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.
For journalists: You will find resources and assistance for your stories about Sonoma County here: Sonoma County's Media Room.
Selected articles or broadcasts about Sonoma County:
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• November 2016 - Due to press release distribution, two recent articles were published by eGlobal Travel Media (UMV: 50,175). First, please see the article "Holiday lights, new places to sip, eat, and tour abound in Sonoma County.” Then please check out the article "Celebrate the Holidays in Sonoma Wine Country Style” for some more inspiration. eGlobal Travel Media provides travel sellers and other industry professionals with up-to-the-moment reportage on all breaking news and industry developments.
• November 2016 - Also as a result of press release distribution, The Press Democrat (UMV: 1,078,629) included the Sonoma Summit in an article entitled “Viticulture briefs." The story mentioned Summit hosts Rodney Strong Vineyards, Lynmar Estate, Comstock Winery, MacRostie Winery and Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.
• November 2016 - As a result of media outreach, USA Today (UMV: 25,446,800) included Handline Costal California and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in a round-up entitled “150 Thanksgiving flavors to savor." This article came as a result of the responses to the Publicity Alert that was sent earlier this month. Please see slides 15 and 20 of “This season's spins on sweet potato.”
• November 2016 - "From Carneros and Napa to Healdsburg and Calistoga, these laid-back towns offer not only scenic beauty, but also the restorative ability to make the real world feel ages away.” Please see this great travel guide from Town & Country Magazine (UMV: 205,653), "Where to drink, dine, and relax in America's best wine region.” Town & Country was established in 1846 and written for the socially active, affluent individual. Content includes the latest in architecture and design, art, travel, health, fashion and beauty.
• November 2016 - As a result of press release distribution, Wine Industry Advisor (UMV: 12,127) and Wine Business Monthly Online (UMV: 193,189 )posted an article entitled “Top U.S. Sommeliers Attend 2016 Sonoma Summit.” Wine Industry Advisor covers the wine industry and features industry news and articles, supplier spotlights, news releases and video content.
• November 2016 - Check out Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet’s article on "4 Spots for Olive Oil Tasting in Sonoma County.” Written for Sonoma Magazine (UMV: 15,015) which intends to capture and celebrate the landscape and lifestyle of Sonoma County and is published quarterly by the Sonoma Index-Tribune. "With Sonoma olive oils increasingly in the spotlight, producers are promoting their premium goods with experiences similar to wine-tasting adventures.”
• November 2016 - Global News Calgary posted a great video interviewing travel writer Jody Robbins with some deals for Canadians heading to the United States. The Flamingo assisted Jody for her segment.
• November 2016 - Our Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, included Freeman Vineyards & Winery in a round-up of "5 New Wine Country Tasting Rooms to Taste at This Month.” Published for 7x7 (UMV: 533,947) which was established in 2001 and written for young, educated and affluent consumers in the San Francisco Bay Area. "Ken and Akiko Freeman keep things chill (literally and figuratively) at their new underground salon where you stand and taste at the bar in front of a display of library bottles.”
• November 2016 - As a result of our ongoing outreach, Brides Online (UMV: 3,090,836) included Sonoma in a round-up of “The Top 100 Honeymoon Destinations for 2017." The writer Kathryn Roemyn regularly receives our materials. Brides is designed as a guide for the bride-to-be by providing information on planning a wedding, trousseau, honeymoon and new home, as well as topics regarding the marital relationship.
• November 2016 - We are happy to share the article "Beyond Wine: Sonoma’s Chill Food-And-Drink Scene Keeps Growing,” from Sofia Perez who we assisted while visiting Sonoma County as part of Jackson Family Wines media fam this Fall. "When it comes to Northern California culinary destinations, San Francisco and Napa Valley get much of the glory, but if you overlook Sonoma, you’d only be punishing yourself.” Published for Zester Daily (UMV: 69,146) which is a collection of experienced journalists working to provide readers with the latest news and information from around the globe about all aspects of food and wine.
