Located inside of a historic barn down an alley from Sonmoma's main square is Abbot's Passage. Part winery tasting room, part curated shop - this stop is full of adventurous spirit. Goods for sale include artisan jewelry and gifts (many created by local makers!) and trusted outdoor brands for explorers.
When we first arrived, we perused the goods in the shop while sipping on rosé and then went up to the wine loft where our host Katherine had the rest of our tasting set up. The intimate space is inviting and light filled, and our tasting in the loft included nibbles that paired perfectly with the delicious wine. They host more casual tastings at the bar in the shop or outside on the patio. As a bonus, they also offer workshops, so you’re able to learn a new skill while enjoying a tasting.
We were initially drawn into this spot because it’s a project of Katie Bundschu, a member of the Bundschu family who run another of our favorite spots, Gundlach Bundschu. Katie is a sixth generation vintner and sought out to make different styles of wine than her family's other production, leading her to create Abbot's Passage and their small-lot, field-blend wines.
The location itself is easy to miss, tucked away down a relatively quiet street, but that’s part of its charm and adventurous spirit. The kind of people who explore and follow their curiosity to this little shop and tasting room are exactly the kind of people who would enjoy it most.
Their tagline "for all that I have not seen" is evident in the style of wine, the names, the items in the shop and their love of adventure. We had a lovely visit with great conversation at Abbot's Passage and would guide fellow explorers planning a day around Downtown Sonoma to stop by to check it out.
27 E Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Hours: 12pm-5pm Friday - Sunday | By appointment Monday - Thursday
Tasting fee: $25
Hot Tips: Ask about how the name Abbot’s Passage came to be. Try the truffle potato chips. Go for a makers workshop.
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