Author: Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

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 »

Winter in Sonoma Valley

Friday, November 19, 2021 1:00 AM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Winter is one of the most surprising times to visit Sonoma Valley: The hills bursting in bright green, yellow mustard flowers in the vines, which themselves lie dormant, taking a rest before the next vintage begins. Cooler than the rest of the year, but still mild from our Mediterranean climate, there’s an air of romance and coziness that can’t be denied. At this time of year, locals embrace the... Read More »

Rediscover Sonoma Valley

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 1:00 PM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Hey there! We haven’t seen you in a while. We’re glad you’re coming back to Sonoma Wine Country. Sure, our vineyards are still here and the redwoods and the hills all look the same, but we have a few new things to tell you about—like new restaurants, boutiques, wineries, and galleries, as well as some major hotel upgrades. Read on for what to rediscover in Sonoma Valley…


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2021 Holiday Shopping Guide

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00 AM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Sonoma's family-owned boutiques and wineries make holiday shopping extra special! It's always a treat to skip the big retail giants to find something unique for your friends and family. And best of all, you get to support small town shopkeepers who give their hearts and souls to our local community. Come support Sonoma's best on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and even Cyber Monday and wow... Read More »

Three Days in Sonoma Valley

Monday, September 27, 2021 3:00 PM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

Looking for the perfect wine country getaway? While there is enough to do in Sonoma Valley to fill well more than three weeks, three days in Sonoma Valley is a great way to start. Here’s an action packed way to spend three days in Sonoma wine country. For more suggestions, visit our two Visitors Centers or email us your questions at

DAY 1: Downtown Sonoma

  • Enjoy breakfast in

Growing the grapes that are the foundation of California’s world-class wines is a year-round job; but the autumn harvest season is one of the best opportunities for wine lovers to participate in and celebrate the winemaking process. Harvest times vary from year to year and grape to grape, but typically white and sparkling wine grapes are picked earliest in August, followed by red varieties and... Read More »

Wine Tasting Etiquette 101

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 1:00 PM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

With over 13,000 acres of vineyards and 80 tasting rooms, Sonoma Valley offers fantastic wine tasting options to explore. Specializing in wines like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel, there is sure to be a taste that works for you.

When you’re planning your visit, it’s always a good idea to not only understand a little bit about Sonoma Valley wines... Read More »