Wine Tasting in Sonoma

Spending the day tasting wines in Sonoma is quite different and a bit more difficult than visiting wineries in Napa. In Napa the wineries are conveniently found along Rt 29 and the Silverado trail. In Sonoma the wineries are found in regions that are more like separate small pockets from Schelville to Geyerville. Along the way you find wineries in the many areas of Sonoma County including Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Santa Rosa and Healdsburg, just to name a few. There are numerous wine regions such as Carneros, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek. Driving along the highways of Sonoma you will see advertisements for wineries and the occasional "Tasting Today" sign but driving through Sonoma you leave wine tasting to chance if you don't do at least a little research in advance. Preferably, do a search of the grapes you enjoy most. If you are a fan of Pinot Noir you will probably want to visit Russian River Valley as that area is well recognized for having the perfect weather for growing Pinot Noir. If you love Zinfandel check out Dry Creek. Map out the wineries you want to visit, and make sure you aren't spending too much time tasting as the distance between wineries in Sonoma County can be lengthy. In Sonoma County a little planning goes a long way to making sure you make the most of your day in the wine country. Happy Tasting!