Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Valley
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One of the prime wine producing regions in California. A visit to Sonoma Valley yields an outstanding array of food, lodging and scenery.
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dwo99
Washington, DC79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The old Sonoma I used to love apparently has gone the way of hyper-commercial Napa. Gone are the days of casually driving around, stopping at random wineries for a quick tasting and perhaps pick up a bottle or two of reasonably priced wine. Just a few short years ago (2019) the standard tasting fee if there was one was maybe 10 bucks per person on the high end. Now it’s $25 per person for what amounts to less than a glass of wine each. It’s the equivalent of the $27 beer at La Guardia airport, a complete ripoff.

Save your money and go to Oregon or Washington state, whose wines are equal in quality and taste (if not better at times), and are considerably less expensive for tastings and bottles.
Written May 17, 2022
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cbsiew
Lake Worth, FL4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We drove through on our own and found a winery that looked good online (St. Francis). Was even more beautiful in person. The wine tasting was great, as was the host, who was so full of information! The landscape of the mountainous wineries was beautiful, but honestly, Napa Valley was even more beautiful. If you’re coming to California wine country, surely visit both Sonoma and Napa. Both are incredible! We will definitely visit again next time when there are grapes growing. Even with no grapes on the vines, it is still beautiful and we had a wonderful trip!
Written March 7, 2020
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Wynn R
Morgan Hill, CA2,349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Grew up in Marin, this neighbor to the north was always a nice weekend trip. The wineries proliferated, there is still much of the rural charm because of this. the southern edge meets the SF bay, through the town of Sonoma, past Boyes Hot springs and coming to a tight end at Glen Ellen and Jack London State park. Spent many an underage night with My bestie at The Three Nations playing pool for beers and winning almost all the time. Wines, hot spring spas, history and parks it's all here and nothing but small town atmosphere.
Written April 11, 2020
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surfercharlie
Glendive, MT1,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I have been looking forward to driving through Sonoma Wine Country for a long time. While there were not as many grapes as I imagined, there were still quite a few. The area was dry and just a little bit hilly. I don't know what I expected, but it was a nice drive and interesting to look at the countryside.
Written August 18, 2021
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Valerie W
Asheville, NC6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Our reservation for an accommodation in Napa was cancelled at the last minute (beware using Diane de Filipi for rentals!) and we had to re-route our itinerary which had us ending up in Sonoma (the town) and boy are we glad that happened. It really was fortuitous. Not only does Sonoma have all the wine country things, but the square is lovely, there's a lot of interesting historical stuff, and we found a cool greenway to walk (bike path) that passed lots of interesting things. And the neighborhoods in Sonoma are peaceful, walkable, and gorgeous.
Written June 23, 2021
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Wano16
Plantation, FL800 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I love this area. So beautiful. So many wineries. All kinds of places to visit, buy and drink wine and dine. Great weather especially spring and fall. I could stay forever.
Written October 25, 2020
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18583son
Sonoma, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
When you visit Sonoma Valley, you'll definitely spend some time on the Plaza and visiting wineries. Plan to hit the Plaza on your first day so you can stop by the Visitors Bureau (beautiful stone building on First Street East side of Plaza) to pick up coupons for the wineries. Most wineries now charge $10 to $20 for tastings. The Visitors Bureau has lots of buy one, get one free coupons as well as some coupons for free tastings. Free maps too! Enjoy!
Written May 26, 2013
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Joe H
Sonoma, CA97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
And he was so right....the Valley rolls out in front of you with everything really taking place on Broadway/Highway 12 (they are the same) towards Santa Rosa. A beautiful drive, you can turn around at Ledson Winery and head back towards Sonoma, and stop at all the places you saw as you zoomed by! The journey is the adventure here. Don't miss the plaza of course, where life really happens for all Sonoman's, Buena Vista Winery is the winery that the mind's eye thinks of when one visualizes a winery so you must go there for their haunted ghost tour of the champagne celler. Stop at "Sigh" a bubbly wine bar on the lovely 'Vine Alley' also on the plaza...in Sonoma they say 'eat, drink, relax, repeat' as the mantra and they don't disappoint with fine dining like stalwart 'the girl and the fig', local cuisine with friendly service at the town's beloved Swiss Hotel, kickin' it up with drinks and dancin' at Steiners Tavern also on the plaza or the newish Burgers and Vine which always is a jumpin' on the weekends...venture past the plaza and on that drive I mentioned and if it fits your itinerary, try not to miss Plain Jane's Consignment = awesome home furnishings at amazing prices, the Fruit Basket - great fruit and veggies and also great prices, heading on down further the Church Mouse stores, both of them offer used goods and crafts and people love these stores! As you pass Sonoma Mission Inn, you will see 'El Molino' one of California's five best restaurants according to Travel Magazine, known for their Mexican street food. Its right across the street from wonderful gringo Mexican at La Hacienda for the more tranditional fare plus a full bar! ole! Soon you'll be heading thru gorgeous winding vineyard highway and on your right will be Oak Hill Farm, a must stop Martha Stewart like veggie stand and place to buy wreaths and other organic decorations. Also a fantastic place if you like to photograph things as its always visually stunning at this very popular place. As you meander north on 12 further, you will pass a great dog park in Glen Ellen, the town of Glen Ellen itself is tiny but bucolic and adorable and if you have time a great place to stop for dining or groceries at the Glen Ellen Market, sister market to Sonoma Market. Places that I always stop at include Swedes Feed, Pet Supply and Nursery - amazing stuff, Café Citi in Kenwood for the most amazing Italian food - try the smoked chicken caser omg or any pizza there if its lunch. Notable wineries I recommend along the way are Ledson, the turnaround point and a must taste/must see place, St. Francis - amazing wine / food pairings and a view to die for, Imagery Estate - part of Benzinger and great art; Arrowood - highly respected winery of Sonoma Valley, the venerable Chateau St. Jean and Kunde. A delightful day that does not leave you to exhausted to enjoy dinner once you return back to the plaza!
Written March 25, 2015
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marion2mickey2
vermont2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are a group of friends from Vermont, we booked a private SUV tour to Muir Woods and California wine country tour that took us to Sonoma & Napa. We had a blast!
It was the first week of May 09, The weather conditions were just perfect. We first had a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge and then drove to Muir Woods redwoods park via Sausalito. The sequoias in redwood park are impressive and very tall. We could not picture one redwood tree without laying on the ground to fit it in one shot! ! We hiked through the redwoods for about an hour! It was foggy when we got there .But it was fresh peaceful!
I personally loved the ocean view hiking trail. It took us time to get back to Muir Woods main entrance but that was a great hike though the redwoods. There was ranger who explained a number of facts about the redwoods and the difference between redwoods and sequoias ,located in the sierra Nevada.
After our hike in muir woods , the tour guide drove us from Muir Woods to Sonoma Valley wineries. We loved the small wineries we visited where got complementary wine tasting! Some wines were ok but others were really delicious! We learned to pairing wine & food! You know what! It changes the taste of food when you choose the right wine!!

