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19 Laid-Back Wineries with Real Food in Sonoma County

That wine might taste even better with a picnic basket or a caviar flight

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Often referred to as Napa Valley’s younger sibling, Sonoma wine country is all grown up. Now with more than 400 wineries scattered throughout its world-class growing region, plus renowned restaurants like the three-Michelin-starred SingleThread, Sonoma County has forged its own identity as the cooler, mellower family member, who also happens to be an easier and more scenic drive from San Francisco.

Looking to thoughtfully merge these complementary indulgences, many Sonoma wineries have elevated their tasting experiences by developing unique wine and food programs (all by appointment) ranging from multi-course sit-down meals to lavish picnics to brunch and even caviar flights.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

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8761 Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(800) 831-0381
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This Dry Creek Valley winery is beloved for its incredible five acres of gardens, with more than 10,000 tulips and daffodils blooming in the spring, and 360-degree photo-worthy views. It has launched the Sycamore Grove Wine & Brunch experience ($85, available on Sundays, April to October). Start your wine tasting day with a flight of Ferrari Carrano’s reserve wines and an Italian-style breakfast consisting of plates like prosciutto Benedict or a porchetta sandwich, as well as something sweet before you head off.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

2. Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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1474 Alexander Valley Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-5250
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This Alexander Valley chateau uses its one-acre chef’s garden and local purveyors to offer wine and food experiences, like the Estate Tour & Tasting ($135, available Thursday to Monday at 9:45 a.m., June to October), a three-hour adventure via sprinter van that traverses all over Jordan’s massive Healdsburg estate, stopping to sip, munch, and learn at vineyards, vistas, lakes, an olive oil grove, and a mini farm. One of Jordan’s newer offerings, Paris on the Terrace ($110, available Thursday to Sunday at 12 p.m.) transports guests to France with bistro tables, music, chateau views, and an alfresco wine lunch that yes, does include real Champagne. 

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

3. Mayo Family Winery

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111 W North St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-1890

The Reserve Room tasting ($70, available Thursday to Monday) from Mayo Family Winery pairs vineyard views and a whopping seven food courses with a wide variety of reserve wine selections, including lesser-found varietals like petit sirah, old-vine zinfandel, and a late-harvest gewurztraminer. Chef John Locher, formerly of Sonoma’s the General’s Daughter and winery kitchens Beringer and Viansa, matches each glass with a seasonal, tapa-sized bite, like a miso deviled egg with roe and an ahi tuna tartare.

Mayo Family Winery

4. Williamson Wines

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134 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-1500
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With more than 40 wines in their portfolio, Williamson Wines caters tastings to their guest’s wine style preferences, from Bordeaux to Burgundy to Rhone, and loves to enhance what’s in each glass with food. Choose an experience ($50 to 95, offered daily at 12, 2, and 4 p.m.) based on your go-to vino — like the Cabernet, Cabernet, Cabernet or the Enchanting Rhone Styles tastings — or opt for the Icon Wine Tasting, which explores a variety of wines. Each tasting includes food pairings, but you can also upgrade the portions to lunch-sized plates (for an extra $15) for a full five-course meal. 

Williamson Wines

5. J Vineyards & Winery

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11447 Old Redwood Hwy
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(888) 594-6326
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The first winery to establish an educational wine and culinary program in Sonoma County, J Vineyards continues to raise the bar for wine country hospitality. The luxurious Bubble Room experience ($125, available Thursday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), includes a five-course meal with wine pairings in a restaurant-like setting. Executive chef Carl Shelton creates unlikely combinations of ingredients — think black cod and rock shrimp with popcorn — to go with both bubbly and still wines. 

