Feedback on Sonoma Itinerary
My husband and I have done research and put together an itineray for our first trip to Sonoma Sept 7 - 9. We think we have Friday/Saturday plans cemented, but welcome feedback, as well as any suggestions for Sunday. While we both like Pinots and Chards, I'm a little worried we're focusing too much time in the Russian River Valley. I'm unexperienced in Zinfandels, so I thought spending time in Dry Creek might be a good option for Sunday, (assuming wineries are open). But considering we're headed to Napa on Monday morning for two more days of tasting, he thinks we should change course on Sunday...allowing for more flexibility or doing something other than wine altogether. Thanks in advance for any thoughts/suggestions!
Friday Sept 7
11:00 AM Arrive SFO
2:00 PM Merry Edwards - time permitting
2:45 PM Dutton Goldfield
4:00 PM Tasting reservation at Freeman
8:30 PM Dinner at Barnvida
Saturday Sept 8
10:00 AM Littorai - tasting and tour reservation
NOON/12:15PM Lynmar Estate
1:15 PM Copain - tasting and lunch pairing reservation.
3:00 PM Tasting reservation @ Williams Selyem
8:30 PM Dinner reservations at Dry Creek Kitchen (or Scopa if we can get in??)
Sunday - ??
I do think it may be too much Pinot (esp. too much Pinot all from the same region), you have different styles represented on your list so it will be somewhat diverse (and many make a couple Syrahs etc.) so it won't be all the same taste profiles. But I think it would be nice to explore a different section of Sonoma and see a bit more of the area.
You may want to drop the Freeman reservation on Friday and do Dry Creek on Friday. Keep Saturday the same. I do love Dutton Goldfield but you can save them for another trip!
Dry Creek is a great idea - and many places there do not require reservations some of my favorite non Pinot places are:
There is also: Preston, Talty, Unti and Zichichi.
The best way to taste wines is on a whim. You'll find many places to try that you otherwise wouldn't have thought to shop. Just drive around and make sure your sober driver is dependable :)