Ever since we moved back to California, I’ve been wanting to check out Healdsburg. I visited it a few months before moving, as part of a work retreat, and was in awe of the gorgeous scenery. It’s not a terribly long drive from our apartment, but it’s a pretty traffic clogged route, so it requires some commitment for a day trip.
With the Super Bowl in Santa Clara on Sunday, I was hopeful the usual wine country crowds might be preoccupied, so we decided to venture up to Sonoma on Sunday morning.
It was a good day to go. The sun was out, it was warm, and verrrrrry quiet in downtown Healdsburg. The downtown is full of tasting rooms and little restaurants that sit around a pretty park. On Saturday, while walking around Jack London Square, I stopped by Oakland Crush to ask for recommendations for a day in Healdsburg. The very nice owner recommended three places: Shed, David Family Vineyards, and Medloc Ames.
Shed is exactly the kind of place I want to roll my eyes at (artisanal rakes and garden supplies, pour over coffee bar) but it’s all so tasteful and beautifully displayed, I totally loved it. There is something about the big windows and breezy feel that frees it from the judgy, over-the-topness that overwhelms at other “curated” purveyors of “bespoke” goods.
This wine was GOOD. The tasting was quite generous and everything was delicious. It was nice and quiet and it was fun to learn about a family run winery.
On our way to lunch, we walked by beautiful Barndiva. It too fancy for us, but I had to take a photo to remember for someday.
Beignets at the Parish Cafe sounded too good not try try, and we sat out on their pretty yellow porch and enjoyed lunch before heading up the 101 to Medloc Ames.
Medloc Ames is AWESOME. The tasting room is in the Alexander Valley, and driving down the sunny valley road from the freeway feels like a real escape. The tasting is on the patio of the bar looking out at the valley. AND they pair cheese with each tasting and the wine is delicous.
We listened to the first quarter of the game on the drive and enjoyed the rest of the Super Bowl at home. Hope to do some more exploring in Healdsburg soon!