Head to wine country this month for new activities that will delight your palate and senses.
The gourmet food and wine tour Savor Healdsburg has recently added a few new spots to its three-and-a-half-hour guided walking tour. “In 2016 guests will enjoy new menu items such as Portuguese vino verde paired with chouriço-crusted day boat scallops at Cafe Lucia, a dish inspired by the island where Lucia’s family is from,” says tour organizer Tammy Gass. Other stops include SHED, Gustafson Family Vineyards and Moustache Baked Goods. $89, savorhealdsburgfoodtours.com
For a truly unique wine tasting experience, head up to Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville for one of its new “Tasting in the Dark” experiences. Hosted by Hoby Wedler, a blind graduate student from UC Davis, guests will learn how flavors and aromas in wine are accentuated by turning off the lights. Participants are blindfolded and led through the winemaker’s lab. The tour takes two hours and includes four wines. $75, francisfordcoppolawinery.com
Starting this month, Jordan Estate in Healdsburg is offering hikes on its 1,200-acre ranch. The guided journey begins with a continental breakfast at Vista Point, called the “best view in the Alexander Valley” by Fodor’s. The trip continues for four miles through natural wildlife habitat, sustainably farmed vineyards and olive orchards. The hike ends back at the Winery Chateau for wine country charcuterie paired with Jordan chardonnay and Jordan cabernet sauvignon. $75, jordanwinery.com