We rented a car at the airport and drove up to the wine country as soon as we landed in San Francisco. We were greeted with sunny cool weather which was perfect because the weather in Austin was hot and humid. We made the selection of "mid-size" and we received this Chevy HHR. I thought it was cute and was curious to drive it. It drives really well (Jim tested it out around some really curvy hills near the beach).
We had a little wine map with some basic instructions on where to go. Once we found the first winery, the very helpful man behind the counter told us a few more wineries that we should visit. He was so helpful that we even bought two bottles of wine from him :o)
Jim giving the wine a sniff before trying.
So many fields and fields of vineyards
Our wine map. One of the people at the first winery told us that there was over 1000 wineries in Sonoma and Napa. Whoa... that is way more than I thought.
One surprising stop that we had was at the Ace Pear Cider home. I was super excited when we were told about it at one of our stops. That was one cool spot and I'm glad that we stopped. I enjoyed a Berry Cider while Jim enjoyed a local brew. It was a nice laid back place where we enjoyed our drinks on their patio.
After doing a little research, we figured out that we were near Bodega Bay California. We found a little seafood place to eat before we headed home. Actually I should say before we became horribly lost. We were lost for about 1.5 hours... no freakin idea where we were. None. Needless to say there was some tension in the car while we were trying to find our way to Highway 1, when we were driving through the largest horribly lit neighborhood. Eventually we found a gas station that gave us directions. Wow. It sucked so bad to end such a great day like that. But now we can laugh about it!!