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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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Ravenswood Winery

      No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that whit...

  • Nicholson Vineyards

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

  • Jus Soli Winery

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

  • Korbin Kameron

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

  • Parmelee Hill Wines & Vineyards

    Steve Hill and his wife Gwen Parmelee Hill purchased the first parcel of their Parmelee-Hill Vine...

  • 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

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013

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    Wine review by runningbear


  • De Loach Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California Heritage Reserve 2013

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    Had at Capri Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • La Crema Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013

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    Green citrus and oatmeal on the nose with a touch of spiced green apple and lemon peel. Milk chocolate dipped peaches and apples fan across the palate. The finish creeps back toward the citrus side of things with notes of orange slices and lemon drops. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Georganne 2009

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    Pretty, dark red color. Some fruit on the nose but more wood or leather. Lightest hint of strawberry on introduction to the tongue/palate. This is a pretty big wine. However, it is wonderfully balanced. Fruit, tannin and acid are all there, but nothing dominates. They all support each other. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I buy Zinfandel far too seldom and everytime I drink some I go, "Darn, this is good!".  Maybe it was partly being in a place like Stage versus my subdued dining room, as the Petit Verdot was very nice also.  I do readily admit that after a few sips of that Seghesio, it was a no-brainer high note to end on.  The Sonoma is $33 here and funny, the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown


  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It was a blind tasting of three BC and one California.  Talk about getting out of the box.  For me this is tantamount to cross-dressing.  It started because Chester introduced me to the Kettle Valley "Hayman" reserve Pinot last year.  I really liked it, so when I found one (83 ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Sodini Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    [Hmm. Ill be darned. It looks like I have commented on this wine in the past, and it looks like my impressions are quite different. I guess that shows that I dont know jack about wine.] Opaque dark red color. Some rustic earthiness in the nose. Very fruit forwardred fruits or berries, strawberry, red cherry. Some pepperiness. Very easy o... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Michael, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I hope you become a regular, here and, particularly, hope that you come back and report on your impending trip.In all honesty, I do not recall seeing anybody report on a comprehensive tour package such as you are suggesting.  I hope I'm wrong and somebody does jump in here.  Most of the reports I have read ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bespoke Wine Tour Napa/Sonoma


  • Imagery Estate Winery Viognier Russian River Valley 2013

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    Clear, very pale yellow in the glassvery close to white. Very floral, perfumey nose with the slightest hint of spice that I would associate with Gewurztraminer. Sure enough, lots of white stone fruit flavor on the tip of the tongue that morphs into a melon suggestion at the back. Also, a bit of spritz on the tip of the tongue. Good acid back... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Lake Norman Winery Sauvignon Blanc Sandbar 2013

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    This is an excellent Sauv Blanc made by a winery in North Carolina sourcing Russian River grapes. On the nose is light lemon cream and a touch of green melon. There is also creamy lemon on the tongue along with slightly tart green plum, slightly under ripe peach and just a touch of white pepper on the back end. There is crisp acidity and a me... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 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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