Here is part two of our time in Sonoma. We spent most of the time working (the guys). So on our last day we decided to drive around and see what the town had to offer. At the bottom of the hill was an olive oil shop called Figone’s. I had passed this shop before and never was able to stop in, so today I was determined to make it our first stop. It did not disappoint. The store was charming and beautiful inside. There were olive oils, balsamic vinegars, home made mozzarella, and nick knacks. We sampled oils and vinegars from the most charming woman and then did a bit of shopping. I came home with a beautiful marble rolling pin that is sitting in my kitchen. It is a constant reminder of my time in Sonoma.
Then we made a beeline for Ledson Winery. If you have not been there, you must visit. Whether you drink wine or not. The winery is a castle that was first built as a home and then part way through construction they decided to make it a winery. I had the privilege of a private tasting last time I was there. They take place in the upstairs bedrooms that are now tasting rooms. They each have a private bathroom that is made entirely of marble. Amazing! The winery, the gardens and the vineyards are just stunning!
We then headed to Sonoma Plaza or the town square. Four streets with intersecting ones that made shopping in these quaint stores just delectable. We meandered from store to store oohing and awing as we went. I was determined not to buy anything, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t taste anything! We went down an old alley and into an old courtyard where we discovered a cheese shop called La Bodega.You didn’t have to twist my arm. Within moments we were choosing handmade artisan cheeses and waiting with anticipation to taste them. They were all phenomenal! My favorite was a goat cheese that had an outer layer of Brie. Yummmm. No need to say anything else.
Where oh where to go first!
These are just some of the sights at Figone’s. You’ll have to go there to taste!
This is Ledson Winery! Need I say more…
These are some of those famous Sonoma Grapes. Can’t wait until they become wine!
I took this photograph down a little alley in the Sonoma Plaza. I just love how it draws you in.
I resisted temptation in this store, but it was adorable.
Here was another of those charming alley’s. That’s my hubby with his camera. (as always).
This is the phenomenal cheese store!
And here is our yummy cheese.
Such a quaint little store.
The chef left the restaurant abruptly and came back moments later and asked if we liked tomatoes. We said yes and this is what he brought us. Heirloom tomatoes with just the right amount of sea salt and olive oil. There really isn’t a better way to end the day.