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6. Flowers Vineyards & Winery

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4035 Westside Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 723-4800
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Not your average picnic, Flowers Winery’s Bottles & Provisions experience ($75 per person, available Friday to Sunday) takes place in a private garden cabana, where you can relax, sip, and snack at your own pace. A basket of provisions is packed with a half bottle of wine per guest and a beautiful spread of food pairings to share from the in-house culinary team. Alternatively, the Flowers Flight ($55, available Thursday to Monday) takes a more traditional wine-and-food format, consisting of a flight of Flowers’ Sonoma Coast pinot noir and Chardonnay and a seasonal bite, like Moroccan spiced carrot soup or balsamic poached strawberries in a puff pastry, for each.

Flowers Vineyards & Winery

7. Bricoleur Vineyards

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7394 Starr Rd
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 857-5700
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This Windsor winery that opened in 2020 is an outdoor paradise made for al-fresco sipping — they have stunning gardens, lakes, vineyard views, and a shaded pavilion — and food is incorporated into everything they do, thanks to expansive culinary gardens. The Sip & Savor tasting ($85) includes six wines, while the Our Roots ($65) features four. Both are paired with small, veggie-forward plates like a summer squash puff pastry or a ground filet beet chicharron. For $70, book the Essentials Picnic and casually sip two glasses of wine while you munch on sandwiches, salads, and bites. On Fridays, Bricoleur hosts a wine and pizza night.

Bricoleur Vineyards

8. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

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5007 Fulton Rd
Fulton, CA 95403
(707) 571-8100
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Showcasing their diverse portfolio of small production wines, the Wine & Food Pairing ($70, by appointment) at Kendall-Jackson includes four wines of different varietals with four food pairings prepared by longtime estate chef Justin Wangler. Featuring dishes like coffee-crusted Snake River Farms coulotte steak with Beluga lentils and roasted sunchokes, the culinary team draws inspiration and literal ingredients from the estate’s massive, four-acre gardens. Don’t leave without a leisurely stroll through them.

Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

9. Lynmar Estate

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3909 Frei Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-3374
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Lynmar’s multi-course Lynmar on Your Own lunch pairing ($110, available Thursday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) is a totally safe and contactless version of their iconic group lunch experience. Chef David Frakes, who cut his teeth at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and spent 10 years as executive chef at Beringer Vineyards, prepares a light and fresh picnic-style meal paired with half a bottle each of Lynmar Chardonnay and pinot noir. From the crushable popcorn to the Cookies & Cream panna cotta, there’s unlikely to be any leftovers. Enjoy with a view of Lynmar’s gardens and vineyards. 

Lynmar Estate

10. St Francis Winery & Vineyards

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100 Pythian Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 833-0242
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The five-course Wine & Food Pairing ($95, available Thursday to Monday) pairs an array of different varietals, from Chardonnay to pinot noir to port, with dishes crafted by talented executive chef Peter Janiak, who sources ingredients on site from the winery’s two-acre sustainable garden. Hearty mains like lamb shank and fennel ragout and hanger steak with spring onion chimichurri grace the current seasonal menu.

St Francis Winery & Vineyards

11. Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery

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11400 Graton Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-4365 ext. 114
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Proprietor Marimar Torres, who came to California by way of Barcelona in 1975, has brought Spanish and European influences into her vineyards, wines, and tasting room at Marimar. She also has a passion and talent for Spanish cuisine, hence creating the Tapas and Wine Pairing ($55, available daily by reservation), which utilizes four tapas recipes from her own published cookbooks to pair with estate Chardonnays and pinot noirs. 

Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery

12. Hamel Family Wines

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15401 Sonoma Hwy
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-5800
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Leaders in organic and biodynamic farming, Hamel Family Wines has one of the most architecturally stunning tasting rooms around. The Reserve Experience ($150, available daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.), starts with a tour — a glass of wine in hand, of course — of Hamel’s state-of-the-art winery and cave, includes a barrel sample and then concludes with a sit-down, four-course food-and-wine pairing in a private indoor/outdoor room. Hamel is one of the few Sonoma wineries making seriously killer cabernet, which is bound to be a magical match with dishes like short rib ravioli and stuffed morel mushrooms with warm spice duck sausage. 

