Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunny and fun day in Sonoma

December 27 (Thurs)

It was a beautiful sunny morning in Sonoma.

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
Wine country style breakfast...granola with yogurt by a local artisan maker, and gourmet coffee. The view from our friends' house balcony was gorgeous.

Photobucket Photobucket
In the afternoon, we drove up and visited a couple of wineries. The first stop was Chalk Hill.

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
We also went to Quivira Vineyard and Winery in Dry Creek Valley. They are an artisan winery with focus on biodynamic farming. I like their Rhone varietals and blends. They make one of the best Zinfandel wines in Sonoma, too.

Photobucket Photobucket
Our lunch snack was at The Wurst in Healdsburg. Our friend said that this place makes simply the best grilled sausages in town. The place is popular among local chefs also. They have a wide-variety of homemade gourmet sausages to grill to order. They have a wide selection of both tap and bottle artisan beers. I had a hot dog with different kinds of condiments, onion rings, sweet potato fries, and local brewery IPA...totally hit my spot.

In the late afternoon we went to a local Whole Foods and picked up more groceries for the donabe dinner tonight. I love Whole Foods in Santa Rosa...they have the super fresh items, and they even ground meat to order. There is a cool beer tasting space and they even sell so many different kinds of hops for home brewing. I want this Whole Foods in LA.