As a wine writer and reviewer I have visited numerous domestic and international wine regions, and love many varieties and styles of wine. Home is where the heart is and two years ago I moved to the Russian River Valley of North Sonoma County to surround myself in its beauty, food and wines.

Over 200 wineries can be found in the North Sonoma Wine Road, in a 30-mile radius. If you are looking for ‘palace’ wineries, head to that ‘other’ valley.  lmost all here are small, artisan and family owned.

At its hub, is Healdsburg, a small town with world class restaurants, over 20 downtown wineries, and a great array of bakeries, coffee shops, bookstores in more.  You can stay or live off the grid yet be  10-15 minutes away from a Michelin-rated restaurant. Only miles apart, the four main wine regions, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Sonoma Coast, offer an incredible diversity of climate and terroir variance, this resulting in many different wines.