The 16 Best Restaurants In Sonoma, California

14 November 2022

An hour’s drive north of San Francisco, rows of gnarled and twisted vines terrace up the slopes of gently rolling hills in Sonoma County, California – which, alongside its neighbour, Napa, has been one of the world’s premier wine-growing regions for more than a century.

Many of the region’s first commercial vines were planted in the mid-1850s by European settlers who experimented with varietals from Bordeaux and other popular wine regions in France and Germany, curious to see whether they would flourish in the sun-splashed, temperate climate and rocky soil. But California might never have earned such viticultural acclaim if it weren’t for the little-known story of a Japanese immigrant named Kanaye Nagasawa.

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