• November 2016 - Check out this great article from Kim Westerman for Forbes (UMV: 26,180,559). "At the base of the Bohemian Highway, within a stone’s throw of California’s best coastal vineyards, is the tiny town of Freestone, tucked between the redwoods and the ocean. Blink your eyes and you’ll miss it—but consider it a destination for deep relaxation.” Congratulations, Osmosis
• November 2016 - Due to successful pitching, check out this fabulous piece of coverage from Luxury Travel Magazine (UMV: 9,242). The upcoming opening of Single Thread Farms was featured in the Luxury Travel Magazine from Australia and was also featured in their weekly newsletter (8,825 recipients). We can’t wait!
• November 2016 - Please see the latest newsletter from Matthew Poole of Local Getaways, "Gorgeous Fall Getaways to Sonoma Wine Country.” We have an ongoing relationship and work with the author Matthew. "It’s the fall season, the air is brisk and crystal clear, and as far as the eye can see are harvested vineyards blazing with colors of autumn: bright yellows, fiery reds, vibrant golds.”
• November 2016 - Don’t miss the new coverage from the November issue of Travel + Leisure Mexico (Circ: 186,000) which was the result of hosting Alonso Vera in April. Alonso is the blogger and producer of Pata de Perro, and travelled to Sonoma County on a fam trip with Visit California.
• November 2016 - "After 48 hours in Napa, slip over to Sonoma for these top six food and wine experiences. Locals love every one of them.” Check out the great article from Carolyn Evans Hammond for the Toronto Star (UMV: 8,182,084) who traveled to Sonoma County with the assistance of Gallo.
• November 2016 - Please see where the Farmhouse is included in a round-up of "7 Cozy Inns to Visit This Fall” for Vogue (UMV: 9,610,046). Kate Donnelly visited this fall on a trip sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola and we hosted her for a few extra days. "In the heart of Russian River Valley’s wine country, this boutique family-owned bed-and-breakfast is a place to unplug in farmhouse chic surroundings.”
• November 2016 - Check out this great article from Samantha Daniels for the Huffington Post (UMV: 35,836,828) about "Finding Romance In Napa And Sonoma Wine Country.” "Everyone knows that wine is truly an aphrodisiac. So, it would follow that spending a vacation deep in vineyards would be the penultimate in true romance.”
• November 2016 - We are pleased to share that because of continued outreach, Alysia Gray Painter featured Safari West’s Thanksgiving dinner in a dedicated article on the Worth the trip blog for NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600). "Oftentimes the answer to the Heated Thanksgiving-Themed Topic That Won't Satisfactorily Conclude is to change up the dining traditions for all involved and embark, as a unit, on a day trip that'll be one for the books. The day trip we're only moments away from referencing isn't to the restaurant that your cousin suggested but rather to Safari West, the sizable animal preserve that's nicknamed the "Sonoma Serengeti.”
• November 2016 - Please see where Ken Fischang is quoted in a recent article from the Sonoma Index-Tribune (UMV: 51,841) about Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau new brand. "Fifteen months after taking his job as executive director of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Jonny Westom is making his impact felt with a new logo, a new slogan, and a brand new brand for the Sonoma Valley.”
• November 2016 - Check out this article from Travel Weekly (UMV: 258,493) about babymoons in Wine Country. "It seems borderline masochistic, a babymoon (also known as a vacation expectant parents take before the baby arrives) in one of the world's most famous wine regions, when the mother-to-be can't drink much, if any, of the prized varietals. But, as it turns out, Northern California's Sonoma and Napa counties are chockablock with gourmet cuisine, laid-back leisure activities and other indulgences beyond sauvignon blanc and shiraz that expectant mothers and their travel companions can enjoy.”
• November 2016 - Sharing a nice article from Tripping.com (UMV: 3,060) on “10 Things To Do On A Weekend In Sonoma Wine Country.” The article was written by Pamela Chan. Among the many activities in the county, Pamela recommends wine tasting, cycling, rafting, ziplining and hiking, among others.
