Lodi, Napa, and Sonoma - April 2021

This trip was a nostalgia trip for me. Back in 2010, I visited these wineries and places with my best friend Paul Houston and our mutual friend Paul Heckman, a professor at the nearby University of California Davis. It was nice to see how the wineries have flourished and expanded their offerings. It was truly a relaxing trip.

Auberge du Soleil.

This is a beautiful hotel just outside Yountsville and is located up in the hills. with beautiful views of the valley.

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Bartholomew Winery.

The Bartholomew Winery is located up in the hills in a beautiful setting. When I visited here in 2010, I did not really like their wine offerings all that…

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Bennet Lane Winery.

This was a new winery for me. Did not visit it in 2010,. However, their wines are fantastic especially their Cabernet Sauvignon's. Loved their wines so much…

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Gundlach Bundschu Winery.

The Gundlach Bundschu Winery is probably the oldest winery in the area and one of the largest with more than 500 acres of vines in place. The setting is simply…

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Heritage Oak Winery.

This winery has really grown since 2010 and I have always had very fond memories of this place given that the owner and her son were former educators. Back in…

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Inn at Sonoma.

Stayed at the Inn at Sonoma. It is off the main street and five minutes walking distance from the town square. Truly a comfortable and cozy place and will…

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Sacramento.

Flew in and out of Sacramento for this trip as it is an easy airport to get in and out of and it is only a little over an hour from the Napa region. Ended up…

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Sonoma.

The town of Sonoma is one of the nicer communities in the area and I really enjoy staying here. There is a lot to do in the Center Square section with lots of…

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Viansa Winery.

Still one of my favorite wineries in the area due to its spectacular setting. It also has one of two bronze pig statues; the other one is in the flea market in…

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Wine and Roses Restaurant.

The Wine and Roses restaurant in Lodi serves incredible food and I had a wonderful time here in 2010 with Paul Houston and Paul Heckman. We came to the…

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Yountville.

The primary reason for visiting Yountville was to have dinner at the late Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro. The food here is fantastic and a very happy meal was…

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Zina Hyde Cunningham Tasting Room.

Zina Hyde Cunningham is only one of two wine clubs I belong to. All of their wines, both white and red, are very, very good. Originally they were located in…

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