In the News

OCTOBER 2016

San Francisco Chronicle – One Day, One Place: Historic Sonoma
The city of Sonoma has been jokingly called Slow-noma, but the people who live here are serious about their rural lifestyle and deep valley roots. Many of the family-run businesses have been passed down through generations, and merchants work hard to keep the area’s atmosphere wholesome. There’s plenty to do, but not a dizzying number of choices.

Conde Nast Traveler  Top Hotels in Northern California: Readers' Choice Awards 2016
MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, and the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa made the list of the Top 20 hotels in Northern California. 

Open Table – Top 100 Restaurants
Congratulations (again) to St. Francis Winery and Vineyards on being selected for OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants. This is their third time making this list! 

California Through My Lens – Exploring Sonoma: Where to Eat, Drink, Hike and Relax
This video follows Josh McNair, blogger and video producer, on his 48-hour trip to Sonoma Valley. In partnership with Lake Sonoma Winery and Madrone Estate Winery, the SVVB helped coordinate and suggest his itinerary to include members: Pangloss, Ledson Hotel, Sign of the Bear, Figone’s, Sonoma Cheese Factory, Tiddle E. Winks Vintage, Sweet Scoops, The Cottage Inn & Spa, Sunflower Caffe, El Dorado Kitchen, the girl & the fig, HopMonk Tavern, Madrone Estate Winery, Lake Sonoma Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma Springs Brewing Company, MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, Cornerstone Gardens, Park 121 and Jack London State Historic Park. 

"After spending 48 hours exploring Sonoma County, we compiled this video to show you the highlights that you need to make sure you see when visiting the wine country. Sonoma is the perfect weekend destination in Northern California for relaxing, eating and exploring."

Travel + Leisure – How to Have the Perfect Vacation in Sonoma
"No longer in the shadow of Napa, the gorgeously laid-back California county is booming with new restaurants, inns, and tasting rooms that are giving travelers a fresh reason to visit." The Bureau helped coordinate the content and photos for this article in the highly acclaimed Travel + Leisure Magazine. The article includes shoutouts to Jack London State Historic Park, Ravenswood Winery, Three Sticks Winery, Hanzell Vineyards and Beltane Ranch. 

Sacramento Magazine – A Sommelier's Tour
With shoutouts to Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, St. Francis Winery, Corner 103, Oso, Girl and the Fig, Cafe La Haye, LaSalette, Kenwood Inn and Spa, Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma, Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, this article, by Sonoma Valley's Christopher Sawyer, chronicles the Northern California wine regions. "When a wine getaway is on the calendar, it helps to have an expert’s advice about where to go and what to drink. Here’s a guide to four prime Northern California wine-tasting regions."

CNN Travel – 60 Second Vacation: Sonoma Valley
As part of their destination video series, CNN describes Sonoma Valley as a top tier wine growing region of the U.S., with towns being tourist favorites, offering many food and wine tasting options, and recognizing the valley as the birth place of California's wine industry.

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

USA Today – Fall Foliage: 10 Spots for Leaf Peeping
"Wine and leaves go together beautifully, and you can have both in the Sonoma Valley. Early September through mid-November is harvest season here, so go ahead and taste award-winning wines at a vineyard while checking out the changing colors. Drive through Sonoma Valley along Arnold Drive, lined with multicolored canopies of oak and maple before continuing on Highway 12, where vineyards paint the ground with sun-fire hues and wines are paired with the October harvests."

Bay Area Reporter: LGBT travelers find a perfect pairing in Sonoma
You don't have to twist my arm to venture up to Sonoma for a weekend of wine tasting and exploring the restaurant scene. Just thinking about it makes my girlfriend and I want to recline back on a porch with a glass of wine and a plate of appetizers as we carry on conversations with our friends...

Conde Nast Traveler: Where in the World to Eat
“Chef Ari Weiswasser seems to work the line every single night. The roasted baby carrots with harissa and crispy chickpeas, served in a cast-iron skillet, was a standout. The menu is simple..." 

DuJour Magazine: The Bucket List: Northern California Travel Guide
Take a two-part trip to Northern California with waterfront views, fresh seafood and endless wine tasting...
 

