Just got back from SF/Napa/Sonoma.
On our way up we saw Domaine Carneros, as we got there kind fo late and wanted to see just one napa spot before hitting up ad hoc (we spent the prior part of the day hiking in muir woods).
First day in wine country we did a Platypus wine tour just as kind of an intro to how the wine tasting thing worked The tour took us to Inspiracion, Campagna ranch, Desmond, and Twomey. Then my gf and I went on our own and hit up Porter Creek, Arista, and Moshin and Ridge before heading back down to the city along the coast.
The wine tour turned me onto the tasting wheel which was I think the best thing about it. Not the biggest fan of Russian River pinots by the end because I'm not super into the big dark fruit notes (I liked the ones with a bit of earthiness). However, the meritage blends that I tasted I loved--if I went back, I'd want to try some napa meritages, though I'm not a fan of napa styles generally. Also was turned onto how great california Zinfandel is--as a fan of Italian reds, it felt very similar to that style but still california--more fruit forward, but softer tannins and good acidity. White wise, I was a little meh (not a huge fan of oaky chardonnays, and a surprisingly few number of unoaked chardonnays, considering how much seafood is in the bay area). Definitely want to check out the Anderson valley when I go back, which, from what I gathered, is more my style all around (more delicate pinots, dry resilings and gewurztraminers).
My wine haul:
drank/ate at: Bourbon and branch (superior to any speakeasy in NYC), Flour+water (hit and miss on dishes, felt very "generic NYC hipster place" but the highs were pretty high), Ad hoc (great food, literally cried at the level of nostalgia ratatouille style, but super shitty service), the Girl and the fig (grilled peaches were maybe some of the best things we are out here), Scopa (fine enough, felt like an West village spot), Bear republic (I love the way they make bar food in California, beer was great), Chez panisse (ah-mazing just all around) and Swan's oyster house (gf loved it. I thought it was fine).