While waiting for our dinner reservation at Scopa and wandering around Healdsburg, we decided to stop by the Ferrari-Carano Seasons of the Vineyard tasting room. As we were staying at the Vintner’s Inn, we had a free tasting and since we loved the complimentary Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc in our hotel room, we were happy to taste more of their wines.

We opted for the Lazy Creek Pinot Noir and cheese tasting at the lovely marble tasting bar.

Ferrari-Carano tasting room menu

cheese tasting at Ferrari-Carano tasting room, Healdsburg  

Ferrari-Carano 2007 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir

I really enjoyed all three of the Pinots, matched perfectly with the cheeses. One of the cheeses was a semi hard goat’s milk cheese with an incredible tanginess to it. Yum! Philippe at the tasting bar was incredibly helpful, and he invited us to visit the Ferrari-Carano winery the next day.

We woke up to a somewhat foggy Sonoma morning and drove up through the Dry Creek Valley to Ferrari-Carano. It was worth the trip!

The main building is like a Tuscan villa.

Ferrari-Carano winery

Ferrari-Carano winery

The gardens were spectacular! So perfectly laid out and manicured.

From the Ferrari-Carano website:

Ferrari-Carano’s spectacular five acres of gardens surrounding the winery are just as well-known as its wines. What began in 1987 as a labor of love for gardener extraordinaire Rhonda Carano, took 16 months just to plan and complete the initial planting. Today, garden aficionados and wine lovers alike enjoy the beautiful gardens and dazzling displays of color that Rhonda and head gardener Pat Patin have created.

Ferrari-Carano water garden 

We sat by this serene little pond for awhile before continuing on.

Ferrari-Carano tulips

As it was the second day of spring, there were tulips everywhere, and these really neat trees lined the paths down to the vineyards.

trees at Ferrari-Carano

We didn’t end up tasting more wine at the winery, but I am so glad that we visited. It is a place that I definitely would love to visit again. The hospitality that we received at the tasting bar in Healdsburg was exceptional, the wines that we tried were delicious, and you can’t beat the views! I could have stayed in the Dry Creek Valley forever, but we had brunch plans in Napa Valley so we were on our way again!

mustard in the valley


Have a beautiful day everyone! Do you have any fun weekend plans?


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Tags: California, Ferrari-Carano, gardens, Sonoma, Travel, wine

  1. Lazaro’s avatar

    Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful journeys…sounds like a blast. This weekend…well…I’ll be finishing up some articles for Blogcritics, cooking, blogging, and giving up sleep. Cheers!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend! I have not seen Blogcritics, will have to check it out.


    2. Kelly’s avatar

      Wow, I don’t think I ever would’ve left the spot with those amazing pink tulips. I am a huge fan of tulips for some reason, and obviously we know a huge fan of the pink so the combination is perfect.


    3. Bibi’s avatar

      That place looks so wonderful. I love touring wineries and gardens.


    4. Simply Life’s avatar

      Wow, it’s BEAUTIFUL there!!!


    5. Nicole’s avatar

      You always have the most beautiful pictures on here. It seems so relaxing! I especially love the tulips!


    6. Sasha’s avatar

      Love ferrari carano – we were here about a year and a half ago last time we were in Sonoma – one of the most beautiful wineries anywhere, and I personally loved their Chardonnay and Pinot Grigo. Gorgeous pictures of a lovely place


    7. Casey Angelova’s avatar

      Sounds like an amazing day! I can’t wait to go wine tasting again! My last time I was in Margaret River, WA, Australia. Check it out!


    8. s. stockwell’s avatar

      What a fabulous experience and thank you for taking us along.


    9. bunkycooks’s avatar

      Your pics are beautiful. They really make me want to head back to wine country. Thanks for sharing.


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thank you for your comment! They make me want to go back to wine country too :)


      2. Cristina (TeenieCakes)’s avatar

        The Pinot tastings sounds like a lot of fun and the visit to Ferrari-Carano looks so beautiful there. Will make a point to visit it next time we are up that way. Thanks for sharing and your great photos!


      3. Cheryl’s avatar

        Thank you for your kind comments, and so glad you enjoyed your tasting at Seasons and your visit to FC…we hope you’ll come back!


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