If you like wine-tasting in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful settings and you’re looking for a more laid-back and less touristy version of Napa Valley, consider a weekend getaway to Sonoma Valley Wine Country.
Save yourself time and hassle when planning your trip. The Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau is a great resource for finding out everything you need to know about where to stay, where to eat, where to go wine-tasting… and more! Get maps and guides on events, activities and special deals that are going on throughout the year. Continue reading →
We recently attended Sonoma Valley’s “Feast of the Olive Dinner” – an extraordinary dining experience that attracts olive, food and wine aficionados from around the world. The annual dinner is held during Sonoma Valley Olive Season (January through February) – a two-month long wine country celebration featuring all things olive. The Feast of the Olive Dinner is so aptly named because it brings together 18 of Sonoma Valley’s top chefs and every bite of their incredible olive-inspired culinary creations was a feast to our palettes!
The intimate 150-person dinner was held in the stunning Vineyard Room at Ramekins Culinary School, nestled in downtown Sonoma. At first sight, the long expansive tables (which were set to perfection) looked like a scene out of a State Dinner. Each table had a dedicated team of executive chefs who prepared a unique five-course dinner of scrumptious olive-inspired dishes – and each course was paired with award-winning Sonoma Valley wines.
If you love wine, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. People flock here year-round from all over the world to see the vineyards – but this time of year is especially beautiful. Harvest season or “crush” is in full swing (when the grapes are picked), usually late summer early fall (August-October
Napa and Sonoma are within close proximity to San Francisco – both destinations make a Fun Wine-Tasting Day Tour or weekend getaway. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the Bay Area, a local who loves wine-tasting, or entertaining out-of-town guests or clients, a Guided Wine Country Tour takes all the hassle out of planning where to go and how to get there… not to mention all the traffic, especially at this time of the year. And having a guide who is knowledgeable about San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sonoma, wineries and wines, is priceless.
If you love wine, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit Napa Valley and Sonoma WineCountry – especially at this time of the year when harvest season is in full swing. Napa and Sonoma are within close proximity to San Francisco – both destinations make fun wine-tasting day trips or weekend getaways. Visit a mix of boutique and large-scale wineries, enjoy wine-tasting and learn how wines are made in California’s historic wine region. Sample wines from famous grape-growing regions such as Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Yountville, Stags Leap, Los Carneros, Sonoma Valley, Kenwood, and Glen Ellen.
Next time you’re visiting Sonoma, check out the new Jacuzzi Winery (yes…the Jacuzzi Spa family). Just opened in July 2007, the rustic-Italian stone winery, Neptune’s Fountain, Courtyard and vineyard views are fabulous. Take a self-guided tour (no guided tours available…yet). Wine-tasting is free – at least for now!
The Olive Press shares space in the Jacuzzi winery – enjoy complimentary olive oil tastings, private tours and gourmet gift shopping.