AUGUST 2016

7x7: A Jazz Hands-Worthy Weekend in the Sonoma Valley
Each summer for the last five years, Broadway has come to Sonoma thanks to the Transcendence Theatre Company, which puts on an all-out stage production of iconic show tunes and dance numbers in the open air at Jack London State Park. The rollicking performance is worth building an entire weekend around...

San Francisco Magazine: The Best Places to Go Drinking with Your Dog in Sonoma County
While it’s technically true that more than half of Sonoma County’s roughly 425 wineries are dog friendly, that’s sort of like saying that most fast-food chains are vegetarian friendly (we see you there, Arby’s bread sandwich). Just as in Napa, in Sonoma County there’s a difference between best in show and merely showing up. Here, seven wineries that have made it to top dog...
 

JUNE 2016

Forbes.com: You Think You Know Wine Tasting? Sonoma Is Redefining The Game With New Tasting Experiences
Wine tasting trips are a treat; what’s not to love about sipping wines in their natural settings? Even if you know nothing about wine, you can appreciate the tastes, the views, the cheese plates and bread sticks. But as the days go on, and the wine starts working...

JustLuxe.com: Scenic Sonoma is a Wine Country Lover's Delight
Sonoma is a wine country lover’s delight: It has ambience, idyllic scenery and sumptuous bounty from surrounding farms and wineries. Sonoma is the perfect spot for a getaway. Make it a point to stop at the gems just on the outskirts of town you’ve probably passed by on prior visits...

Transcendence Theatre Company recently shared their talents and performed on Good Day Sacramento

Food Network: A Newcomer's Guide to the Sonoma Valley!
This California wine region is home to more than 450 vineyards and some of the state's best eats, making it a must-visit for wine lovers and food lovers alike...

Oyster.com: 5 Alternative Ways to Tour Sonoma Wine Country You Won't Expect
A short drive from San Francisco, Sonoma County produces some of the best wines in the country. Though this quiet Northern California farmscape is often overshadowed by its better-known neighbor, the Napa Valley, Sonoma offers excellent wine touring options -- sans crowds or pretense. Best of all, the area offers plenty​...

Examiner.com: Kenwood: Kick back in Kenwood
The tiny hamlet of Kenwood dates back to the late 1800s when it was part of a Mexican land grant. In 1895, the townspeople voted to name the location Kenwood, because its original name – Guilicos, the land grant designation – was too difficult to pronounce...

 

MAY 2016

Bay Area Buzz: Sonoma Weekend Getaway Guide
Today, Sonoma is at the forefront of California’s wine industry, known for growing everything from Pinot Noir to Chardonnay grapes. However, the city also has a rich past including the mission period as well as Mexican colonial history. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway...

 

APRIL 2016

Sunset Magazine: Best places to live for any lifestyle
“Everyone’s thinking about food and wine all day long here,” says Sondra Bernstein, proprietor of The Girl & The Fig restaurant in Sonoma. “It’s like, ‘What’s happening in the news?’ ” Bernstein, who has many projects, recently added a 2-acre biodynamic farm in a sharecropping agreement with a winery...

Where Traveler: Explore the Charming Downtowns of Northern California Wine Country
The small town of Sonoma is marked by the Sonoma Plaza, the largest in the state. Colonial-era adobe buildings surround this town center that’s served as both a Mexican military outpost and a Spanish Mission village...

Wine Country Getaways: Sonoma Valley Wine Country Getaway
There’s so much to see, do, and explore in this area known as the Valley of the Moon. We just spent three full days exploring the Sonoma Valley wine country. What a treat and delightful way to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying beautiful scenery...

 

MARCH 2016

KCBS Foodie Chap interview with the girl & the fig
A native Californian, Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Zimmerman knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life at 23 years old; as a manager at a restaurant in Southern California he saw the chef leaving for the night after a busy dinner service...

KCBS Foodie Chap interview with Glen Ellen Star
Established in 2012, Glen Ellen Star is the culmination of a decade-long dream by Chef Ari Weiswasser and his wife Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser. Resembling a quaint farmhouse while invoking a rural and rustic feeling of California wine country...

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