We've been seeing Sonoma Wine Country featured in both the local and national press quite often lately. Whether discussing wine destination regions, reviewing up and coming winemakers or focusing on sustainability practices, recent press mentioning Sonoma has inspired us to do a roundup just in case you missed something.
Sonoma has recently been featured as a top travel and wine destination in both the Wine Enthusiast and on Conde Nast’s website.
The Wine Enthusiast posted a recent article on the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014 and Sonoma County is featured as one not to miss. The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant is listed as a top choice for gourmet fare in the area. The list focuses not only on local destinations- it featurs locations in Germany and Australia too. We think being one of 10 Best Wine Destinations in the world is not too shabby.
Conde Nast’s piece just came out and is a compellation of Where to Go in 2014: The Destinations You Don't Want to Miss Out On. The Farmhouse Inn is listed in the segment on the Russian River Valley as a place to stay and dine. This piece focused on 15 destinations in the world and we’re excited to be included. These recent articles have pushed Sonoma to the top of many people’s travel lists.
Other articles recently published have focused on young, up and coming wine makers from Sonoma County. The Farmhouse Inn is lucky enough to count one of them as our own- Megan Glaab. Megan Glaab is a former member of the Farmhouse Sommelier team, and while we miss her dearly, we are grateful to still have her as part of the Farmhouse Inn family as the winemaker for our own winery brand, Lost and Found. In addition to Lost and Found, Megan is the co-winemaker with her husband Ryan on their own brand, RYME. Megan and Ryan were both recently featured in an article by San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonne (the paper's regular wine and food writer) as a winemaking team to watch. Bonne’s article, Winemakers to Watch 2014: Mixing Tradition and Pioneering Spirit, also featured winemakers from other California wine growing regions.
Another hot topic for 2014 coming out of Sonoma County is the 5 year goal set by the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission. In January the Commission announced that they want every winery and vineyard in Sonoma to carry sustainable certification by 2019. If successful, they’ll be the first wine growing region within the United States to do so.
This announcement was featured in an article, Sonoma County Wine Growers Set Goal of 100% Sustainability, written by Stacy Finz for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper and their online edition, the SF Gate. The article features interviews with Sonoma’s growers, winemakers and land holders about what sustainability means and if it’s use in marketing as a “buzz word” has depleted its value. The article was published within days of California’s Governor Jerry Brown’s declaration of a state-wide drought emergency, making it a very hot topic in many Facebook and Twitter discussions.
As a top travel destination in the world, Sonoma is a wonderful place to visit (and to live in!). Young winemakers, exciting restaurants and the varied beauty of this area make it one of the best places for both first-time wine country visitors and for those who have been coming here for years. We hope to see you in 2014!