Hello, summer? I think you forgot about us San Franciscans because I am FREEZING. I’m pretty sure I was warmer in January. You know what that means? Time to cross the bridge. Out-of-towners always ask me where they should wine taste…Napa? Sonoma? Alexander Valley? Carneros? For those who have wine tasted quite a bit, I always recommend Russian River Valley.
Here is my little guide to a weekend getaway in RRV.
The Farmhouse Inn. Sign up for the “Last Minute Getaway” club. It’s the best when we wake up to an amazing deal on a Saturday morning. We love this place. The organic spa has been featured in Vogue and the restaurant on property is Michelin starred. We’ve spent many birthdays, anniversaries and even a low-key New Year’s Eve here. At check-in they give you their signature bath milk, salts and scrubs and supplies to make gourmet S’mores. There’s nothing better than heading down to the firepit after dinner in a plush robe with a bottle of red (#romance). Also, at turndown they leave you with warm chocolate chip cookies and milk.
1. We’re wine club members at Williams Selyem and try to get up there as often as possible. I could drink this wine for dinner.
2. Lynmar Estate. I love the casual feel of this tasting room and it’s fun to explore the culinary and flower gardens on property.
3. The tasting room guys are a HOOT at Arista Winery. Seriously, the best. One guy was teaching me the proper way to swirl my wine and the entire (full) glass of red ended up on my face. They said that story will be told at their company holiday party.
4. Lambert Bridge: A visit to see/pet/cuddle the tasting room dogs is worth the trip alone.
1. Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. You choose between a three or four-course menu and the Master Somm is beyond knowledable. Oh, another perk: breakfast is included in your stay and is DELISH.
1. Be sure to check out Farmhouse Mercantile for one-of-a kind home goods, paintings and furniture (not a far drive from RRV). They also sell delicious jams from their sister property, The Apple Farm where I can’t wait to stay one day. We picked up the cow below which now lives above our stove.