Honeymoon Recap: Wine Country

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Warning: This post may be photo heavy.

If you’re just joining the party, the Mister and I were offered an opportunity to head out to San Francisco for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Catch up on the rest of the trip here:
Christmas Day & Sunday
Monday
Chocolate Making
Rainy Day Tuesday
Muir Woods

After we finished exploring Muir Woods, we continued up Highway 101 to Sonoma Valley. The Mister had never been to an A&W Root Beer (we don’t have them where we live in SC), so that’s where we stopped for lunch. I was thrilled to find that they still serve root beer in a frosted mug.

We stopped along the way to take more photos and enjoy the beautiful California countryside.

My biggest interest was in visiting Cline’s Cellars because Red Truck is my favorite wine. I found out once we got there, that they had sold the brand a few years ago. That didn’t stop us from enjoying the tasting. Then we went to explore the grounds.

Behind the tasting room is the California Missions Museum. We didn’t take any photos while in the museum, but we enjoyed seeing the models of the missions and learning about the history  of each church.

Beginning in 1769 and for the next 50 years, Spanish Missions were built along California’s “El Camino Real”. Spanning 650 miles from San Diego to Sonoma, the El Camino Real and the Missions that occupy it are a rare legacy of California history.

In 1939, the California Mission Models made their debut at the World’s Fair at Treasure Island. Their construction was based upon two years of research and was completed by a team of German cabinetmakers under the direction of Italian artist Leon Bayard de Volo. All were designed to scale, are faithful representations of the original missions, and are finely detailed down to the shrubbery and the figures utilized. Materials used in their construction include wood, clay, glass, cast iron, paperboard and real plant material. As a collection, the models are acclaimed as an extraordinary and accurate depiction of California history.

In 1998, the Cline Family saved the models from being auctioned off individually, and in 2005 created the museum as a fitting showcase for these historical treasures. In addition to the models, the museum also features a life-size figure of Father Junipero Serra, mission paintings by artists Robert Morris and Henry Nelson, and two stained-glass panels originally housed in Mission Dolores prior to the 1906 earthquake.

Images taken from Cline’s Cellars

After we finished at Cline’s, we headed across the street to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. I don’t remember how, but the Jacuzzi family is related to the Cline family. I think maybe their daughter married into the Cline family. They are also the family that invented jacuzzis.

The vineyard was incredibly picturesque. We also happened to be visiting right in the middle of the olive harvesting season. So in addition to wine tasting, there were numerous olive oils to taste too.

The Mister was thrilled to see both vineyards generated electricity using solar energy.

Honestly, after two vineyards, I had had about enough of wine country. I think it would have been more enjoyable if we had chosen to do a tour because we would have learned more. The tasting rooms were super crowded with tour buses that came every hour.

So we decided to head back to San Francisco early.