I got to spend a long weekend in California with my friend Casey. This was Chirstmas/birthday gift from Andrew.
I flew out Thursday evening into Sacramento. Friday morning we headed to Healdsburg with Casey’s friend Margo. We started off at Francis Ford Coppola for lunch and tasting. It was a gorgeous vineyard/winery!
I took this picture from Forbes.com since it was rainy and dreary while we were there.
After lunch we headed to Healdsburg Square where we could walk from tasting room to tasting room (ya know, tasting room hop). Our first stop was Hawley.
We stopped by Stonestreet where we shared a couple tastings.
Then I quit taking pictures but we had the best wine tasting with food at Williamson. They served parmesan cheese with different things on top, the two best were beet horseradish mustard and truffle salt. We ended our night with a late dinner at Bear Republic Brewing.
We had every intention of swinging by another winery before we left Healdsburg Saturday morning but instead we got coffee and headed back to Sacramento. We stopped for In-N-Out (a glorious hangover meal) and picked up Pliny the Elder at Russian River Brewing Company (for Nelson and Andrew). After dropping Margo off, Casey and I spent the afternoon outlet shopping where I was too successful and then grabbing food from the grocery so Nelson could make us dinner, delicious!
On Sunday, I was so excited to participate (and lead, yikes) a project with the Make It Happen Mondays team. I had a great time chatting with Casey and her mom while we made watercolor creations inspired by an Etsy artist I really like.
Between the baby-less wine, art and 70 degree sunny weather I felt like I was in a time warp. I was so disconnected from reality and it felt amazing!
Andrew loved his souvenir from California, he also got a few goodies from my outlet shopping, and he still has a Cabernet Sauvignon to drink that I brought him from Stonestreet (his favorite type of wine). It was an interesting winery. They were very focused on the elevations at which they grow the grapes. Our tasting was from the “Fog Line” collection. Thanks Andrew for being such a thoughtful husband and rockin’ single parenthood for the weekend, so I could enjoy myself. Andrew and Aiden had a playdate with friends, went to the KidsQuest Children’s Museum and visited Tom and Emily.