Author: Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

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 info@sonomavalley.com.

DAY 1: Downtown Sonoma

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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 »

Planning a corporate event in Sonoma Valley is ideal, particularly for smaller meetings or retreats. With plenty of intimate venues and the exquisite backdrop of vineyards and historic towns, it’s easy to turn what might normally be an average event into a highly memorable one. But creating that wine country meeting involves more than a pretty space—it means a deeper understanding of how things... Read More »

A wedding in Wine Country is every couple’s dream for good reason—there’s nothing like the picture-perfect backdrop of vineyards, great food and iconic wine to create an aura of romance. If you want to your special day to be something you’ll remember fondly, it’s important that you start off on the right foot by knowing your budget, understanding the impact of the dates you select, and connecting... Read More »

With all the fun there is to have in Sonoma Valley, sometimes a quick bite to eat is all the time you’ll have before bouncing off to the next wine tasting, nature trail or boutique. Best of all, speed won’t come at the expense of quality. Sonoma Valley’s farm-to-table legacy makes us an epicenter of delicious produce and fresh meats. Check out this list of great places to eat when you’re... Read More »

Farm Fun in Sonoma Valley

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 3:00 PM by Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau

As a hotbed of sustainable agriculture and small family farms for decades, it’s no wonder Sonoma Valley became the birthplace of the American farm-to-table movement. Blessed with rich soils, a sunny climate and cooling fog and sea breezes makes the food here taste special--so much so that the iconic food writer, MFK Fisher, made the valley her final home, and Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters... Read More »

Like most of California, Sonoma Valley's natural beauty and pleasant weather is coupled with the Mediterranean climate that brings mild, wet winters and dry summers. The lush hills that sprout wildflowers in winter and spring turn to golden waves of grasses studded with oaks in the summer. A defining characteristic of this climate is less rainfall than other parts of the continental United States,... Read More »

Want to tour wine country without driving your car, but maybe in a limo or a trolley? Sonoma Valley has it. What about a vintage VW microbus for a winery tour, or an electric scooter or bike to take you down the trails towards farms and vineyards? Sonoma has that too. In fact, in Sonoma Valley you can get out and explore on two wheels, four wheels and even by hot-air balloon. Sometimes the journey... Read More »