Sonoma County in the News

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More than 7 million visitors — and hundreds of journalists — can't be wrong: Sonoma County is a fantastic place to visit.

Positive travel stories are being published all around the globe, touting Sonoma County's genuine Wine Country experience — more than 400 friendly wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, miles of Pacific coastline, 40 spas, rivers to kayak or float down, redwood forests to explore, boutiques and galleries that entice, and hiking and biking trails that meander over oak-covered hills.

Below are a few highlights of those articles or broadcasts to check out as you plan your next visit.

Note: Publications may not host the articles listed below indefinitely, and some links may expire. UMV = unique monthly visitors.

• Buena Vista recently had an open house for the media for their new Historical Wine Tool Museum Tour, which opens April 1st. "Boisset has converted the large space into a museum of historic wine tools dating back to the 18th century. These antique plow blades, bill hooks, secateurs (one-handed pruning clippers), wine pullers, pomace cutters, and harvest basket are all essential tools for growing and harvesting grapes, and many of these tools were once actually used.” Check out this fascinating piece of history, article on (UMV: 150,621).
• We supported Jaslin Yu during her visits and writes regularly about Sonoma County! Most recently, she showcases the girl and the fig in an article in the Sing Tao Daily (circ. 10,000). She also includes everything in the Chinese version of Facebook:
• Because of media outreach, (UMV: 607,940) included two Sonoma County bakeries in “The Bay Area’s 7 Best Pies Ranked. Just in time for pi day.
• Departures (UMV:161,234) included The Farmhouse Inn in a round-up of “Hotel Cooking Classes for Every Interest”. The article was written by Krista Simmons, a Los Angeles based freelancer and is a fantastic little mention about the fantastic ’nose to tail’ way of using the whole animal when cooking.

• We are thrilled to share more results of Sonoma County fan, Randi Yagi who we hosted last December. The article "Best Romantic Springtime Destinations In The US" was published today in 24 CBS Local regions across the country. Below is the link for the national travel story on (UMV: 510,881) featuring Sonoma County, DeLorimer Winery, ZaZu Kitchen, St. Francis Winery and Farmhouse Inn.

