Sonoma and Napa are Open for Business! #WBC17

Sonoma plaza with Sonoma City Hall

Sonoma Plaza on a beautiful Sunday in November

It’s Been a While
It’s been a few years since I’ve been out to Sonoma and Napa, so when the venue for the 2017 Wine Blogger’s Conference was announced (Santa Rosa) I signed up right away! The conference days are super-busy, so I extended my trip to do a little pre-conference wine touring on my own. I bought my plane tickets months in advance, paid for the AirBnB, reserved the rental car.  Then the firestorms hit the area only weeks before the conference. The organizers assured us the conference was still on, so out I came.  Know what?  Napa and Sonoma are definitely open for business, and they need us to support them now more than ever.

Sonoma vineyard after the harvest

No fires here, just a beautiful Sonoma vineyard in the fall

What About the Fires?
The fires were indeed devastating in the areas they hit. However, if you didn’t know about the fires, you might spend a week here and never see a sign.  You can clearly see some of the burn areas in the hills, and if you happen to drive through one of the hard-hit areas, you’ll know it, but they are limited in extent for a tourist.

The best thing we can do to help is to stimulate the local economy with our tourist and wine dollars

(click on any photo below for a full size slide show. Hit “escape” to return)

I’ll be finishing up my personal touring in the next day or so, then on to the 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference!

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2 Responses to “Sonoma and Napa are Open for Business! #WBC17”
  1. Nancy A says:

    Looks like a fantastic trip. We are doing our part to support them. Just received 2 shipments of fall bounty. Have fun!

  2. Looking forward to seeing you lovely gentlemen again in a few days. Until then don’t drink all the wine.

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