By Beth Fletcher
There are plenty of wine bars to be found around the Sonoma region of California, but very few are up close and personal to the beaches of the coast itself. If you have had your fair share of wine bars that are located around mountains, plains, and vineyards and want a different setting for an evening with friends, choose Gourmet au Bay for a Sonoma Coast Weekend Excursion in order to combine great vintages with great coastal activities.
What’s Your Favorite?
Since no two wine aficionados will agree about which bottle or glass is the best, Gourmet Au Bay keeps a huge number of different reds, whites and pinks in their cellar for discerning customers. Not just any wine is featured – you will find no mass-marketed Beringers or Fetzers here. In order to fill a glass at the Gourmet au Bay, any given wine on the menu must be a specialty choice that fits at least one of the following criteria: less than one thousand cases in production (this means that customers are sure that their wine is crafted specifically for their tastes instead of mass-produced for a chain of grocery stores); has scored at least ninety points; has won a gold medal. No matter what color or taste of wine goes past your lips, you can be sure that there is no bad choice to be found here.
You can go to a wine bar anywhere and get a glass of Pinot or Malbec. But can you indulge your passion for “wine surfing” as you drink? Wine surfing does not require any coordination or agility, but allows you to select a flight of three wines from the wine list which is then served up on a surfboard. You may then take your surfboard outside on the deck and enjoy the bay view while you sip.
Join The Club
For those who want to experience some of the hidden gems of Sonoma County without having to leave their front door, Gourmet au Bay can be more than a Sonoma Coast Weekend Excursion. Joining the club allows you to select up to six different wines per quarter that will be delivered to your front door. Whether you know exactly what you like or whether you want suggestions based on your preferences, you can get rare wines without driving up and down the region.
Gourmet au Bay is located at 913 Coastal Highway One in Bodega Bay, Calif. For more information call (707) 875-9875 or visit their website at www.gourmetaubay.com