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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sonoma Daily Tours from San Francisco

golden-gate-bridgeYou should set aside a full day for wine tasting in the world renowned Napa and Sonoma Wine producing areas. The valleys of Napa and Sonoma lie 30 miles north of San Francisco and make up North America's premium wine making region. The tour begins in San Francisco, heading through the Marina district and the Presidio before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. The trip heads North through the rolling hills and scenery of Marin County. Your tour enters the wine country in the southern region of Carneros, just south of Sonoma.

Taste the wine from one of the world's premium wine-making regions of North America -domaine-chandon-vineyards Sonoma and Napa counties. Learn first-hand how wine is made and enjoy the lovely vistas of rolling hills dotted with vineyards. Seize the opportunity to visit well known vineyards, including Beringer, Domaine Chandon, Niebaum Coppola, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Asti, Clos du Bois, Gloria Ferrer, Kendall-Jackson, and many more! Make your travel arrangements in such a way that you pass by the famous Palace of Fine Arts and through the Marina district, then down the tree-lined Presidio. Make it a point to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to look over the crystal bay waters and up at the Marin Headlands. Then when you ascend the Marin Headlands, you will witness a breathtakingly panoramic view of the Golden Gate and the entire Bay Area. The drive through Marin will be simply enchanting, and as you cruise into Sonoma you will feel you have been transported to heaven.

sonoma-county-frei-ranch-vineyardsSonoma boasts of several rows of grape vines tucked in between rolling hillsides, and is somewhat less concentrated than Napa. Do not fail to explore the countryside, going from Carneros to the coast to Sonoma Old Town and beyond. When you feel hungry, choose from any number of vineyard restaurants and enjoy fine cuisine on a sunny terrace. Then proceed to Sonoma's older and more famous sibling Napa for obtaining greater and deeper experience of wineries. Napa often has special events and festivals going on, and your tour guide will keep you informed about all of your options. If time allows you must stop at Napa's high-end outlets for a little shopping. With vineyards below and majestic mountains rising in the distance, see the undulating hills and golden grassed dales of San Francisco's Wine Country in comfort. With a tour guide to escort you to premium wine-tastings at Sonoma and Napa Valleys, you can gather a lot of information about the wineries and the art of tasting wine.

The highlight of this one day tour will be the visit to a few major wineries in Napa Valley andsonoma-valley Sonoma. Each and every one of these will offer a distinct unforgettable wine-tasting experience. Learn about the history of wine and how wines are made as you educate your palate with lessons on how to taste the wines you will be sampling. You will learn how to choose the perfect wine based on your newly acquired knowledge of California varieties and you discover the difference between California wines and their counterparts from other parts of the world.

oakland-bay-bridgeLarge-scale mass production wineries to mid-sized ones to small boutique wineries are available for visitors to see. Avail this trip to the valley for some free wine tasting and to gain first-hand knowledge about wine-making. Do not stop with mere wine tasting but visit the historic Sonoma Square where you can enjoy cheese tasting at Vella Cheese Factory and Sonoma Jack Cheese Factory. To give your tour a sense of wholeness and completion, your sight-seeing should compulsorily include The Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma Historic Plaza, Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, Winery Tour, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge.