Jul 14, 2009

Annual Wine Trip

Whew...didn't realize its been so long since I blogged. And we've been busy. So to start where I left off.

The weekend after my 10 year reunion was our annual wine trip. So on Saturday, June 13, a group of our friends all met up at the Double Tree in Rohnert Park. We'd be touring the Russian River Valley for this year's trip. After some early check ins, we all climbed into the Limo and headed out.

First stop, Sunce. The staff there was really nice and let us taste bottles not on the tasting list but on sale in the tasting room. Ended up purchasing a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. We spent a bit of time here as one couple was late to meeting us at the hotel so they had to take a cab to meet up with us.

We then went to Hook & Ladder, where we enjoyed a couple different chardonnays and other white wines. The biggest hit with this location was the Fireman's Hot Sauce. We ended up with a bottle of one of the Chardonnays and a bottle of the hot sauce.

Next stop was Harvest Moon Winery. The owner actually conducted the tasting, along with his dog Charlotte Brown, a very sweet chocolate lab mix. This place featured many different reds, including Zinfandels. Cameron bought a more expensive Zin that the owner signed and told us to hold on to for another year before it would be perfect for consuming.

We then headed to one last winery. I don't remember the name - I just remember it was in a large barn and the tasting room was also the brew room and it was freezing in there. We did make one small purchase of Sun-dried tomato pesto, which was very yummy on some crackers. I spent most of the time at this winery in the limo or sun!

Since we still had the limo for another hour, though the wineries were closing, our limo driver took us to a general tasting room downtown. But nothing intrigued us there.

After some downtime, most of us regrouped for dinner. Some went bowling after that, while Cameron, Matt & I called it a night. Lynde had called it a night before dinner. We also all decided that in a few years our annual wine trip needs to take place in France or Italy. I wonder where we'll go next year?

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