How To Sip Sonoma with Sommelier Jessica Altieri
Sip Sonoma with Sommelier Jessica Altieri
Wine Channel TV www.winechanneltv.com sommelier Jessica Altieri visits the Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma with Yelp San Francisco Community Manager, Jon Akerman. Wine Channel TV and Yelp partnered to showcase some of the top wine lifestyle bars in the Sonoma and San Francisco area.
The Sunflower Caffe is located on the historic Sonoma Plaza in the heart of the California Wine Country. Our food is simple, our ingredients are real. Talk about local and home-grown, they use salt from the San Francisco Bay, Milk from cows grazing in the Sonoma County pastures and eggs from a farm less than 5 miles from the your table. The Sunflower Caffe is located in Historic Landmark #501 – the old home of Salvador Vallejo. He ultimately lost it in a poker game, which worked out great for us.
If you love wine tours then you will absolutely love the ones offered by the wine growers of Sonoma Valley. Budget Sonoma wine tours can be taken with a bicycle or with designated drivers at the wheel of a rental car. If you do not want to scrape your knees then the latter may be the best option for you!
There are distinct disadvantages associated with both types of budget Sonoma wine tours. You will obviously be prone to falling off a bicycle if you take up that budget Sonoma wine tours option. However, choosing a designated driver presents a hazard for the person that cannot sample the wines. He or she often will sample the wine regardless and thus are at risk of having an accident and harming someone. However, you can actively choose either as part of you vacation plan. There are plenty of companies willing to come up with a budget Sonoma wine tour for you, even if you have the lowest budget going!
Choosing to go on budget Sonoma wine tours is easy, but choosing the tour for you may prove to be more difficult! There are so many options for you out there to choose from. There are local companies that will provide almost any vehicle going for budget Sonoma wine tours, from limos to cars to buses. You can really tailor your budget Sonoma wine tours to suit your very specific wants and needs.
You can hire a stretch limousine for around $50 per person if there are a few of you looking for good budget Sonoma wine tours. This option is far more luxurious and better than having a designated driver. You are in a limo for a start, but also have a chauffeur so you will not have to worry about the designated driver drinking and endangering all of his or her passengers. These budget Sonoma wine tours encompass a whole range of wineries and thus can give you a proper taste of the valley.
Budget Sonoma wine tours will take you on trip to several wineries that have a vast range of wines available for tasting. You can find almost every wine type under the sun there, and all produced by family owned businesses that have been alive for generations. They hold secrets and stories that you never had dreamed of, and these will vastly improve your budget Sonoma wine tours. To top off your trip, you can actually buy wines that are only available at the wineries and thus will give you an exclusive memento of your budget Sonoma wine tours!
Get ready to discover all the exciting tourist attractions the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country in Northern California has to offer you… and they’re totally free.. yes FREE!
1. Drive Down America’s Most Beautiful Road
California’s state route, called Highway 1, drives past one of the world’s longest and most beautiful coastlines. The cool waters of the Pacific ripple like diamonds under the golden sun. The refreshing breeze dances through the trees. All around you, you see clear, blue sky—calm, serene, and beautiful.
No wonder it’s called the “All American Road.” Take a long drive, or stop at one of the many golden beaches for hours of sun, sea and surf. Get a tan, dive into the water, or settle with a book under the shade. Truly, some of the best things in life are free.
2. Go on a Pt Reyes Hiking Adventure
Over 140 miles of trails, yours for the exploring for the mere price of…your time. You’ll get a free map, where you can follow any of the many biking or hiking trails through one of America’s most famous wilderness reserves. Some of the trees in this area are thousands of years old, and their leaves and branches form a cool natural canopy.
It’s a great way of getting in touch with nature, or even yourself. We’re so used to the hustle and bustle of daily life, that we’ve forgotten how to be still, and listen to our own thoughts.
This marvelous hiking adventure can take you through different terrains of pasture lands, forests and meadowlands—and right into the center of your soul.
3. Run Free at Armstrong Woods
Most of us are cooped up in small office cubicles or condos for most of our days. At Armstrong Woods, you can run free—in over 805 meters of ancient tree groves, nature trails, and numerous picnic facilities. You’ll find the oldest and tallest redwoods in the country, some towering to over 300 feet, and nearly 1,500 years old.
Bond with your family. Play with your kids, chat with your husband (when was the last time you really talked?) or take a long walk alone to meditate in the stillness of the woods. In ancient times, knights and other adventure seekers would go on a retreat before embarking on an important quest. Take this time out and center yourself—and let tomorrow be the beginning of the rest of your life.
4. Go Animal Watching at Bodega Bay
Bodega Bay is Sonoma County’s most popular spot for bird watching. People have spotted some very rare birds here, and more times than in any other area in the county. It’s a favorite destination for members of the Audubon Society—and many of them cite Owl Canyon, Hole in the Head, and the bushes near Diekmann’s Store as their favorite “places of vigil.”
The waters of Bodega Bay are also homes to a thriving community of whales and seals. With just a boat, and a good pair of binoculars, people can see these beautiful animals frolicking in their natural habitat. Better than a zoo, and as close to being in a National Geographic video as you can get—and it’s all for free.
5. Discover Interesting New Art
Maybe it’s the beautiful view, or the convergence of different cultures. California has a bustling art scene, thanks to young and talented individuals. Their visions and expressions are not only beautiful, but inspire everyone to get in touch with their own creative side.
Take an “art trip” at the Arts Council of Sonoma Country Gallery, conveniently located at Santa Rosa’s Downtown Area (right on 529 Fifth Street). It’s open on Wednesday to Friday from 12 – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 12 – 4 pm. For more information, call 707-579-ARTS or visit http://www.artrails.org
6. Rediscover Rustic Americana
Tired of the urban rush? Dreaming of a quieter, simpler life? Be a farmer for one day with the free Farm Trails map. It’ll take you through the abundant fields of Sonoma Country. Go berry picking, feed the sheep and llamas, chase after butterflies, and buy freshly picked fruit straight from the farmer.
You can also visit wineries, breweries and cheese factories. Don’t think of it as an extended grocery trip—it’s a chance to enjoy rustic Americana and (for at least a few hours) know how it feels like to retire to the countryside.