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The Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County

by Nannette Eaton on September 1, 2014


Join the Wine Road North Sonoma County for California Wine Month in September.

September is California Wine Month and the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County asked me to share some the resources they have available to visitors to Northern Sonoma County. While there is plenty of things to do in Napa Valley, the Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County. There are over 200 wineries and 50 lodgings that are part of the Wine Road. September is an amazing month to visit Sonoma, the weather is at it’s prime, and harvest is at it’s peak.

Only an hour from the Golden Gate bridge, the Wine Road is an easy day trip or a great weekend getaway. From the airports SFO or OAK it’s about a two-and-a-half hour drive, depending on traffic. The Santa Rosa Airport has Alaskan Air providing non-stop flights to Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego. The flight from San Diego is under two hours and once you land in Santa Rosa, you can be wine tasting within 15 minutes (not like we are counting or anything.) A great perk with Alaskan Air is the Wines Fly Free Program. If you are flying out of Santa Rosa you are allowed to check one case of wine for free — fewer baggage fees give you more money for wine. (Do you notice a theme here? It’s always about the wine.) During the September California Wine Month, select wineries are offering a complementary wine tasting with a current Alaska Airlines boarding pass.

Wine Road Northern Sonoma County Fall in the Vineyards

With over 200 wineries to visit, and 50 choices of where to sleep, where do you start? Begin with checking out the Wine Road website. The website has a wealth of information of what to do, see and stay. There are maps to help orient you,  tour guide suggestions and ideas of where to shop and sleep, restaurants to dine at, as well as a comprehensive list of wineries. Trying to select from over 200 wineries can be overwhelming, but the Wine Road has you covered with their Wine Road Concierge service. This is a free service, you fill out the details of what type of experience you are looking for and your budget, and Wine Road Concierge will recommend places they think will please your expectations. The Wine Road won’t book the reservations for you, but it’s a great place to get ideas, whether you are a newbie or a Wine Road regular.

The Wine Road has an app for that, allowing you to source all the Wine Road information on your iOS or Android mobile devices at your fingertips. There is a dedicated blog, Along the Wine Road with posts about things of interest and current promotions. The latest is a play on the DiVinci Code — the Wine Road announced the daVintner’s Code with hidden secrets at each of the Wine Road members locations. Track down the secret, document the scene and post on social media with the hashtag #WRdaVintners and you’re in the game! If you want to connect with the Wine Road on social media, like the Wine Harlots, the Wine Road is everywhere. Be a fan on Facebook, follow on Instagram and Pinterest, and on Twitter you can follow the main Wine Road account and you can be an insider by following the Executive Director, Beth Costa.

Wine Harlots say hit the road in September, the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County, that is.

For more details about the California Wine Month in other regions, click here.

Merriam Vineyards Photos courtesy of the Wine Road ©2014.

Full disclosure per FTC Act 16, CFR 255. Wine Harlots have always believed in transparency, even before it was mandated. This post was sponsored by the Wine Trail who paid for an article to be written about the Wine Trail and the California Wine Month. Wine Harlots retained editorial control of the contents.