"No matter what grape variety you mention, somewhere in Sonoma someone
is lovingly tending it, and usually with a zeal approaching fanaticism."
...Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
"It's possible to taste Sonoma's greatness in wines that truly typify
regional character. This is what sets Sonoma apart from all other wine
regions in California."
...Dan Berger, Wine Enthusiast
"Sonoma County, being about twice the size of Napa County, stands
on the threshold of becoming the leader in quality wine production.
[Sonoma production currently exceeds that of Napa by 30%.]
...Prof. John Baxevanis, Wine Regions of America
The Rest of the Story
We reviewed the growing importance of Sonoma in my last S.F. State
wine course, and rated a number of medium priced bottles. These were
the top six.
Six Sonoma Sizzlers
||'95 Chateau Souverain Merlot, Alexander
Valley, Sonoma County, $16.50
||'96 Alderbrook Chardonnay, Dry Creek
Valley, Sonoma County, $12.50
||'95 Chateau St. Jean Merlot, Sonoma County, $18
|| '95 Rosenblum Merlot, Russian River Valley, Lone Oak Vineyard,
||'95 Alderbrook Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, $16
||'87 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, From my
cellar. .no price.
The Name Game There are many Sonomas...the city, the county, the mountain, the creek, the valley. Legend says the name came from the local Indian word for "many moons." Hence, Sonoma Valley, the Valley of the Moon.
However, Prof. Erwin Gudde wrote that while the moon origin is the more
romantic, the "nose" version is more authentic. The Indian word for
nose was "sonom." The Indian chief of the village had a prominent proboscis,
so the Spanish missionaries called the region (in writing) by the chief's
nickname, Sonomas, 20 years before the town was founded.
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