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Sonoma County is on the westside of Napa Valley, between San Francisco and the towering redwoods of Mendocino. The area’s wineries are known for their extensive selection of grapes and for attracting more intimate crowds. From Bella Vineyards to Copain Winery, here are the best places to enjoy a glass in the Californian state.
Biodynamic farming is a phrase the Quiviria Vineyards and Winery holds dear to its heart. This type of farming begins with the soil composites and a self-sustaining system that includes compost piles, chicken coops and vegetable gardens. Through this farming process, the vineyards achieve balance with their environment, which in turn will produce exceptional wine. Husband-and-wife team Pete and Terri Knight own and operate Quiviria Winery, which consists of a 93-acre (38ha) vineyard producing zinfandel, sauvignon blanc and the rhone varieties: syrah, grenache and mourvedre.
Available by appointment only, Copain Winery is perched on a hill in the Russian River Valley, where guests are invited to share an informative yet informal tasting experience. The wines at Copain are crafted to accompany the celebration of food, family and friends. Winemaker Wells Guthrie is known for producing syrah, chardonnay and pinot noir, all of which are available to taste and to purchase. Don’t miss the farm-to-table tasting, which consists of a selection of Copian’s five wines paired with local artisan cheeses and small bites.