Sonoma Sis

Recently, my sister, Annie and her boyfriend, John, came to SF for a visit.  In accordance with the CCC’s Rules of Good Hostessing, we, of course, spent a day in wine country.  We are lucky in the Bay Area to live so close to a bounty of incredible wineries, it’s sometimes hard to chose where to go.  This is why for all things wine I turn to my wonderful friends, Pamela and Anton. They know wines and they know wine country.  In addition to one of my favorite wineries, Medlock Ames (see my review here), Pamela and Anton also suggested Michel-Schlumberger and Dry Creek Vineyards ending at Rustic for a late lunch.  Yes, it was a wonderful day!

annie and john at Medlock Ames
Annie and John at the Medlock Ames tasting room. Get ready for tastiness!
garden at medlock ames
Seasonal and sustainable gardens, in addition to delicious wines, are part of the Medlock Ames philosophy.
Medlock Ames interior
The Medlock Ames tasting room is the diletante photographer’s dream. Lots of interesting things to shoot and lots of depth to the light and shadow.
Mom and Me at MA
My mom, Bev, and I enjoying some of Medlock Ames 2013 Lower Slope Chardonnay. I don’t always love Chard because of the fat, buttery taste but Medlock Ames does a nice job with this one. It’s crisp, lemony, and light – more like a sauvignon blanc – but then isn’t that the dream of all chardonnays to be more like a sauv blanc 😉

After a fantastic start to our day at Medlock Ames, we moved onto Michel-Schlumberger, quite possibly the most elegant winery in Sonoma. Jean-Jacques Michel planted the first vines here in 1979. The Dry Creek Valley soil and climate are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chardonnay grapes.  In 1991, Jacques Pierre Schlumberger joined with Michel bringing with him a 400-year family history of wine making. Of note, Jacques Pierre is a descendant of Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger founders of Schlumberger, a global company that serves the technology and project management needs of the oil and gas industry.

MS entrance
The winery is housed in a lovely Mission-style building. The quintessential setting for a Sonoma Winery.
MS flowers
Gorgeous flowers greet you at the winery entrance.
driveway of MS
Perfectly pruned olive trees line the winery’s driveway.
DA, EM and John at MS
My dad, Tom, John, and me enjoying some bubbles. Nothing wrong with that!   (I must point out what an excellent hair day I was having. I also really liked my outfit.)
MS food paring
The food from left to right: a cream of mushroom soup made with seven kinds of mushrooms – heavenly; a pork belly slider with cilantro and jalapeno; and for desert, a gingerbread cake, the perfect pairing with Michel-Schlumberger’s 2012 Port.

In addition to wine tasting, you can also do a food pairing at Michel-Schlumberger. Perfect for the peckish taster. The food was delish and the wines were lovely.  The zinfandel was the crowd favorite.  It was particularly special because, our host, Ryan, was the vinter for this wine.  He and father founded Leonhardt Vineyards and they have been making Zins since 2007. Don’t tell the folks at Michel-Schlumberger but you can buy Ryan’s wine at Trader Joes! 

enjoying lunch at MS
A fabulous lunch with fabulous people in a fabulous spot. Fabulous!
Dry Creek
Next stop: Dry Creek Vineyards. Home to some of the best sauvignon blanc around.

Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyards was the first in the area. Before the winery, Dry Creek Valley was rather desolate with only a few family farms and prune orchards.  I went crazy for their sauvignon blanc and joined the wine club.

Dry Creek Private Room
As a wine club member, I am looking forward to enjoying winery parties in their private room. (Fancy!)
Dry Creek Grounds
In keeping with Sonoma winery style, Dry Creek’s grounds are beautiful. You can buy a bottle of wine from the winery and have a picnic.
I call this selfie, “Drunkie”. From the red stains around my lips I enjoyed more than just sauvignon blanc! Thank you to John for being the designated driver.
Francis Ford Coppola
After all that wine tasting, it was time for some hearty fare at Francis Ford Coppola’s restaurant, Rustic. In true Hollywood style, the winery also has a huge pool where, for a fee, you can rent a little cabin and enjoy the Sonoma lifestyle for a day.
Dad at Rustica
Tom is ready for lunch.
To what should we toast? To good food, to good wine, to good friends, to a good life!

1 thought on “Sonoma Sis

  1. I must say John and I enjoyed ourselves very much! And I do believe I was having a good hair day too! We are so fabulous!

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