What do you love in Sonoma County? On the right side below we organized information by appellatin/valley. Listed are some of our favorite wineries & restaurants. Our e-mail address is at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.
Harvest Time for Zinfandel Grapes in Sonoma County! Robert Young Estate Winery, Alexander Valley. Great cabs & chardonnay!Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Rodney Strong Vineyard, Russia River Valley. Many wine varietals to taste at all price points. Great quality and wonderful tasting room folks.
Truett-Hurst Vineyards, barrel tasting. Dry Creek Valley, great reds, especially their White Sheep & Blacksheep pinot noirs!
Wisteria in bloom at our Villa Sonoma Townhouse. For rental information e-mail us at VillaSonoma@yahoo.com
Dutton Estate Winery,
Russian River Barrel Tasting in March
We spoke with some winemakers at the Russian River Barrel tasting and they said 2010 was a very good year, they expect some wonderful wines! We visited 6 wineries: Balletto which had 3 wonderful 2010 Pinot Noirs in the barrels. Also Dutton Estate Winery had a barrel of 2010 Dutton Palms Chardonnay and 2010 Isabella Pinot Noir that were both very good. Some of us purchased futures at both of these wineries.
We also visited Iron Horse, Sunce', Benovia & Chalk Hill. It was our first time to Chalk Hill, it is a great winery! There were over 100 wineries to taste so we just pick a few and were very happy with our choices. This event takes place every year, usually the first 2 weekends in March.
Chalk Hill Winery Cellars
Mustard in the vineyard in March
Early spring in Sonoma County! The mustard, redbud, cherry trees and daffodils are blooming. The rain fall is at 75% of normal so we hope for some spring rains! The wisteria is budding and every where u look you see green and flowering trees about to bloom. Its a magical time to be in wine county!
We love it here and have become Sonoma County Aficionados. So many great things to do and see in Sonoma County! There are excellent wine appellations, small towns for shopping, picnics, award winning resturants, cafes and more. The Redwood Forest and Russian River lead you out to the dramatic Sonoma Coastline.
It is a big county so it's best to have a plan when you visit. Most of Sonoma County is about an hour North of San Francisco.
Friends coming to Sonoma County Wine Country often ask our recommendations so we have put them all here on MySonomaCounty.com. Our place is centrally located in the village of Cotati so we are able to frequent the Sonoma Valley, Russian River, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley & Carneros appellations easily.
The tabs on the upper right start with 'TIPS FOR WINE TASTING' with some basic info. If you're an experienced wine taster you can probably write this yourself.
We have divided the Sonoma County Wine Country into 4 different itineraries, each for a great day of tasting.
1) SONOMA VALLEY/TOWN OF SONOMA
2) HEALDSBURG/ALEXANDER VALLEY/DRY CREEK VALLEY
3) RUSSIAN RIVER
4) CARNEROS APPELLATION
We also have information for a non-winery day with a drive through the: REDWOOD FOREST, SONOMA COAST & BODEGA BAY.
We have other information you might find useful such as RESTAURANTS, EVENTS, and COTATI INFO.
If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail us below or give us your feed back. Hope you make it out to Sonoma County soon!
Larry & John