3. San Francisco: Cheese, Honey, Oysters & Wine Tour of Sonoma
SF Bay area is famous for its traditions of winemaking and cuisine. People from other states and all over the world come to visit this place. First, there is the bay and the ocean, which means that there is a huge variety of seafood. Second, Napa and Sonoma valleys are famous for their wines worldwide. Third, immigrants from many countries start ethnic farms and restaurants there. Fourth, it represents a unique variety of climatic zones, that allows to grow lots of agricultural products. During the day you will visit a creamery, a meadery, an oyster farm, a bakery, and 1 or 2 wineries. You will get a unique opportunity to taste grape and honey wines, cheese, honey, seafood, local bread and other delicacies. Our first stop is Marin French Cheese creamery that was found in 1865. Soft Brie and Camembert cheeses are handcrafted according to an old French technology. Their Triple Crème Brie cheese was the first American cheese to win the World Cheese Awards in London in 2005. After buying some cheese, honey, crackers, and wine we will have breakfast by a beautiful pond. You will receive a bottle of white wine as a present from us. The next stop is Heidrun apiary and meadery. This farm produces honey from local wildflowers. They also deliver rare varieties of honey from other states: nut honey comes from Hawaiian Islands, orange honey is from South California, chicory, radish, and carrot honey are from Oregon, buckwheat is from Wisconsin and many other types can be found there. You will have an opportunity to taste all these honey varieties and wine made of it. The owners of the meadery claim it is the only place in the world where honey wine is champagned using traditional Champagne method. After a mead tasting session, we will go for lunch to the oyster farm located on the shore of Tomales bay, a narrow and long bay, where mother nature created unique conditions for oyster farming. You will enjoy the view of fishermen’ boats floating on calm waves from the terrace of the oyster restaurant. You will taste raw, smoked and baked oysters with white wine, freshly smoked fish, and chowder. Next you will meet the Wild Flour Bread bakery that uses a medieval technology of baking whole grain brown bread and fruit pies in a clay oven heated by wooden logs. This bakery opened in 1998 in a beautiful Freestone valley, among fields, barns and cattle. Open from Fri till Mon. Then, we will visit one or two wineries in the Russian river area. McEvoy Ranch is a small farm, known for its olive oil and cosmetics. Over ten wine varieties are produced here. Korbel Winery is known for its Californian Champagnes has over 10 varieties. Enjoy picturesque view of the vineyards and redwoods. Iron Horse Vineyards was founded in 1976. It is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful estates in the cool, foggy Green Valley. Our tour will let you enjoy the beauty and originality of our land and you will feel the warmth of these memories for long years ahead.