Not much into Valentine's Day hype, my husband and I and our friends went on a drive through lovely vineyards and rolling hills inhabited by majestic oak trees in their winter garb traversing circuitous two-lane roads shared with many bikers who took advantage of the 70F weather to be out and about. Our aim was to follow the Sonoma Cheese Trail tasting as much cheese as we could stomach.
A few months before we took the same cheese tasting trail with a different set of friends and we had so much fun. We talked so much about it that we decided to do it again and with different friends this time.
We stopped at Nicasio Valley Cheese, Marin French Cheese Company and Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station. At the Cowgirl Creamery grounds we had our picnic lunch of cheese, wine, olives, carrot sticks and ice cream. However, the store was so crowded that day that we didn't attempt to taste the cheese.
We made a stop at Petaluma's Sonoma Port Works where Bill educated us about ports and grappas and sample these wonderful concoctions. They also make an what they call almost vinegar that is wonderful for salads, among other things. In the previous visit we purchased port, but this time around we got the almost vinegar.
We had just enough time to make it before Korbel Champagne Cellars free tasting was over for the day, but we made it and we sampled different types.
To end our day we had some burgers, sliders, fries and beer at nearby Stumptown Brewery.
All in all, it was a day well spent with friends in spring like weather. Driving through the wine country made me once again realize how incredibly blessed I am to be living here.
I didn't take photos of the cheese samples or the stores and winery. Sometimes taking too much pictures ruins the experience, just my experience.
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