• November 2016 - We are excited to share that as a result of hosting Mr. Hidehiko Kuwata in May, this coverage was published in Fly and Travel (Circ: 40,000), a seasonal magazine focusing on aircraft and travel. Featured was travel in San Francisco and Wine Country by United Airlines in a 12-page feature for the Autumn issue. There were six pages on United and six pages on San Francisco, Sonoma, and Napa.
• November 2016 - Due to successful pitching from Visit California India, the September issue of Lonely Planet India (UMV: 188,682) published a three page article on Sonoma County, including some of our favorite partners. "Sonoma County’s astonishingly varied geography and climate, plus its bold winemakers, create some of California’s best wines.”
• November 2016 - California Wine Month also received some press due to proactive pitching from our partners at Visit California India. "Northern California-Just over an hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is a major center for Wine Month, with activities at individual wineries and two region-wide happenings: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Sept. 2-4) and the 2016 Sonoma Valley Crush (Sept. 16-18).” Please see the great press from three sources Business Digest Magazine (UMV: 12,479), Chennai Online (UMV: 37,415), and Core Sector Communique.
• November 2016 - “In a region known for internationally acclaimed wines, craft beers don’t typically come to mind. Well, now they should, especially in Sonoma County.” Also due to successful pitching, some of Sonoma County’s finest breweries were included in an article about “booming beer destination in California.” This was posted to multiple sources: Travel and Tour World (UMV: 204,457), Punjab News Express, and News Super Fast, all from India.
• November 2016 - Please see the second slide in this round-up from Luxpresso (UMV: 906,804) of destinations for women traveling by themselves in California. "The best choice of destination for a solo woman traveller is one which will encourage you to make your dreams come true! And, well, California is a destination that allows you to dream big and leave your footprints in the sands of time.” "Sonoma County tends to have a more intimate feel, especially as you head further north towards the Russian River. Whether they’re in a castle or renovated barn, the hundreds of wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valleys earn their gold medals and international accolades.”
• November 2016 - Because of proactive pitching, Salt Point State Park was included in a round-up of “10 Most Beautiful State Parks of California.” This article was syndicated to many sources in India: Business Digest Magazine (UMV: 12,479), Chennai Patrika, Travel and Tour World (UMV: 204,457), and Punjab News Express.
• November 2016 - We are happy to pass along coverage in Gayot (UMV: 385,830) as a result of press release distribution. The outlet included the Wine & Food Affair in a round-up of November food and wine events, which we featured in our fall events press release.
• October 2016 - We hosted freelance journalist Katie Chang in November of 2015 and then again this summer. Check out one of her latest blogs for Food Republic (UMV: 965,729) about Vignette in the Barlow. "Recently, I sat down with Hopper at Vignette, to chat about getting hired and fired (and rehired) by Thomas Keller, why he left fine dining for pizza, and why sourdough rules (especially if you’re gluten-sensitive).”
• October 2016 - Please see where the Farmhouse is featured in a recent article from FourTwoNine (Circ: 85,000). "Okay, consider this: You’re young, you’re great at the internet, and as a result, you find yourself on the fast track to becoming a HENRY (High Earner Not Rich Yet) way earlier than you ever imagined. But with great power comes great responsibility—especially when your job is something that follows you everywhere you go. It’s not like you can take a break from the internet. Or can you?” The Farmhouse truly is a great place to unplug!
• October 2016 - The San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 5,683,722) ran quite a few Sonoma County centered articles this past weekend: First, check out the great review from Deb Wandell for AutoCamp Russian River. "Glamp-ground or fancy trailer park? AutoCamp Russian River is both.” Next, the Bohemian Highway is featured in the article "The short route to relaxation,” also from Deb Wandell, the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior travel editor. Then Lisa Amand wrote a great piece about how “...The city of Sonoma has been jokingly called Slow-noma, but the people who live here are serious about their rural lifestyle and deep valley roots,” with some great ideas for a day trip to Sonoma. Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, reported on "Sonoma County’s roadhouse revival.” Spaces are being spruced up, dining is elevated, and customers now range from the expected weathered ranchers to younger, hipster-bearded dudes." Finally from the San Francisco Chronicle, Jill Robinson a freelance journalist that we provide information to, wrote a great article about Highway 116. "Fall and winter, when the summer crowds are gone, is an ideal time to travel Sonoma County’s Highway 116 between Sebastopol and the coast — past harvest-colored vineyards and groves of redwoods.”