 • Elena Barassi, a journalist that we assisted last October, published a wonderful article in today’s edition of “Il Giornale” (print and digital). Half of the article is dedicated to Sonoma County. Il Giornale is one of the top 5 national daily newspaper with a circulation of 220,000 printed copies, readership of 1,000,000, AVE per page USD 25,000. Digital edition: 350,000 contacts per day.
• We assisted journalists for a FAM trip in early February and the result was a multi-page spread in the March 2015 issue of Laguna Beach Magazine (quarterly circ. 20,000 and media value of $38,250). Katherine included Sonoma as the perfect getaway for girlfriends, and highlighted lots of Sonoma destinations and businesses.
• (circ. 10,000) spotlights the generosity of some great Sonoma County wineries in an article called “5 Most Delicious Complimentary Wine Tastings in Sonoma”.
• Due to hosting Randi Yagi of CBS SanFrancisco (UMV: 582,963) last December, the recent articles were published:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery & St. Francis Wineries were included in “Best Bars For March Madness In San Francisco
Taquerias El Farolito in Rohnert Park was spotlighted in "The Best Burritos Outside of San Francisco's Mission District"
• As a result of media outreach, Bloomberg Businessweek (UMV:7,786,647) included River’s End Restaurant & Inn in a round-up of “The Prettiest Places Off the Grid”, written by Maridel Reyes, who attended Grape Camp 2014. In addition to the hotel, we also provided her with information on nearby ‘can’t miss spots’ including the Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room and the Armstrong Redwoods State Park.
•We worked directly with Lyn Mettler on the inclusion of Sonoma County and River’s End Restaurant & Inn in the article “Ditch the devices and unplug at these 9 Hotels and Resorts” on Fox News (UMV: 42,078,203).
• Megan Singleton's latest piece is "San Francisco: Top five sips, cooks and walks” in the New Zealand Herald (circ. 470,000). Megan also previously published two wonderful blogs about Sonoma County this past December and was also our guest speaker at SCT’s media workshop “How to work with Media”.
• Carey Sweet, our Sonoma County Insider, published a round-up “5 New Wine Country Tasting Room Experiences” on (UMV: 607,940). "Running the gamut from brand-spanking-new to freshly remodeled, these five Wine Country tasting rooms are well worth a trip and a toast.” 
• Because of our promo for Sneakaway with Travelzoo, Vintners Inn was mentioned in the following video on (UVM: 10,475,124)! Jaime Freedman, Senior Editor at Travelzoo, joins TODAY to talk about some of the best deals on hotels that can help melt away those winter blues.
• We are thrilled to share that we assisted Bill Fink from Yahoo! Travel for the fabulous article “Getting the Most Out of a Wine-Soaked Weekend in Sonoma”. As we all know "Sonoma County is more than a match for its better-known neighbor as a spot for a weekend wine getaway.” Yahoo! Travel boasts a comprehensive travel guide and offers complete destination information to help consumers through every step of the travel planning cycle. 
• One result of Sonoma County Tourism and Sonoma County Vintners attending the Sonoma in the City event in Chicago is the great article Bill St. John wrote for the Chicago Tribune (circ. 439,731) about the diversity of the Sonoma Coast AVA “With ‘Sonoma Coast’ on label, hard to tell what’s inside”.
• We are happy that due to pitching, included our Google glass video in the Brand USA Daily Newsletter on ITB, world's largest travel show. The TravMedia news service covers national and international news from travel companies and organizations. The video is currently featured in the Newsroom section of
• Because of talking to Richard Barnes, Editor for ITB news, we are excited to have one full page in the Special feature of Brand USA Group Travel in today's ITB travel trade magazine.
• As a result of hosting Sandra Ramani in January, Organic Spa Magazine (UMV: 75,817; Circ: 125,000) included the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in a round-up of  “Hot Springs Around the Globe” in the print and online edition of the March-April issue. The Fairmont is also included in the Top 10 Green Spa Awards feature.
• Due to hosting the group of Brazilian journalists last November, there were various stories published in print, online, and on TV:
  • VIAJE MAIS MAGAZINE - Travel magazine, 45,000 units monthly. Editor: Karen Abre
  • GLOBO NEWSPAPER - National newspaper based in Rio, 290,000 units daily. Executive Editor: Paulo Motta. Press: cover + 10 page article and two one-page stories
  • TAM NAS NUVENS MAGAZINE - In-flight magazine of Brazilian TAM Airlines, 150,000 units monthly. Editor: Natália Zonta and photographer Fernanda Frazão. Press: cover + editorial + 12 page article
  • UOL NEWS PORTAL - Leading news portal in Brazil, with more than 34.3 million unique visitors, and more than 4.9 billion page views per month. Freelancer: Roberta Malta 
  • EATIN’OUT MAGAZINE - Luxury gourmet magazine, published quarterly with 12.000 units. Editor: Pedro Mello e Souza.
  • YOU MUST GO! BLOG and ESTUDIO I AT GLOBONEWS TV CHANNEL. You Must Go! is a blog focused on luxury destinations with special attention to hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping and lifestyle. Estudio I is one of the most important talk shows in Brazilian television with lifestyle and culture themes and a series of columnist for a variety of subjects. Editor: Renata Araújo

• Because of media outreach, Kiera Kenney wrote a fantastic piece titled "The 11 Best Picks of Sonoma County Restaurant Week” on 7x7 - Online (UMV: 607,940). Organized by neighborhood, she hi lights her favorite participating restaurants that will offer two-course prix fixe lunches for $10-20 per person and/or three-course prix fixe dinners for $19-39! 7x7 included this piece in their Top 7 Stories of the week!

