Happy New Year Fortuitous Foodie Friends!
Thinking back to so many culinary adventures in 2014; it was a very wonderful year! I would have to say that among the most memorable experiences was a fantastic foray into “all things Sonoma” as presented by Sonoma County Tourism partnering with Rodney Strong Vineyards during their visit to Dallas in December. My boyfriend and I, along with another foodie aficionado were treated to a wonderful overview of all that a visit to Sonoma County has to offer.
Featuring more than 400 wineries, 100 plus organic farms, and 55 miles of stunning Pacific coastline, Sonoma County is a wine lover’s paradise with something for everyone – rustically charming historic towns, art galleries, unique shopping, and a variety of restaurants to keep you fueled up for your daily adventures. Of course, Rodney Strong Vineyards is a favorite stop too. World-class wines that truly showcase the bounty of the Sonoma terroire, offerings include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Meritage (Bordeaux), Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel. Sure to please the most discerning of palates. Our favorite is Rodney Strong’s Symmetry and it can be bought here in Dallas at Central Market. Focused on sustainability, Rodney Strong aspires to conserve and protect the environment in all aspects of the operation.
As the evening progressed, we then rolled up our sleeves for the hands on fun of learning about the art of wine blending from the Rodney Strong perspective. All this was finished off with a memorable dinner in the Dragonfly wine cellar at the Hotel Zaza with our new friends! They have an excellent wine list with delicious food pairings. We left with bottles of our own uniquely crafted wine blends to savor in the new year and remind us to make plans for a 2015 Sonoma trip sooner than later! Located just a short 30 mile drive from San Francisco, it’s easy to get to and could be enjoyed over a leisurely long holiday weekend.
So cheers to you and your 2015 culinary adventures…see you in Sonoma! Also, thank you to Robert Larsen from Rodney Strong Vineyards and Sonoma County Tourism who were such wonderful hosts!