• October 2016 - Sonoma Cider’s new Healdsburg taproom received some great press from Brewbound (UMV: 399,372). Brewbound is an online publication covering the craft brewing industry and offers content for craft brewers, industry news, events, and more. "Guests can expect a wide variety of craft ciders (23 taps in total) including micro-releases, experimental batches and exclusive flavors from Sonoma Cider, as well as artisanal ciders from around the world.”
• October 2016 - As a result of media outreach, Café Mom (UMV: 4,706,280) included Sonoma County in an article entitled “Forget Vegas and Miami: 12 Wellness-Centered Girlfriend Getaways to Book STAT” on October 28. We worked directly with freelance journalist Perri Blumberg on the inclusion. Café Mom is a leading lifestyle digital publishing and ad monetization network covering food, home, parenting, DIY and travel.
• October 2016 - Please see where Travelweek (UMV: 39,781) reported on the week of meetings Sonoma County Tourism attended in Toronto. "Visit California brought a burst of sunny weather to Toronto yesterday during a stop on its North American roadshow. With 14 industry partners along for the ride, the travel and tourism bureau made it their mission to share new offerings for 2016/2017 with members of the media.” Travelweek is targeted to travel professionals and agencies in Canada. Editorial focuses on current news in the travel industry, with each issue carrying new product developments, familiarization trips, personnel changes, editorial comments, and other items pertinent to travel professionals.
• October 2016 - Thanks to the hospitality and generosity of our partners, we are excited to share a recent article in the Japanese magazine, California Style (Circ: 20,000). California Style is a seasonal lifestyle magazine published by Ei Shuppan, one of the largest publishing companies in Japan. The six page article features all destinations from the November 2015 Japanese fam tour that we helped to organize along with Visit California.
• October 2016 - "Northern California now ranks with New York as the country’s top destination for high-end gastronomy, Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors have declared. The Red Guide … elevated Quince … to Michelin’s highest ranking of three stars (which) means that the Bay Area now has six three Michelin-starred restaurants, the same number as New York,” according to Eater SF. The restaurants in Sonoma County with one Michelin star are the Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Madrona Manor, and Terrapin Creek.
• October 2016 - The Mexican soap opera that was filmed at Viansa Sonoma began showing last night. Vino el Amor tells the life of a wine producer who is depressed after his wife’s death. Check out the preview on YouTube here.
• October 2016 - The freelance journalist Lyn Mettler visited the Flamingo in April as part of a fam trip with Getaway Adventures, so we are excited about this bonus coverage from U.S. News & World Report (UMV: 20,727,620). “Built in 1957, this classic mid-century modern-style hotel, a Santa Rosa historic landmark, has been updated over the years into an upscale hideaway for those traveling to California's wine country.“
• October 2016 - Please see the beautiful coverage with the attached translation from Korean travel writer, Charlie Chul Jung whom we hosted in June to continue his Hyundai Road Trip project. So far, he has covered Florida to Utah’s Monument Valley. Each post has received more than 100,000 page views. And the audience is all Korean. This year his road trip was from Seattle to San Diego, featuring Sonoma County, of course.
• October 2016 - We were thrilled to provide images and assistance for a travel guide to Sonoma County published by U.S. News & World Report (UMV: 20,727,620). “If you want a laid-back introduction to stellar vintages and gorgeous properties, Sonoma – rather than Napa – should be your California wine country destination.” Check out the great coverage here.
• October 2016 - "Fall is a great time to visit Sonoma's beautiful wine country. The fall harvest is in full swing and visitors can catch a glimpse of the fall colors on the vines. The temperatures are cooler and the crowds are not as busy as in the summer months.” Check out where ABC 7 (UMV: 293,059) reported on weekend trips to Wine Country.