• Kristine Hansen from Yahoo! Travel (UMV: 261,962) is a regular visitor who loves Sonoma County. She wrote a great article "Forget Summer: This Is Why You Should Visit WIne Country in Winter" and mention the upcoming Barrel Tasting event.
• Sonoma County is mentioned in an article "Unexpected destinations for family vacations" that we pitched about family friendly travel on, a division of USA TODAY Travel, which is an interactive travel referral service focused on connecting travelers with qualified and customer-rated travel specialists.
• Visit California’s Industry website featured a blog titled "The Perfect Coastal Getaway in Sonoma County”. This is the state marketing organization, so the audience is their international offices, media worldwide and California Travel partners. The article is a great round-up of spots along our Sonoma coast.
• We recently hosted Mai Pham and she made quite a few videos on, who hand-picks videographers or Tastemakers from all over the world which share their videos on YouTube and the Tastemade App. Each day this crowdsourced studio of hundreds of tastemakers creates new content for an audience of over 20 million people food and travel enthusiasts. Tastemade’s 400-plus channels now boasts 22 million unique viewers a month on YouTube and 15 million or so subscribers! She visited Paul HobbsAventineTaylor Maid FarmsDiavola, and St. Francis Winery.
• Because of information provided to Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (circ. 104,292) for an article "The Best Places to Camp in Wine Country”. Featured are many of our great campgrounds and their surrounding wineries.
• As a result of assisting Marcelina Morfin, she included the town of Sonoma in “The Ten Most Beautiful Towns in California” on (UMV: over 700,000). In addition, Visit California posted the story on their Facebook page.
• Congratulations to our Sonoma County Parks Partners for the opening of the North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Check out this great article on (UMV: over 7,000,000) “Bay Area’s Newest Park offers high view in Wine Country”.
• North Bay Business Journal (circ. 7,200) published an article about the new director Carolyn Stark who is to lead the Sonoma County Vintners.
• Because of media outreach, San Francisco Travel (circ. 150,000, UMV: 4.6 million) showcased Rams Gate Winery in their article What's New in San Francisco | February/March 2015.
• The San Jose Mercury News - Online (UMV: 2,363,579) published an awesome article "Sebastopol's Barlow: Five ways to eat, drink, play".
• Korbel and Francis Ford Coppola were highlighted in the following article "Wining and Dining in Sonoma” in RV Life Magazine (circ. 55,000, UMV: 32,336).
• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, wrote a great story on the "5 New Tasting Rooms to Explore in Wine Country” on 7x7 - Online (UMV: 607,940). 
• (UMV: 3,833,673) featured an article and slideshow "7 Date Night Dining Ideas With a Wine Country Twist”. The article mentions what a few of our local chefs would call their perfect Valentines Day.
• Due to the assistance of journalist Alison Bing, the Lonely Planet blog (UMV: 7,740,056) has a great new article "San Francisco in winter: six reasons to ditch the cold for some California sun”. Lots of great things to do in San Francisco are mentioned, along with a link to there Sonoma County section of their website.
• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet has a fantastic piece "New Eats, New Sips” in the January 2015 edition of Napa Sonoma Magazine (Circulation/Audience:30,000). Some more great places to check out if you haven’t already: Hanson Spirits (opening distillery this spring), The MacPhail Tasting Lounge at the Barlow, Oso in Sonoma, Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma, and The Adobe in Sonoma pouring Three Sticks Wines.
•  "Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown” in the article "Gay Travel: Sonoma Like a Local” on (UMV: 17,806).
• Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet’s rounds up 5 Beautiful Wine Country Hikes, including Taylor Mountain Regional Park, Jack London State Historic Park, and Sonoma Mountain Regional Park, for (UMV: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209).
• Outreach to Alysia Gray Painter resulted in coverage on for the Wine Road’s upcoming Barrel Tasting weekends in March.
• As result of ongoing media outreach, Ian White included Roche Winery & Vineyards and a link to California Wine Institute’s compiled list of a round-up about The Best Ways to Sip and Cycle Through Wine Country for San Francisco Magazine (circ. 104,292).
• As a result of Randy Yagi’s visit in December, he included St. Francis Winery in his latest feature on CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963) of “5 Of The Most ‘Egg-straordinary’ Dishes Made With Eggs.”
• As a result of hosting Jens Christensen, he published a fabulous write-up of Sonoma County, including the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, the Sonoma Golf Club, The Links at Bodega Harbour. The article has a reach of 61,000 and a straight media value of USD 4,100.
• As a result of hosting Natalie Compagno at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, she included Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in her round-up for Luxe Lavs: Valentine’s Day Spa Treatments Around the World on Peter Greenberg (UMV: 107,982).
• Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet’s rounds up new Wine Country eateries for (UMV: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209), including Bistro 100, Ramen Gaijin, 3 Alarm Grill, and Wild Flowers Saloon.

Wine Country’s 25 best Valentines specials, which ran in San Francisco Magazine, featured many Sonoma County businesses, including J Vineyards, Sonoma Valley Bike Tours, Paradise Ridge Winery, D’Argenzio Winery, Flamingo Resort and Spa, Hotel La Rose, and Hyatt Vineyard Creek.

• As result Randi Yagi’s visit in December, he included The Barlow in his latest feature on CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963), Best romantic getaways on a budget near the Bay Area. Yagi mentioned: “Because I'm limited to only four or five sentences for each suggested destination, I tried to put in as much info as I could.”

• Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet’s suggests on (UMV: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209) are the Top 10 Wine Country Spas.

 Spirit Works Distillery was included in the article of Gin Makes a Major Comeback on as well as in the 7x7's February 2015 issue (circ magazine: 38,800).

• A feature in USA Today (UMV: 18,487,953) focused on “Sample artisan cheese at the source in Sonoma County.” The article was written by Katie Kelly Bell and mentions the Sonoma Cheese Trail in addition to Achadinha Cheese Company, Marin French Cheese, Joe Matos Chees Factory, Petaluma Creamery and Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, Redwood Hill Farm, and Ramini Mozzaerlla.

• Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve was featured in The Bay Area’s Best Redwood Hikes, as compiled by 7X7 magazine. This is the result of an ongoing relationship with editors and writers at the publication.

• As a result of Barbara Barton Sloane’s visit last summer, she wrote about her experience in the following blogs and outlets, highlighting the following locations:

Glen Ellen, Benziger Winery, The Fig Café in Uncharted101. This is an online travel resource that offers the essential knowledge for the places you’ve always wanted to see.

An article also appeared in (UMV: 6,221,560). It ran in the Yonker’s Tribune (UVM: 55,000, page views: 125,000); and in

• As a result of hosting Christine Sarkis for Grape Camp 2014, Smarter Travel (UMV:3,114,014) spotlighted the JCB Lounge at DeLoach Vineyards.

• Sarah Medina wrote the feature, “Farmhouse Inn: A Winter Staycation in Post-Harvest Wine Country,” on (UVM: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209). This article was also published in 7x7's February 2015 issue (Circ: magazine: 38,800). She also mentions Pliny the younger release (Feb. 6) from the Russian River Brewing Company.

• As a result of media outreach, eGlobal Travel Media, based in Australia (Circ: 55,000) featured the launch of Sonoma Sneakaway and Sonoma County Restaurant Week. EGlobal Travel Media is a free news service, used mostly by trade for daily tourism news with nearly 56,000 online subscribers.

• An ongoing relationship with Jennifer Boden, KRON 4 Online, resulted in a mention on that site about the SRJC Wine Classic Event.

• As a result of hosting Natalie Compagno at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Huffington Post (UMV: 49,445,590) included the festival in a round-up of top festivals around the world. The article recommends the top festival each month.

• As a result of Marina Chetner’s visit, she included Sonoma County in her “California Wine Regions: 10 Secrets” for Qantas Travel Insider.” (UMV: 150,000) is Qantas Airways' online portal, attracting an average of 10 million visits each month.

• As part of media outreach, Gabe Sasso’s coverage of MacPhail wines and the tasting room at The Barlow on (Page views: 3,041,772, UMV: 1,012,539).

• Read Lauren Sloss’ suggestions for “Beer Road Trip to the Russian River Valley” on (Circ. magazine: 38,800, UVM: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209).

• As a result of hosting Natalie Compagno during SWCW, she included Sonoma County in her food travel reading list for the month of August on her blog Salt & Wind (UMV:1,000). She mentions Paradise Ridge Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards (and notes their sustainable practices), and Gloria Ferrer.

• See Suzy Strutner’s “11 Reasons Sonoma Is The California Gem You Need To Visit” on Huffington Post (UMV: 40,903,800). 

• Check out the staff writer at USA TODAY Nancy Trejos' coverage on twitter (7,494 followers plus USA Today twitter) from her visit this past weekend.

• As result of Kristine Hansen’s frequent visits to Sonoma County, she included Healdsburg in a round-up for (UMV: 22,144,107) of ‘6 of America's most romantic small towns. Her articles have appeared in GourmetWine Enthusiast, in-flight magazines and many more. 

• Outreach to Alysia Gray Painter featured “Resolutions Made Easy: Free Sonoma Vineyard Walks” in the Worth the trip blog for NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600).

• As result of ongoing media outreach and visits Patty Burness wrote “Beautiful Bodega Bay, Part 1” for (UMV: 6,221,560). 

• As a result of hosting Jerry last April, Out Magazine (Circ: 203,039) features Slowing down in Sonoma in the article “Guerneville is a foodie mecca in the making — perfect for relaxing amid ancient redwoods”.

