One of our favorite things about living in San Francisco is taking day trips to Sonoma. Only about a half hour outside of the city, it feels like it's worlds away. Not to mention, the whole place devoted to one of my favorite things: WINE.
We're definitely partial to Sonoma over Napa for a few reasons. The wineries are smaller and therefore often more laid back, tastings are often in small groups or even private, and it's closer to the northern part of the city (where we live). Really, it's a win on all fronts.
I thought it would be fun to put together an itinerary of what to do with a half day in Sonoma, since it's a trip that we take quite often. We've gotten pretty lazy, and tend to repeat our favorites. But they're our favorites for a reason! So why not?
First Stop - Ram's Gate
Ram's Gate is one of the first wineries as you enter Sonoma. The property is incredibly beautiful, so we like to start the day off with a quick tasting or a glass of wine and stroll down to the pond.
Second Stop - Scribe
You'll need to plan ahead to stop here, unless you're a member. But I think the tastings here are really unique. You get a private tasting at a picnic table paired with some cheese, nuts, and fruit. You can also get a blanket and bottle on the lawn. It's a perfect spot to spend the afternoon.
Third Stop (option A) - Angelo's Deli
Right about now is probably time to get a little more food in your belly. I love stopping at this deli for a sandwich. While you wait, make sure to try their garlic salsa, stuffed, olives, and beef jerky. I recommend trying their dutch crunch roll, and if you're not incredibly hungry they do make half sandwiches! Get it to go, and bring it to the next stop - Cline.
Third Stop (option B) - Fremont Diner
If you're in the mood for a true sit-down meal rather than a picnic, you could head to the Fremont diner as an alternative to Angelo's. It's an adorable diner with both indoor and outdoor seating, and southern style food. You'll find lots of biscuits, oysters, fried food, and deviled eggs.
Final Stop - Cline
I'm saving the best for last. Cline is our favorite! They are so relaxed. No reservations are needed, bring whatever food you'd like, have a picnic, and stay as long as you'd like. Their wines are some of my favorites and especially at their reasonable prices. Make sure to wander the whole property while you're there - you'll find donkeys, a mission museum, a train, a pond, and all kinds of exotic birds.
After this, we usually find that we're thoroughly relaxed. It's time to head back to the city, and enjoy the views!