Sonoma, California

Fori the foodie and  buff, it’s no exaggeration to say that could be called heaven. l can think of no other place where you can find local, world-class examples of every possible wine style-and the artisanal to go with them.      

The reason is the county’s incredible climate and geographical diversity. For example, near the seacoast, ocean breezes create the cool climate needed to grow amazing chardonnay whites along with reds that are every bit as good as French . Look for the subregions of either Sonoma Coast or the Russian River on the label, and you’ll know you’re in the right place. Away from the coast, there are sun-soaked valleys with ripe and juicy chardonnays, sauvignon blancs and merlots  that are often labeled as Sonoma County and typically budget-friendly. The Dry Creek and Alexander subregions serve up wind-whipped hillside vineyards and pleateaus so rocky and rugged you’de thinl no vine would want call them home, yet, big zins and cabernets thrive there. For a sensory experience of wine and food, visit Kendall-Jackson’s in Santa Rosa. For a taste of history and excellent pinot noirs, visit Buena Vista, ’s oldest winery, in the town of Sonoma.