It’s hard to believe it’s been a full month since I embarked on my first trip to Sonoma, aka wine country! I’ve been a wine enthusiast since my first wine knowledge class I took as an elective during college (I was a hospitality major –wine class was par for the course!). Prior to this introduction, my familiarity with wine went about as far as knowing what Franzia white zinfandel in a box was (oh, college…). By the time this class ended I had graduated to loving wines and my days of only sipping on Franzia quickly came to an end (No offense to all you Franzia lovers out there!) In the years since that class, my interest in wine has continued to grow. I would not group myself into the category that considers all wines to be created equal however; I am a far cry from any type of wine expert. What I’ve come to realize is that I just love to learn about all things wine. I try not to get too hung up on the price point or even the popularity of the wine label. If I like the taste of the wine, it’s good enough for me; no matter the varietal, region, terroir etc.
I talked about writing this post throughout my whole trip in San Francisco and Sonoma. After each new restaurant I would somehow try and add it in my mental rankings. You see, most vacations there are only one or two meals that are memorable or stay with you after your time there is over. We had quite a number of these during our latest travel adventure. I must admit there was some cheating involved. Typically, I do my own research ahead of time to scope out the widely acclaimed and even off the beaten path places to dine. While I still did my due diligence, we had a little extra help. Our reason for vacation in the first place was to go to our friends’ wedding. The now new Mrs. also happens to be a fellow food blogger, Elizabeth Palmer Kitchen ( if you don’t already follow her, now would be a great time to start!) Knowing what a big foodie I am, she provided us with a long list of her favorite restaurants. Many of the names were not new to me (as I said…I did do my own research) however; it provided the reassurance and firsthand seal approval that there were going to be some GREAT meals ahead. So here it goes, my list of the “Best of” restaurants along with some superlatives!