Sonoma County

Beautiful and remarkably diverse, the Sonoma County line lies about 45 minutes directly north of San Francisco. This region covers 1,768 square miles and boasts a dozen specific appellations, which tells us that when it comes to terroir, Sonoma County offers plenty of variety from coastal breezes, to inland mountains, to pancake-flat valleys, to soft, rolling hills. Throughout the region, you’ll find a seemingly endless array of fabulous wines, fun things to do, and friendly people who feel very lucky to call Sonoma County home.

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Featured Wineries

Anaba Wines

Anaba Wines, named for the anabatic winds that soar through its vineyards, creates classic, elegant wines borne by the wind.

Benziger Family Winery

It is a combination of appreciation for family and respect for the land that allows Benziger Family Winery to craft wines that fully express where they come from. In each sip one can taste Sonoma County.

Chalk Hill Estate

For more than four decades, the elegant, world-class wines of Chalk Hill have provided a benchmark for Sonoma County. 

Chateau St. Jean

With its beautiful gardens, grand lawn, and award-winning wine, Chateau St. Jean is the perfect place for a romantic picnic. 

Cline Cellars

At the gateway to Sonoma wine country in the Carneros AVA, Cline Cellars provides visitors with a warm and wonderful welcome to wine country.

Fog Crest Vineyard

Established in 1998, Fog Crest Vineyard sits among rolling hills with southeastern exposure, providing excellent drainage and the full morning sun necessary for the production of premium wine grapes in the cool Russian River Valley.

Galatea Effect

Discover this exciting new ultra-premium winery’s “uber cuvées” from coveted vineyards in Sonoma and across California, with a focus on Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Rhône varietals.

Gary Farrell Winery

Guests enjoy nature’s sounds and sights as they sip Gary Farrell wines produced from iconic vineyards.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma, California is renowned for the creation of exquisite estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines as well as sparkling wines.

Gustafson Family Vineyards

Today, Gustafson Family Vineyards is home to 20 sustainably farmed vineyard acres and a winery producing 11 estate wines. 

Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery

Located on the corner of Sonoma Plaza in the historic Mission Hardware building, Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery sits just one block south of the area’s first vineyard, planted in 1825 by padres of the Sonoma Mission.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards/The Olive Press

Founded in honor of Valeriano Jacuzzi of pump and spa fame by grandson Fred Cline and his wife Nancy, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards stands for a passion for winemaking, invention, and a love of family.

Kendall Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens

The rejuvenated Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens is dedicated to celebrating wine, food, and all the best things of life, with every guest who walks through the door. 

Lake Sonoma Winery

Lake Sonoma Winery focuses on the most celebrated Sonoma sub-appellations in a portfolio of wines designed to showcase the region’s unique characteristics.

Lancaster Estate Winery

 At the southern tip of Alexander Valley, near the confluence of the Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, Lancaster Estate enjoys an enviable spot ideal for growing Bordeaux varieties.

Landmark Vineyards

The estate acreage and manicured grounds of Landmark Vineyards may lie at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, but they speak to a legacy that was born in the farmlands of Illinois in the year 1838.

Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estate

California Historic Landmark Number 893 in Sonoma County is also home to Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estate. Although hops are no longer processed here, the majestic old kilns now serve as Landmark's spectacular tasting room.

Larson Family Winery

The vineyards of Larson Family Winery speak of a colorful history, but what matters most to Tom and Becky Larson is their commitment to family and making world-class wines.

Ledson Winery & Vineyards

The Ledson family spans five generations of farming and winemaking in Sonoma County with more than 150 years of tradition.

Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery

Replanted in 2011 in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the estate vineyard grows a variety of Pinot Noir clones, most notably Clone 37, which was brought to the region by Martin Ray in the 1940s.

Moshin Vineyards

Twenty-eight years ago, a pure passion for Pinot Noir launched Rick Moshin’s second career as a farmer and the winemaker for Moshin Vineyards.

Papapietro Perry Winery

The name Papapietro Perry is frequently found in the most respected wine industry publications. Wine Spectator recently named it one of the top 20 Pinot Noir producers and honored it with the Critics’ Choice Award. 

Patz & Hall

Every inch of The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall is dedicated to greeting guests and making them feel like old friends as they sample the exquisite wines.

Ravenswood

Ravenswood Winery began life in 1976, when Winemaker Joel Peterson scrambled to harvest eight tons of Sonoma County Zinfandel before the rains fell.

