Saturday in Santa Rosa, California

We decided to leave a very sunny but very cool San Francisco Saturday in search of warmer pastures. Destination: Santa Rosa in Sonoma County for a day of lounging in wine country. Armed with a picnic perfect for wine tasting (four different cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, baguette, cherries, hummus, avocado, apple butter and leftover homemade margherita pizza from the night before), we set-off for the first winery, Battaglini Estate Wineries.

Battaglini produces 2,000 cases a year and holds tastings in the owner’s backyard barn. Giuseppe (or Joe), first generation Italian from Lucca, took us for a walk in his vineyard to show us the zin and petite syrah vines.

Next stop, Harvest Moon Winery, which was nothing to write home about and therefore led to an unplanned pit-stop at Hook and Ladder. With complimentary and very generous pours, this family-run operation outfitted with t-shirts from fire departments across the country was a great surprise. However, the unanticipated stop left us more than buzzed and very hungry!

The main event and original reason we wanted to go to Santa Rosa was to hang out at Matanzas Creek, known for their lavendar-ridden grounds which was beautiful and smelled great, too!

Finding warmer pastures, check. The temperature gauge reached a dry 105* in Santa Rosa and was a picture-perfect day to enjoy an ad hoc winery tour.

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