We have to say that we enjoyed both Napa and Sonoma. However, we found out that Napa wineries are more commercial. We prefer Sonoma wineries for the service and the wine. Maybe because we had only one day tour to the wine country…we still need to see the other wine growing regions in Napa Valley. I hope will make it back next year to Napa Valley.
I hope this tour review helps others in search of good tours to Muir Woods and to the country.

http://www.winecountryprivatetours.com/Sonoma-Valley-wine-Tour.htm
Written May 30, 2009
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t f
Chicago, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
Ok, if you love wine and you're in Northern California you obviously have plenty of choices, the first being which valley to visit. I visited both Napa and Sonoma and for a guy like me, Napa was nice but c'mon man. Give me a break. I love analogies so here's two...the first since I'm a native Floridian who knows his home state's beaches and the second since I think snow skiing is the coolest sport ever:
1. Napa is to Sonoma as South Beach is to Fort De Soto.
2. Napa is to Sonoma as Vail is to Steamboat Springs.

One is for people who have some bizarre need to pay more for the same or a lesser experience, be seen paying more for said experience, and care greatly about how much the people around them are spending and what they're wearing. The other is for the people who are there for the actual experience! Sonoma Valley blows Napa Valley away! No comparison! If you feel the need to taste wine in a replica medieval castle or replica French chateau, Napa is for you! If you simply want to taste great wine served by real people at a winery that actually looks like a real winery, it's Sonoma Valley for the win baby! Need to spend $500 plus on an average hotel room? Napa loves you! You're a reasonable person who doesn't associate the total of the bill with the totality of the experience? Once again, Sonoma is where you'll find your wine tasting paradise. Don't just take my word for it. Go there with at least three days to spend tasting wine. Spend one day in Napa, the other in Sonoma and leave day 3 open for what you feel is the better of the two and I'll bet you one tasty adult beverage you'll be spending day 3 in Sonoma Valley. Both have tremendous wines, no doubt but Napa feels like Disney World where Sonoma is an actual wine wonderland! Cheers!
Written September 29, 2017
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