Our last day here. Packing was a bitch because I had to cram 2 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of olive oil, 1 bottle of vinegar and 3 tasting kits (1 wine, 2 oil/vinegar) into our suitcases. Which were pretty full when we left. About the tasting kits – Tim Bucher has a 3rd business (www.tastingroom.com) that sells sample size kits from multiple wineries so you can do your own tasting at home. It’s a pretty brilliant idea. Most of his business is B2B. The wineries sell the kits in their tasting rooms and use them as giveaways. But if you can’t get to Sonoma and want to bring home a little tasting of your own, it’s a great concept. The winery we loved was Papapietro Perry if you want to give it a try. Yes, I know I sound like a shill now and no, I’m not getting any kickbacks for this. I just think it’s really cool and I like to spread the word on anything I considered an undiscovered treasure. So there.
We spent our last day cruising the coastline. The temperature really shot up the last few days in Sonoma, so it was good to stay close to the ocean and get a little relief from the heat. We ended up in Half Moon Bay for dinner. We returned to the airport way too early for our red-eye flight but we didn’t really know what the traffic would be like and we’ve had a few close calls in the past so we didn’t want to push it.
Here’s my final obligatory landscape photo from our drive.