Schug Carneros Estate

Family owned and operated since 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is located southwest of the town of Sonoma. 

Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery

With a history that dates back 111 years, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery is one of the great names in American Wine.

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Over the past 122 years, five generations of the Seghesio family have acquired, planted, and farmed 300 prime vineyard acres in Sonoma County’s Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys.

SIMI Winery

Until recently very few women have been mentioned in the long history of wine making in California—SIMI Winery is a notable exception to this omission. 

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

At St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, wine and food blend perfectly to reflect the beauty and charm of Sonoma Valley.

Tara Bella Winery

Tara Bella Winery totals only six acres, but it produces some of the region’s finest Cabernet Sauvignons.

Trione Vineyards & Winery

Trione’s state-of-the-art winemaking facility and tasting room was built alongside Sonoma County’s historic Old Stone Building, dating back to 1908.

Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate

With a history that dates back more than 150 years, Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate is one of Sonoma Valley’s most historic wineries.

White Oak Vineyards and Winery

Today, White Oak has refined its selection of estate wines, designed to reflect founder Bill Myers’ original vision of great wines suited to a range of tastes—from graceful, elegant whites, to rich and complex reds. .

Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery and Vineyards

Producing just 3,000 cases per year from its estate vineyards, Zina Hyde Cunningham is well known for its small-lot productions of award-winning wines.

Notable Wineries

Amphora Winery

Long before he developed Amphora Winery, Rick began his career at at another winery when he was just 20 years old. He spent two decades working in wineries in the Napa Valley and Sonoma.

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Ancient Oak Cellars

The story of Ancient Oak Cellars is about families working together.

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Annadel Estate Winery

From the ruins of a nineteenth century winery and 20 acres of neglected vineyards and rose gardens, Annadel Estate Winery has become one of Sonoma Valley’s standout wineries, offering an utterly unique, private wine tasting experience. 

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Arbios Cellars / Praxis Cellars

Seasoned winemaker Bill Arbios had an impressive résumé before he began Arbios Cellars in 1993. He had worked with many prominent wineries but longed to express his own artistry and create something lasting for himself and his family.

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery

Arrowood Winery sits on a hillside just outside the charming town of Glen Ellen in the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley.

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B.R. Cohn Winery

For those who love excellent wines, olive oils, music, and a relaxed family vibe, B.R. Cohn Winery hits all the high notes.

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Buena Vista Winery

The Count of Buena Vista is credited with creating California's first gravity flow winery, excavating the area's first wine caves, and introducing Redwood barrels for aging and fermentation: he imported more than 300 different varieties to California from Europe. 

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Carol Shelton Wines

Whimsical, creative, and ever enthusiastic about her work, Carol Shelton has been lauded with countless medals and honors through the course of her 33-year career.

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Clos Du Bois

Clos du Bois has always set the standard for wines and hospitality in the Alexander Valley.

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Deerfield Ranch Winery

Dedicated to the land where its wines are grown, Deerfield Ranch Winery is committed to Biodynamic farming and is one of Sonoma County’s few certified organic wineries.

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DeLoach Vineyards

Since 1975, DeLoach Vineyards has been a pioneer in the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley.

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deLorimier Winery

Intrigued by the Alexander Valley’s mosaic of soil types and microclimates, Ken and Diane Wilson became the new owners of deLorimier Winery in 2008.

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Dry Creek Vineyard

Dedicated to producing wines that put quality over price, Dry Creek Vineyard offers a portfolio of distinguished wines. 

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Dutcher Crossing Winery

The high wheel bicycle is a fitting symbol for Dutcher Crossing Winery, not because Proprietor Debra Mathy is an avid cyclist, but because to ride it, one must possess imagination, determination, and a good deal of skill.

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Family Wineries

When vintner Barry Collier opened the doors of the first Family Wineries facility in the spring of 2005, he launched an innovative way to introduce wine tourers to not one, but, several previously undiscovered local wineries under one roof.

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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Known for its impeccable ability to craft high quality wines year after year, Ferrari-Carano has earned its place on every wine tourist’s “must-visit” list. 

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Foppiano Vineyards

Nestled in the rolling hills of Sonoma sits Foppiano Vineyards. The winery sits upon a 160-acre estate in the acclaimed Russian River Valley.

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Freestone Vineyards & Winery

When the legendary Joe Phelps and his son Bill founded Freestone Vineyards & Winery, they discovered a new kind of gold on the slopes of western Sonoma County.

