If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Sonoma Valley, you might be overwhelmed by the number of wineries you have the option to visit. The breathtaking scenery makes almost any choice a memorable experience, but here are some of our favorites. All four are located just off the Sonoma Highway, although you might want to hire a driver if you plan to visit them all in one day!
1. Ledson Winery & Vineyards
An imposing castle welcomes you to this lovely winery. Inside, there are several tasting rooms, and no reservation is necessary for the basic tasting. If you're looking for a little something extra, you can reserve a private tasting complete with cheese pairings. The castle also holds a market and deli, which allows you to buy some wine or a tasty sandwich, and head outside. Several picnic tables overlook the vineyard, making for an excellent backdrop for a meal.
2. Benziger Family Winery
This family owned winery offers tours that do an excellent job of showing you how wine is made. Take the tram tour into the picturesque vineyards and learn about biodynamic farming, which is a step above organic. You can also enter the barrel caves, see the crush pad and fermentation facilities, and finish by tasting some of their best wines. No reservation is necessary for the tram tour, but you can check their website for departure times.
3. VBJ Vineyards & Cellars
If all that wine is making you hungry, head to VBJ. This Italian-inspired winery features a Tuscan style villa that houses the wine tasting room and a wonderful deli. Their pizzas are handmade in a wood burning pizza oven, a must-try for pizza enthusiasts. You can also relax in the outdoor piazza, but save room for some delicious gelato. You don't have to make an appointment for the tasting room, but if you want a more private experience, featuring owners Vittorio and Henry Belmonte, you will need to book ahead.
4. Chateau St. Jean
The Chateau St. Jean estate is a perfect example of California wineries. A sprawling lawn extends from the chateau, meaning you can enjoy your wine from the middle of the lovely gardens and vineyards. You can splurge on the charcuterie tasting on the patio if that's your thing, but if you need a break from structured tastings, you can purchase your favorite bottle and a snack in the visitor's center instead.
Miley Cyrus' new album Younger Now promises to bring Miley Cyrus back to country music. In preparation for the album Miley has softened her image and bought a palatial country home in Nashville signaling that she truly desires to return to the music heritage of her youth. The first single off the album is the title track is a love letter written to country fans defending her past and laying out a hope for her future.
Taylor Swift's Web site is blank. Her Twitter profile exists, but there's no profile picture-- same goes for Facebook. Don't get me started on her Instagram-- she deleted all of the photos.
Just days ago Swift won her sexual assault case against a Denver DJ who groped her before a 2013 concert. Before that, we saw Swift in February during her only scheduled concert of the year. There was a brief commotion over the possibility of her being carried out of her New York City apartment in a suitcase and she supposedly has a new boyfriend, but really-- Swift has been totally off-the-grid.
Swift hasn't tweeted since May and her few Instagram posts this year were about new music from friends.
But, now a total blackout of her online existence? It can only mean one thing-- she's about to shut it down, only to bring it back to life like never before.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Swift because this is going to be epic.
Kelsea Ballerini knows what's up. Not only has she become a massive country music star in the last couple of years, she's also becoming known for her down-to-earth advice and very approachable vibe. A couple of years ago, people started comparing her legs to Carrie Underwood's-- a compliment for the ages, sure. But, when asked her workout routine she just said she walks her dog and tries to go easy on the chicken tenders every now and then. (Results definitely not guaranteed.)
When it comes to beauty advice, Kelsea's not trying to talk about some product you can only buy in France under a bridge from someone who once walked past Gwyneth Paltrow-- she's throwing out real helpful advice.
Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
But, really, she started slinging knowledge when she shared some advice from her mom, "My mom told me when I was younger... you either play up the eyes or the lip, but you can't do both because you'd look crazy."
This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
Everywhere you turn these days there is excitement for the solar eclipse. I can't blame people either. A total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-generation event so unique that people take vacations and travel oversees to catch them. But with all the buzz about the solar event, a lot of us still don't know exactly what it is. So who better to educate us that 8 year-old genius and Global Science Ambassador Romanieo Golphin, Jr?
Kip Moore's Video for "The Bull" Is a Wild Ride That Will Remind You Life is About the Ups AND the Downs
Kip Moore doesn't usually record songs he didn't write. But once you hear "The Bull," you'll immediately understand why he chose to perform this outside song.
Jimmy Kimmel recently spoke out against white supremacy during a late night monologue and upset a lot of people. Our publishing of said monologue created the same effect. Instead of going at his detractors with bared teeth, Kimmel simply read their thoughts out loud on air while blurring out their names, noting where they were right, and where they erred. If there's one thing that can begin to heal our differences it's a rational, calm, conversation.