• Sonoma County is featured on CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963): Best Bed and Breakfasts in the Bay Area because of our great relationship with Randi Yagi. Four out of Five B&Bs included were from Sonoma County!

• Jane's feature in the regional paper in the UK, Beaconsfield Advertiser (circ. 30,565) talks about the beautiful Sonoma County coast. Jane is part luxury travel agent and part writer. 

• Ian White included a few events in a round-up about celebrating New Years Eve in Sonoma Wine Country in San Francisco Magazine (circ. 104,292).

• As result of our relationship with Randi Yagi, he included two Sonoma County events in his latest story on CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963): 5 Reasons to Visit the North Bay in 2015.  

• Bodega Bay Lodge, The Links at Bodega Harbour, and the town of Bodega including the Bodega Country Store are featured in this issue of ACES Golf Magazine (circ. 30,000).

• As a result of hosting the Japanese media company Kodansha in October the first article in magazine VOCE will be published on 23rd January. The magazine has a reach of 70,000 and a straight media value of USD $15,000 per page; total $900,000.

• As result of hosting Vivian Bibliowicz visit this summer, a story about Ana Keller is published in the December issue of Lideres Mexicanos Magazine (UMV:270,000), distributed in Mexico covering personalities that have achieved great things in the world of business, music, politics, sports, art, architecture, medicine and every other field.

• The article Tips on staying at wineries was published on Yahoo! Travel as a result of Lena Katz’ visit this fall (UMV: 5,898,994; Page Views Per Month: 21,697,267)

• As a result of hosting Emma Krasov, she’s posted on her personal blog, Arts and Entertain Me (UMV: 10,000), featuring the Barlow and Sonoma County events.

• Kevin Nelson wrote “Where to go and what to do in Santa Rosa” for (UMV: 6,221,560) as result of ongoing media outreach.

• Megan, an award- winning travel writer and editor, featured Sonoma County in her 2nd blog  - 5 things to eat in Sonoma (County)

• As result of freelance journalist Andrew Collins’ recent visit in November, he updated his existing articles on Sonoma at my, and created a "Sonoma Gay-Friendly Lodging" guide for the site (UMV: 68,860,923,  Page Views Per Month: 331,929,710).

• Elizabeth Inglese at Vogue (circ.: 1,222,373) included the new Spa at The Farmhouse Inn in their round-up of “6 Winter Beauty Escapes to Sweep You Off Your Feet”.

• Sonoma County is featured in the December issue of Sky Magazine (Circ: 601,383) a beautiful five-page feature on the destination (see page 76–82). The article is written by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl who visited this summer. A sampling of mentioned partners include Jordan Winery, The Shed, Cowgirl Creamery, Flying Goat, Costeaux, Downtown Bakery, Bear Republic, among others.

• As a result of hosting last year, Jim Byers wrote about Sonoma County in the Toronto Star (UMV:7,724,801). In the article he mentions Charles Schulz Museum, Matanzas Creek Winery, Kunde Winery and the town of Sonoma.

The site also included the “Let it Sonoma” package at Farmhouse Inn as part of its weekly deals round-up.

• New Zealand travel writer Megan Singleton wrote “Five things you didn’t know about Sonoma,” among other blogs. She is also on Newstalk ZB Sunday mornings, a nationwide radio show, and posted interviews from her trip. Besides her research visit, Megan was the guest speaker at SCT’s media workshop “How to work with Media.”

Meetings Focus (UVM: 5,719, page views per month: 11,711) spreads the word about Sonoma County to meeting planners:

• As result of our media outreach to Ian White, San Francisco Magazine (circulation: 81,406) included expert advice in “Wine: Perfect Wine Pairings for any Thanksgiving Menu.”

• The Let it Sonoma Package is featured on the Deal page of the Toronto Star Online (UVM: 478,622, page views per month: 2,163,796) as a result of media outreach.

• Duane Pemberton wrote an article on Communities Digital News (UMV: 1.2 million). Hosting him in July 2014 resulted in the article “Sonoma: The ultimate wine and food getaway.” He said, “If you’re seeking an ultimate wine and food adventure inside the United States, you’d be hard pressed to find a more rewarding area than Sonoma. It’s a cornucopia of goodness that will reward the thirsty and hungry traveler with a feast for the senses.”

• As a result of hosting freelance journalist Jessica Colley, Fodor’s (UMV: 2,671,550) featured a dedicated slideshow on “Where to Eat and Drink in Sonoma County Now.”

• Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn received very nice coverage in the UK market Incentive Travel magazine for the Become a Sommelier for the day in Sonoma mention.

Travel + Leisure (UMV: 12,539,915) included both Sonoma and Healdsburg in a round-up of “America’s Best Towns for the Holidays.” Both were included for consideration based on the results from the T+L America’s Favorite Places survey: Healdsburg, No. 17, and Sonoma, No. 24.

• As a result of hosting Alexis Korman during Grape Camp 2014, Wine Enthusiast (UMV: 102,830) included camp in a round-up of “2015 Travel Trends.” More specifically, the article cites “Agricultural Adventures” as a trend and lists Sonoma County Grape Camp as an example. A photo from Grape Camp was also used at the start of the slideshow.

• As a result of media outreach Kevin Nelson included Sonoma County holiday events in his round-up on (UMV: 6,221,560).

• Journalists visited Sonoma County via an AeroMexico press trip, garnering a mention in Vidal Turismo, a travel agent and tour operator trade publication that goes out to 7,000 travel professionals in Mexico.

• SCT’s Beth Snow was featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle (Circ: 212,000; UMV: 3,135,092). “Good reasons to visit funky, free-spirited Guerneville” was the result of journalist Jeanne Cooper reaching out to SCT for information. The article was also found on

• As a result of press release, La Jolla Mom (UMV: 5,000) included a destination feature on Sonoma County for families. The article was written by freelance writer Katie Dillon, who met with SCT’s Birgitt Vaughan at a media luncheon in San Diego.

Sherman’s Travel (UMV: 551,318) included the Treehouse at Beautiful Places in a round-up of “5 Splurge-y Treehouse Hotels for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip.” The article was written by Alex Schechter.

• Safari West recently received awesome coverage on the on the Katie Couric Show. The segment appears at 4:45-5:06.

• As a result of a press release, (UMV: 1,755,616) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “Dog-Friendly Vacation Spots”. The article, written by Kim Grundy, mentions Mutt Lynch Winery and Kunde Family Estate Winery.

• As a result of media outreach, (UMV: 2,953,949) spotlighted Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. The article was written by Paul Kandarian, who attended SWCW in 2012.

• As a result of a press release, Flattlands Blog (UMV: 1,000) provided coverage of the 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.

Coverage of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, as a result of a press release, appeared on Kevin’s Travel Journal (UMV: 1,000).

• As a result of a deskside meeting with Andrea Guthmann in November, Make it Better (UMV: 231,460) included Sonoma County in a round-up of gourmet getaways for foodies. Mentioned within the feature are Sonoma County Restaurant Week, Savor Healdsburg Food Tours, and Relish Culinary Adventures in Healdsburg.

• Stacie Tamaki, The Flirty Guide, joined other Bay Area writers for the Sonoma Scramble, a media familiarization tour of the destination. As a result, she has featured Sonoma County several times on her blog. Her latest is on the Petaluma Seed Bank.

• As the result of hosting journalist Martha Ross to experience Sonoma County, a story about Jack London State Park and Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars series was featured in the Contra Costa Times (Circ.: 174,045, UMV: 207,270).

• As  a result of a press release, Joonbug (UMV: 140,012) included coverage of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend on its “First Course” blog. Editors from the site attended the Sonoma in the City event in New York City at City Winery.

• Happy to report that NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600) featured Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in its “Worth the Trip” column, as a result of working directly with journalist Alysia Painter. The channel is the NBC affiliate based out of San Jose. SCT’s national PR  directly with on the inclusion. The link is attached and the clip is below – congrats!

805 Living’s (Circ.: 30,820) Weekend Travel edition introduced Sonoma Sneakaway, SCT’s soft-season promotion, to travelers in western Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. The brief can be found on page 32.

• Local writer Matt Villano wrote an article, “Experiencing eco-oriented adventures in Napa and Sonoma counties,” for Viewfinder, the travel blog for (UMV: 13,426,173).

• In an Italian travel trade publication, Travel Quotidiano, SCT’s Birgitt Vaughan explained the Western Wine Trail, which connects San Francisco to Portland, as well as the Wine, Waves & Whales, which links activities in Sonoma County, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara.

• People in San Francisco learned from this piece in 7x7 (Circ.: 51,075; UMV: 45,139) that Les Claypool, lead vocalist and bassist for the band Primus, has a winery in Sonoma County. Six other “off the beaten path” wineries in Sonoma County were featured.

• Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet talked about the best barbecue in Wine Country in this 7x7 Online (UMV: 45,139) article.

• As a result of SCT’s quarterly “What’s New” press release, Meetings Focus (Circ.: 35,140 UMV: 5,719) featured hotel updates for Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, and Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa.

• The California Wine Institute and SCT worked together to secure a piece on winery picnics for USA Today’s online travel blog (UMV: 97,881),

• SCT’s Ken Fischang was quoted in the article, “Sonoma County attracting tourists looking for sustainability,” which appeared in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (Circ.: 50,352 UMV: 210,794) newspaper and online. SCT also provided tourism information for the story.

• The ArtsBeat blog (UMV: 204,921) for the New York Times featured Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center and its 2014-15 season in this article.

Peter (UMV: 18,536) featured Auberge on the Vineyard and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, among others, in “Luxe Lavs: Savor Spring in California Wine Country.”

• Visiting journalists in their own towns pays off. In Los Angeles, SCT met Natalie Compagno of (UMV: 22,513) The result was this piece, “June in Sonoma: Festivals, Food, Fun.” It features the Alaska Airlines flight from Los Angeles directly into Sonoma County.

• As a result of a visit to Sonoma County with her family, Kristi Marcelle wrote an article about traveling through Wine Country with kids for (UMV: 17,573,178).

• As a result of ongoing communications, The Luxury Spot Blog (UMV: 68,881) included Sonoma County’s B.R. Cohn’s 2011 Sonoma Valley Cabernet in a round-up of “Things To Help You Survive The Last Days of Passover.”

• In a USA Today (UMV: 15,328,997) article, Sharon McDonnell included Kunde and Mutt Lynch as part of a roundup of dog friendly wineries.

• SCT worked with Visit California and Canon to bring 15 top bloggers from Korea to experience Sonoma County. As a result, bloggers posted individual blogs about Safari West, Charles M. Schulz Museum, J Vineyards & Winery, Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel, and a mix of Healdsburg restaurants — Barndiva, Zin Restaurant, Mateo’s, Cafe Lucia, and Taverna Sophia. The blogs can also be found at

• As a result of a press trip to Sonoma County, Fodor's Travel (UMV: 516,714) featured the “Wine Lover's Guide to Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley,” by Kristine Hansen.

Shape magazine’s (Circ.: 1,582,687) April 2014 issue features a mention of the Sonoma International Film Festival in a round-up of events nationwide, “Star-Studded Screenings.”

• As a result of hosting Christine Perez during the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, D Magazine (UMV: 52,607) provided detailed coverage of Sonoma Wine Country. A version of this article also appeared in the January/February issue of D CEO (Circ: 15,000).

• Rachel Ward from Where Magazine (Circ.: 75,000) in San Francisco shares her “Escape to Sonoma” article not only with the Bay Area, but with potential travelers from Charleston.

• Patricia Kutza experienced the Russian River by staying in a Russian River Getaways vacation home for an article that appeared on (UMV: 11,425,254)

• As a result of hosting Chris Kompanek during the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, The Huffington Post(UMV: 40,903,800) provided coverage of his experiences in the destination.

• A pre-event write up about the eighth annual California Artisan Cheese Festival was featured in Conde Nast Traveler (UMV: 271,686).

• As the result of ongoing networking, Patty Burness’ article about Sebastopol appeared in San Francisco’s Marina Times (Circ.: 20,000) and

• The world is finding out how pet friendly Sonoma County is through positive travel stories. Recently, Sharon McDonnell featured Kunde Family Estate and Mutt Lynch Winery in her USA Today round-up of five North American wineries to bring your dog.

• As result of providing information for “outrageous concierge requests,” Charu Suri included Kenwood Inn & Spa’s chief concierge Eric Edenfield request in the story for Read about the Mariachi-band wedding proposal on the Golden Gate Bridgehere.

• As result of hosting Meaghan Agnew at Sonoma County’s 2013 Grape Camp, DailyCandy (UMV: 2,469,948) provided coverage of the three-day experience in a detailed 10-page slideshow.

• As result of hosting Paul Rubio, he included The Barlow in his California story for Weddings Illustrated Spring/Summer 2014 (Florida’s premier wedding magazine, published twice a year). See p. 55.

