Sonoma County is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy wine tasting. It has an extremely large collection of microclimates, making it one of the most diverse and special winegrowing regions in the world. Sonoma County was named the best U.S. wine destination and second in the world by TripAdvisor in October 2012.
Sonoma County is unique in that it offers world-class, gold-medal winning wines in a casual friendly environment without pretense. Simply put, Sonoma County wines are some of the best in the world, without the over-crowded tasting rooms, high prices, and intimidating environment.
There are currently 16 appellations in Sonoma County, all wonderfully unique. Visit SonomaWine.com for full details. I’m not going to discuss all 16 wine growing regions, but rather on the 3 Sonoma County wineries that have impressed me the most.
Full disclosure, I work here. But I can honestly say we’re a fantastic family-owned winery! We’re located in Healdsburg, in the Dry Creek Valley. We started selling wines in 1972, and we’re about to celebrate our 45th anniversary! We have a rich history. We were the first winery built in the Dry Creek Valley after Prohibition, revitalizing the region’s wine industry. We were the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley and we created the term “Old Vine Zinfandel”. We are known for producing world class “Blancs” (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Fumé Blanc), Zinfandel, and Bordeaux wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Meritage, Malbec).
Located in the Sonoma Valley, Robledo has a wonderful beginning. In 1968, Reynaldo Robledo left Mexico to work in the Napa Valley. He spent over 30 years learning the wine business, and in 2003, the Robledo family opened the first winery established by a former Mexican migrant worker.
I’ve tasted here over a dozen times, and every time I find something new and wonderful. I highly recommend their Tempranillo, a Spanish variety, as well as their Syrah & Port.
Located in the charming town of Sonoma, Sojourn specializes in Pinot Noir & Cabernet Sauvignon. When I go wine tasting, I usually find one or even two wines at each winery that I do not prefer. That has NEVER happened at Sojourn. Every time I taste, their wine quality and selection astound me. Be sure to try their Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir. Sojourn is available for tasting by appointment only.