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Spend a Day Biking to Wineries

Don’t leave Sonoma without slowing down to experience it by bike! Join a guided bike tour hosted by a knowledgeable local Tour Guide and visit local wineries for tastings. Or rent bikes and chart your own course with the aid of Sonoma Valley Bike Tours’ custom route maps and advice from their knowledgeable team.

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Go Underground

The naturally cool, humid environment of underground caves provides ideal conditions for aging and storing wines. The dimly lit, musty environs also hold an undeniable romance, making a cave tour & tasting high on the “must do” list while in Sonoma. Keep in mind that cave temperatures vary little throughout the year – averaging 58-65 degrees – so take care to bring a light sweater for any winery experience that will include a tour of the caves.

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Play a Game of Bocce

When you realize the sport of bocce originated with the Greeks and the Romans, it makes sense why it feels so natural to play with a glass of wine in hand. The rules are simple and it’s easy to learn, making it a game beginners can learn to enjoy quickly.

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Bottle Your Own Custom Blend

Feeling daring or like you might have an innate talent for crafting a classic, California wine blend? Ravenswood Winery offers a blending experience to allow novices to learn and participate in the art of winemaking. During this experience, you’ll blend you own perfect mélange of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane,

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Seek Out an Art + Wine Pairing

It should come as no surprise that many people who are passionate about fine wines also have a passion for world-class art. At many Sonoma Valley wineries you’ll find inspiring seasonal exhibits and lovingly curated permanent collections in the form of sculpture gardens, photography exhibits, murals and paintings. Visit these wineries to find out why many consider wine and art the perfect pairing.

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Sonoma Wine Trolley

The vintage, open-air design of the early San Francisco Cable Cars offers a scenic view unmatched by any other touring vehicle. As you embark on a journey full of rich local history, you will enjoy a wine tasting at four local wineries, and learn what makes Sonoma Valley such a popular destination for wine tasting tours,

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Stop to Smell the Lavender

If you’ll be in Sonoma Valley during lavender blooming season, between May and July, a visit to Matanzas Creek Winery is a must. During lavender season, you’ll be greeted by rows upon rows of lush purple lavender, olive groves, native grasses, and even some local wildlife. Visitors can stroll through the gardens,

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Shop Jack London Village

Nestled creekside among mature trees, Jack London Village provides a perfect environment for a relaxing morning or afternoon. Shopping options include Sculpturesite Gallery, Wine Country Chocolates where world-class chocolates, including their famous wine truffles are made onsite, Hopscotch Gifts & Gallery featuring handcrafted jewelry, blown glass, painted dinnerware, metal art,

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Engage With Art + Landscape

Cornerstone Gardens are an ever-changing series of gardens showcasing innovative designs from international and local landscape architects and designers. The gardens celebrate the connection between art, architecture and nature. Additionally, the adjacent Sunset Magazine test gardens highlight food production, the Sunset plant line, bee habitat, cut flowers and composting.

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Visit a Winery With a View

It’s hard to find a winery in Sonoma Valley that doesn’t boast a beautiful view. Even wineries on the valley floor are surrounded by idyllic vineyard vistas. That said, the view from these hillside wineries does take the breathtaking factor up a notch.

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