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Fritz Winery

At a time when going green is a goal for many, Fritz Winery is already enjoying the fruits of its eco-conscious efforts that began more than 30 years ago.

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Graton Ridge Cellars

There is something for everyone at Graton Ridge Cellars. A large selection of various wines from the lush Russian River Valley await in the tasting room, ready to be enjoyed.

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Harvest Moon Estate & Winery

The opening chapter in the story of Harvest Moon Estate & Winery begins back in 1977 when the Pitts family planted their first grapes in the fertile Russian River Valley.

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Imagery Estate Winery

At first glance one recognizes that Imagery Estate Winery gives new meaning to the art of winemaking. With innovation and unconventionality at the core of its principals, Imagery takes risks in winemaking practices—and succeeds.

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Krutz Family Cellars

Krutz Family Cellars was recently named one of the Seven New Stars of California Chardonnay by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Lost Canyon Winery

Dedicated to expressing the true essence of Sonoma County’s top-tier vineyards, Lost Canyon Winery handcrafts select, single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay.

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Manzanita Creek Winery

Brothers Jack and William Salerno of Manzanita Creek Winery first laid eyes on Dry Creek Valley in the heart of northwest Sonoma County wine country 25 years ago and were bound and determined someday to give up their jobs in construction and painting to make wine.

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Matanzas Creek Winery

Cradled between three mountain peaks in Sonoma’s County’s small, fertile Bennett Valley, Matanzas Creek Winery crafts distinctive wines that speak to this beautiful, singular place.

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Matrix Winery

The wines of Matrix Winery are not produced, but nurtured. This process starts in the vineyards, where they carefully manage the environment—matching each vine to its perfect soil, climate, and exposure.

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Medlock Ames

Medlock Ames is dedicated to practicing environmental sustainability and the production of premier quality wine.

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Merriam Vineyards

The legacy of Merriam Vineyards began on a wine-fueled honeymoon in France, where New Englanders Peter and Diana Merriam became enraptured by the oenological world.

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Mueller Winery

Prior to founding Mueller Winery, Robert Mueller built an impressive résumé, first working for many notable wineries and then designing and establishing one of Napa and Sonoma’s largest custom crush facilities.

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Raymond Burr Vineyards

The genesis of Raymond Burr Vineyards occurred in the middle of the 1950s when two actors with a shared interest in orchids met and became life-long friends.

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Robledo Family Winery

In 2003, the Robledo family made history by opening the first winery in the United States established by a former Mexican migrant field laborer.

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Rodney Strong Vineyards

The name Rodney Strong has become synonymous with excellence in Sonoma County.

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Roth Estate Winery

Roth Estate is a family-owned winery committed to crafting exceptional quality wines grown in the best vineyards

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Russian Hill Estate Winery

Russian Hill Estate overlooks a magnificent vista with vineyards and a solitary hop kiln that often peeks out over the afternoon fog.

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Russian River Vineyards

First founded 50 years ago, Russian River Vineyards is a Sonoma County icon and an idyllic winery destination.

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Sheldon Wines

Sheldon Wines was born from the passion and fearlessness of a young couple that borders on delusional.

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Thomas George Estates

This Russian River Valley winery is committed to reinvigorating the tradition of producing artisan wines at its historic Westside Road location.

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Thumbprint Cellars

At Healdsburg’s Thumbprint Cellars, Proprietor/Winemakers Scott and Erica Lindstrom-Dake bring a hip and stylish new meaning to the phrase the “art of winemaking.”

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Trattore Farms

Just west of Healdsburg in glorious Dry Creek Valley, Trattore Farms grows wine grapes and olives in a singular destination.

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Viansa Winery & Marketplace

Idyllically situated on a hilltop at the entrance to the legendary Sonoma Valley, Viansa Winery & Marketplace has become a destination for wine and food lovers from around the world. 

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VJB Vineyards & Cellars

Wine has been a constant in the Belmonte family for many generations. From the rolling hills of the Sonoma Valley, VJB wines express the unique qualities of the land and a strong family tradition.

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Featured Accommodations

Bodega Bay Lodge

Perched on a pastoral bluff overlooking the rugged Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay Lodge is the quintessential California coastal retreat. 

 

Flamingo Resort & Spa

This historical landmark, located between Sonoma Valley wineries and downtown Santa Rosa, offers 170 newly remodeled rooms and suites.

