Sonoma Weekend

Dan and I had a fun weekend getaway last week. We’ve been racking up airline miles (with building those houses and all) so we cashed them in for a Friday night flight to the Bay Area. Our lovely friends AJ and Sheena picked us up and we drove out to wine country to meet up with the rest of our friends. The Wanamaker’s rented a an awesome airbnb house and we split it between all of us.
On Saturday we went to the Roth Estate Winery down the street from our house and played Cambodian jenga while wine tasting…later on we went on a Russian River Float! It was really fun — a calm cool river, sprinkled with a few “Oh my god” rapids 😉 I ended up popping my floatie on the first rapid…my valiant husband insisted on giving me his. What a guy! After the float we came back to the house, made dinner, drank a bit more wine and explored the land behind the house.
The next day we drove to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, lounged by the pool, sipped on mudslides and had a private tasting and tour at the winery! Thanks for the hook up Mr. Wanamaker! It was really interesting to learn about the wine making process! I had no clue how complicated it really is…
What a fabulous weekend.
I love these people <3

^Ry and Dan enjoying the view from the deck. No, Dan is not Naky…but it sure looks like it. Haha. We pulled the couch outside so we could enjoy our breakfast with a view.
Coffee and Chocolate is all you need.
^^^Sheena brought this yummy Earl Grey Tea CHocolate from Brussels. Oh my nommmm! It was pretty amazing.
^Our creepy sheep friend in the kitchen
View from the deck. I woke up early one morning to watch the sunrise.

Now I’m not a wine connoisseur by any means…I have know idea what I’m doing, but I thought it would be fun to put together a little list of my personal favorites that we tried over the weekend! I’m on my way to understanding why people go nuts for wine!


Roth 2012 Alexander Valley Heritage Enticing deep, dark purple color. The wine features smoky, firewood aromas and dark fruit notes such as blackberry, and cherry. The palate draws you in with a good mouth-feel and rich flavors of violet, coffee, clove and vanilla bean.
Roth 2014 Sauvgnon Blanc is crisp and balanced with a nice vibrant acidity. On the nose, it displays notes of tropical fruits, citrus zest and floral aromas that carry through to the palate with lively flavors of melon and grapefruit. This wine finishes strong for a long, juicy finish.
Coppola’s 2010 Archimedes is a luxurious Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, delivering immensely concentrated flavors of black cherries and juicy red plums. Opulent and aromatic, opening with an alluring fragrance of cherries, figs, cocoa and lavender. Dark, luscious flavors of cassis, plums and blackberries are accentuated by spicy notes of cloves and allspice. The wine is dense with medium tannins and a long, flavorful fruit finish crowned by the scent of cigar box. 
Coppola’s 2012 Reserve Viognier Chardonnay is a real show stopper that bursts from the glass with perfume of pears, honeysuckle and cloves. Its rich, lush palate includes pineapple, peach, and melon flavors that are balanced by zesty citrus fruit, notes of minerals and a beautiful butterscotch finish.
^^^I do believe this award winning beauty is my favorite!!! I’m a bit of a wimp when if comes to big bold wines, so this one is perfect — smooth, easy and fabulous to drink by the pool or dine al fresco on a warm breezy evening. A complex and creamy Chardonnay, layered with juicy citrus flavors and a buttery finish. Ahhh yes…this is my pick right here people!

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