Fall in the vineyards is the absolute most enjoyable time to spend up in wine country. The green trees and grapevines begin to transform into stunning hues of golden-yellow and burnt orange, making you just as excited for the fall as you once were for the summer during the spring months. A short hour drive to Sonoma County holds wineries upon wineries accompanied with a casual vibe. While there are plenty of wineries to sip at in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley, there are a few special spots which are situated along the most beautiful vineyards with fabulous wines.
Alexander Valley is the northern area which borders the Russian River from Cloverdale to Healdsburg. This area is known for it’s Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, but is also home to Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties. Alexander Valley totals approximately 15,000 vineyard acres with 49 wineries. Don’t miss Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
Dry Creek Valley
The second largest wine region of Sonoma is Dry Creek Valley. Most famous for its location along rugged mountain ridges accompanied with redwoods and evergreens, this region is recognized for its Zinfandel, Bordeaux and Mediterranean varietals. The cool coastal temperatures in the late afternoon allow for the large diversity of viticulture, as the days are often fog free. Don’t miss Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves.
Russian River Valley
The largest region in this area is the Russian River Valley. With 130 wineries and the greatest amount of acres, this regions climate stands out the most. The coastal morning and evening fog rolls in during the growing season, producing a wonderful Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine grape variety. Don’t miss Korbel Champagne Cellars!
My favorite way to explore Sonoma is to attend the annual Food & Wine Affair put on by Wine Road. Hosting events through the year, the Wine Road takes wine connoisseurs and foodies through the winding roads of Sonoma to experience the world-famous wine of these three regions. With over 100 wineries to choose from, the Food & Wine affair has become an annual tradition that never lets us down. If you are local to the area or will be traveling to the Bay Area, be sure to check out upcoming events throughout the year including Winter Wineland, Barrel Tasting and Wine & Food Affair 2017!
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