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Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:32

Sonoma Co. Named “Best Place to Go”

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TASTE News Service, January 29, 2020 — Sonoma County has been selected as the “readers’ choice” in the Frommer’s “Best Places to Go” in 2020 list.

Frommer’s, whose guidebooks have sold more than 75 million copies, named 19 of their top destinations, but opened the final slot to an online public vote. Sonoma County was selected over competing nominees: Charleston, South Carolina; Eilat, Israel; Porto, Portugal; and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

“Sonoma County [provides] an ideal setting for a classic wine country holiday (among more than 400 wineries), but with a diversity that sets it apart from most winelands,” wrote Frommer's in their recent announcement. “You'd think that a place blessed with such beauty and bounty would be overrun and exclusively priced, but somehow, a visit here has retained much of the unpretentious welcome that embraced [Jack] London all those years ago.”

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“On behalf of Sonoma County, we extend our thanks to Frommer’s and their readers for this kind honor,” said Claudia Vecchio, president/CEO of Sonoma County Tourism. “Between this recognition and our recent “Wine Region of the Year” designation by Wine Enthusiast magazine, Sonoma County is certainly feeling the love. We are more excited than ever to welcome visitors to Sonoma County to experience for themselves how Life Opens Up in our extraordinary destination.”

In addition to the world-renowned wineries open year-round, Sonoma County offers a mosaic of outdoor recreation, craft breweries and distilleries, and boutique communities dotted across the county. A great reason to plan a visit to Sonoma County is to attend one of the popular events held throughout the county in 2020, including:


Pliny the Younger Release (February)

Celebrate the 16th annual release of Pliny the Younger with Russian River Brewing Company. This highly coveted limited release Triple IPA is only available once a year as a local distribution, pub draft only.


Sonoma County Restaurant Week (February)

Restaurants offer prix-fixe two-course lunch menus ($10, $15) and three-course dinner menus ($19, $29, $39). There aren't any tickets or passes, and part of the appeal is that you can try restaurants you've been curious about without as much risk to your wallet.


California's Artisan Cheese Festival (March)

Meet celebrated cheese makers and sample artisan cheeses at this tasty festival, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Seminars and farm tours are available.


Barrel Tastings (throughout the county in March)

Discover this time-honored tradition. Learn from the winemakers how they work with the wines after harvest, before the wine is bottled. Be the first to taste limited production wines and purchase futures for your own cellar. Wine Road Barrel Tasting March 6-8, 13-15.


Sonoma International Film Festival (March)

An intimate celebration of unforgettable cinema, world-class food and fine wine on Sonoma's historic plaza. The Sonoma International Film Festival features over 90 hand-selected films screened in intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma's historic plaza. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders, and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, and Ray Liotta have enjoyed this unique event.


Editor’s note: For more information about events in Sonoma County visit www.sonomacounty.com.

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