through a garden that would make Alice and every creature in Wonderland feel at home. Afterwards, we made our way back to the winery which was tucked into the surrounding hillside, to begin our tasting.
Here is a list of the wines that were poured:
- 2015 Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Napa Valley – $67
- 2014 En Route Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – $67
- 2014 Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – $70
- 2014 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville – $160
- 2010 Late Harvest Dolce, Napa Valley – $170
Needless to say our trip to Far Niente was a great one.
Now onto Sonoma which is a vast America Viticultural Area (AVA) with over 60,000 acres of vines planted, producing some of the finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel (just to name a few) that California has to offer. Erika and I start off at my favorite winery, located just 10 minutes off the River Road exit in Santa Rosa. Three stoplights and one very long driveway later, you will run right into the grand gates of Benovia Vineyards. The owner, Joe Anderson has taken the Russian River Valley (R.R.V.) by storm, producing what I believe to be some of the finest expressions of R.R.V. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the market, at very fair price-points. Joe and his team at Benovia have come a long way since their first vintage in 2006, recently adding a brand new winery facility, tasting room, and cottages where Erika and I had the privilege of staying.
But enough about that, here’s a list of the wines that we tasted:
- 2014 Russian River Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – $36
- 2013 Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – $48
- 2014 La Pommeraie Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley – $48
- 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – $38
- 2014 Martaella Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley – $56
- 2014 Tilton Hill Pinot Noir, Russian River Pinot Noir – $56
Have any questions about the Benovia, Far Niente or any of the wines we tasted feel free to ask. I love geeking out about wines. Until next time, Cheers!