We get to taste wine all the time here at Snooth (it’s what we do, after all), and when I travel to a winemaking region I get to spend countless hours in cellars and traipsing around among the vines.  You might get the impression that wine is all I care about, which, while not terribly off the mark, ain’t the truth.

One of the things I’ve tried to do as my travels have brought me to various and sundry places is to learn a little more about the history of a wine-producing region, and the people and places that stand out and help to tell its story. I’ve also started to look for the surprises that frequently lay on the fringes of many regions, both literally and philosophically.

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Sonoma last year, a wonderful place blessed with natural beauty and an admirable culture of respect for all things, including land, hard work, and consumers! During my stay there I did a bit of poking around, and put together this short list of fun, surprising, facts that can help to give one a fuller picture of what Sonoma is all about.

Want more about Sonoma?

Come to Snooth and check out our Sonoma profiles, including Patz & Hall, Dashe Cellars, and Alexander Valley Vineyards. While you're there, find out about Great Values in Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 Killer West Coast Chardonnays.