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Weekender: The Search for Pinot Noir

One of my goals this year is to get away for more weekend breaks.You know those “head up on Friday/Saturday night and come back home on Sunday” trips. There’s a lot to see in the Bay Area within a couple hours drive so I’ve convinced the BF that we need to get out and explore.

We took it easy this past weekend and went up to Sonoma County to do some wine tasting and get away from the craziness on the bay.


The BF and I love a good Pinot Noir and Ryan (the very helpful concierge at the Hyatt in Santa Rosa) pointed us in the direction of Pinot friendly vineyards. It so happened that there was a huge barrel tasting event last weekend, and a St. Pattys Parade, AND a food event. We opted to stay far from the crowds and went to a few wineries that were not participating in the weekend festivities.

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First stop was MacPhail located in Sebastopol (it’s located in The Barlow, a huge outdoor campus that at one point was home to an apple processing plant. The MacPhail tasting room was a great space, filled with images of old school Radio Flyers. It’s an open, airy, rather rustic venue perfect for lounging and sipping a nice pinot.

The Barlow itself is full of eclectic shops, restaurants, bakeries and artist spaces so definitely take the time to stroll.

Our next stop a little north off of HWY 116 was Merry Edwards, a winery established by one of the first women winemakers in California. Merry Edwards specializes in Pinot Noirs and the BF and I listened intently as the staff explained how Pinots change drastically depending on the location of the vineyard. I now have some cool pinot knowledge to share with my other wine loving friends!

Iron Horse was our last stop for Saturday, high up in the hills overlooking Sonoma County.


Even with the crazy California drought, the hills were lush and green.


Ha, snow, what snow? It’s 70 and sunny here in CA! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom!


On Sunday a friend of ours played tour guide and we drove up to the Coppola Winery in Geyserville. As a serious Godfather fan, I was in movie heaven. The winery is decked out with various memorabilia from Coppola movies including The Godfather, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Apocalypse Now and a few others.


Godfather memorabilia at the Coppola Winery


Channeling an italian villa at the Coppola Winery

It was a fun getaway and I can’t wait to do more weekenders in the coming months!



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