We cordially introduce this blog post as one for wine lovers and west coast explorers out there. Cool fact: we’re extending our nonstop service to Santa Rosa/Sonoma County this summer! Service begins June 29th (hence, even more of a reason you should fly to the west coast with us). That’s why we wanted to put together a list of wine pairings with epic Sonoma views. Ready for a few aged reds and rolling hills? So are we!
Winemaker Ross Cobb used the grapes from his family’s brisk coastlands vineyard, Cobb Wines, to produce a bright and glittering pinot noir. Graced to accompany the Sonoma Coast, the vineyards are right above the fog that blankets the Pacific Ocean in the summertime, making for an aromatic and expressionistic pinot noir to sip Oceanside. Yum!
The Rochioli Vineyards, located alongside the Russian River, offer a great place to enjoy the equally fulfilling and silky-smooth pinot noir. All wines are blended in small lots throughout their 140-acre property beside the river and the entire tasting room looks over the Russian River Valley floor. We’ll take a “cheers” to that.
Did you know: Les Pavots is French for “The Poppies.” The Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux-style red served at the vineyard is best aged 10-years and compliments the 1,400 feet elevation on the west side of Mount St. Helena, where the Les Pavots Vineyard is delightfully placed. In the early morning, the estate houses fog amongst the mountains and just below the vineyards. It’s so beautiful.
The Marimar Torres Estate is a little bit out of the way but worth the trek to take in the splendid views and crisp Chardonnay. The property encompasses 81 acres, 30 of which are planted with Chardonnay and 30 more with their Pinot Noir (talk about covering ground, wink wink). Also, their wine is organic so it’s nestled and earthy location very much pairs well with its sips.
The lean, rocky, volcanic soils of Gustafson Family Vineyards produce grapes with smaller berries and more intense flavors. Along with the extra flavorful wine, the views are something to remember as well. The estate looks over Lake Sonoma, making for a majestic experience all around.
Paradise Ridge is located in what seems to be your everyday, upscale suburban Santa Rosa neighborhood. However, this spot couldn’t be more opposite of the confines of their neighbors. The views of the Paradise Vineyards surround the tasting room and sculptures by local artists are placed throughout as well. Photo ops anyone? There are many of those here. Winemaker, Dan Barwick, creates delightful wines with their rocky and well-drained soil near the Russian River Valley vineyards.
Quick note: Following the devastation caused by the Tubbs Fire, Paradise Ridge will be re-opening the vineyard and sculpture garden this coming July. The Tasting Room at Paradise Ridge’s main estate will not reopen until next year. For people who would like to taste their wines, please visit their equally lovely Kenwood location.
Brittany is a member of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.