Ever since our first trip with the kids to Sonoma County, I have been itching for an excuse to go back. We had so much fun exploring Jack London State Park and the Cornerstone Gardens, and the trip gave me the confidence to try and tackle the somewhat daunting idea of wine tasting with the kids. While the desire for another trip was there, it wasn't until a family dinner when my father-in-law offered me a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, that ideas for our next adventure starting coming together. I usually favor red wines, so when offered a glass of white, I asked for "just a little sip". That little sip quickly turned into a glass of the best white wine I have EVER had and me enthusiastically pointing out that the winery was only an hour away in Sebastapol! After a little research into the area, a day trip was promptly planned for Mother's Day.
We started the morning off with a slight detour to Wildflower Bakery in the small town of Freestone. My favorite part of the Bakery was actually the gardens in the back, where the kids explored the tunnels created by vines and raced through rows of overgrown raspberry bushes. We got a handful of scones and one of their famous sticky buns. The white nectarine scone was definitely my favorite, with the rest of our choices being tasty, but not necessarily worth the drive.
|Get there early to grab a nice spot by the river!|
Sonoma. On a Budget. With kids. IT CAN BE DONE!
Jack London Park in Glen Ellen
What are your favorite family-friendly wineries?
The details: Merry Edwards is a little over an hour from Berkeley and Healdsburg is closer to an hour and a half from Berkeley. The tastings at Merry Edwards are free, and tastings at Truett Hurst are $5, but applied to any purchases. You can bring pets and outside food for your picnic at Truett Hurst!
Cost: Gas/Toll: $15, Scones at Wildflour: $4.25 each, Pizza at Diavola: $18, Bottles at Truett & Hurst $30-$40.