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Walking through the vineyard. It's not the best idea to wear white to a red wine tasting, but it does look great in photos!

Walking through the vineyard. It’s not the best idea to wear white to a red wine tasting, but it does look great in photos!

If you like wine or know anything about wine, then I am sure you are familiar with the Napa and Sonoma area of Northern California. Known for their large quantities of vineyards and wineries, this area calls to the winos in us all. With over 600 different wineries and tasting rooms to choose from in the Napa and Sonoma area, it makes it almost impossible for a first time visitor to choose. So I decided not to!

Sonoma, California

Sonoma, California

By that, I don’t mean I just aimless wandered around Sonoma until a kind stranger brought me to a vineyard! My big seester (Seester: Noun. Best friend who is like an older sister) signed us up for a wine tour with Terrific Tours . For the low, low price of $100 per person, we were able to sit in a comfy van and cruise from winery to winery. It really makes it easy for you to sit back, enjoy the wine and get a little bit wine wasted.  Terrific Tours focuses on boutique wineries, something off the beaten path that you may not find if you are just Googling “Sonoma, Wineries, Vineyards”.

Christopher Creek Winery

Christopher Creek Winery

In total, we visited four different wineries. Each winery allowed us to taste anywhere from five to six different wines. (These glasses QUICKLY add up!). Overall, my two favorite wineries we visited were Kobler Estate Winery and Christoper Creek Winery. Both of these two wineries were beautiful and offered an excellent atmosphere to enjoy your excellent wine. Even though I was taking part of a wine tour, I never felt rushed. There was ample time spent at each location. Enough time to drink, talk and take plenty of pictures. I was fortunate to visit during a time of year when he grapes are stating to become their ripest and changing color. It’s called veraison and only happens during a small window in the year!!

Sonoma vineyard grapes going through veraison.

Sonoma vineyard grapes going through veraison.

The tour lasted for about six hours from beginning to end. I enjoyed every minute of it! Up to my 20 minute nap in the van on the ride back ;). Sonoma is an area you can visit again and again and have a different experience each time. Each winery and vineyard has it’s own personality that there is always a reason to return. I enjoyed my time here thoroughly and I can’t wait to check out Napa some time soon. Very few things can make you feel fancier than walking barefoot through a vineyard with a glass of rose in your hand.

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