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Sonoma AVAs – The most exciting

Larger and more diverse than its California neighbour Napa, Sonoma contains 18 different AVAs. From sprawling Sonoma Valley to small Fort Ross-Seaview and hidden gems such as Rockpile, Elin McCoy highlights the most exciting winemaking regions here and flags up the producer names you need to know…

More rural and less glitzy than Napa, Sonoma is also bigger and more diverse, and its 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) more confusing. They overlap and some encompass several smaller ones, but all have at least a few top-quality wines and young winemakers exploring new grapes and winemaking ideas.

Wines from some newer Sonoma AVAs such as Fountaingrove District are hard to come by, which is why my picks below focus on those whose wines are available in the UK.

Scroll down for Elin McCoy’s top 18 wines from Sonoma‘s most exciting AVAs


See Elin McCoy’s top 18 wines from Sonoma ‘s most exciting AVAs


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