• October 2016 - Jack London State Historic Park received some great coverage from Marin Magazine in their recent newsletter. Check out where Jack London is the number one pick of destination ideas and trips from Marin Magazine.
• October 2016 - We hosted freelance journalist Jessica Colley Clarke in April of 2014 and the #SonomaPassion has stuck with her. Stone Edge Farm was featured in a recent blog by Departures (UMV: 359,645). "Truly exceptional wineries know there's more wine aficionados want to see and do than simply taste the juice in their glasses. Today's travelers are interested in well-rounded programs that offer a 360-degree experience of a wine's origin, process, and overall ethos, and these 17 destinations from Chile to Canada, Portugal to Piedmont deliver exactly that—and then some.”
• October 2016 - We are thrilled that The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is included due to successful pitching in this great article from Ellie Ross on the blog of the popular energy drink, Rebull. "7 California adventures that will get you high“ is a fantastic round-up for adventure seekers. "From your steed, take in little-seen panoramas as you make your way along switchbacks, through oak forests and across meadows, up to a private view location of Lake Sonoma, available only to guests of The Ranch at Lake Sonoma.”
• October 2016 - The Alexander Valley Film Festival and the two new exhibits at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art were included in a round-up of "The Bay Area's Best Festivals, Exhibits, Halloween Events + More.” Check out where 7x7 (UMV: 533,947) reported on "how to make the most of your October.”
• October 2016 - We hosted Lissa Poirot of Family Vacation Critic (UMV: 248,973) in August and they have release some great coverage of Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Destination Guide is live, along with several hotel reviews and family activities/attractions by Lissa. "Just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is an expansive northern California vacation destination with a variety of things to do. Bordering the Pacific Ocean and Napa Valley, the area provides coastal excursions, hiking through redwood forests and a wine trail larger than Napa's with many similar style wines.”
• October 2016 - Most of the following Japanese coverage is the result of a media fam last November:
Sonoma County was featured in the summer issue of Tiavel (Circ: 20,000). Tiavel is a seasonal free paper published by the Tokyo International Airport Terminal and is distributed to lounges and shops at Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Akiko Freeman was interviewed for Wands (Circ: 9,600); a monthly magazine for wineries and winemakers. They interviewed California winemakers in Japan for a wine promotion.
The article on The Naked Pig Café in Santa Rosa from the newspaper Bakers Times (Circ.: 4,500), a newspaper for the bakery industry in Japan. Bakers Times is a monthly newspaper for bakers, bakeries, coffee shop and restaurant managers.
A recent Japanese article in the August 2016 issue of Wine Kingdom (Circ.: 70,000), a leading bimonthly lifestyle magazine for wine lovers and wine experts. The one page article introduced sparkling wines from Sonoma’s Gloria Ferrer.
The article “Rich Natural Cuisine Culture in California Wine Country” for MRS (Circ: 80,344). The eight page article introduced wines in Napa and Sonoma. It also introduced various people working in the wine business, their recommendations for various natural foods which pair with wines, food shops in Healdsburg and Sonoma selling these foods, and the famous organic restaurant, Chez Panisse. MRS is a monthly lifestyle magazine for wealthy married women in their 40’s and 50’s.
The article by Los Angeles based journalist, Mirei Sato. Published in September for the US Shimbun (Circ: 55,000), a monthly magazine for Japanese expats living in California and across the U.S., the article “Fall Colors and Flowers in Healdsburg” has some gorgeous photos!
See where Akiko Freeman is featured in a blog for Cafeglobe (UMV: 350,000); a popular website for working women in their 30s and 40s. Cafeglobe introduces lifestyle, trends, beauty, and travel. Tomoko Matsuda, a freelance travel writer, featured Freeman Winery in Sonoma in July.
• October 2016 - As a teaser to the upcoming release of the 2017 Michelin Guide, Michelin published its list of Bib Gourmand destinations, including 11 Sonoma County favorites. "Bib Gourmand restaurants are selected by Michelin’s famously anonymous food inspectors who choose restaurants serving high quality food on their menus and make it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most telling about these selections is the fact that they are very often the same restaurants that the Michelin food inspectors frequent themselves when off the clock.”
