Darn Good Deals: Complimentary Wine-Tasting in Sonoma

April 10, 2023

Looking for a great outing that is cheap and fun?  Do you want to know about my hidden secret in Sonoma Valley? (If you aren’t in the Bay Area, come visit and take advantage of this.)

How many of you like wine-tasting?

How many of you like to do it for free?

How many of you like a very generous offer?

Even though free wine tasting is recently a thing from the past, at least in Sonoma Valley, there’s still a way to do it.  Yes, without buying a bottle of wine. (Many “reimburse” you for the price of wine-tasting if you buy a bottle.)

Do you have a VISA Signature Card, or do you have any friend who has one?  If so, you are elligible for free wine-tasting in Sonoma!(<- Click the link for the list of participating wineries.)

Among many listed, our favorite is Buena Vista Winery.


We got $10 wine-tasting for free (2 per card).  And on their tasting list, there were about 8 of them instead of usual 5. AND, the serving was generous — about 2 oz each, compared with usual 1 oz. AND, our guy, Quinn was topping some extra in our glasses!  AND, he gave us 3 or 4 extra tastings that were not on the list and were from their private reserve list.  AND he kept going in to the back to get things like cheeses and olives to let us experiment with food pairing!

Maybe it was because he liked me (or maybe it was the bubbly girls in their mid-20s - our friends visiting from Canada), but beside that, he was more than generous!  Another winery we visited (we did only 2, just because we had so much wine from Buena Vista), there was only about 5 tastings of 1 oz each.  5X1=5 oz vs 10-12X2= 20-24 oz. You do the math!  Either way you can’t lose.

Now you know why I recommend Buena Vista.

Plus Quinn was so knowledgable about wine and food, and outgoing and gregarious. We learned a ton and had a great time.  A good looking, generous guy who loves to cook and eat (and drink, obviously)!  Too bad, I’m married!

So if you go, ask for Quinn to serve you.  If you go, tell him that I sent you. (Even though he may not remember me.)

Have fun and let me know how your visit was.

Happy Easter!

PS: For those of you who are looking for Magic Mushroom Soup recipe — I will post it by Monday.

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