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There is nothing quite like being in wine country. As my first visit back since living in San Francisco as a child, I can say is was a bit of a different experience. Lucky for me, my aunt, uncle and cousins live in San Francisco, and as soon as they found out I was visiting, planned a trip to Sonoma.

Visiting Sonoma is not all about the wine… but most of it is! After a delicious lunch at Cornerstone we headed to the Jacuzzi Family Vineyard. Jacuzzi made his fortune by, yep you guessed it, inventing the jacuzzi. He turned his fortune into a  beautiful vineyard with an Italian feel. Walk inside and you’ve escaped to Tuscany.  We enjoyed their daily olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings, dipping cubes of bread into every flavor imaginable (my favorite combination being blood orange olive oil and white balsamic vinegar) . I love balsamic vinegar just about as much as I love goat cheese, and I was in heaven.

After we had tasted every olive oil and vinegar in the shop, my aunt Kerry and I headed to wine cellar. We tasted some great wines and bought a few bottles of Bianco Di Sei Sorelle (wine of six sisters) and a bottle of Rosso Di Sette Fratelli (wine of seven brothers), representing all of Jacuzzi’s children.

We headed back to San francisco later that afternoon and enjoyed our purchases with homemade spaghetti and meatballs, I’m sure Jacuzzi would have been proud!

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