Other Than Wineries Suggestions for Napa/Sonoma
Hi! My husband and I are going to be in San Francisco/Napa/Sonoma for about 10 days the end of Sepetember. We'll visit wineries but would love recommendations for "foodie" type acitivites other than wine - place where they make their own olive oil? Chocolate? Please where we might take a cheese making class? Thanks!
McElroy's olive oil in Petaluma has open days from time to time you might want to Google that
Wine Country Chocolates in Glen Ellen has good chocolates they make themselves - i believe on the premises. They also have a retail store in on eof the alleyways off the plaza in Sonoma
I believe the new winery Jacuzzi, on highway 121 on the way into Sonoma also makes olive oil
Redwood Hill goat cheeses in west Sonoma county also has open days but I think they are usually in spring
This is not a definitive list, but here are some of my favorites.
1. Napa Valley Olive Oil Company - Funky store/deli down Charter Oak from Tra Vigne in St. Helena that sells really good olive oil in plain jugs. Nice sense of old Napa.
2. Long Meadow Ranch - Take the basic tour. LMR produces wine, olive oil, produce and Highland Beef - all organic. Beautiful location and interesting tour.
3. Oxbow Public Market - A fun stop in the town of Napa, next door to Copia.
4. Hess Winery - Beautiful location on Redwood Road, with an interesting art collection.
5. Scharffenberger Chocolates - Take the tour. Located in Berkeley.
6. Marin Sun Farms - If they are offering a farm tour, sign up. If not, check out their butcher shop in Pt. Reyes Station.
7. Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station - You can watch them making cheese, and taste from their amazing selection (not just their own cheese).
8. Wild Flower Bakery - Fantastic bakery in Freestone (Sonoma Co).
9. Lucas Wharf at Bodega Bay - Watch the boats unload their catch. Some of the cleanest fish around SF.
10. SF Cheese School - Not cheese-making, but they offer some great cheese classes.
11. Harley Farms - If you make it down to Pescadero (South of SF), stop by this fantastic goat cheese farm and/or take a tour.
12. SF Ferry Building Farmers Market - A definite "must" for any foodie.
Dean & DeLuca is a must stop. After gazing wonderously at all the products, pick up some lunch and walk across the street to the picnic tables at V Sattui. Visit Copia in Napa.
Copia's eminently skippable, and V. Sattui is best avoided.
You might consider skiipping Napa Valey entirely, the Sonoma wine areas are much nicer, there's less traffic, fewer tourists, and the area has maintained more of its agricultural diversity.
As Kresge86 mentioned, Napa valley Olive Oil Comany and Long Meadow Ranch are both great spots to consider for Olive Oil. I would also encourage a visit to Round Pond for wine and olive oil tastings (located in Rutherford just south of St. Helena). http://www.roundpond.com/
For chocolates, you must consider making a stop in at Woodhouse in St. Helena, where the chocolates are handcrafted there in the back of the shop. You won't be dissapointed - they are truly incredible. http://www.woodhousechocolate.com/