Sonoma County is pretty spectacular. We’re not just saying that because it’s where WineCountry Media is headquartered – well, maybe we’re a little biased – but we truly believe that Sonoma is one of the most picturesque, diverse, and welcoming wine regions around. And we’re not the only ones; Sonoma County was named “2019 Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast and its wines continually receive top accolades from critics around the world.
As Sonoma County recovers from one of the biggest fires it’s ever had, the Kincade Fire, it’s important to realize that less than 7% of Sonoma’s acreage has burned in the fire, most of which is rugged land and wilderness. Of course, our hearts go out to those who suffered unimaginable loss and know we will do our part to support and rebuild our community. But for those of you not in this region, we want you to know that the majority of Sonoma County is alive and well and ready to welcome you. In fact, there’s never been a better time to visit.
In light of recent events, we’ve been asked by many how to best support and help Sonoma County Wine Country. Our answer? Visit! And if you can’t travel here, purchase Sonoma County wines or perhaps consider donating to local groups who are supporting the rebuild and recovery efforts. Every little bit helps.
Simply put, the best way to support the numerous small and large businesses throughout Sonoma County is to #GatherinSonoma. Stay at that boutique hotel you’ve been wanting to check out, indulge in food at one of Sonoma’s best restaurants, sip wine at family-owned wineries, and shop for holiday gifts from small, locally-owned retailers. Sonoma thrives on its tourism industry, so there’s no better way to support the community than by showing up for local businesses. From luxury hotels to charming inns, quaint mom and pop diners to Michelin Star dining, and, of course, a plethora of world-class wineries to experience, a vacation in Sonoma County can really be anything you want it to be.
While you could easily pick up a few bottles of Sonoma County wine from the grocery store, your dollar will go a lot further for producers if you purchase from wineries directly, either by buying online or joining a wine club. And really, with 18 different AVAs and 50 grape varieties grown, there’s a Sonoma County wine for every type of wine enthusiast. Stock up for your holiday parties and hostess gifts, then #SipSonoma this season.
Any type of donation is worthwhile, but it means so much more when donations go straight to the community affected. If you are so inclined to donate (it is the season of giving, after all), here is a short list of local groups and relief efforts accepting donations.
2019 California Wildfire Recovery Fund at Center for Disaster Philanthropy
NorCal Wildfire Relief Fund at the Latino Community Foundation
Resilience Fund at the Community Foundation of Sonoma County
Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation
Wildfire Relief Fund at the California Community Foundation
On behalf of our region, thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Sonoma County soon! And be sure to post your #WineCountry experiences to social media with the tags #GatherinSonoma and #SipSonoma.