Hamel Family Wines

13. Abbot's Passage Winery and Mercantile

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777 Madrone Rd
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 939-3017
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This quiet and lovely Glen Ellen outpost from sixth-generation Gundlach Bundschu vintner Katie Bundchu pours unique blends made with hard-to-find grape varieties like Sightlight made with chenin blanc and verdejo. Book a tasting in the olive grove and add on the Grazing Board, outfitted with local cheeses, meats, housemade dried fruit, pickled veggies, nuts, and more. Or reserve the shuffleboard court and get a jam-packed picnic basket to boot. Soon, Abbot’s Passage will bring back their Field Table experience, featuring heartier food complements. The best part? AP is known to pour a complimentary digestif before you go. 

Abbot’s Passage

14. WALT Wines

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380 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-4440
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You won’t even need your car to explore 1,000 miles of West Coast pinot noir with WALT Wines’ Root 101 experience ($80, available Thursday to Sunday). This comparative, side-by-side tasting for pinot obsessives showcases five single-vineyard samplings of the varietal from appellations up and down the coast. The wines are also paired with tasty bites prepared by local Sonoma chef Bryan Jones.

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15. Three Sticks Wines

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143 W Spain St
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-3328
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Housed in the uber-cozy Vallejo-Castanada Adobe — the longest-occupied residence from California’s Mexican Period — Three Sticks’ Wine & Food Pairing ($95, available Monday to Friday) includes five pairings from their neighbor and Sonoma Plaza restaurant El Dorado Kitchen. Or, you can upgrade to a three-course private luncheon ($200 per person, available Monday to Friday) paired with five wines. The new caviar flight ($200), featuring one-ounce tastings of three types of caviar and accoutrements, can be added on to enhance your tasting. 

Three Sticks

16. Taub Family Outpost

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497 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 721-1107
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This new wine tasting room, market, and restaurant (complete with a hidden cocktail bar) on the Sonoma Plaza serves 33 local and international wines by the glass and plans to launch flights soon. You can then order from the food menu — quinoa bread, burrata, pork schnitzel, and more — to find the perfect complement to a glass of Austrian gruner veltliner or a nebbiolo from Barolo. You can also order by the bottle from a very extensive list. 

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17. Patz & Hall Winery

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21200 8th St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 265-7700
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Patz & Hall also recently launched a new sparkling and caviar experience ($110 per person, available Friday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) at their cozy Sonoma House. A trio of sparkling wines — all sourced from some of the best growers around — are paired with Passmore’s Circle 41 caviar from NorCal and all of the usual fixin’s.

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18. The Donum Estate

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24500 Ramal Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 732-2200
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This special slice of Sonoma features an open-air art gallery with more than 40 large-scale sculptures, like a towering, mirrored heart on a hill. Donum’s wine and food experiences include a tour of the art collection, vineyards, farm, and lavender fields, though the Explore Experience ($150, available daily) does so via an all-terrain vehicle and commences in the tasting salon for a flight of Donum’s reserve, single-block, and library pinot noirs. The Discover Experience ($95, available daily) on the other hand, consists of a walking tour and an outdoor comparative tasting of three Sonoma appellations. Each wine is paired with a bite and the culinary team incorporates as much of the land as possible into the menu, including estate olive oil, flowers from the garden, and even cover crop from the biodynamic vineyards. 

Donum Estate

19. Ram's Gate Winery

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28700 Arnold Dr
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 721-8700
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Known as the gateway to Sonoma wine country, Ram’s Gate is the first winery when traveling to Sonoma from San Francisco and it’s definitely worth the stop. New food-and-wine offerings include the Arbor Experience ($300, available Thursday, Friday, and Monday), a private, six-course tasting featuring serious dishes like fried red wine–marinated quail and yogurt-marinated lamb loin. It includes a tour and can accommodate a large group under the arbor with a view of the vineyard. For just a little less food and money, there’s a five-course option ($160, available Thursday to Monday), which is essentially the same menu minus one wine and a cheese course.  

