Sonoma County, California

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Stunning Sonoma Wine Country is waiting to be discovered less than an hour north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, between the Pacific Coast and the Mayacamas Mountains. Come to where world-class Sonoma County wines get their start, and see what’s on our Platinum List.

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5 Primo Places to Stay

Ledson Hotel

Luxurious! A charming retreat on downtown Sonoma’s plaza.  Featuring 6 rooms, Private balconies, Whirlpool tubs, Marble bathrooms, Vintage-style décor.

The Inn at the Tides

Simple elegance! Set along the Sonoma Coast overlooking Bodega Bay.  Featuring 86 rooms, 2 restaurants, Wine dinners Outdoor pool, and Fitness center.

Bodega Bay Lodge

Breathtaking! Perched on a bluff overlooking the rugged Sonoma Coast.  Featuring 84 rooms Private balconies, Wood-burning fireplaces, Heated pool, and Spa.

Flamingo Resort & Spa

Glamourous! A wine country destination with the ambiance of a 1950s summer resort.  Featuring 170 rooms & suites, 13 meeting rooms, Wine country cuisine, Health club & spa access.

MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

Hospitable! An oasis with great amenities in the heart of wine country.  Featuring 64 rooms & suites, Historic grounds, Garden, spa, Suites with fireplaces, and a Restaurant.

Fabulous Spots for Foodies

The Olive Press

This highly awarded olive oil producer has a tasting room at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. It’s brimming with olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and there’s always plenty to sample.

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

Farm-driven cuisine is the direction for Executive Chef Armando Navarro. The menu touts dishes that showcase seasonal produce in an earthy, yet sophisticated way. In keeping with El Dorado’s overall eco-friendly green initiatives, Chef Navarro sources his ingredients from local purveyors and nearby Sonoma farms.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

St. Francis was voted #1 Restaurant in America by OpenTable Diners in 2013 and 2015, thanks to the house chef’s delectable multicourse tasting menu.

Sonoma Valley Inn

Situated just steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza, this friendly inn offers delicious complimentary breakfast and close proximity to more than one dozen highly rated restaurants.

Sonoma Carneros Barn House

For gourmet cooks inspired by Sonoma wines, this well-appointed rental has a fabulous kitchen with a professional grade Viking range and subzero fridge.

Captivating Grounds

Madrone Estate at Valley of the Moon Winery

This historic property in Sonoma Valley features lovely grounds complete with an olive grove ideal for picnics. There’s also an inviting sunny outdoor patio and bocce court.

Benziger Family Winery

This magnificent property features a biodynamic estate vineyard and wine caves. The winery’s 45-minute tram tour provides a behind-thescenes look.

Buena Vista Winery

Located just five minutes from Sonoma Plaza, Buena Vista’s Historic Press House is a designated Historic Landmark. It has lovely shaded picnic grounds, too.

SIMI Winery

Set in a grove of towering redwood trees, this winery has pristine gardens and century-old buildings including the historic stone cellar where wine has been produced for 127 years.

Quarryhill Botanical Gardens

These picturesque grounds include one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world. And that’s only the beginning.

La Crema Estate

In the heart of the Russian River Valley, the new La Crema Estate is nestled within the famed Saralee’s Vineyard. The historic barn is a center for tasting and education.

Matanzas Creek Estate

Set in a strikingly landscaped garden of ancient oaks, greenery, and lavender fields, this winery is a sight to behold, especially in June when the lavender blooms.

Petaluma KOA

Seriously. This attractive family camping resort is rated at the top of most California RV campground lists with plenty of space and a rural atmosphere.

Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery

The winery’s lush gardens provide a perfect backdrop for the Garden Tasting. Guests can also arrange in advance for a guided tour and even a delicious picnic lunch.

Exceptional Hospitality

Ledson Winery & Vineyards

This winery treats guests like royalty in its stunning Castle. Service is impeccable, yet there’s a casual ambience that makes us want to stay all day.

Patz & Hall

The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is dedicated to making guests feel at home. Seated tastings are offered as well as the Salon experience, complete with exquisite food bites.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Gracious hospitality abounds at this beguiling Carneros winery. Guests enjoy table service on the Vineyard Terrace, guided tours, and elevated experiences, too.

DeLoach Vineyards

We always feel welcome and certain we’ll learn something when we visit DeLoach. The list of fun appointment-in-advance guest experiences keeps getting better.


This inviting winery should be as famous for its gracious hospitality as is its lengthy portfolio of Zinfandel wines. A welcoming staff, a laid-back atmosphere, and a pretty outside seating area put it on our list.

Larson Family Winery

This family-owned winery treats guests like they’re part of the brood. They are invited to picnic, play bocce, and visit the goats.

Lake Sonoma Winery

Located on First Street West, right off the historic Sonoma Plaza, the charming tasting room greets human and canine guests alike. The outdoor seating area is private and cozy.

Heart of Sonoma Valley Wineries

More than two dozen wineries located within minutes of Sonoma Plaza have joined together to provide visitors the best possible experience in Sonoma County. Their Wine Trail Pass is a very generous deal.

5-Star Tasting Experiences

Anaba Wines

This charming tasting room hosts a series of enlightening wine education experiences on a wide range of topics. There’s a different lesson each week, offered Friday through Monday.

Corner 103

Chic and innovative, the tasting room emphasizes learning more about region’s wines in a non-intimidating setting. Each distinctive wine comes from a different Sonoma County AVA.

Gary Farrell Winery

Besides its signature seated tasting on the terrace, the winery now offers the unique Woodland Tasting in three glamping cottages in a beautiful natural setting.

Leone Wine Tours

Jill Leone knows the backroads of Sonoma County like the back of her hand, and she’ll take us there in her fully loaded luxury vehicle.

Cornerstone Sonoma

This unique wine country marketplace features a collection of world-class shopping, boutique wineries, tasting rooms, artisanal foods, art-inspired gardens, and often there’s live music.

Top Palate Pleasers

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc

“The 2015 Fumé Blanc is a beautiful wine that emanates the classic Dry Creek Vineyard ‘house’ style of Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is mouthwatering and delicious with lovely intensity and a clean, pure finish.”

PAIRING: Fresh oysters

2014 Moshin Pinot Noir, North Coast

This is a BIG Pinot, surprise! Treat this beautiful Martini Clone Pinot Noir like a ‘bigger’ wine and enjoy the nuances it can offer in its deeper range.”

PAIRING: Barbecued spareribs

2013 Highway 12 Cabernet Sauvignon

“This is undeniably the classic bold Sonoma Cab you’ve been searching for…Intense hit of black fruit right up front and the stabilizing don’t want this to end.”

PAIRING: Ribeye steak

2015 Schug Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

“We showcase the elegant side of Pinot Noir by aging in large neutral oak casks and older French oak barrels to keep new oak flavors to a minimum.”

PAIRING: Grilled fish

2014 Sbragia Gamble Ranch Chardonnay

“Aromas of poached pear, vanilla, and ripe apples practically jump out of the glass. Meyer lemon curd and butterscotch appear underneath the primary scents with an interesting rocky minerality.”

PAIRING: Fresh seafood

2013 Tara Bella Winery Russian River Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

“The 2013 vintage is a fragrant, complex wine. The nose is full with the aromas of rich caramel and ripe berries. This wine pairs perfectly with your favorite cheeses and charcuterie!”

PAIRING: Roast Prime rib

Patz & Hall

Patz & Hall

Anaba Wines

Anaba Wines