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Disclosure: I was provided with the complimentary wine tour by Ultimate Wine Tours, and complimentary wine tastings at Two Amigos Winery and Petroni Vineyards in exchange for writing an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

best Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours, Ultimate Wine Tours

Visiting Petroni Vineyards was the second wine tasting tour we did in partnership with the Ultimate Wine Tours during our visit to Sonoma in January 2017 (our first wine tasting was at Two Amigos Winery – and you can read all about it here). Ultimate Wine Tours are run by husband/wife team of Captain Steve and Admiral Jean, and they specialize in creating unique wine tasting experiences by taking their guests to boutique wineries that are off the beaten tourist track. To get to Petroni Vineyards, Captain Steve drove us up a narrow and winding road with stunning views to arrive at the mountain top with the American and Italian flags waving at the entrance to the winery. The views were truly spectacular and panoramic, and the pictures just don’t do the justice to what you will see once you arrive at the winery. [click to continue…]

Disclosure: I was provided with the complimentary wine tour by Ultimate Wine Tours, and complimentary wine tastings at Two Amigos Winery and Petroni Vineyards in exchange for writing an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Sonoma Wine Tasting Tour

During my recent (and first ever!) trip to Sonoma Valley, California, in January of 2017, I was looking for some of the best wine tasting tours out there that targeted boutique wineries and had more of a private feel to them. As a result, we have partnered with the Ultimate Wine Tours, run by husband/wife team of Captain Steve and Admiral Jean, who specialize in wine tasting tours of small, off-the-beaten-path wineries. With Ultimate Wine Tours, you visit unique boutique wineries, get to meet winery owners, have a picnic, and just have a fun time at the most spectacular properties.
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Disclosure: The Girl and The Fig restaurant provided me with a credit towards a portion of our dinner in exchange for an honest restaurant review which I am pleased to provide below. All opinions are my own.
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If you’re looking for a casual, unpretentious dinner spot (or lunch) in downtown Sonoma, serving French/American countryside bistro style food, with the very reasonable pricing for the type of cuisine being served, then look no further than The Girl and The Fig Restaurant.
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Disclosure: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa provided us with complimentary dinner at their 38º North Lounge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Wine Country destination. natural mineral hot springs in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, Willow Stream Spa, Sonoma Golf Course

During our recent January trip to Sonoma Valley in Northern California, my husband and I wanted a really private, secluded spot so that we could relax and enjoy our down time away from the crowds, which is why we chose to stay at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. It was really a perfect choice for what we needed: seclusion, privacy, excellent spa, close proximity to downtown Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley wineries, hotel transportation to downtown Sonoma when we needed it.

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30 minute shrimp, easy shrimp, garlic shrimp

Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp – easy shrimp recipe that takes maximum 30 minutes to make, most likely even quicker than that! Big, jumbo shrimp is best to be used in this recipe. [click to continue…]

Grapes, apples, Pomegranate seeds salad, winter fruit salad, holiday salad

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Dressing: apples, grapes, pomegranate tossed in a super flavorful honey-lime dressing with poppy seeds! This salad is so pretty – it will make a great appetizer, side dish, or a dish you could bring as party food to a family gathering!
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spinach salad with clementines, apples, kiwi, cranberries, pomegranate, gluten free salad, healthy holiday recipes

Spinach Salad with Fruit and Maple-Lime Dressing – refreshing, healthy salad with lots of color and winter fruit! A delicious way to get some nutrients during the cold winter months! [click to continue…]

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Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus – the best way to cook salmon with just a few easy ingredients! Delicious, healthy dinner that is naturally gluten free! [click to continue…]

Thanksgiving side dish, holiday side dish, gluten free side dish

Ham and Cheese Asparagus – a delicious way to prepare the asparagus that the whole family will love!  Who doesn’t love ham + cheese (I am using Mozzarella + Parmesan here)?  It tastes great on top of roasted asparagus!   [click to continue…]

gluten free recipe, gluten free side dish, gluten free green beans

Garlic and Bacon Green Beans sauteed in olive oil and butter – an easy and delicious way to prepare the green beans for the holiday table! [click to continue…]

Southwestern Chicken Stuffed Butternut Squash with black beans, bell pepper, tomatoes, corn, green chilies, cheddar cheese, cilantro

Southwestern Spaghetti Squash stuffed with chopped chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, green chilies, green bell pepper, spaghetti squash flesh, and topped and broiled with shredded Cheddar on top! All of this spiced up with Southwestern spices. This is pure deliciousness that you will not want to miss on your table! [click to continue…]