Ram’s Gate Winery

1. Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

This Dry Creek Valley winery is beloved for its incredible five acres of gardens, with more than 10,000 tulips and daffodils blooming in the spring, and 360-degree photo-worthy views. It has launched the Sycamore Grove Wine & Brunch experience ($85, available on Sundays, April to October). Start your wine tasting day with a flight of Ferrari Carrano’s reserve wines and an Italian-style breakfast consisting of plates like prosciutto Benedict or a porchetta sandwich, as well as something sweet before you head off.

8761 Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448

2. Jordan Vineyard & Winery

1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

This Alexander Valley chateau uses its one-acre chef’s garden and local purveyors to offer wine and food experiences, like the Estate Tour & Tasting ($135, available Thursday to Monday at 9:45 a.m., June to October), a three-hour adventure via sprinter van that traverses all over Jordan’s massive Healdsburg estate, stopping to sip, munch, and learn at vineyards, vistas, lakes, an olive oil grove, and a mini farm. One of Jordan’s newer offerings, Paris on the Terrace ($110, available Thursday to Sunday at 12 p.m.) transports guests to France with bistro tables, music, chateau views, and an alfresco wine lunch that yes, does include real Champagne. 

1474 Alexander Valley Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448

3. Mayo Family Winery

111 W North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Mayo Family Winery

The Reserve Room tasting ($70, available Thursday to Monday) from Mayo Family Winery pairs vineyard views and a whopping seven food courses with a wide variety of reserve wine selections, including lesser-found varietals like petit sirah, old-vine zinfandel, and a late-harvest gewurztraminer. Chef John Locher, formerly of Sonoma’s the General’s Daughter and winery kitchens Beringer and Viansa, matches each glass with a seasonal, tapa-sized bite, like a miso deviled egg with roe and an ahi tuna tartare.

111 W North St
Healdsburg, CA 95448

4. Williamson Wines

134 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Williamson Wines

With more than 40 wines in their portfolio, Williamson Wines caters tastings to their guest’s wine style preferences, from Bordeaux to Burgundy to Rhone, and loves to enhance what’s in each glass with food. Choose an experience ($50 to 95, offered daily at 12, 2, and 4 p.m.) based on your go-to vino — like the Cabernet, Cabernet, Cabernet or the Enchanting Rhone Styles tastings — or opt for the Icon Wine Tasting, which explores a variety of wines. Each tasting includes food pairings, but you can also upgrade the portions to lunch-sized plates (for an extra $15) for a full five-course meal. 

134 Matheson St
Healdsburg, CA 95448

5. J Vineyards & Winery

11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, CA 95448
J Vineyards & Winery

The first winery to establish an educational wine and culinary program in Sonoma County, J Vineyards continues to raise the bar for wine country hospitality. The luxurious Bubble Room experience ($125, available Thursday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), includes a five-course meal with wine pairings in a restaurant-like setting. Executive chef Carl Shelton creates unlikely combinations of ingredients — think black cod and rock shrimp with popcorn — to go with both bubbly and still wines. 

11447 Old Redwood Hwy
Healdsburg, CA 95448

6. Flowers Vineyards & Winery

4035 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Flowers Vineyards & Winery

Not your average picnic, Flowers Winery’s Bottles & Provisions experience ($75 per person, available Friday to Sunday) takes place in a private garden cabana, where you can relax, sip, and snack at your own pace. A basket of provisions is packed with a half bottle of wine per guest and a beautiful spread of food pairings to share from the in-house culinary team. Alternatively, the Flowers Flight ($55, available Thursday to Monday) takes a more traditional wine-and-food format, consisting of a flight of Flowers’ Sonoma Coast pinot noir and Chardonnay and a seasonal bite, like Moroccan spiced carrot soup or balsamic poached strawberries in a puff pastry, for each.

