Hidden Gems

Looking for hidden treasure? Explore Sonoma County's jewels in the rough. A trove of boutique wineries, Dry Creek Valley is a geographical gem. Discovering quaint wineries in the valley evoke nostalgia like beholding the unique brilliance of your favorite gemstone. These small lot spots offer intimacy immense wineries can’t emulate, so spend some quality time …

Farmer in the dell

Delight your senses with Tea & Trumphets local artisan teas.

For European countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany, farmers markets aren’t a novelty, they're an essential element of daily life. Europeans don’t stockpile their groceries in huge refrigerators or store massive amounts of toilet paper from Costco. The primary reason Europeans don't shop in abundance; they don't have ample storage space for bulk …

Get SMART & park the car

Can you believe it's been a year-and-a-half since SMART made its maiden voyage in the summer of 2017, July 4th weekend when the train offered free rides to a swath of enthusiastic passengers? Many folks have ventured out to take the train as commuters or easily jaunt down to Petaluma. Recently, I met a couple …

Best Sommelier Courses

The successful sommelier

The successful Somm  - By Christina Brooks - I Love Wine The wine industry - along with beer & spirits - is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The demand for professionally educated staff is rapidly increasing. The wine industry is formed by a group of diverse, educated, and highly devoted people. It is …

Winc & a smile

-WINC Wine Club Review- Goodbye, too much choice… Hello, personalized wine subscription! - by Samantha Bos, January 16, 2019  - Blog, Food & Wine, Wine Club Reviews - You love wine. You like trying different types of wine. Floral notes, chalky tannins and hints of sweet spice all sound poetically complex. But, when faced with choosing …

Sip and see on a rainy day

Need a pre-summer fix? Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things. When winter lingerings on like this, …

Discover the day tripper in you

Did you know there are thousands of free views in the city of San Francisco, and driving a car isn’t the best way to take advantage of the region’s stunning natural beauty? Discover the day tripper in you, and follow us from Sonoma County to San Francisco. With Sonoma County’s SMART train on the brink …

Cultured burbs

Sonoma County is a quaint sleepy community with seemingly more vineyards than people. At first glance, things may appear a tad western here, but given a closer look, Sonoma County lights up the senses. Nine incorporated cities sprinkle the county and each has an incredibly charming square or downtown. Except for Santa Rosa. For decades, …

Sip and see on a rainy day

Need a pre-summer fix? Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things. When winter lingerings on like this, …

Whittling water worries

In 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on more than $1 billion in spending for water projects. Hundreds of millions of those dollars are allocated for long-term projects associated with flood control, desalination, water recycling, and conservation. Gov. Brown’s water fund measure is one piece of a much larger effort to help those most …