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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TWT Travel Binder: California

I live in California and love it dearly.  

I’m based in Los Angeles, but gravitate repeatedly to the gorgeous center of the state. 

California is almost a country unto itself, and full of adventures.

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to California.

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Northern California: Napa & Sonoma

We like wine. Specifically, Adam likes to drink it and I like to learn about it, think about it, seek it out and hunt it down.

Known collectively as the California Wine Country (though not, by all means, the only ones in the state), the Napa & Sonoma Valleys are excellent places to do all of this…

…while you’re still alert and upright.

 

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Northern California: Our Favorite Places

I took my first trip to Northern California in the summer of 1986, traveling from DC with my parents and older brother. San Francisco was exciting, Monterey dramatic, the Napa Valley a dream. A few years later, when it became clear that my math scores would never merit entrance to Stanford, I mourned the loss of a golden life I could have spent frolicking across the magnificent quad in Palo Alto.

But there was good news ahead — turns out that even if you have to live in Los Angeles as an adult, you can marry into Northern California.

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