{Day 5 & 6: Sonoma Valley Winery tour and Fisherman’s Wharf}

One of our must-do items was to visit Wine country while in San Fran. We booked with Green Dream Tours after reading great reviews online. Our tour guide Elie picked us up at about 8:30am at our hotel on a hard to miss bright green bus.

It was a foggy morning in San Fran, but 20 minutes out of the city and it was nothing but sunshine 🙂

We made a quick stop to check out the views of the city, I thought it was neat how the clouds looked like they just rolled off the hills.

Elie kept us entertained with the history of San Fran and its neighbourhoods and the first settlers and the time just flew by. Before we knew it we had arrived at our first stop at Robledo Family Winery.

We were led into their wine tasting room where we all sat around a large table surrounded by oak barrels which are stored here for the aging process and images of the Robledo family’s past.

We got to sample 5 of their wines which included whites, reds and a sweeter dessert wine. Our favourite was the 2008 Seven Brothers Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Notes: Grapefruit and herbal notes turn to melon and ripe passion fruit on the mid-palate. Aromas of honeysuckle and mango. Concentrated with green tea and citrus. Rich and complex with a tang of lemongrass.

The next winery was Larson Family Winery. The wine tasting room is located in a large Redwood barn surrounded by 70 acres of vineyards. Loved the western inspired art, it reminded us of home 🙂

My favourite part of the room was this collage of historical photos of their annual rodeo back in the day. 

As we walked around admiring the artwork, we enjoyed samples of their bbq sauces, whole grain mustard and deliciously fruity olive oils.

We got to try five more wines here, my favourite was their award winning 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon which was paired with a dark chocolate sauce. With aromas of cedar, clove, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, and spice.

By this point, we had not eaten any breakfast and sampling ten wines on a empty stomach was starting to get to me. Luckily, this was also our stop for lunch.

Elie put out a spread of sandwiches, grapes, nuts, cookies and bottles of water for us to enjoy at picnic benches in the sun. Felt like summer all over again..

Fact: The famed Seabiscuit used to train on these grounds.

After lunch and picking up a few gifts for home, we jumped back on the bus and headed into the town of Sonoma for an hour of browsing and shopping.

Our first stop was for some free samples at the Sonoma Cheese Factory.

Nothing really different from what we can get at home, but this Lavender Jack really stood out to me. 

A very laid back and slow paced feel, quite the contrast from Union Square in San Francisco where we were staying.

Our third and final stop was Cline Cellars. Also the largest of the three wineries.

Founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, who inherited this land from his maternal grandfather,Valeriano Jacuzzi (of pump and spa fame).

This winery was easily the most picteresque of the three we visited.

After our 8 hour tour, we headed back into foggy San Fran for a small dinner in the jellyfish lounge at the Farallon Restaurant, located right next to our hotel. It was happy hour which meant every appetizer was only 6 dollars. We noshed on Drakes Bay oysters with champagne mignonette, Beef Sliders with pickled shallots, aioli and Yukon fries and Steamed Littleneck Clams with chorizo and grilled levain.

Perfect end to a long day.

The next day we walked over to the Ferry Building for some lunch, and walked along the pier to the Fisherman’s Wharf.

If it weren’t for the NFL store (which the boy was adamant about visiting) and the sea lions, we could have probably skipped this visit. It was crazy busy and lined with really “touristy” souvenir shops.

Reminded me of Ned Flanders when I saw this..

It was so funny to watch the sea lions sunbathed and how they interacted with each other…So cute 🙂

The boy crossed this item off his eating list: clam chowder bread bowl. I stole a few bites 🙂

Next on our trip, my three hour chocolate tour around the city and our unforgettable dinner at the famous Zun Cafe 🙂

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