Sonoma and Napa Valley, CA

We have finally settled back into life in Chicago.  Ryan recently began a new job at Glassdoor, and flew out to California for a 3-week training.  What a perfect excuse for me to hop back onto a plane and fly to the West Coast!  After all, three weeks is just a little too long to be separated, isn’t it?  Is it my fault the training was changed to two weeks AFTER I purchased tickets to CA?  🙂

Interesting but after living in CA for six years, having three of our four children there, and visiting San Francisco a number of times, we never made it to the beautiful Sonoma and Napa Valley vineyards.  It was always something we thought we’d do, but somehow it never worked out.  Well, we finally did it!  Here are a few shots from our time in CA.  There were so many more, but I’m only sharing a sampling.  More on Dining in Wine Country in a few days.

Napa Valley Vineyards:  Wow…just amazing.  Even without grapes growing, the scenery was stunning, the colors vibrant!  I was not expecting this.  Look at the yellows and oranges, mixed in with a little purple.

Castello di Amorosa:  A gorgeous 13th century inspired castle and vineyard north of Napa and well worth a visit.


Mondavi Tasting Room

Mondavi Tasting Room

Ledson Winery:

Ledson Winery

Ledson Winery


4 Comments on “Sonoma and Napa Valley, CA

  1. Sonoma is more laid back, causal and less crowded. After a dozen trips we head most often to Sonoma. We especially like the nothern areas of the county around Healdsburg and the Russian River valley.

    • Yes, Sonoma is definitely more laid back. We loved Healdsburg. They had great little cafes there and a wonderful art gallery/shop that we loved! I would love to spend a few more days there.

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