|Julia's Romantic Wine Country Escapes - Sonoma
author, Beautiful Weddings & Events Books
Having lived in the wine country and researched it extensively for years, I too have my favorite "romantic wine country escapes" with wineries, tasting rooms and tours, lodging and restaurants who have amazing chefs with remarkable local wine menus. This does not mean there are no others to choose from -- because there are!! So as you adventure into other areas, you will find new tours. There are six major California wine regions with a total of twenty-One tours. You will find them individually in each county area they represent.
Valley of the Moon - Sonoma County - East on Hwy. 12
Lodging: Vineyard Creek Hotel - a modern hotel, spa and restaurant in Santa Rosa; Kenwood Inn - feels like you're are stepping into Italy. The Beltane Ranch B&B - is a touch of our California history's Spanish adobe with gardens. The Gaige House is a Victorian B&B masterpiece with amazing services, striving for the romantic and historic amabiance.
Wine Tasting: StoneCreek Winery enjoys the Victorian homey atmosphere, great wine education and picnic area. Kunde Wine Estate has a very beautiful place on the valley floor with thousands of vineyard acres, caves, lovely terrace with water fountain and oaks. Chateau St. Jean has beautiful grounds, picnic areas and ejoyable tours and tastings. St. Francis Winery is an exceptional winery with surroundings of the Spanish Mission era. The Benzinger Family Winery in Glen Ellen has one of the finest on-site educational tours for the area.
Lunch or Dinner: The Quail Inn at Oakmont has lovely valley views and fine food. The Kenwood Restaurant, La Dolce Luna, Glen Ellen Inn and the Three Sisters are tops in this area.
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