4035 Westside Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448

7. Bricoleur Vineyards

7394 Starr Rd, Windsor, CA 95492
Bricoleur Vineyards

This Windsor winery that opened in 2020 is an outdoor paradise made for al-fresco sipping — they have stunning gardens, lakes, vineyard views, and a shaded pavilion — and food is incorporated into everything they do, thanks to expansive culinary gardens. The Sip & Savor tasting ($85) includes six wines, while the Our Roots ($65) features four. Both are paired with small, veggie-forward plates like a summer squash puff pastry or a ground filet beet chicharron. For $70, book the Essentials Picnic and casually sip two glasses of wine while you munch on sandwiches, salads, and bites. On Fridays, Bricoleur hosts a wine and pizza night.

7394 Starr Rd
Windsor, CA 95492

8. Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton, CA 95403
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

Showcasing their diverse portfolio of small production wines, the Wine & Food Pairing ($70, by appointment) at Kendall-Jackson includes four wines of different varietals with four food pairings prepared by longtime estate chef Justin Wangler. Featuring dishes like coffee-crusted Snake River Farms coulotte steak with Beluga lentils and roasted sunchokes, the culinary team draws inspiration and literal ingredients from the estate’s massive, four-acre gardens. Don’t leave without a leisurely stroll through them.

5007 Fulton Rd
Fulton, CA 95403

9. Lynmar Estate

3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Lynmar Estate

Lynmar’s multi-course Lynmar on Your Own lunch pairing ($110, available Thursday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) is a totally safe and contactless version of their iconic group lunch experience. Chef David Frakes, who cut his teeth at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and spent 10 years as executive chef at Beringer Vineyards, prepares a light and fresh picnic-style meal paired with half a bottle each of Lynmar Chardonnay and pinot noir. From the crushable popcorn to the Cookies & Cream panna cotta, there’s unlikely to be any leftovers. Enjoy with a view of Lynmar’s gardens and vineyards. 

3909 Frei Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472

10. St Francis Winery & Vineyards

100 Pythian Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
St Francis Winery & Vineyards

The five-course Wine & Food Pairing ($95, available Thursday to Monday) pairs an array of different varietals, from Chardonnay to pinot noir to port, with dishes crafted by talented executive chef Peter Janiak, who sources ingredients on site from the winery’s two-acre sustainable garden. Hearty mains like lamb shank and fennel ragout and hanger steak with spring onion chimichurri grace the current seasonal menu.

100 Pythian Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

11. Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery

11400 Graton Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery

Proprietor Marimar Torres, who came to California by way of Barcelona in 1975, has brought Spanish and European influences into her vineyards, wines, and tasting room at Marimar. She also has a passion and talent for Spanish cuisine, hence creating the Tapas and Wine Pairing ($55, available daily by reservation), which utilizes four tapas recipes from her own published cookbooks to pair with estate Chardonnays and pinot noirs. 

11400 Graton Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472

12. Hamel Family Wines

15401 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, CA 95476
Hamel Family Wines

Leaders in organic and biodynamic farming, Hamel Family Wines has one of the most architecturally stunning tasting rooms around. The Reserve Experience ($150, available daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.), starts with a tour — a glass of wine in hand, of course — of Hamel’s state-of-the-art winery and cave, includes a barrel sample and then concludes with a sit-down, four-course food-and-wine pairing in a private indoor/outdoor room. Hamel is one of the few Sonoma wineries making seriously killer cabernet, which is bound to be a magical match with dishes like short rib ravioli and stuffed morel mushrooms with warm spice duck sausage. 

