The joys of the Sonoma Valley

Surprised to find that the Sonoma Valley is twice as big as the Napa valley. So while I love wine, it’s simply not possible to appreciate this valley in one day. But I tried. Valley of the Moon in Glen Ellen was first stop after lunch. BTW, food in Sonoma town is impressive. Lovely if expensive lunch at Della Santina’s in East Napa Street, Sonoma. Valley of the Moon offers free tasting for their basic wines, but $2 a taste for the reserve wines. All the reserve reds are massive, with big chalky tannins. But the fruit fades. Compared with Coonawarra cabernets from South Australia, Sonoma does not make it. Neither does Napa. Valley of the Moon wines need at least a decade before they can be approached. The 2000 cuvee de la luna (Bordeaux blend) for $35 is better than the 1999, 2001 or 2004, all of which I tasted. But Australian Bordeaux blends are much better in terms of quality and price. The Sonoma valley was a lovely setting. I wish I had room to say more. But in a busy world, one must be succint.

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  1. It sounds like you’re living a decadent life up there in Northern California!

    I still remember my surprise at realizing that the much better known Napa Valley is not nearly the charmer that Sonoma is, even though they’re right next door to each other.

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