We kicked things off at Razi Winery (which I don't have any pictures of). The owner was fantastic and had a lot of 'behind the scenes' info for us which was great...and he loves to give big pours so obvi he was my bff quickly. Their chardonnay was amazing (and I usually don't like chardonnay) but I was not a fan of their red...tasted almost tobacco-y to me which I don't like at all.
After some hydrating (of the water and wine variety), we jumped on our bikes and headed to our next stop...it was at this point that I realized what I had gotten myself into. My dad is an avid biker...he's got all the gear and a pretty bad-ass bike of his own (we used NVAT's bikes for this). I, on the other hand, hardly ever bike- the last time was when I did the Fat Tire bike tours in Paris. I quickly realized how hard it was to bike against the wind and holy crap do those seats hurt after awhile!! It took all of my skills as a former Davis student (everyone had a bike at Davis) to navigate the road as I got more and more wine in me.
Their tasting room is pretty small but they also have a dining room set up in their barrel room for private parties (complete with movie screen, vintage motorcycles and Rolling Stones pinball machine). The highlight for me was the Malbec but for my dad, it was the vintage car James had parked in the building...uhh yea even I know that car is amazing.
After James Cole, we headed to our last spot which was the Regusci Winery. Hands down the best tasting room guy all day was here and his name was Neil....hilarious and was rocking his kilt. Their tasting room was packed and they were bumping a pretty rando (yet awesome) music selection...my dad and I were dancing to Eminem and Snoop Dogg. Yes, that would be me AND my dad dancing...looks like I wasn't the only tipsy one eh?
Again, no surprise that the winery is gorgeous! This place is super old and survived Prohibition making it a 'Ghost Winery'. In addition to the grapes, they also have a huge garden you can walk around in and a farm with horses, sheep, goats etc. The wine was really good but nothing really stood out as a 'have to have' except for their Angelo's 2008 Cab Sav...which was $125!! Pass.
|They had lemon bushes...smelled amazing|
|Does this remind anyone else of Mater from the Cars movies?|
|Trixie joined our lunch but we didn't feed her due to the multiple signs asking us not to|
That was my only complaint with the tour-riding along the road was less than ideal...cars were going very fast which is always nerve racking when all you've got is a stupid little helmet on and have been drinking.
Once in the car, I immediately took a nap (notice a trend?) and needed help waking up so we stopped by Starbucks on the way home. My Dad wanted to stretch his legs a bit so I sought shelter from the wind in a giant hollowed out tree trunk...very random to have in the center of a square but totally came in handy.
|Can't beat driving across the Golden Gate bridge (B&W pic because I'm fancy like that)|