Lay of the Land
“On the elevated sections of the road they felt the cool, delicious breeze from the Pacific forty miles away; while from each little dip and hollow came warm breaths of autumn earth, spicy with sunburnt grass and fallen leaves and passing flowers.”~Jack London
Often grouped together with sister wine country Napa, Sonoma is actually the largest of the counties that surround San Francisco. Bordering Marin county to the south and Mendocino to the north, Sonoma lies between Napa and the Pacific Ocean, which forms its western border. It encompasses a number of wine-producing valleys, including the Russian River, Alexander, Dry Creek and Sonoma valleys. Thanks to its climate, the region is particularly beloved by Pinot Noir connoisseurs. The important wine country towns to know are, from north to south: Healdsburg, Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Sonoma.