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Opening Up

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By Dan Clarke

It’s time for California to open up. Well past time in the opinion of many.

Spring has always been a time to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature. That feeling of a glorious rebirth may be even more stirring now as we emerge from a year of lockdown conditions. Every part of our state is displaying some of its natural beauty this month. Here in our native Northern California, we have several “Wine Countries,” and all have physical beauty and attractions that appeal to visitors. We urge you all to begin your reemergence from the mandated hibernation to start enjoying life again.

As life returns to normal, we’ll bring you first-person reports on some wonderful ways to enjoy getting out and experiencing what the world has to offer. We’ll revisit time-honored places to visit and things to do. With a little digging, we’ll probably uncover some ideas that may surprise you. Meanwhile, we have received updated information on some springtime activities in Sonoma’s wine country. This article below is an example of a press release that can contain a lot of good information that helps writers and editors. It’s a little more promotional than the journalistic style we’d prefer. But, as we said, it contains some worthwhile information,

At this time there are still some restrictions due to authority’s reaction to the Corona virus. Until all of these have been rescinded, we encourage you to go along with mask wearing and social distancing requests.

 

What’s New in Sonoma County 2021

After hitting pause on world travel for a whole year, the rolling hills of Sonoma County are bursting with color and wildflowers emerge with a revitalized energy. Local orchards and vineyards beckon with rejuvenating farm tours and vineyard hikes, new experiences abound and new restaurants are popping up around the region. It's a good time to get out and celebrate how Life Opens Up and show nature some love this Earth Day with the arrival of spring.

Baby goats are waiting to cuddle at local farm tours, the Healdsburg Certified Farmers' Markets returns, a Really Goode Job with free rent is getting a lot of buzz, the Museum of Sonoma County and the Charles M. Schulz Museum reopens, and this month's new experiences and openings are as vibrant as the floral hues carpeting Sonoma County's hills and valleys.   

 

Wineries & Wine Tours

 

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Celebrates 50 Years with New Experiences

Mark a half-century legacy with the Kopf family's wines at St. Francis in Kenwood, where guests will explore the rich Sonoma County heritage through anniversary-themed tasting flights, food-accompanied estate pairings, and award-winning wine and food pairings.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards President & CEO, Rick Bonitati, expressed his appreciation for this year's new offerings as they chart a path for the future of the winery and the industry as a whole. “We are proud and honored to celebrate fifty years in Sonoma Valley and recognize the contributions of so many who helped us to become who we are today. While we work diligently to perform at the highest level of excellence with our current programs, it is the ingenuity of our dedicated staff that truly makes anything possible for the future,” stated Mr. Bonitati.

The 50th Anniversary wine is St. Francis Winery's first ever sparkling wine, a vintage Blanc de Noir, crafted and bottled by winemaker Chris Louton.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

https://www.stfranciswinery.com/

 

Eat, Drink, Be Merry Picnic at Croix Estate

Treat yourself to a tasting of Kirk P. Venge's Sonoma County Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays at Croix Estate's idyllic property vineyards and tasting room. As a private and appointment-only winery, visitors can sit back, relax, and bring their own picnic at the winery garden tables overlooking scenic views. Enjoy its serenity in this laidback experience, where a pre-poured flight of wines will accompany your lunch. A beverage cart will be provided at each reserved table for a contactless experience, including biodegradable utensils and plateware, water glasses, an extra set of wine glasses, disposable napkins, filtered water that's been chilled, and self-serve wine service in mini-decanter format.

Croix Estate

https://www.croixestate.com

 

Friday Bubbly Hour and Breakfast at Breathless Wines

Take pleasure in the return of live music at Breathless Wines Tasting Room, where Friday evenings are now reserved for a pairing of refreshing sparkling or still wines with light snacks to kick off the weekend. Add a cheese and charcuterie box to the reservation and relish in delicious local treats while enjoying the glamorous art décor style adorning the tasting room built from reclaimed shipping containers. Make it a celebration with a Caviar Picnic option, where guests can enjoy a bottle of Blanc de Noirs with Caviar, Crème Fraiche and their famous potato chips. Let the music of local artists melt away the stresses of the week every Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On the last Sunday of each month between April and October, guests can now reserve a French-inspired breakfast at the rustically lavish garden tasting space, located just a short walk from the Healdsburg town square. Pair a sweet or savory French Crepe with a delicious glass of bubbles. Reservations available from 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Breathless Wines

https://www.breathlesswines.com/

 

Taste through Drive Wines at Locals Tasting Room

Discover some of Sonoma County's newest small-lot wines at Locals Tasting Room in Geyserville, with a tasting of newcomer Drive Wines award-winning boutique wines. From aspiring winemakers John Musto and Tom Young, the 2021 release of Rosé of Pinot Noir and Sonoma Coast Syrah will tantalize taste buds for the curious wine lover. Dedicated to the craft of premium boutique wines, Drive Wines demonstrates the commitment to quality through single vineyard wine production.

 “We started Drive in 2017 as a way to prove that we could build a small self-funded wine business from scratch.” says Drive Wines Co-Owner and Winemaker John Musto. “With the odds stacked against us, we've continued to persevere, and that ethos has really resonated with folks. Moving into a space like Locals will allow us to take the next step in sharing our story with the wine world”.

Enjoy tastings of 75 wines at Locals Tasting room, including Drive Wines, in charming downtown Geyserville, where historic buildings and vintage chic aesthetics offer the kindness of an older time paired with modern culinary indulgences.

Drive Wines at Locals Tasting Room

https://localstastingroom.com/

https://www.drivewines.com/

 

Private and Join-in Group Tours with Sonoma Wine Rides

Take your “travel pod” on the ultimate Sonoma County experience with Sonoma Wine Rides' private tours, where custom crafted itineraries can include wine tastings, beer and cider tours, coastal excursions, ziplining through the redwoods, world-class dining and anything in between.

Take a Sonoma County Wine Tasting Tour with your smaller group and visit three wineries with complimentary water and charcuterie boxes. Explore different wine regions and book consecutive days with Sonoma Wine Rides for a worry-free getaway.

Sonoma Wine Rides

https://sonomawinerides.com/

 

Lasseter Family Wines offers new Library Tasting Experiences

Journey through Lasseter Family Wine's library vintages from the past into the present, discovering the estate-grown Rhone and Bordeaux blends in this newly unveiled tasting experience. Surrounded by sweeping views of Sonoma Valley, Lasseter Family Wines invites guests into an open-air garden patio inside the majestic gates. Enjoy a sighting of the Lasseter family dogs, Frank and Chocolate Mousse, while sipping on their organically farmed wines.

The Lasseter Family Estate has developed a natural eco-system with beehives, owl boxes and insectaries to provide homes for beneficial insects and predators. Blending naturally into a landscape of native plants, enjoy the equilibrium and harmony that plays out in the vineyards and the balanced wines.

Lasseter Family Wines

https://www.lasseterfamilywinery.com/

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