Last time we were driving around Sonoma (virtually, of course!) we ended up in Santa Rosa, just entering the southern reaches of the famed Russian River Valley.
Today we continue the trip through Sonoma, stopping in the Russian River Valley AVAs before heading north to visit the Alexander Valley, with a side jaunt up to the top of Chalk Hill.
This stretch of eastern Sonoma has some of the greatest vineyards in the county, with much of the vines facing west/southwest in this relatively warm corner of the region.
Want more about Sonoma?In this series of emails we’ll be taking a look at the regions that make Sonoma special, and the wines they each produce. We hope you enjoy our tips and observations, and invite you to visit Visa’s Sonoma Trip planner. This interactive guide to Sonoma wineries is fun and informative. Plan a trip today to experience the unique beauty of Sonoma.
Driving north on Highway 101 out of Santa Rosa brings you through the eastern reaches of the Russian River Valley as you skirt the edge of the Chalk Hill AVA. The region starts out a bit disappointingly flat, but after just a few miles one rolls into the town of Healdsburg, one of the hubs of Sonoma County’s wine production.
With so many wineries and tasting rooms in the area, this is a great place to stop, taste some wine, and hit the Oakville Grocery for the best gourmet sandwiches and pizza, or stop by the great (and well reviewed!) Zin Restaurant where you can find delicious dishes, like those we talked about in our review of their co-written cookbook.