When it comes to philanthropy, we love the idea of sipping some of the best vino our Northern neighbors have to offer while making dreams come true for children facing the most important battles of their lives. Assuming most of our readers feel the same, we want to throw out a feel-good weekend activity recommendation, Wishes in Wine Country on May 17.
With their al fresco lifestyle, Wine Country chefs take their barbecue cooking seriously. So whatever your preference – wood or charcoal, rubbed, marinated, or basted, grilled or smoked – there’s a ‘cue for you. Lick your lips over these top picks for ribs, pulled meats, and all the extra goodies from beans to pickles.
Some of Wine Country's most interesting destinations are hidden away from the typical tourist routes. It’s worth tackling twisting, winding back roads, and in a few cases, peering past industrial settings, to explore these gems in Sonoma County.
Designating a designated driver can take a lot of fun out of wine tasting, when one person in your merry group must refrain from even the smallest sip. And while we mean no offense to limo tours or a certain well-known train, we’ve been there, done that.
Despite acclaim for its wine and food, Sonoma remains the trail-lined farmland and wilderness that I hiked with my family as a kid. For those more interested in wining and dining, never fear, there are plenty of winery hikes for those wary of straying far from their glasses. Here are four great hikes in Sonoma where you can earn your indulgences and explore the land that gives rise to such fantastic vines.
Think Wine Country is all tasting rooms and vineyards? Think again. Sure, there is plenty of grape juice for the anti-teetotalers among us. But you'll also find incredible hiking and biking, world-class cuisine, mineral spring spas, and backwoods towns with friendly locals who produce as mean a zinfandel as their Napa neighbors.
Ready to get going? Here are the 50 things to do in Wine Country before you die:
Truth be told, life to the north of the Golden Gate might as well be country living to most city folk. Say what you will about it, the country still has some advantages even city purists can’t deny, notably cheese and wine. You can get a gourmet taste of that country life this month at California’s Artisan Cheese Festival.
Think fresh-picked wild strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry jam layers, combined with the savory flavors of white pepper, iodine, sage, and a hint of briny ocean air. This describes the particularly great showing for Patz & Hall's new Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir. And we can't wait to have our first sip!