• October 2016 - Please see where the Farmhouse and the Inn at Occidental are included in an article from Brides (UMV: 3,090,836) about “6 Beautiful Spots to Elope in Wine Country.” We hosted the freelance journalist and Sonoma County fan, Katie Hammel, in November. "The Napa and Sonoma wine regions are all about romance. Hot-air balloons float above the valleys in the early mornings, luxurious spas and candle-lit restaurants indulge every sense, and around every corner there are idyllic vineyard views. It's no wonder then that both areas are popular spots for weddings and elopements. If you're planning an intimate destination wedding for two, look no farther than these beautiful and romantic spots for a wine country elopement.” That’s pure #SonomaPassion.
• October 2016 - We recently assisted two digital influencers who were invited by California Cut Flower Commission to attend the Field to Vase dinner last Sunday at the Sunset Magazine Test Garden, "celebrating the idea that the flowers at the center of the table should be as fresh, local and sustainable as the food on your plate.” Don’t miss some of the captivating Instagram coverage from Sarah Winward (2,212 posts; 168k followers; 281 following) and Yasmine Mei (2,409 posts; 76.2k followers; 516 following).
• October 2016 - Check out this You Tube video of a sneak peek of coverage from a three-day Sonoma County foodie tour that we organized for a group from China’s Visit California office. The video was made by Vivian Mao, one of the media participants on the Savor California fam trip in September.
• October 2016 - Our friends at Visit California in France are celebrating Sonoma County Wine Month with us! After providing them with information, they sent the attached screenshot of their Facebook page which directs to this breathtaking article on SonomaCounty.com.
• October 2016 - We are excited to share a dedicated article on Sonoma County from the October issue of La Vigne (Circ.: 18,132). We hosted Pierrick Bourgault in December of 2015. La Vigne is a wine trade magazine for winemakers, from planting vines to wine marketing. They also send out a weekly electronic newsletter every Tuesday to follow industry news.
• October 2016 - As a result of hosting contributor Reggie Dominique, Houston Style Magazine (UMV:159,900) provided dedicated coverage of Grape Camp in an article entitled “All Roads Lead to Sonoma County Grape Camp” on October 14. Houston Style Magazine features CNN breaking news and videos, community news and national news, celebrity interviews, videos, local and national event photos, auto reviews, beauty and health tips.
• October 2016 - "There’s more to Sonoma County than wine grapes: Heirloom apple orchards have always been a part of the county’s agricultural identity, too. Sonoma Cider is one of several producers reviving the local traditions of craft cider production, along with Titled Shed Ciderworks (which holds tastings at its Windsor facility) and Devoto Orchards, not open to the public.” Please see where Esther Mobley reported for the Inside Scoop blog of the SF Gate (UMV: 15,587,910) on the "Sonoma Cider Taproom & Restaurant to open in Healdsburg Oct. 20.”
• October 2016 - We are thrilled that due to successful pitching, Autocamp Russian River was included in the Autumn issue of Ultratravel (Circ: 600,000), the Daily Telegraph’s luxury supplement that is published only four times a year. Ultratravel is uber competitive and the editor is notorious for his rejections, so we are excited for the mention!
• October 2016 - In addition, the UK’s Daily Telegraph (UMV: 22,556,467) also reviewed AutoCamp for their Travel section of the website. "It’s camping without the work, but all of the fun. AutoCamp Russian River offers hassle-free glamping in custom designed Airstream trailers parked along a sleepy stretch of Northern California wine country. Go wine tasting by day, and toast S’mores by night without sacrificing comfort.”
• October 2016 - Check out where The Street (UMV: 5,699,181) included River’s End Inn in a round-up entitled “5 Hotels Where You Can escape the Election Hubbub." Sonoma County was noted in the description as “a beautiful setting” and “there is only the sound of the river and the ocean.” Just goes to show that pitching works! The Street covers a broad spectrum of information related to investing, giving special attention to market coverage. Geared toward educated, affluent investors and aims to be the leading, Web-based source of market, investing and financial information. Features original columns and real-time commentary from staff contributors.
