TRAVEL GUIDE: SANTA ROSA
I bet you guys are going to laugh a little to yourself when you see what today's post is about. It is about wine. I know what you are thinking, does this girl DO anything else? Yes, I do thankyouverymuch but I just happen to love visiting wine country this time of year.
I had the chance to see the holiday musical, Joy to the World at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. It really got me in the holiday spirit. It was a limited run by the Transcendence Theater Company who also plays outdoors during the summer.
After a restful nights sleep in Santa Rosa, we headed to the cutest breakfast at the Spinster Sisters Then we headed off to the Christmas Craft Fair (you know, never enough holiday spirit) and finished the day with a stop at Balletto winery.
Balletto has a unique story. The family used to grow vegetables but when wine became more profitable (and requires less water) they decided to switch the land over. The family has owned it for generations and now the women of the third generation work in the tasting room.
We received a wonderful behind-the-scenes tour of the property, which includes open-air fermenting tanks I've never seen before and a regulation-sized baseball diamond for the people that work there. The wine was very unique and I loved tasting the different Pinots from various parts of their land (you can really taste the struggle of the vines in some of the wines, or so they say)
We finished the day in Petaluma, which I find more and more charming each time I go there. The food at Della Fattoria was so cozy and delicious (how can you go wrong with polenta?!)
If you are looking for something a little different than the typical Napa trip, head over to Santa Rosa and Petaluma for good food, approachable wineries and fun antique shopping. I'm sure I'll be up soon enough in the New Year!