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Summer in the Vineyards: Sonoma.

Posted by on June 30, 2013

I know last week I mentioned I’d be taking you to Malibu, but then I realized it was 4th of July week.

Last year, I had the opportunity to experience, Sonoma, CA during the 4th of July festivities, and seriously, they put on a pretty amazing fireworks show.  Not only that, but earlier in the day in their town center they have a variety of activities to partake in including a parade, salami tosses, and artists showcasing their works.

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Wineries to visit in Sonoma, CA:

When we think of California Wine Country our minds instantly think of Napa and Sonoma Counties.  Napa getting more of the representation, but honestly, at least in my experience so far, Sonoma is where it’s at.

Their down to earth and friendliness in their wineries had me.   So, let me take you to a couple:

Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards:

If you love sparkling wines you will love stopping by this vineyard set up on a bit of a hill.  The patio area overlooks the beautiful vineyards below.

And Gloria Ferrer makes it fun and has a variety of summer events taking place:

Oysters in the Arbor: Friday, July 12th and August 16th: 3pm to 6pm

While you enjoy your sparkling wine, sit back, and munch on some oysters in the meantime.

July 20th and 21st: Catalan Festival: 21st Annual

Every July, Gloria Ferrer plays host to their Catalan Festival.  With festive music, entertainment from guitars and Flamenco dancers, and even a Grape Stomp is involved.

For ticket information please visit their site here.

Cline Family Cellars:

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Just a few blocks down the road from Gloria Ferrer lies Cline Family Cellars.  This place gives such a warm and friendly vibe upon entering offering 3 free tastings to try out.

Out back is a nice pond area where you can purchase feed to feed the fish that are swimming around within.

July 13th: Jazz Festival: 11am to 6:30pm

This summer on  July 13th, stop by Cline’s for their Jazz Festival.  Food and wine are available for purchase otherwise you’re invited to bring a picnic.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards:

A fairly new winery to the Sonoma scene, however, this has easily become one of my favorite vineyards to visit, and yes, they come from the same family line that created those famous jacuzzi’s.

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If you love your wine tastings, stop by here to receive 5 complimentary tastings, and no reservations are required for groups of 6 or less.

And don’t forget to try out their Chocolate Wine Shot.

Every Last Sunday of the month they offer Pizza in the Piazza: 12pm to 3pm

10 dollars for a slice with a paired glass of wine

30 dollars for a 8 inch and bottle of paired wine.

Viansa Winery:

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This beautiful Italian winery has a variety of events taking place throughout the summer including:

4th of July BBQ:

Friday, July 5th, Saturday, July 6th, and Sunday, July 7th

Live Music, BBQ, Pizza and Wine Pairings, Gelato

Viansa and KJZY After Hours Concert:

Thursday, July 11th.  5:30 to 8pm

An after work concert with live jazz to bring out that much needed relaxation.

Italian Festival: July 28th: 12 to 4pm

They’ll be turning their winery into a beautiful Italian Village.  A fun event not to be missed.

Viansa’s Summer Music Series: August 17th

Food and Wine available for purchase.  Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the music happening in front of you.

Labor Day BBQ:

August 31st, September 1st, September 2nd

And afterwards head to Sonoma’s town center to walk around the various shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms if you haven’t had enough.  The Town Center is a vibrant area not to be miss or visit.

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I’ve only named a few of the wineries in Sonoma.  For a larger list of Sonoma Valley Vineyards please visit here.


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