How to Plan a Birthday Party in Wine Country

Including wine tastings, food, and a limo bus. What else do you need?

Many of you know that I celebrated my birthday last week and if you know me well enough, you will know that there’s a 99.9% chance I celebrated in wine country. I often times get asked about how to plan a day in wine country for groups since not all wineries are very “group friendly”. But no need to worry, there are a good amount of wineries that are more than welcoming of groups larger than 6 as long as you call ahead.

I’m so excited to share with you the details of our magical day trip to Sonoma County! If only I could celebrate my birthday EVERY weekend.

Limo Bus – Amax Limo

We decided to do a day trip to Sonoma from San Francisco, and of course I wanted to ride in style which is why we chose Amax Limo, Inc to drive us. Our driver, Max, was more than a gracious host and friendly driver. He really went out of his way to make the day special. If you’re looking for a driving and limo service in Napa or Sonoma, I highly recommend Amax Limo, Inc!

9AM: Pick up in San Francisco
11AM: Trione Winery in Alexander Valley

The Trione family is deeply rooted in the Sonoma County wine industry. They make high quality wines across many varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Primitivo, Zinfandel, and Syrah. They also preserved a 1908 stone building that sits on the winery’s premises which is a beautiful space for events (such as weddings or parties).

12:30PM – *Stop at Dry Creek General Store to grab food*

Dry Creek General store is like a deli food heaven. They have everything from quiche and baked goods to pasta salads and deli sandwiches. One of my favorite stops to buy picnic food.

1PM – Dutcher Crossing Winery in Dry Creek Valley – Picnic and Wine

The hospitality and wine at Dutcher Crossing are above and behind. You can reserve a picnic table for groups and choose to buy a few bottles to share or opt in to do a tasting. On this hot day, we shared a few bottles of their crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. They also have a bocce court and bags games if you’re looking for an activity.

3PM – Simi winery in Healdsburg – Wine, Jam, and Cheese Pairing

This wine, jam, and cheese pairing at Simi Winery is both educational and delicious. We learned so much about how to pair wine properly with different cheeses and loved mixing in the jam, which was made with the wines we were tasting. My favorite pairing was #1, a viognier with a rich, creamy cheese called Brillat Savarin.

7PM – Back to San Francisco

Traffic can get pretty bad in the afternoon so if you’re driving from northern Sonoma like we did, then make sure to factor in 2-3 hours.

So what’re you waiting for? Time to plan your next birthday party in wine country!