• We are pleased to share that Eater (UMV: 376,482) provided coverage of the Taste of Sonoma event in a round-up of upcoming San Diego happenings. Journalist Candice Woo attended the event.

• As result of media outreach, San Diego Magazine included our combined promotion with the Sonoma Count Vintners and Winegrowers on their calendar: Taste of Sonoma: On tour.

• We are happy to share featured Flipside Steakhouse and Sports Bar in their Wine Country Eats: A Crop-Up Hot Spot and Meaty Sports Watching.

• We are happy to see Wine Country Chocolates isincluded in “Follow the San Francisco trail of topnotch chocolatiers in the Bay area” on USA Today.

• SCT's Susan Montes was featured in the February 2014 issue of Long Island Bride & Groom Magazine (Circ: 35,000) as a result of our media outreach. Journalist Sandra Mardenfeld was seeking wedding experts to provide feedback for her article on wedding planning and we knew Susan would be a great fit, thus we assisted with the interview. (Note, article can be found on page 106).

• As a result of hosting Kat Tancock for Sonoma County Grape Camp, The Globe and Mail (Circ: 313,331; UMV: 1,535,157) provided coverage of her time in the destination. The article cites many of the activities that were a part of the itinerary. The feature ran online and in print on January 11.

• We are happy to share as a result of media outreach, Paul Kandarian included the Valentine’s Day package in a round-up of holiday deals for (UMV: 2,953,949).

Luxury Travel Magazine (UMV: 15,828) also included the Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa’s Valentine’s Day package in a round-up of holiday deals.

• As a result of media outreach, Peter Greenberg (UMV: 107,982) included the Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa’s Valentine’s Day package in a round-up of holiday deals.

Conde Nast Traveler (UMV:69,208) included Russian River Valley as part of its “Where to Go in 2014” round-up. The piece on Russian River Valley was written by Senior Editor John Newton.  John cites The Barlow and the Farmhouse Inn as great reasons to go.

Wine Enthusiast magazine (UMV: 177,927) asked their editors for their favorite spots to sip and sup while on the West Coast. Sonoma County’s Partake by K-J was included in the round-up, here.

• Kelley Ferro’s “Sample Sonoma Wine Tours” video appeared on USA Today Travel (UMV: 21,911,400).

• As a result of SCT hosting Kristi Marcelle, CBS Los Angeles included Full House Farm in “Holiday Getaway on a Budget: 5 Hotels Under $150.”

The New York Times (UMV: 15,535,617) provided coverage of the eighth annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Contest in the outlet’s In Transit Blog.

Oakland Magazine's Martha Ross discovered The New Wine Highway — Sonoma County's Highway 116. No doubt, she's in love with western Sonoma County.

• Siobhan Higgins visited Sonoma County for Wine Country Weekend and LAX Magazine (UMV: 80,000) featured a beautiful five-page spread on the weekend’s highlights. The feature includes some great photos and cites a few of the activities that were a part of the itinerary.

• Elizabeth Downer, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Total readership print + online: 1,568,805), published her holiday gift guide, which focused on wine boot camps with special emphasis on Sonoma County Grape Camp.

• Sonoma County received coverage in a roundup of the Latest From San Francisco for Foodies and Wine Lovers in Luxury Travel Advisor (circulation: 13,000).

• The Vacation Gals recently came to Sonoma County. Blogs included: Holiday Events, Girlfriends Getaway, Things to Do, and Boutique Wineries.

• Graeme Green visited in September and wrote “California: a tale of two valleys.” Destinations of the World (circulation: 22,000) is a luxury publication distributed in more than 100 business/first class airport lounges and luxury outlets.

The New York Times featured an article highlighting new restaurants in Petaluma. The article also ran in print in the Sunday edition. (UMV: 22,144,107) included Sonoma County in a round-up of Thanksgiving Day destinations.

Coastal Living (Circ: 671,510) featured Bodega Bay in a beautiful two-page spread. The article is included in the “Dream Town” section of the December/January 2014 issue of the publication.

American Way (Circulation: 306,483; UMV: 145,518) included the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail in the November issue of the publication. The article, written by Jill Robinson, includes some beautiful images and highlights a few of the creameries found on the trail.

• Nevada’s Mesquite Citizen Journal is talking about “California-Trendy.” New tourist areas in Sonoma County now include Petaluma’s Spirit Works Distillery open for tastings and guided tours. Prohibition Spirits and Hello Cello will follow suite early in 2014.

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