We explore the diverse pinot noir and dreamlike scenery of Sonoma, where warm hospitality and relaxed Californian charm flow as freely as the wines.
Given its million-plus acres and 18 designated AVAs, trying to ‘do’ Sonoma wine country in a single weekend would be a stretch for most. Undeterred, the Pinot Palooza team recently took the challenge and bolted up Highway 101 from San Francisco to experience some of Sonoma’s finest pinot in situ.
And what a trip it was. Along with tasting some incredible wines we got to experience the region’s hospitable locals and famed coastal fog, which rolls in and out as if the place is breathing. We met plenty of land-loving grapegrowers and winemakers, and visited some of the coolest tasting rooms (aka cellar doors) we’ve seen in a long time.