Chances are if you are going to Sonoma Country in central California you have wine on your mind. After all, this area is home to more than 250 wineries and some of North America’s finest vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wines (not to mention some of the world’s most popular wines).

Nestled between California’s Pacific Ocean and a beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain backdrop, Sonoma Wine Country offers the visitor a wide variety of landscapes. This area produces an excellent variety of grapes, which have been grown here for centuries.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2010

If you plan on visiting central California, perhaps the key event to put on your vacation calendar is Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2010. A joint effort by several Sonoma Wine Country groups and organizations, this three-day event features the best of California’s food, drink and entertainment activities.

Weekend 2010 calendar of events include winemaker lunches and dinners with fine food and wine from many of the Sonoma’s award winning wineries. That’s just on Friday!

On September 4, 2010, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2010 features the 31st Annual Showcase, this time at MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg. After this 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. wine event, another of the fantastic winemaker dinners is on the agenda. Sunday’s key wine event is the 18th annual wine auction, held at Cline Cellars in Sonoma California.

Sonoma Wineries

Featured “Weekend 2010” wineries in Sonoma Wine Country also include;

  • MacArthur Place, a luxury inn and spa offering private gardens and teak wine tub
  • Imagery Estate Winery, featuring some rare wines and other choices from its Double Gold Medal list
  • The Inn at the Tides, with great views of the bay and the finest Sonoma accommodations

It’s impossible to provide information on all the great wineries in Sonoma Wine Country. After all, there are literally hundreds waiting to be discovered. In fact, it’s difficult to list all the names and locations without taking up pages of space. But the Russian River area might be a good place to start sampling the great wines here.

For example, check out Adrian Fog Winery, Dehlinger Winery, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Iron Horse Winery or one of many others in Sebastopol, part of this well-known wine-producing list.

A few other great Sonoma wineries to consider while vacationing in the area, where you’ll find plenty of top notch wines, are St. Francis Winery and Blackstone in Kenwood, Arrowood Vineyards & Wineries in Glen Ellen and Ravenswood in Sonoma. These are among dozens of Sonoma winery businesses that have daily wine tasting events and tours.

Sonoma Wine Road

One of the best ways to discover the best of Sonoma Wine Country is to follow the Sonoma Wine Road. This path takes you through some of the most beautiful places in California, not to mention taking you to some of the most respected wineries in the industry. Many of these vineyards and wineries have been producing top-shelf vino for decades.

First-time visitors who follow Wine Road through Sonoma Wine Country will travel a route enjoyed by veteran wine lovers for nearly half a century. This one adventure offers more than 150 choice wineries as well as unique Sonoma bed and breakfast accommodations and hotels at dozens of places along the way. Follow the Sonoma map for a wine tasting experience that is unrivalled in the United States. You’ll find Sonoma Wine Country fascinating for many reasons beyond just the great wine.

California Coast Tours by Caravan

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