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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Nelson Estate

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

  • Little Family Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Korbin Kameron

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

  • Pendleton Estate Vineyards & Winery

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

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • Once & Future Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard 2015

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    Nice, BIG Zinfandel. Red fruit on entry--not overly sweet. Fairly stiff tannin, but not over the top. Good acid. Tannin/acid suggests that this wine will benefit from aging. However, I am enjoying this one right now and don't feel one iota of guilt about drinking it, now. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by FFLADY


  • Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Darker than many popular PNs, these days. Light hit of plum flavors on entry. Very nice. A bit of bitterness towards the rear of the tongue/palate. My suspicion that it is tannin. This is not a wine with puckery tanninno surprise therebut I cant image where that sensation comes from. Meanwhile the time it takes me to write this is longer t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Hawkeye Mountain 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Phyllis49


  • Folie a Deux Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    Ripe and lightly oaked. Pleasant wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Liking that Liquid Farm Roger. I picked up a Golden Slope at Bottle Barn a couple months back that I need to pop. We're doing a back-to-back at Walter Hansel this weekend. Last night is posted below and my friend Bud Carey and his wifes are in twon amd want to dine there with us this evening. It's a tough life but someone has to live it.   TNs: ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chalkboard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Plumb and black fruit, spice finish, lasted 2 days with character in the fridge. Would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Limerick Lane Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

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    Big volatile nose of dark fruit. On the tongue, not quite ripe blackberry and plum. Very serious tannin. Good acid. Interesting that sweetness from the fruit is detected on the edges of the rear of the tongue. Could probably be aged for many years. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Block Zinfandel 2014

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    An eminently likeable wine. Red berry and stone fruit on entry. Then some serious tannin jumps in. However, the fruit still lingers a bit. Very good acid content really helps this one become a winner. I think this might be a wine that will grow in complexity with several more years of aging. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Yes  - the June Public Holiday weekendFriday - 10th JuneI hosted a wine tasting/networking event for our under 30 professional staff who invite colleagues from other businesses around town - mainly young CPA's in US terms/lawyers/engineers/architects etc.  we had James Evers the Chief Winemaker from Nepenthe Wines from the Adelaide Hills and we ... Read More

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  • 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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