Sonoma; wine not?

Ah, wine. It’s honestly one of life’s greatest indulgences, in my not so humble opinion. So when I found out how close to wine country we’d be while living in San Francisco, I couldn’t help but get all giddy. Like a kid in a candy store or heck even me in a candy store, I get all wide-eyed and frivolous at the thought!

So far, we’ve been to a few different wineries around Sonoma, so that’s where I’ll be taking you today.

When my mom and sister came to visit a few weeks ago, we happened upon Chateau St.Jean Winery and boy did that quickly become a favorite. So much so, that we went back when my brother-in-law and his lady came for a visit. (Shoutout Sean and Laura!)

Chateau St. Jean


The place itself is beautiful with rows of vines and greenery everywhere. And of course, there’s the chateau itself which is equally as beautiful. They have a little area outside with tables surrounded by flowers and even grapevines to just relax and enjoy.

Now to the good stuff, the real reason you go to a winery, un vino. The people working the tasting were knowledgeable and just delightful. We really enjoyed their Chardonnay (and considering I’m a red wine gal myself, that means a lot!) and their Eighty-five fifty-five red. Yum.

Another really nice thing about this winery is there were quite a few others located really close. I’m talking a 5-minute drive. We were able to check out 2 other wineries all within a mile of each other. Ah, wine country.

VJB Winery


VJB winery was a quaint little family-owned winery down the road from St.Jean. It had a little patio area in the middle and it was great because you can get a bite to eat here too! We did a charcuterie board and a small pizza and it really hit the spot after wine tastings.

Alright, so I think this next one really takes the cake in terms of aesthetics. Matanzas Creek Winery is absolutely B-E-A-utiful! Not only is it a cute little winery nestled in the hills of Sonoma, but they also have a lavender garden. Yup.IMG_5089

The garden was alluring so obviously, I had to walk through it. (Oh, watch out for bees, they apparently love the stuff too. Who would have thought? Bees, flowers? DUH.)

Anyway, in addition to the garden where you can relax with a glass of their wine, (which is delicious by the way) they also have a lavender barn! In the barn they have all different goodies made with- you guessed it- their lavender. The woman who was working in there was great and really showed us all the different products and the process of making them. IMG_5092

Not really into the barn? (cough.weirdo.cough) That’s okay, because they have a bocce pit and a corn hole area where you can hangout too. Oh, and if you like chocolate, the lavender infused chocolates were Ah-mazing. No lie. Seriously. Get them.

Ah- so much wine, so little time. Those are just a couple places that quickly became favorites of ours but I’m sure I’ll be adding to the list before we head off to our next adventure. Stay tuned my friends.


Author: Melissa

A girl living in this crazy, beautiful, extraordinary world.

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