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What To Drink Now: Sonoma County

Favorable wines from one of the largest wine regions in the country.

D Magazine
March 23, 2017
By Hayley Hamilton Cogill

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California’s Sonoma County boasts 17 American Viticultural Areas. They range in size from 150 planted acres of vines in Rock Pile to 15,000 in Russian River. The entire area covers 1,768 square miles. More than 60 grape varieties are grown in Sonoma, and hopefully, there’s something for every wine lover. Here are a few I find noteworthy. Note: A few were sent for editorial consideration.

There are two consumer events in Sonoma this April. The inaugural Signature Sonoma Valley will take place April 7 and 8. It’s billed as an immersive event, diving into the vineyards, wines, and pairings of Sonoma Valley, also known as “Valley of the Moon.” Dry Creek Valley, with 10,000 acres under vine, hosts its 28th annual Dry Creek Passport Weekend from April 28-30. More than 45 wineries will open their doors for visitors to pair wines with local Sonoma fare.

Though Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dominate the Olivet Grange Vineyard of Inman Family Wines, Kathleen Inman also grows Pinot Gris for her Inman Pinot Gris. It is very fresh, with crisp mineral notes instead of the overly ripe characteristics often associated with Pinot Grigio ($35).