Wine Tastings and Tours {get away}

Sonoma Wine ToursGrandma has the kids or perhaps they are heading to summer camp and it’s just you and the husband (or girls).  Living in California, when I hear words like “babysitter” or “date night” or “road trip” my mind immediately gravitates towards a trip to wine country.  Even more than the wine, the vineyard backdrops and fresh aromatic air take a calming effect that relaxes me to my core.

A beautiful summer day alone with your adult companions is the ideal excuse to get away (and I’m not just talking about California).  If you do happen to find yourself out west this summer, I suggest a wine tour.  Not only are these vino visits a fun experience to share with friends, but they are also quite educational.  For those who want to flaunt their inner oenophile, or those who would just like to learn how to pair a wine with their next entree, a wine tour can be a flavorful sabbatical.

Firsthand recommendations are good as gold, but with a little searching online you can easily schedule a full weekend of tours.  The Sonoma Valley is a prime destination that many overlook for Napa.  The truth is, they are worlds apart and both should be explored thoroughly.   Sonoma Valley is actually the birthplace of California’s wine industry, and with its gorgeous countryside covered in sunlit vineyards, it is a must see and stay spot.  Looking for a jumping off point?  Try the Benziger Family Winery where generations of grape growers still bottle their expertise.  Benziger wines are certified sustainable, organic or Biodynamic, and this transition has made the wines more authentic in flavor.  Sonoma Wine Tours are offered three times a day at just $40 a person–that’s a steal of a deal.  Also at Benziger you can reserve a 45 minute tour of their amazing Biodynamic vineyards via tram.

Beat the heat and head to fresh and breezy wine country for a rendezvous with some delectable wine–a perfect summer trip that won’t drain the bank account or your energy.  Grandma has been wanting to take the kids for a long weekend anyway…

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