Santa Rosa Wine Tasting & Half Marathon

Disclaimer – I am not a good runner, I am not a fast runner.  My objective, like most runners I know, is to get out there and burn calories so I can enjoy food and drink beer without too much guilt!

I’ve met many great people through running.  No matter how different the personalities are, there is always the one commonality to bond over: running, race events & PR’s (and some have some pretty nasty funny poop stories).  Running also has other benefits; it’s a great excuse  to travel.  My first big adventure was running the Venice Italy Marathon in 2006 – it was AmaZing!  Most recently I was invited to run the Santa Rosa Half Marathon with a group of women – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Running Shoes.  Each year they choose a destination race, rent a house, enjoy, and run.  The day before the half marathon we rented bikes and did a ten mile bike ride / wine tasting tour in Dry Creek Valley.  There was entirely too much bike riding and not enough wine tasting, but the scenery was beautiful.

First stop on the tour was a bust, but the second made up for it.  Lambert Bridge Winery - tasty wine, beautiful grounds, and two of the biggest, fluffiest dogs I've ever seen.

First stop on the tour was a bust, but the second made up for it. Lambert Bridge Winery – tasty wine, beautiful grounds, and two of the biggest, fluffiest dogs I’ve ever seen.

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Passalacqua Winery -was awesome overload.  They were only doing cab flights so I passed (I'm a fan of Pinot)

Passalacqua Winery -was awesome overload. They were only doing cab flights so I passed (I’m a fan of Pinot)

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery - private tasting room

Passalacqua Winery – private tasting room

Passalacqua Winery - private tasting room

Passalacqua Winery – private tasting room

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery

Passalacqua Winery

The Santa Rosa Half Marathon itself was well organized, but the main draw would be the surrounding areas and the wine tasting!  This half marathon I rate a one and done – I don’t think I will plan another trip surrounding the event, but will definitely make it back to the area.

4 thoughts on “Santa Rosa Wine Tasting & Half Marathon

  1. Andrea says:

    What a fun trip! I’m impressed that you did bike riding and tasting the day before the race. I was in Santa Rosa in Sept and visited some of the same wineries.

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