In Sonoma Valley we take winegrowing seriously. In wine country, “wine growers” are the skilled farmers who grow the grapes for the wine, an esteemed profession because true wine lovers know that the quality of the product in the bottle starts with the work of the hands in the field. While grapevines are prolific and widely planted around the world, cultivating them successfully from the beginning... Read More »

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards' Executive Chef Peter Janiak harnesses the beautiful emerging abundance of spring vegetables like peas, leeks and fennel to create a light yet flavorful soup. Try this as your first course for your spring holiday meal alongside St. Francis' zesty Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc!


  • 2 cups of leeks (3/4” dice half moons)
  • 2 cup medium diced fennel
  • 4 oz butter

A Field Guide to Sonoma Valley

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 4:00 PM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Sonoma Valley’s diversity of natural habitats and micro-climates makes it a perfect spot to see wildlife and unique plants.

The fact that the greater county of Sonoma boasts over 400 species of endemic plants, of which 150 are rare species or subspecies, is a testament to the incredible richness of our valley. From the marshes of San Pablo Bay and the thermal springs at Boyes Hot Springs to the... Read More »

Recipe by Manuel Azevedo at Tasca Tasca

The marinade

¾ cup (177 grams) dry red wine
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons (30 grams) red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon (14 grams) fine sea salt
2 teaspoons (4 grams) Portuguese spice blend (p. 21)
1 bay leaf, crumbled

The pot roast

5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) boneless beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch pieces
6 ounces (170 grams) linguiça, cut into ½-inch... Read More »

Romance is alive in Sonoma Valley, whether you’re looking for a special night out, the picture-perfect spot to propose, cozy stargazing or a unique place to spend a night away. (Check local conditions for lodging availability. The famed wine country valley just north of San Francisco is home to more than 100 wineries, and many are offering special Valentine’s themed tastings. Bring your sweetie or... Read More »

Rainy Day Fun in Sonoma Valley

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:00 PM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Photo: © 2020 John Baston

Winter is Sonoma Valley’s best-kept secret. While much of the United States is covered in snow and sleet, our landscape turns emerald green, thanks to our seasonal rains. With temperatures that rarely drop below freezing it’s as mild a winter as they come, while still getting to take advantage of all the cool weather charm! Sonoma Valley is built for all seasons, but... Read More »

Cannabis 101: A Visitors' Guide

Monday, December 27, 2021 10:00 AM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Cannabis tourism is growing quickly throughout California. With over 800 dispensaries, cannabis is as approachable as it is legal. With lots of ways to enjoy it, from smoking or vaping to ingesting edibles or drinking it in tonics or sodas, and with countless strains to explore, from indica to sativa, consumers will find as much diversity in the possibilities as they would in the wine, beer and... Read More »

While Sonoma Valley might be most well-known for wineries, it is a little-known fact that the valley is also a hotspot for wellness, from spas and hot springs to yoga studios and fitness clubs.

That Sonoma Valley’s reputation as a wellness destination is such a secret is largely due to plate tectonics. Back in the 19th century, Sonoma attracted visitors from around the country for its natural hot... Read More »

While the adage of drinking what you enjoy always rings true, it’s also true that the perfect wine and food pairing can be transcendent. Take it from us: understanding grape varietals and which meals match them best is sure to create a flavor explosion that you won’t soon forget. Whether you seek to match textures, or balance out flavors, pairing wine with intention can take your dining experience... Read More »