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Sonoma – Trip Diary- Part 3


Morning! This finishes my 3 part series on our trip to San Fran and Wine Country. I wrote Monday, about the San Fran portion of our trip, what we experienced, ate, and enjoyed. On Tuesday, I wrote about the Vineyards we visited in Napa Valley and truly enjoyed. It was so fun and the wines were delicious. I have written a few particular ones to buy for special times or occasions.  Today, I am talking about our visits to Sonoma Valley.

Sonoma – Gloria Ferrer Vineyards

First, I have to say “Thank you” to Cheryl, of Cheryl Shops blog, who lives in SF, and gave me some recommendations of places to visit.  One of those Vineyards, was Gloria Ferrer, a Vineyard we visited Wednesday, early afternoon, the first full day we were there.

Acres and acres of vines and grapes grace the sides of the highway and mountains are the scenic overview .

We were seated outside, on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon. One of my favorite things to do is sit outside, enjoy the scenery and have a glass, ( or two) of wine. I couldn’t have asked for a better week, it was sunny and cool. The temps were actually warmer in SF than Charlotte, as we had a cold spell of 45 degrees!

Gloria Ferrer is a winery known for its bubbles. Bubbly. I didn’t know that before we went, but I was glad we went there nevertheless. I am more of a dry, red wine girl and don’t like a lot of carbonation. My hubby is the same, however, we found that the wines were not overpowering with carbonation, and quite delicious. I enjoyed a Chardonnay. and the Pinot Nior in which they are known.  We sat outside, took our time with the tasting, and enjoyed a cheese board. I just love sitting outside, enjoying the conversation and atmosphere!

Gloria Ferrer is not only the first sparkling wine house in Sonoma Carneros, but also the first to plant Champagne clones and the first to plant in Carneros.” ( website)

Coppola Vineyards

Yes, I am talking about Francis Ford Coppola’s Vineyard. You know, ” I am going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.”

Not only is this place a vineyard, but an intimate museum of some of the artifacts, pictures, and work from his career. There were hats that were used in the movies, Vito Corleon’s ACTUAL desk used in The Godfather, and much more.

The car, a Tucker, from the movie, “Tucker”,  made in 1988, and directed by Coppola , was on display inside the restaurant, where the shop/museum was located.

Two vineyards a day was what we could handle. I am one to want to enjoy the atmosphere, and the surroundings, take it easy and relax, it was wonderful we got to spend time here and GF.

I hope you enjoyed my Trip Posts to San Fran and Wine Country, if you missed any, you can click on these links-

I will be back next week with some Fall fashion posts to look forward to.

Wearing a beret from the movies…I just bought one for winter. 🙂

Some of the memorobilia from The Godfather.

Viansa Sonoma Vineyards

A beautiful vineyard, this was our last stop on the last day of our trip. A boutique vineyard, the view was again, amazing. We went in and did some wine tasting, tasting some fuller bodied wines-sangiovese, pinot noir, and a Reserve Cabernet in which few cases were made. This winery  was noted as “one of the best picnic spots in Sonoma County”.

I could sit in this spot for hours just looking at the view and sipping some delicious vino.

Viansa has Outlooks for you to enjoy wine in a private setting. A small houselike stucture sits atop the mountain, and the wine tasting is brought to you. We did forgo this experience and just enjoyed the wine casually sitting coomfortably on a couch.

“Idyllically situated at the summit of the Sonoma Valley, Viansa Sonoma embodies the proud history of local winemaking. The legacy of Viansa Sonoma dates back to 1896 when Samuele Sebastiani arrived from Tuscany and saved enough money, while making cobblestones for San Francisco streets, to purchase vineyard property in 1904.”

Since this was the last day of the trip, this was the perfect ending. We came full circle in our vacation, starting with visiting vineyards on our first day, and ending with Viansa Sonoma Vineyards.

Here is my wonderful hubby – the man behind the camera! 🙂


We sat right there on that couch over looking the valley. Wow, what a view!

It was also interesting to note that Napa Valley was more about wine tasting and ordering bottles to enjoy. Sonoma was a bit more relaxed and one could eat food outside at tables, enjoying the view. We really loved experiencing both areas of Wine Country.

I hope you enjoyed my Trip series on San Fransisco, Napa and Sonoma. I am not sure where we will go next year, but there is talk of “Martha’s Vineyard” with the family! ( I am sensing a theme! 🙂 )

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess xx

I’ll be back with some Fall outfit inspiration and hopefully some words of wisdom next week.


  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 01:58h, 13 November Reply

    We really enjoyed Sonoma because we got an idea of what it would feel to live there. We loved the cute town squares there. It sounds as if you had such a fabulous trip to both wine areas. Those views are very special xx Maria

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 17:05h, 12 November Reply

    I know Kellyann! We were so lucky to have the weather we did, beautiful every day we were there. It is 45 here in NC ! I love sitting outside and just enjoying the atmosphere with excellent wine too! Glad you liked the photos! I didnt buy that beret, but did buy a pink one to go with my winter coat 🙂 xx

  • rawsonjl
    Posted at 16:49h, 12 November Reply

    Wow! What spectacular views. Sounds like you had a really wonderful trip.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:02h, 12 November Reply

      Hi! Thank you, we did. I loved learning about the vineyards, the wine, and I could just sit there all day enjoying the views. We got a taste of both worlds, Napa and Sonoma, and enjoyed SF as well. Busy, but a great time. x

  • Lorna
    Posted at 11:30h, 11 November Reply

    It looks amazing there! I love all your jackets too! So chic!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:43h, 12 November Reply

      thank you Lorna. It was amazing, we had the best weather. I could sit here all day with this view! xx

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 22:21h, 10 November Reply

    These pics are beautiful too. It sounds like it was such a great trip.
    X, Julie | This Main Line Life

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:43h, 12 November Reply

      Hi Julie, thank you! Hubby loves taking photos. This was my favorite area, I just love the atmosphere.x

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 15:32h, 09 November Reply

    Well now you have me wanting to head back for a visit to the wine country. It has been a long time since we were there. You look beautiful and happy!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:44h, 12 November Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! I would go back! I was happy on this trip and really enjoyed it. xx

  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 10:14h, 09 November Reply

    Hi Jess!

    This looks like an amazing trip! I’ve never been to wine country but it’s on my bucket list! Thanks for inspiring me to start planning!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:03h, 12 November Reply

      You should go! I bet you would love it Suzanne 🙂 x

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:31h, 09 November Reply

    What an incredible time, Jess!! That’s our definition of a wonderful vacation too….relaxation, wine and food!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:03h, 12 November Reply

      Yes, exactly Jodie, it was pretty relaxing. 🙂 xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:35h, 09 November Reply

    What a great trip! You look so elegant Jess I just love what you wore each day! That beret looks fab on you. I love sitting outside too and with those views I might never come in! Sipping a great glass or two of wine and snacking on a cheese board sounds like the perfect way to spend the day! I would love to go to the Coppola Winery – I’d love to check out the museum too.
    What a wonderful trip you had and these photos are just beautiful!

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