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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Haywood Estate Winery

    The history of Haywood winery begins in 1973 as Peter Haywood searched for land that would produc...

  • 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....

  • Little Family Vineyards

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

  • 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...

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Sonoma Valley on Snooth

  • I can imagine the hidden powers of that Alexander Valley wine.  Nice country up there, and when I went through there last (a while back, I concede) the wines seemed to have more finesse and elegance (those based on Cabernet Sauvignon, at any rate) than all but the best from the relatively close-by Napa-Sonoma region.  There is a certain purity a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé 2004

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    Wine review by Jerry Brenner


  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Three years after my previous notes on this wine, I'm still liking it. As noted before, a light hit of red fruit--raspberry--but with no sweetness. Acid is apparent. As previously reported, tannin is somewhat sedate. I'm still calling this a medium-bodied wine, but contrary to my previous assessment, I am of the impression that more years of ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    I'm going to be a bit kinder to this wine than I was a year and a half ago. I am still getting bright red fruit--raspberry, plum, and I am still surprised at the relative lack of tannin. However, it has rounded out to a nice, mouth-filling wine. I am wondering if this is a stylistic change at the winery. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

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    Big, mouth-filling wine. Lots of candied red fruit. Also, though some herbalness--suggestion of sage. Very silky mouthfeel. A really fun wine to drink, but an unfortunate alcoholic heat is distracting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Marietta Cellars Angeli Estate Grown Zinfandel 2016

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    Big fruity wine. Blackberry, plum are the first impression. Then some piquancy. A "thick" mouthfeel. A tobacco sensation under the rear palate--something that I might expect in a CS but not a Zin. Actually, a darned good wine. I think I'll go back and buy some more. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Deloach Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

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    A very respectable low-dollar PN. Pretty garnet color. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Initial "sweetness" is ameliorated by nice, tart acid.Quite light-bodied, A touch of heat under the rear palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to Washington, so visited a few places there too. Totally off the subject of wine, I found an awesome bakery in Spokane and the girl there served me this thing that I thought was a kind of Parmesan cheese foam. In fact it was fermented cashew whip, which was definitely weird, but ... Read More

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  • Once & Future Frank's Block Teldeshchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

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    A very satisfying wine. Red berries--raspberry, cherry--on the tip of the tongue but, also, stone fruit--plum. A mid-palate suggestion of anise. Nice refreshing acid, but not to the point of tartness, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Syrah 'Headpruned Block' 2014

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    Very lean wine. Suggestion of black fruit, but only a suggestion, Also, suggestion of anise and of clove. Moderate tannins and acids. Fairly short finish. Interesting but not compelling wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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...

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