Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part Three

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Jen, me and a giraffe at Safari West wildlife park, in California’s Sonoma County

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Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part Two

 

Recently,  The Wine Institute sent me and my friend Jen Miner to the Northern California wine country to discover the joys of California Wine Month…or as most people call it, “September.”

September is indeed a gorgeous time to visit Sonoma County, home to over 250 wineries and the sleepy city of Santa Rosa. But with September on the way out, I’m happy to report that Sonoma County should also be pretty darn stunning in October and November. 

For a little Santa Rosa travel-planning inspiration, consider taking a side trip to Africa — while never leaving the wine country. 

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Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part Two

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The Plaza Street Mural illustrates the history of Healdsburg, California

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Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part One

 

My friend Jen Miner and I recently returned from a research trip (no, seriously) to Northern California wine country. We were sent by  The Wine Institute to discover the joys of California Wine Month…or as most people call it, “September.”

September is indeed a gorgeous time to visit Sonoma County, home to over 250 wineries and the town of Healdsburg. The grape harvest has just begun, so some vines have been picked clean, while others hang heavy with fruit. Mornings are cool and overcast, midday is sunny, and by 4:30 p.m., the sky starts to turn golden.

The even better news? Sonoma County should also be pretty darn stunning in October and November.

For a little Healdsburg travel-planning inspiration, consider indulging in a winery’s custom-made wine pairing menu, and appreciating a little local art. Y’know, like we did. 

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Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part One

Grapes in Kenwood, California, the heart of Sonoma County wine country

According to The Wine Institute — who just sent me and my friend Jen Miner to the Northern California wine country on a research mission — September is California Wine Month

September is a gorgeous time to visit Sonoma County, home to over 250 wineries and the towns of Petaluma, Kenwood and Sonoma. The grape harvest has just begun, so some vines have been picked clean, while others hang heavy with fruit. Mornings are cool and overcast, midday is sunny, and by 4:30 p.m., the sky starts to turn golden.

The even better news? Sonoma County should also be pretty darn stunning in October and November. 

For a little travel-planning inspiration, here are some of the adventures that Jen and I enjoyed in Sonoma County, from Chardonnay-sipping to sleeping (on high thread-count sheets) in a former California mission.

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Off to Napa and Sonoma for California Wine Month

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Hi there, wine lovers!

Tomorrow I’ll be off to Northern California, wending my way through Napa and Sonoma with my dear friend and fellow blogger, Jennifer Miner of The Vacation Galsin honor of The Wine Institute‘s celebration of California Wine Month.

(And yes, I’m with you: every month might as well be California Wine Month. However, September is extra special because it’s harvest time.)

Jen’s and my itinerary seems nothing short of spectacular, designed to highlight Napa and Sonoma as ideal destinations for romantic and girlfriend getaways. I’m excited to share our adventures on Instagram (@travelswithtwo) and Twitter (@wynnewin) as we travel through these wine valleys for the next few days.

And starting next week, I’ll share posts about the trip here on Travels With Two!

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The Women of Sonoma Wine Trail

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The Women of Napa Wine Trail

Chalk Hill above the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County - Photo by SShupe

Recently, I was so inspired by the female vintners of the Napa Valley, I designed a wine trail to honor them. As soon as I’d finished, I got to thinking:

Who and where are the women of the wine industry in Sonoma?

The result is a wine trail that’s so big, it takes 14 wineries to follow them all.

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