Fountaingrove Inn Hotel and the Steakhouse @ Equus

The simple elegance and gracious hospitality of Fountaingrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center make it an instant hit for vacationers and business travelers alike.

Honor Mansion, a Wine Country Resort

Built in 1883, the stately Honor Mansion welcomes guests to Sonoma wine country with the warmth and grace of a bygone era.

Ledson Hotel

A thriving winery, a boutique luxury hotel, and a chic bistro on the plaza—each of Steve Ledson’s visions deserves to be seen and experienced.

Timber Cove Inn

Arriving at Timber Cove Inn, guests will follow a picturesque, winding route filled with redwood groves and jaw-dropping ocean views to a beautiful hillside bluff overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Here they'll find the inn, perched on a cliff overlooking one of California’s most beautiful coastlines.

Applewood Inn, Restaurant & Spa

Sheltered by towering redwoods and surrounded by fruit orchards and  gardens, this historic and romantic enclave provides 19 rooms and suites and a peaceful refuge for adults to  relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect.

Villa Terra Nova

Generous in spirit and size, Villa Terra Nova embodies all of the elements one desires in a unique and elegant wine country retreat.

The Inn at the Tides

Simple elegance abounds, as it has for decades, at The Inn at the Tides. Set along the isolated Sonoma coastline, the enclave of 86 guest lodges, two restaurants, swimming pool, spa, and meeting facilities provides an ideal sanctuary for rejuvenation and relaxation.

MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa

MacArthur Place is arranged in a conclave of charming buildings connected by flagstone walkways. Ten guest rooms are located in the property’s original 1850s residence. The inn’s suites offer fireplaces, king-size beds, flat-panel televisions, and other modern amenities.

Sonoma Valley Inn

The charming Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn has been owned by one family for three generations. It is set in an ideal location, just steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza.

Petaluma KOA

Rated one of the top RV campgrounds in California, this beautiful campground offers 312 spacious sites on 70 acres and the best in family, group, and big rig RV camping. It’s located 34 freeway miles from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and just minutes from Sonoma wineries.

Sonoma Carneros Barn House

This is the ideal Sonoma vacation rental for four to six guests who enjoy space, privacy, and wine country living. This modern two-story barn-style home has two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully stocked chef’s kitchen, outdoor area, bikes, and more.

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen

Located in the heart of historic Sonoma downtown, El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen offers the ultimate Sonoma wine country experience.

El Pueblo Inn

Providing an ambience that blends Tuscan beauty with adobe serenity, El Pueblo Inn is a wonderful oasis with meticulously maintained adobe interiors and many services and amenities.

Featured Businesses

Cornerstone Sonoma

This wine country marketplace features world-class shopping, wine and spirits tastings, artisanal foods, local art, stunning gardens, seasonal classes, unique event venues, and is home to Sunset Magazine’s Test Gardens + Outdoor Test Kitchen.

Glen Ellen Village Market

Serving Sonoma Valley for more than 50 years, these beloved community institutions are known for outstanding service, top-quality food, and a deep connection with local growers and guests.

Heart of Sonoma Valley Wineries

Discover 28 amazing wineries offering world class wines, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, and winemaker tastings within minutes of Sonoma Plaza. Enjoy one- and two-day Wine Trail Passes year round.

Leone Wine Tours

A personalized tour just for you. Sit back, relax, and ride in the comfort of Jill Leone’s fully loaded luxury vehicle!

Pure Luxury Transportation

For unparalleled service and an unforgettable experience, put your next visit to Sonoma Valley in the hands of Pure Luxury Transportation.

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Quarryhill is a woodland garden cradled in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains featuring more than 20,000 plants of wild origin in a natural setting.

Sonoma Market

Serving Sonoma Valley for more than 50 years, these beloved community institutions are known for outstanding service, top-quality food, and a deep connection with local growers and guests.

Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

Embark on a journey full of rich, local history and meet fellow wine tasting enthusiasts as you visit four unique Sonoma Valley wineries. 

The Olive Press

Sonoma County’s first olive mill, The Olive Press has become the nation’s most highly awarded olive oil producer.

The Wine Carriage

Travel in a carriage drawn by two magnificent draft horses through vineyards and private lanes to premium tastings at three boutique Alexander Valley wineries.

Featured Destinations

Dry Creek Valley

In the heart of Northern Sonoma wine country, Dry Creek Valley beckons with an undulating landscape stretching 16 miles long and just two miles wide.

