North Bay Cheese and Wine Tour

Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

Daytrip across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit two award-winning artisan cheesemakers and a sustainable winery in the fertile farmland of Marin and Sonoma counties. Our first stop will be Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, where we’ll tour the creamery and learn how the Lafranchi family crafts their organic farmstead cow’s milk cheeses, then taste the results. Next, we’ll visit Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery to meet the people, sheep, and goats who produce their signature fresh and aged cheeses. To wind down the day, we’ll head to the recently restored estate of Scribe Winery in Sonoma. We’ll learn about the vineyard’s history and management practices, which aim to protect wild ecosystems and biodiversity, and taste some of Scribe’s terroir-driven wines.

Tickets include round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus, cheese and wine tastings, and lunch at Toluma Farms. This tour is co-sponsored by CUESA and the California Artisan Cheese Guild.

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite »

Where to meet: Meet in front of the Ferry Building on the south side. Please arrive by 8:30 am; we leave at 8:45 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.

Things to know: The weather can be unpredictable this time of year! Please dress in layers with umbrellas and/or rain jackets. Shoes must be appropriate for walking around the farms and vineyards, preferably waterproof!

Bring: A water bottle, layers. Optional: snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus, and cash for purchases. We will do our best to return by 4:45 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee a punctual arrival.

We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor, First National Bank of Northern California, for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.

Please note: Must be 21 years to attend. Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable.

A note about price: CUESA is committed to providing accessible food system education to all. If you are interested in a scholarship for one of our farm tours, please email Carrie Sullivan ( for a scholarship application.