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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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Valley View all

  • Korbin Kameron

    Korbin Kameron Vineyards is a family endeavor. On a drive through the Sonoma Valley, we – Jenny a...

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Little Family Vineyards

    A Little dream…became reality for Joan and Rich Little who aspired to live in Sonoma Valley, rais...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Good with chocolate. I bought it at Payless Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    Big, fruity nose that also includes alcohol. A bit over the top with red fruit on entryraspberry, plum. Some earthiness or, maybe, coffee mid-palate. Very noticeable tannin and acid. An OK wine, but nothing to rave about. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Thanks for the examples. The consumer pays for everything business does, that's a given. As far as an extravagant tasting rooms go I imagine they are playing towards their desired customer bases.  The Macrostie site is a production facility as well as a tasting room and is quite appealing to the eye. Hamel spent a fortune but I don't think it is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Yes, of course. That's a fair point. Often, as you say, the most significant costs of long-established European wineries were depreciated years ago.That said, too many wineries here (I live in Santa Rosa, CA, less than 10 miles from dozens of Sonoma wineries and about 40 minutes from the heart of the Napa Valley) spend far more than they need to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • The '14 is singing right now EMark, nice find. Good thing your wager was low and you only lost a buck. I don't know where the Puccioni vineyard is. Yet. Puccini yes, Puccioni no.Speaking of bets, Saturday I bit on an ACME Super Bowl Pool. Entry for every online sale from 2pm til 2pm Sunday $1-$250 1 entry 251-$500 2 entries and so on. Random nam... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Jack, look for this: Ridge Lytton Springs Technically, this is not a Zinfandel varietal bottling.  It is a field blend.  The one pictured is 2012 and its Zinfandel content is 70%.  I have seen years when the Zin content does exceed the 75% bar required for "Zinfandel" designation, but that is pretty unusual.Ridge is, arguably, California's most ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • Patz and Hall Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Crystal clear subdued yellow color. A bit of a fruity/flowery nose. Lemon and tropical fruit flavors on introduction. Then I get caramel. Not anywhere near an oaky, California butter-bomb, but pretty far from a Burgundian example of this grape variety. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • 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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