My daughter turned 21, so what better way to celebrate than to take her wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. We started off in San Francisco by taking a four hour food and walking tour. We tried so many different foods in Chinatown and even saw how they made fortune cookies.
Our next stop was a speakeasy bar in San Francisco called The Pawn Shop, where the outside looks like you are walking into a pawn shop and the guy at the desk plays off as if we are there to pawn off our jewelry. He then opens the secret wall to let us into the bar where they have great tapas and drinks.
Our next stop was a dueling piano bar at John Foley’s, where we had a blast singing along.
The next morning we headed to Napa where we visited the Castello di Amorosa and toured the castle, dungeon, and torture room, followed by a tasting with chocolates. We then went across the street to Sterling Vineyards where we rode the aerial tramway to the winery and sat on the terrace with the gorgeous view and enjoyed our wine and cheese platter. We then drive to Sonoma where we were staying at the Cottage Inn and Spa. This was a really cute place to stay with a beautiful fire pit right outside our room. We had dinner that night at The Girl and the Fig, which was our only disappointing meal.
The next morning we drove to Mayo Family Reserve Room for a food and wine pairing. This was truly amazing and highly recommended. The chef was amazing and explained the food and wine pairings himself. We then visited Lesdon Winery for a bite to eat. The property was beautiful.
That night we drove back to Berkeley and had dinner at Chez Panisse Cafe. The food was amazing and a wonderful experience. Whew, I’m exhausted. Can’t wait to visit again.