My partner and I found ourselves on the fortunate end of a wedding invitation to a fête in Northern California for my beloved coworker and friend’s wedding (here she is and again). This meant traveling from Chicago to San Francisco and then all around the area. POOR US. It was such a struggle. The weather there is terribly gorgeous, the wine is atrociously delicious, and the wedding was magical AF. They’re both writers, so the vows and ceremony were unfairly tear-jerking.
Here are a few highlights of the food, the wine, the wedding, the food, the city, the food, and the sights. And the food.
I like to stand awkwardly behind metal bars at weddings. It’s kinda my thing. But this was the wedding site, a gorgeous private home in Yorkville, CA, about two hours north of San Francisco. Or four hours if you happen to be driving there on a Friday afternoon when all the adventure seekers are getting out of dodge with you. WORTH IT.
We stayed in a wee little town called Cloverdale and drank nitro cold brew at Plank Coffee before getting our wedding-attending on.
After the wedding, we took our blissed-out selves out and about in wine country, specifically Sonoma County, Napa County, and Napa Valley’s Yountville. We drank wines at The Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma, Madonna Estate in Napa, and Sutter Home Winery in Napa.
Most of these photos were taken on the luminous grounds at Nicholson (where we also bought a few bottles to ship back when we got home).
You get it, it was gorgeous. And about 65 degrees, which is my fave.
We also had a fab Italian meal at Hurley’s and I bought some of this sushi-shaped chocolate for my mum at Kollar Chocolates. Then I promptly forgot the small box of chocs WE were going to eat. Oh the huge manatee!
The next day we rocked a DELISH brunch at Bota Tapas (I know, good brekkie at a tapas join — praise hands emoji!). You’re seeing brioche french toast for him and oatmeal in some kind of fancy goblet dish for me. I think I ate 1/10th of it, there was so much!
Mean mugging on Pier 39.
Before we headed off, we have one last dinner at Chaat Corner for some surprisingly tasty and portable naan wraps filled with tikka masala.
View from somewhere over the Midwest. Bon voyage, California. Until next time.