• October 2016 - In case you missed it, is that "American Airlines (is) set to be Santa Rosa airport’s third carrier,” as reported by the North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 54,905). "Adding American to the two other carriers that currently serve the airport — Allegiant and Alaska — will expand the network of flights available to locals and will expand the reach of visitors to wine country.” Please see where this news was also reported by the Houston Chronicle (UMV: 5,411,250), San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 6,020,076), Press Release Rocket, SFBay, Mohave Valley Daily News (UMV: 62,187), and KNTV-TV Online (UMV: 1,379,478).
• October 2016 - Check out this great review that Kim Renfro about Amy’s Drive Thru wrote for Business Insider (UMV: 11,076,783). "Today's restaurants are catering more and more to people diagnosed with Celiac disease or lactose-intolerance, along with a trend focused on reduced meat consumption. With this in mind, Amy's feels like first step towards the future of fast food.”
• October 2016 - Due to a long term relationship with an Italian journalist, Massimo Terracina, Sonoma County is featured in a recent article on Travel Quotidiano (UMV: 27,379), a magazine covering all aspects of the tourism and travel industry in Italy including destinations, attractions, tours and holidays.
• October 2016 - Please see where Healdsburg is included in a round-up of "9 of the Best Small Towns for Food in the U.S.” Written by the senior writer for Tasting Table (UMV: 936,404) Alison Spiegel, check out why she thinks Healdsburg deserves the press. "Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway this fall or just like to add to your travel bucket list, these small towns deserve your full attention. While food lovers may be focused on cities like NYC and L.A.—and recently, Washington, D.C.—these tiny towns have a lot to offer, despite their size.”
• October 2016 - Sunset Magazine (UMV: 849,624) featured Sonoma County in a recent slideshow. "Taste the West: Sonoma County. Visit this laid-back land of vineyard-rich valleys, from Sonoma to Dry Creek to Alexander, for fresh, organic cuisine, a thriving farm community—and a distinctly non-Napa vibe.” Please see the great photos and coverage here to see who was included. And, due to the magic of syndication, the Sonoma County slideshow was also featured by the SF Gate (UMV: 6,020,076) and the Houston Chronicle (UMV: 5,411,250).
• October 2016 - Check out the fabulous review for Peter Lowell’s new restaurant Handline on UrbanDaddy (UMV: 145,375). Urban Daddy Offers regionally-based Web content and daily e-newsletters for readers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco, in addition to a travel and national edition. "This modern roadhouse housed in a former Foster’s Freeze is more or less begging to be a stop on your way to or from a day in Guerneville or wine tasting around the Dry Creek Valley. You’ll likely find yourself lingering in the bright, cheery space complete with ocean-blue walls, weathered wood and colorful fish behind the bar.”
• October 2016 - We hosted freelance journalist Ann Campbell in August to assist on a story about three girlfriend getaways that are doable immediately and through the fall/winter months; For kickass mamas, wine-y moms, and energizer mommies. "Mom's Time Out" in Sonoma was published in the October issue of L.A. Parent Magazine (Circ: 77,100). Written for parents in Los Angeles, L.A. Parent Magazine’s regular features cover education, health, social issues, travel, children's entertainment and early childhood enrichment and is published monthly. Please see the attached PDF for the great news.
• October 2016 - Check out the recent press from Katrina Strickland published online for the Australian Financial Review (Circ: 50,288), print version. Published in the Sophisticated Traveller, an insert of the Australian Financial Review four times a year. Sophisticated Traveller is a quarterly magazine that showcases the world’s finest places and experiences. It keeps readers in touch with their passions and pleasures. As a reminder, we hosted Katrina for a fantastic Sonoma County experience in June.