Sonoma Valley

Sonoma Valley lies in the heart of Sonoma County. It’s an authentic and inviting wine destination—a rolling patchwork of scenic farms, parks, communities, and vineyards.

Healdsburg

If you’re looking for 5-star cuisine and world-class wines combined with a charming and down-to-earth atmosphere, then look no further than Healdsburg, CA.

Videos

Gary Farrell Sense of Place Experience

Gary Farrell invites you to their private tasting salon for an exploration in renowned Russian River Valley vineyards through a curated flight of current and library release wines. 

Gary Farrell Woodland Tasting

While the Gary Farrell Winery tasting room and terrace receive an elegant facelift Nov 2016 through May 2017, guests are invited to experience the new and very special "Woodland Tasting."

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery Harvest Part 2

Gary Farrell Winery making wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine grapes in Russian River Valley. Part 2 of 2, "At the Winery" showcases the winemaking process during harvest.

The Inn at the Tides

Enjoy the beautiful Inn at the Tides!

The Tides Sea Lions

Meet the Sea Lions at the Tides.

The Tides Wharf Restaurant

The Tides Wharf - Winner of the KRON 4 Best of the Bay Viewers Choice Award

Leone Wine Tours

Jill Leone, owner of Leone Wine Tours, gives an overview of Sonoma County.

Sunset Celebration Weekend 2016

Sunset's Celebration Weekend 2016 hosted at Cornerstone Sonoma!

Events

Top Stories

Sonoma County, CA: Foodie Finds

7/19/2017

Follow us and sample, shop, learn about, and savor Sonoma County's flavors! 

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Sonoma County, CA: Say Artisan

6/28/2017

The pastures of Sonoma County provide abundant nourishment for its cows, sheep, goats, and buffalo. Their wholesome milk yields a whole lot of artisan cheeses to try.

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Wine Country Experiences: Across the USA

8/11/2016

From sea to shining sea, the United States has an array of wine countries with so much to see, taste, and do.

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Wine Country Experiences Sonoma County

7/14/2016

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that stunning Sonoma County—with its more than 55 miles of Pacific coastline, mighty redwood forests,and valley after fertile valley of family farms that yield a bounty of produce—lies in such close proximity to a big city. 

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Warm, Welcoming Sonoma County

6/15/2015

Sonoma County is a dog and wine lover’s paradise. Not only does it boast more than 55 miles of rugged Pacific Ocean coastline, giant redwoods, statuesque mountains, winding rivers, and fertile valleys, it is home to more than 400 wineries, more than half of which are dog friendly.

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20 Great Wines that Say Cheers from Sonoma County

1/1/2015

In honor of Touring & Tasting’s 20th anniversary, we asked wineries across beautiful Sonoma County to join us in a toast with their finest celebration wines. Here's how they're saying “Cheers!”

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Dry Creek Valley Passport Weekend

1/1/2015

Touring & Tasting's Editor in Chief, Wendy van Diver, highlights the Dry Creek Valley's annual Passport Weekend in this lively Tour Journal feature. 

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Labor & Love in Sonoma County

6/17/2014

What does it mean to work as a family in the wine industry? Of the 170-plus wineries in Sonoma County today, a large majority are family owned and operated. 

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The Noteworthy Wines of Summer/Fall 2014

6/17/2014

The noteworthy wines in our Summer/Fall 2014 issue.

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Editor's Tour: Northern Sonoma County

12/24/2013

T&T's Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Van Diver, details her most recent six-day tour through some of Sonoma County's top wineries, hotels, and restaurants.

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Foodie Fun In Sonoma County

6/10/2013

Spanning more than one million acres, Sonoma County offers a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, herbs, poultry, livestock, and fresh seafood waiting to be harvested, prepared, and enjoyed.

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Destination Races: Events With a Sense of Place

4/5/2013

Today, there are six annual Destination Races, introducing runners from all over the world to six unique North American wine countries.

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Adventures in Sonoma County

12/23/2012

If you're a lover of exploration and discovery, Sonoma County is waiting for you. This massive wine region is the size of Rhode Island, with over 370 wineries and 15 separate AVA’s.

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Celebration Sonoma Style

6/19/2012

Beautiful Sonoma County has it all. From its rugged Pacific coastline to its mountains, hills, and valleys, it abounds with wonderful food, wine, and people.

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Sonoma Women in Wine

12/13/2011

Although women still make up a small percentage of the industry, they’re making themselves known. Here are ten who agreed to pause for a moment to tell us why they love wine and why you should visit them in Sonoma County.

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