A March 2004 trip
to Sonoma County by sumware
Quote: Three east coasters (my husband, our 12-year old son, and me) visited wineries in Sonoma. We got a little history, some wine. and great wine knowledge.
Hotel | "The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa"
The grounds were lovely. At that time of year, lots and lots of stuff was in bloom. But any time of the year, there would be very interesting sculptures (see picture). I did not use the spa.
We were still on East Coast time and finding a cup of coffee at 6am was impossible (they did have one of those tiny two-cup jobs in the room with Wolfgang Puck coffee, but I like my java light with milk). And finding the ice machine was a challenge.
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Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 11, 2004
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Hotel and Spa
Attraction | "Roche Winery Tasting from the Bottle & the Barrel"
The fun was when we got to taste the 2003 wines, samples of which were aging in barrels in the wine tasting room. We started with comparing the Chardonnay aged in French oak and then the very same cuvee (grape juice) aging in American oak. Unbelievable how different they tasted and both were wonderfully flavorful wines. We bought a case, which we can have shipped or come back for a biggo BBQ and pick up!
Check it out at Roche Winery website.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 11, 2004
Roche Winery and Vineyards
122 West Spain Street
Our instructor/tour guide Raphael was top-notch. He understood horses, he understood wine growing, and he understood people.
Our group was six tourists, some of whom, like my 12-year-old, had never ridden before. The vineyard was hilly and the views were spectacular (see pictures).
Check it out at Roche Winery's website.
Horseback Riding through the vineyards at Roche
1 Carneros Hwy
Sonoma County, California
Watchung, New Jersey