15401 Sonoma Hwy
Sonoma, CA 95476

13. Abbot's Passage Winery and Mercantile

777 Madrone Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Abbot’s Passage

This quiet and lovely Glen Ellen outpost from sixth-generation Gundlach Bundschu vintner Katie Bundchu pours unique blends made with hard-to-find grape varieties like Sightlight made with chenin blanc and verdejo. Book a tasting in the olive grove and add on the Grazing Board, outfitted with local cheeses, meats, housemade dried fruit, pickled veggies, nuts, and more. Or reserve the shuffleboard court and get a jam-packed picnic basket to boot. Soon, Abbot’s Passage will bring back their Field Table experience, featuring heartier food complements. The best part? AP is known to pour a complimentary digestif before you go. 

777 Madrone Rd
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

14. WALT Wines

380 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
WALT Wines

You won’t even need your car to explore 1,000 miles of West Coast pinot noir with WALT Wines’ Root 101 experience ($80, available Thursday to Sunday). This comparative, side-by-side tasting for pinot obsessives showcases five single-vineyard samplings of the varietal from appellations up and down the coast. The wines are also paired with tasty bites prepared by local Sonoma chef Bryan Jones.

380 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476

15. Three Sticks Wines

143 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476
Three Sticks

Housed in the uber-cozy Vallejo-Castanada Adobe — the longest-occupied residence from California’s Mexican Period — Three Sticks’ Wine & Food Pairing ($95, available Monday to Friday) includes five pairings from their neighbor and Sonoma Plaza restaurant El Dorado Kitchen. Or, you can upgrade to a three-course private luncheon ($200 per person, available Monday to Friday) paired with five wines. The new caviar flight ($200), featuring one-ounce tastings of three types of caviar and accoutrements, can be added on to enhance your tasting. 

143 W Spain St
Sonoma, CA 95476

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16. Taub Family Outpost

497 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
Taub Family Outpost

This new wine tasting room, market, and restaurant (complete with a hidden cocktail bar) on the Sonoma Plaza serves 33 local and international wines by the glass and plans to launch flights soon. You can then order from the food menu — quinoa bread, burrata, pork schnitzel, and more — to find the perfect complement to a glass of Austrian gruner veltliner or a nebbiolo from Barolo. You can also order by the bottle from a very extensive list. 

497 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476

17. Patz & Hall Winery

21200 8th St E, Sonoma, CA 95476
Patz & Hall

Patz & Hall also recently launched a new sparkling and caviar experience ($110 per person, available Friday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) at their cozy Sonoma House. A trio of sparkling wines — all sourced from some of the best growers around — are paired with Passmore’s Circle 41 caviar from NorCal and all of the usual fixin’s.

21200 8th St E
Sonoma, CA 95476

18. The Donum Estate

24500 Ramal Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476
Donum Estate

This special slice of Sonoma features an open-air art gallery with more than 40 large-scale sculptures, like a towering, mirrored heart on a hill. Donum’s wine and food experiences include a tour of the art collection, vineyards, farm, and lavender fields, though the Explore Experience ($150, available daily) does so via an all-terrain vehicle and commences in the tasting salon for a flight of Donum’s reserve, single-block, and library pinot noirs. The Discover Experience ($95, available daily) on the other hand, consists of a walking tour and an outdoor comparative tasting of three Sonoma appellations. Each wine is paired with a bite and the culinary team incorporates as much of the land as possible into the menu, including estate olive oil, flowers from the garden, and even cover crop from the biodynamic vineyards. 

24500 Ramal Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476

19. Ram's Gate Winery

28700 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA 95476
Ram’s Gate Winery

Known as the gateway to Sonoma wine country, Ram’s Gate is the first winery when traveling to Sonoma from San Francisco and it’s definitely worth the stop. New food-and-wine offerings include the Arbor Experience ($300, available Thursday, Friday, and Monday), a private, six-course tasting featuring serious dishes like fried red wine–marinated quail and yogurt-marinated lamb loin. It includes a tour and can accommodate a large group under the arbor with a view of the vineyard. For just a little less food and money, there’s a five-course option ($160, available Thursday to Monday), which is essentially the same menu minus one wine and a cheese course.  

28700 Arnold Dr
Sonoma, CA 95476

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