After checking out of the Gaige House, we toured downtown Sonoma and found a little Parisian cafe to stop in for brunch. Then, we drove to the Napa River Inn which was the hotel we booked for the second part of our trip.
After checking in, we headed to the Oxbow Public Market. It’s an indoor market with multiple vendors selling all sorts of goodies. It’s mostly food items. We picked up tea + chocolate.
Their tour was really hands on and they shared lots of knowledge about the wine making process. They explained how little subtle differences can greatly affect the taste of the wine. For instance, they let us taste the same wine that was aging in two different barrels made out of wood harvested from two different areas of the world. The two wine samples tasted completely different because of the differences in the wood.
Their cave is one of the oldest in the area. And, along the tour, if you don’t like the wine sample, they encourage you to splash it along the walls of the cave.
After the tour + tasting, we walked around downtown Napa. Then we walked over to Morimoto for dinner. The courses were so creative + yummy!