May 21, 2013 – A trip up to wine country, Sonoma Valley

What could be better to do on a beautiful spring day than take a trip up to Sonoma Valley! Our first stop is at Kunde Winery. Getting the reserved tasting is always the right thing to do. Rather than a limited tasting standing up at the bar, we get a lovely tasting sitting in the Kinneybrook Room. Re-tastes and anything that’s open are fair game. Plus we also get plenty of breadsticks, some cheese and chocolate, too!

Kunde Winery
Kunde Winery

John in the Kinneybrook Room at Kunde Winery
John in the Kinneybrook Room at Kunde Winery

Goodies with the tasting
Goodies with the tasting

We also made a brief stop at Ledson Winery to sample some of their fine Zinfandels.

Ledson Winery
Ledson Winery

And now the main reason for our trip up to Sonoma Country – it is time to pick up our wine club shipment from Chateau St. Jean. We only belong to one wine club and we use it as a good excuse to go up four times yearly to pick up our shipments and do a little tasting.

John at Chateau St. Jean
John at Chateau St. Jean

We are so busy tasting wine and having little munchies that we decide to skip lunch. But after all this tasting we figure we better eat dinner. We drive over the hills to Napa Valley and arrive in Yountville around 5:30. Maybe the French Laundry has had a cancellation? No such luck! But we decide to have dinner at Bottega where we’ve always had nice dinners in the past. It is a delicious ending to a wonderful day in Wine Country.

Mary's vegetable galette at Bottega
Mary’s vegetable galette at Bottega
John opts for short ribs
John opts for short ribs

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