Hilo Ladies Sonoma Winery Stops

We started our wine tasting day with a complimentary breakfast at the Inn at Sonoma.

The quiche, fruits, pastries, pancakes were a delicious way to start the day.

Our first stop was to Patz & Hall located in the heart of Sonoma wine country. It is so beautiful there with views of the vineyards and mountains. Patz & Hall is known for their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. This winery was recommended to us by a couple of our friends and we were not disappointed. Dan, our wine educator, was knowledgeable and very patient with us. We tasted seven different wines–one Brut sparkling, three Chardonnays, and three Pinot Noirs. The artfully presented canapes were so delicious!  We noshed on crispy wonton with french onion and tobiko, smoked trout tuile with black pepper and fennel, a pork nacho on forbidden rice, and a short rib torchon with huckleberry. There was also a raspberry truffle to end the tasting. Everything was so elegant and yet very comfortable.

Our next stop was to Schug Winery just a few minutes away from Patz & Hall.

At Schug, we stopped in without an appointment and visited their tasting room where we stood at the bar and enjoyed casual conversation with each other and with other visitors as we enjoyed an affordable tasting of five different wines for only $10. We had a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, two Pinot Noirs, and a Malbec at this stop.

Our final stop of the day was to the Gloria Ferrer estate.  We sat on a beautiful outdoor terrace while having our tasting along with a small bite to eat.  We ordered a small cheese plate that came with Cow Girl Creamery Mt. Tam Triple Cream, Toma-Pt. Reyes Farmstead-Cow Milk Cheese, Humboldt Fog-Goat Milk Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Early Girl Tomato Jam, Seasonal Fruit, and Water Crackers. This plate went perfectly with our glasses of bubbly.

It was a beautiful day and we were able to wear our matching tank tops comfortably.  #WhenISipYouSipWeSip

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