Covid 19 Wine Trip! Day 1

Covid 19 stepped in and blew your plans for a Spring trip to Sonoma’s Wine Country. That is most unfortunate for you and for the wineries, restaurants, hotels and businesses in Sonoma County.

To help at our end, we have created an alternative way to enjoy 3 days in the wine country. You avoid the air travel / hotel / restaurant expenses, and experience some very clever ways some of our favorite winemakers are dealing with their closures and our isolation.

We chose 10 of our favorite wineries, in three different regions of Sonoma County, that we would normally recommend you experience when you visit. Along with those we have added a number of businesses making items unique to Sonoma you would run across on a trip here. Thankfully all are open to ship to you!

We begin in Kenwood, CA with a visit to En Garde Winery’s tasting room, located in a town settled in the late 1800’s that is smack in the middle of Sonoma’s most gorgeous valley – Valley of the Moon. En Garde’s wine is made from the grapes of some of the foremost vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Winemaker/owner Csaba Szakai has a gift. His wines can be habit forming! The Diamond Mountain Cab is pretty darn special but then, they all seem to be! View his current releases here.

Heading down Highway 12 is the Lasseter Family Winery. John and Nancy Lasseter have built a fabulous winery with great staff to meet, and a terrific line-up of tours when you are finally able to get out here. They blend their grapes to produce an interesting line up of wines. They have just had their spring release. Last night we opened their 2019 Enjoué and it was excellent with our Paella.

I love that they have setup on the website live chat so you can instantly have a conversation with their staff. Check out their wine line up.

Leaving Lasseter we head into and through the small town of Glen Ellen to the Jack London Village. Schermeister Winery is the love of Rob and Laura Schermeister. They opened a small tasting room along the creek that truly fits this young couple’s style. You can shop they’re latest releases here. You can also phone them with any questions. After you try their wine you most definitely will want to meet them and their dog Eli the next time you can actually come out to Sonoma! Oh, and their wines are vegan friendly if that is of importance to you.

Right around the corner, in Jack London Village, is the home to some of Sonoma’s best chocolate – Wine Country Chocolates. We’re huge fans! Fortunately they remain open for online ordering. Try their truffles!

Now, on to Bucklin on Old Hill Ranch. It’s our last suggested stop for the day. We have not been able to visit as yet but we have absolutely enjoyed their wines.

It’s one of Sonoma’s oldest, historic vineyards producing some great, unique field blends strictly from their own vineyards. Four siblings steward this property and produce the wines. Check out their wine page. and the story of this property. It’s a terrific read all the way through!

photo credit:Alec Peters

Day 1 ends here BUT if you feel you need to experience more wine, Sonoma County Vintners has assembled a list of wineries offering specials on their wines during our Covid 19 isolation.