Imagine a beautiful Fall weekend where all of your wine and food dreams come true. Insert: The Wine and Food Affair by The Wine Road. If you haven’t heard of “The Wine Road”, then you’re in for a real treat. This association is comprised of about 200 wineries and 50 lodgings that are nestled in some of Sonoma’s most beautiful wine valleys. They hold three major events throughout the year called Winter WINEland (January), Barrel Tasting weekends (March), and the Food and Wine Affair (November).
We recently had the opportunity to attend The Food and Wine Affair, which was a small piece of paradise. Each of the “Wine Road” wineries showcase their favorite food and wine pairings throughout the entire weekend. Just show up with your glass, fill up on some incredible wines, and indulge in some tasty pairings. Does it get any better than that? Check out some of my highlights from the event:
Our first stop of the weekend was Truett Hurst winery, where they welcomed us with a pulled pork sandwich and zinfandel pairing. We loved strolling by the creek in their backyard and relaxing on their iconic red chairs.
Only a few steps away from Truett-Hurst, we meandered into VML winery and instantly gawked over their beautiful tasting room and bar. I was excited to try their dark chocolate blackberry tarts paired with pinot noir.
Papapietro Perry Winery
I’m a lifelong fan of Papapietro Perry’s Pinot Noirs and enjoyed pairing their wine with loaded baked potato soup (yum!). They also have some stunning vineyard views!
We eventually made our way to downtown Healdsburg, which is known for great shopping and tasting rooms. After hanging out in Longboard Vineyards, we couldn’t decide which we loved more: The West Coast vibes of the tasting room or the duck meatball and Syrah pairing. Either way, we were delighted that we stopped in.
We ended our Saturday at Rockpile Vineyards and tasted their small-lot single vineyard wines including their delicious zinfandel and petite sirah. We had a hard time choosing which was our favorite!
Before we ended the weekend, we had to stop into Bowman Cellars. This chic and savvy tasting room caught our attention with a neon sign, vintage airstream, and fresh plants. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the chocolate and Cabernet pairing.
Bonus: We also had a chance to visit Geyserville for dinner, which is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Healdsburg. We enjoyed fresh peaches from Dry Creek Peach, craft cocktails from Geyserville Gun Club, and multi-course Italian dinner from The Rustic at Coppola Winery. Highly recommend paying a visit to this small but mighty town!