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Gewurztraminer…and San Fran

Gavertstawhater???  That is exactly what I thought when we made our first stop on our Sonoma Valley Winery experience. I am not a wine kinda girl so I was excited to become a little more familiar with wines. Todd and I took a great vacation to San Francisco and Sonoma while the kids were spending time with the grandparents at the farm.

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We spent 3 great days in San Francisco at the Chancellor Hotel in Union Square and then traveled to Sonoma to spend two days tasting new wines and of course visiting some breweries on the way.

During our stay in San Fran we went on two different food tours. I know…1 food tour would be good but we decided on 2!!! EVEN BETTER!!  The first tour took us through a part of San Francisco called Hayes Valley. It’s an up and coming area that had some boutique type shops and all different cultural establishments. One of my favorite stops on was Smittten Ice Cream.  This place was built out of a cargo container and used liquid nitrogen to freeze your ice cream right in front of you. I got to try the olive oil ice cream with lavender short bread cookie pieces mixed in 🙂 It was muy excellente!! They take the raw ingredients and it freezes in about a minute right in front of you. The taste is very fresh and you could taste all the distinct flavors. Smitten Ice Cream

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Our 2nd food tour was in the evening and took us to the mission district. This tour was pretty unique because it included insights  about murals that were done throughout the area. One interesting note is that the murals were basically done to help prevent graffiti on the buildings.  This tour had lots of great places including this place called Hog & Rocks. It paired ham and oysters. YUM!!!!

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After a great time in San Fran and visiting Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies, cable car museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Southern Pacific Brewing, and City Beer Store it was time to head to Sonoma. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and stopped at Muir Woods. This is a breath taking place with unbelievable sights of redwood trees. Another highlight of our vacation.

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We traveled more north and hit up a couple breweries on our way that included Moylan’s and Lagunitas. If we had more time we would have like to spend it at Lagunitas. They have this awesome patio and of course, great beers. Even better, we can get some of them in Texas.  They give a pretty extensive brewery tour and are certainly generous with their samplings. 🙂

We finally reached our destination at the Sonoma Creek Inn and quickly ventured out to the town square. And what an adorable place it is. I was a little nervous at first because I thought these people would be complete wine snobs but to my surprise they were genuinely nice and happy to tell us all about wines.  Todd and I planned our tour of wineries on our own and tried to pick some places that were less “traveled”. Looking for places that didn’t have tour buses or anything with a huge parking lot. We packed a picnic lunch to bring with us  hoping to find a perfect place. We headed off to find an adventure since neither one new what we were doing or where we were going.

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Needless to say, we are awesome! We discovered 5 great places and some spectacular wines. This is where I discovered Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc and many others. I am much more a white wine girl vs red wine and have an affinity for things that bubble. 🙂 We enjoyed a bottle of Viogneir from Kunde  Family Estate Winery with our picnic lunch.

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We ended our time at Russian River Brewery, famous for Pliney the Elder. Todd was in beer heaven. We had such a great time and made so many memories. Can’t wait to come back!!!

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Self-Proclaimed Beer Taster

I am proclaiming myself as an official beer taster. I blame this on Todd. He is a beer connoisseur and loves to try new beers. He is a home brewer with Shuttlecock Brewers. He likes beer more than I like food. Naahh, just kidding. I like food ALOT. But every time he opens a beer I always take a sip. Hence…..I’m a beer taster. 🙂 I do like my own beers, usually opposite of Todd and with less hops. Here some of the ones I enjoyed recently. These are the ones I actually drank all the way. I tasted plenty of Todd’s bitter IPA’s.

Top Left: Kriek Lindemans – Lambic

Top Right: Albino Python, Shmaltz Brewing Co. – White Lager

Bottom Left: Homefront, St. Arnolds – IPA

Bottom Right: Aprihop, DogFish Head – IPA

I love love love lambic’s. The Albino Python was surprisingly light and refreshing. I will definitely buy this one again.  As far as the Homefront…I like most St. Arnold’s beer. This one was no different. I like it for being an IPA.  The Aprihop was not at all what I thought it was gonna be. I always want more Apricots. I didn’t realize it was an IPA, duh Lacy, it says “hop” in the name.  Oh well, I will give the rest to Todd.

Happy Tasting,

Sublimely Lace

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