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The Sonoma Valley AVA is within Sonoma County, California, between Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast. There are many microclimates within it, with cooler conditions in the south and warmer ones heading north. For this reason, many different styles of wine are produced. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Chardonnay are popular in the cooler south while Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel are popular varietals grown in the warmer north.

Sonoma Valley is divided into the following subregions:

  • Bennett Valley
  • Los Carneros
  • Sonoma Mountain
– Description from Kate Statton

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Jus Soli Winery

    Tiny wine label produced at Copain in Santa Rosa, CA. Jus Soli is Latin for "Law of the Soil", a...

  • Sonoma Valley Portworks

    Sonoma Valley Portworks is Sonoma County's only winery specializing exclusively in ports, grap...

  • Nelson Estate

    David and Holly Nelson got involved in the wine business after purchasing their first 65 acre vin...

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

    Our passion is to create individual handcrafted wines from some of California's finest vineyards....

  • Nicholson Vineyards

    As for many who have the inherent need to coax something magical from the soil, Nicholson Vineyar...

  • Haywood Estate Winery

    The history of Haywood winery begins in 1973 as Peter Haywood searched for land that would produc...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Actually D, Mounts Vineyard is in Dry Creek Valley. It's a hillside vineyard on the west side up near the Lake Sonoma end of the valley. Right at the fog line.  Read More

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  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're on Pierpont Bay somewhere like Ventura, in The City somewhere on the western side of Pacific Heights, any number of hilltops near the ocean along The True Sonoma Coast, or up in Ukiah, you become very aware of where the fog stops on the days it rolls in. Haven't had that wine ... Read More

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  • Bedrock Ode To Lulu Rose 2014

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    Delicious California rose. Ripe strawberry on the nose with tongue coating bright red cherry, strawberry, fresh cut rhubarb and a touch of keylime. The acidity is vibrant and the finish is medium to medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Old World Winery Abourious Russian River Valley Sonoma California Abouriou Red 2011

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    Really interesting Russian River red made from the fairly rare Abouriou grape. Ripe plum, mushroom and dried cranberry on the nose. There's medium smooth tannin and medium acidity on the palate. The flavor profile is ripe dark plum, a touch of grape stems, tobacco, a hint of smoke, macerated black cherry and a touch of menthol. Really enjoyable ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Christopher Creek Syrah Russian River Valley 2010

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    Nice but nothing special with this Russian River syrah. On the nose there's some decent ripe black cherry and a bit of leather. On the palate is more black cherry and a bit of green plum. Somewhat one dimensional with not much depth or complexity, medium acidity and a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Lynmar Estate Pinot Noir Russian River 2013

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    The waiter at the Toscano Restaurant in Washington D.C. said the wine I had chosen was unavailable, so I chose this one and my Wife and I were very pleased with this light bodied, soft and flavorful wine. We plan to visit the winery soon. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bonbon08


  • Deloach Russian River Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ejb7777


  • Lot 119 Alexander Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by Joyjoy123


  • Great to see some write-ups on the Sonoma area, especially Dry Creek and Russian River. The limited offerings of Rochioli Vineyards are superior (and priced accordingly). Also, I think the wines of De Loach pale in comparison to when they were produced under the original owner/founder. I don't find that 'bigger (as in Corporate International Own...

    Comment by 199398Rehoboam152 199398 Rehoboam152


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