Wine & Design at Ledson Winery Sonoma

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Wine & Design at Ledson Winery Sonoma

What does a Vancouver Home Stager do after her Real Estate Staging Association Conference winds up in San Francisco?  She goes on a quick wine tour of Sonoma, of course! 

 Ledson Winery Sonoma

After the RESA Conference was finished, my gal pal and fellow Edmonton Home Stager, Peg Barcelo-Jackson and I rented a car and drove to Sonoma for a whirlwind one-night stay.  We stayed at the beautiful Ledson Winery Hotel in downtown Sonoma, then travelled the next day to their main winery and vineyard. 

 Ledson Winery Sonoma - Entry

My first thought when we arrived at the Ledson Winery was “pinch me… am I in a fairy tale?”.  This winery building was more like a castle than a tasting edifice.  We entered the Foyer of this building and were met with a grand, sweeping staircase.  All I could think of was the staircase in the Titanic.  Sadly, there was no young Leonard DiCaprio to greet me, but hey. 

 Ledson Winery Sonoma - Fireplace

We toured this amazing facility, complete with separate tasting rooms, and gorgeous architectural details.  Of course, as a designer, the surrounds are almost as important as the wine itself.  Apparently, the Ledson family had originally planned for this to be their residence, but it was just too special not to share with the public, and become the main greeting and tasting endroit for oenophiles and wine lovers alike.

Ledson Winery Sonoma Wine Tasting 

Peg and I enjoyed our own, private wine tasting, and didn’t waste a drop.  Not much wine was thrown back into the bucket, I admit…  I clinked home with several bottles, including a wonderful bottle of Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, which I’m saving for a special occasion. 

Ledson Winery Sonoma - Upstairs

 Upstairs outside the wine tasting room

If you find yourself in San Francisco, it’s well worth the extra trip to Sonoma, where wonderful wineries and tasting experiences abound.  Cheers!

Comments (16)

Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I bet you and Peg sipped your way thru Sonoma!! What a gorgeous building-it was probably originally built by someone who made lots of money in the gold rush-the architecture is so Victorian/Arts and Crafts-wish I could have been there! I love Sonoma.

Feb 22, 2013 09:24 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I would have hidden in a closet until they closed, just to spend the night ! Magnificent place !

Feb 22, 2013 01:07 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Sally, Glad you had a chance to go to Sonoma and see one of our states most beautiful areas and btw, the wine is pretty good too!
Feb 22, 2013 02:23 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Joanna - Surprisingly, this building, referred to as the "Castle" by locals, started construction in 1993!  You'd swear it was built at the turn-of-the-century, but not so.  It's a massive gothic, French-Normandy style building.  Oh, and to answer your question, yes, Peg & I sipped our way through Sonoma!!! ;-)

Michael - Too funny!  Had I thought to hide in the closet, I certainly would have!  This place was beyond amazing!!!

William - I'd been to Napa before, but really wanted to check out Sonoma.  The town is really delightful and very French!  The atmosphere seemed far more relaxed than Napa; what a beautiful slice of California.

Valerie  - The photo actually doesn't do justice to how magical the winery looked when we first drove up.  It really does take your breathe away.  Ha ha...  I think Leo forgot to wear his striped blue & white shirt.  That's why we can't see him... ;-)

Feb 23, 2013 01:15 AM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Sally, would have loved to have joined you and Peg. I lived in San Francisco for a year and didn't make it to Sonoma NEARLY enough! A friend and I went to the Valley of the Moon Festival - the first crush. I could make that an annual trip! Quaint shopping and eateries around the square, but we didn't know about this place! Now I need to go again. :)

Feb 23, 2013 04:51 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kim - You were so lucky to live in San Francisco!  The town of Sonoma is so charming.  I absolutely love all the boutiques, wine tasting venues and restaurants all within the square.  Oh yes, you must check out Ledson Winery.  It's pretty spectacular. 

Feb 23, 2013 08:09 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

What no picture of the two of you 'tasting'? Looks like a lovely place and well worth the side trip!

Feb 23, 2013 08:17 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Janice - Ha ha - that may have to be for another post!

Feb 23, 2013 08:25 AM
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Sally - I had to come back to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you for RESA's Top Ten Stager of the Year!!! You modest gal, I scrolled past that logo designation and realized I hadn't said a word - Totally Fantastic, and SO well deserved - YEA!!!

Feb 23, 2013 09:58 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Sally ~ what a great adventure you two had in Sonoma!  It sounds like you really enjoyed the Ledson Winery and Vineyard (and their hotel, too).  What fun!

Feb 24, 2013 08:26 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Holy-bringin'-back-the-memories-BatmanSalGal! =D What a great time we had, even though the GPS took us for a ride until we had to mutiny! We definitely have to do that again! So many wineries, so little time! *sigh*

Feb 25, 2013 01:01 AM
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Great pictures and what a fun way to spend a day! 

Feb 28, 2013 12:06 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Many many moons ago I went to Switzerland and we visited several castles....your pictures remind me of that trip!  You must have had so much fun....good for both of you for extending the trip and making the most of it!

Feb 28, 2013 04:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great photos Sally, hope that you had lots of fun and learned a lot at the conference!

Feb 28, 2013 02:12 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kim - Thanks so much!  It's such an honour to be voted one of the top 10 Stagers in Canada! 

Maureen - It really was fun, and has given me a taste to go back and spend more time in Sonoma.

Peg - You were a blast to hang out with in Sonoma.  Oh yeah - I forgot about that silly GPS trying to take us on a joy ride!  Hey, you can't outsmart two wild and crazy Canadian Stagers - oh no, you can't!

Rich - Had to tack on some extra fun time to our Conference.  Can't wait to go back and fit in the wineries we weren't able to get to.

Sharon - The photo of the Ledson Winery really does look like a European castle, especially in the misty morning. 

Bob - Thanks - we did have fun.  It was a great combination of learning, reconnecting with fellow stagers and wine tasting - a perfect combination!

Mar 01, 2013 05:10 AM