A scorching afternoon spent wine tasting and nibbling on garden snacks at Scribe Winery’s Hacienda
It was 6 months ago now that I was lounging on the patio at Scribe Winery overlooking their property, lush with vines and olive trees and palm trees. I can still feel the searing sun on my skin, hear the chatter around us, and taste the wine as it hit the tip of my tongue and slid smoothly down my throat.
It was our first day in Sonoma. My friend, Randi, and I made an elongated trek from San Francisco. We stopped at a vista, stealing a few moments to absorb the grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge. A necessity, to be frank. This was my first trip to San Francisco! I’m happy to report it did not disappoint.
On our way to Sonoma, we made a stop at the Muir Woods to snack on the sandwiches we picked up just outside of San Francisco. We sat on a bench a few feet shy of the entrance and unwrapped our lunch, the parchment paper crinkling in our hands as we uncovered our long-awaited sustenance. I’m somehow always hungrier on road trips despite my lack of movement. Perhaps it’s more of a pavlovian response because road trips = sandwich time for me. My body just knows when it’s time for a sandwich.
After lunch and a jaunt around the woods, we made our way to our hotel to freshen up in record time so that we wouldn’t be late for our tasting time at Scribe. We were, indeed, in the last time slot available and I refused to miss our chance at an afternoon of lazing and snacking and imbibing.
Reader, we made it.
We were offered our first tasting as we walked up, which meant that we had wine in hand before we even sat down. What a dream. We opted for the Hacienda tasting reservation and were treated to a corner spot on the patio. The crowds had, presumably, thinned out from earlier in the day. It felt calm, not crowded. We weren’t inundated with people around us, instead, it nearly felt like we had the run of the place. It was quiet and relaxing and exactly what we were hoping for on our first day there.
The Hacienda tasting reservation includes both wine and an array of garden snacks. And yes, it is delightful as it sounds. While we were in town, the snacks consisted of one of the most delectable charcuterie boards I’ve ever had.
The staff was gracious and welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable. They made the experience magical. There’s so much joy in finding kindness in strangers, isn’t there?
While I regret to inform you that the types of wine we sipped on have slipped from memory, I am ecstatic to report that it was all divine and entirely crushable. What I do recall, however, is that the effervescent wines continue to reign supreme for me. Are you surprised? I doubt it.
As of today, you do need to be an SVS member (the Scribe Viticultural Society) to visit the winery and indulge in a tasting or visit with a friend who is! If you can, I highly recommend signing up and paying their spot a visit. It’s pastoral and an absolute treat.
If you prefer something a bit more casual, you can opt for their Knoll Picnic Reservation option which includes a picnic curated for your group and wine available by the bottle. I’d recommend this if you’ve got a big group.
Have you been? Are you already a Scribe fan? Which wines are your favorite?!