We recently got back from a wonderful long weekend in California wine country. We were there so I could run the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with Team Challenge (you can read my race recap here!) and of course, taste a little wine too
Our hotel was in Santa Rosa, which is in heart of Sonoma County. When I first found out we were staying there I was a little unenthused, but after a little google-ing (hey, its what I do best!) I found out that it was going to be a pretty great place to stay.
We stayed at the Courtyard in Santa Rosa and I was totally impressed by the hotel. The rooms were great and the staff was amazingly friendly and helpful! After Lance and I first arrived we headed down town to grab a bite to eat at Mac’s Delicatessen.
We both had sandwiches – Lance’s had tuna salad and egg salad on the same sandwich. Doesn’t sound appetizing to me…but he loved it haha. I had a roasted turkey sandwich – the turkey was freshly roasted and the sauce was yummy too. It was relatively cheap and had some yummy food (though we didn’t try it, I heard the Ruben is really the best!)
After lunch Lance and I drove up to Paradise Ridge Winery to do a little tasting.
The vineyard is up on a hill so the views are really wonderful. We got to look out over the ridge while sipping some wine – what a way to spend our first afternoon in wine country right?
I especially liked their Chardonnay and their late harvest wine, I probably could have sat there all afternoon sipping on a glass of that sweet wine
Paradise Ridge also has art all around the property that you can walk around to look at. Before we left Lance and I stopped at this giant LOVE sculpture. How cool is that?!
Later we met up with the rest of my team before dinner at Cellars of Sonoma for a little more wine tasting.
It’s a pretty cool little wine bar and they had some live music too.
For dinner we all met up at Tex Wasabi’s – it’s one of Guy Fieri’s restaurants (from the Food Network!).
They were kind enough to donate 20% of the sales that weekend back to CCFA, which was so wonderful and generous! We ended up eating there twice during the weekend since we could support CCFA and eat great food!
Tex Wasabi’s has an interesting menu – it’s a BBQ & sushi fusion. It sounds so odd right? But let me tell you – it is so delicious! We tried a hefty amount of things on the menu.
Plates of sushi were being passed around so that everyone could try the different rolls. Some of the ones I found most interesting were the “grino” rolls.
The rolls were wrapped in rice paper – and had no fish in them. Some had chicken, others had BBQ pork and they were all surprisingly delicious!
We also ordered one of the fish bowl drinks to split at our table – Julie, Samantha, Lance and I all devoured this thing. It tasted like candy. No joke!
On Sunday after the race, a few of us headed up to the other winery in Santa Rosa.
Matanzas Creek was really lovely. They had a really glorious patio that overlooked the vineyard and gardens.
The tasting room was good – they had two different menu’s to taste off of, so two of us tasted off of each. They had a couple of really nice reds. After our tasting we scoped out some of their goods for sale – I ended up purchasing some culinary grade lavender, which is from their lavender fields.
We also walked down to check out their fields of lavender. I think it was one of the most beautiful things I saw the whole trip.
We were surrounded by these beautiful purple flowers that smelled heavenly. We walked around through the gardens a bit (avoiding the massive amounts of bees hovering around..).
Me, Samantha and Julie
Ahh I am totally obsessed with this lavender… I can’t wait to make something with the lavender I purchased :)