A few weekends ago, my husband and I packed up the car and headed to wine country for a trip to northern California. Though we’d just come back from our Eastern Sierra vacation, somehow we were ready to get away the following weekend. That first week back is always so hard, isn’t it? New territory to us, we drove to the wineries in Kenwood, CA – nestled between the Napa and Russian River Valley wine areas basically. It’s not far from Santa Rosa, but somehow we’d just never visited this adorable area when we lived in Oakland…
wineries in kenwood
Landmark Vineyards invited us up for a weekend of wine tasting and we just couldn’t say no. The wine was a new find to us earlier this year after a blogger event. We’ve tried a few of their reds and white. Each of them is delicious and easy to drink. When you arrive at the winery, you can do your tasting in the tasting room, but I highly recommend grabbing a seat outside (under a tree if it’s a warm day) and doing the tasting out there.
You can bring your own food, but they also have a scrumptious meat & cheese offering as well as a food truck on site for bigger meals (burgers, sandwiches, and salads). We relaxingly wandered through a taste of the Chardonnays and then a few reds. My favorite? Well. Two favorites. I loved the 2014 Rodgers Creek Chardonnay and the Pinot Gris (the perfect summer wine, right?). Paired with the phenomenal goat cheese (Kenwood and Sonoma are cheese country!) and quince paste, I was in heaven!
At any time during your tasting, you can take the horse-drawn carriage tour around the property. The short tour (15 minutes) gives you an introduction to the story of the winery. The new owners are still acquiring grapes, blends, and land, so there seems to constantly be something new and something in the works. So far, all of the wines are tasty and perfect if you aren’t sure what to serve. The wines are a good introduction to wine too (no matter which variety you choose) – nothing too overpowering or requiring an acquired palette.
Where to Eat in Sonoma
Kenwood sits between Sonoma and Santa Rosa (15 minutes to either), so there are lots of places to stay and eat. We went to The Girl & The Fig in Sonoma for dinner. We enjoyed more local cheeses and the most delicious flounder dish! I’m a sucker for garlicky, buttery goodness! And don’t miss out on their chocolate covered figs. Such a simple idea and yet so good. Sonoma was adorable and I hope we can take another trip back to see more of the town (and go back to the wineries in Kenwood of course)!
Thank you to Landmark Vineyards for hosting us!