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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