• September 2016 - We are thrilled to share the recent press from Katrina Strickland published online for the Australian Financial Review (UMV: 20,404). This weekend it will be in the printed version of Sophisticated Traveller, an insert of the Australian Financial Review four times a year. Sophisticated Traveller is a quarterly magazine that showcases the world’s finest places and experiences. It keeps readers in touch with their passions and pleasures. We hosted Katrina for a fantastic Sonoma County experience in June. "Our criterion was simple: somewhere to go for a few days of R&R after flying into San Francisco and before driving to Yosemite National Park. Hiking in Yosemite would be good for the body. First, we needed a salve for the soul. More particularly, somewhere with excellent food and wine, a sunny spot or two in which to bask with our books, and fresh country air to remind us that we were no longer daydreaming at our desks: that our holiday really had begun.”
• September 2016 - "In a region known for internationally acclaimed wines, craft beers don’t typically come to mind. Well, now they should, especially in Sonoma County.” Next, check out the latest newsletter from Visit California, which is sent to 10,000 trade and media subscribers. One of the articles that the newsletter directs to is about "Premium beers in premier wine country.”
• September 2016 - We’re very happy to share as a result of media outreach, USA Today (UMV:22,546,747) included the Pumpkin Bread Pudding at Hazel restaurant in Occidental in a round-up of "100 places for pumpkins this month.” Hazel owner Michele Wimborough responded to our publicity alert with the recipe and images. Sounds absolutely delicious! See the article by Ashley Day and slide 77 for the Hazel feature.
• September 2016 - As you may remember, we shared a few recent blogs from freelance journalist Kathrin Sion from Germany for Jack & Jackie. She published one more upon her return to Germany, “Enjoy Again,” a fabulous review for the Duck Club Restaurant at the Bodega Bay Lodge and for Gourmet au Bay. Please see the pretty photos here.
• September 2016 - Next, check out where Osmosis is included in an article from the Chicago Tribune (UMV: 18,635,624) about "5 spas that will help soothe body and soul.” “The real secret of this boutique spa about 60 miles northwest of San Francisco is its several Zen-inspired gardens.”
• September 2016 - Please see this great piece that we assisted with from Meredith Rosenberg for the Travel Channel (UMV: 3,618,041). "Think Beyond the Wine in California Vino Country” has some great suggestions on how to relax in our backyard. We have an extensive photo library that we are able to share with journalists who request last minute information and many of our partners’ photos were included.
• September 2016 - Check out this blog from Style Me Pretty (UMV: 8,362,434) about some of the details of Alaina Kaczmarski’s upcoming wedding in Sonoma. Alaina is the co-founder and editor of The Everygirl. "We both always wanted a destination wedding, but it was Dan who chose Sonoma for our October outdoor nuptials. (Amazing. I know.) The perfect spot considering wine country is one of our favorite places on earth–and really, the Bay Area is a place we hope to move one day.”
• September 2016 - "If Napa Valley is the only thing that pops into your mind when you think of California wine destinations, this article is for you. Guerneville, located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, exudes all the charm and culinary sophistication of wine country, minus the pretentious vibes.” Please see Chelsea Davis’ fabulous review of Guerneville for The Daily Meal (UMV: 591,327).
• September 2016 - Due to successful pitching from our Australian PR firm, AutoCamp received some great press from the Weekend Australian (Circ: 227,465) one of two of their national papers. "Glamping goes hipster at California’s beautiful Russian River with the opening of a new “autocamp” offering stylish digs in gleaming Airstream caravans or luxury tents.”
• September 2016 - We hosted a media group from Japan last November and are thrilled to share another result from their trip. The article was published in California Style (Circ: 20,000), a seasonal lifestyle magazine published by Ei Shuppan, one of the largest publishing companies. The six page article features all of the destinations from the fam tour including restaurants and hotels.
• September 2016 - Visit California was the partner of an innovative cross-media project “California Dream,” involving one of the top Italian websites dedicated to travel and tourism paesionline.it (FB likes 478,935; monthly users 1,1 m; 2,5 m page views). Partners of the project are Lufthansa and the insurance company Europassistance, besides the digital marketing company Valica. The project “California Dream” involves the selection of three participants: one travel blogger, one travel agent and one consumer who traveled in California from the 21st of September until the 8th of October. We are excited to share a sneak peek video from their trip that we hosted. Please see their Facebook page and scroll down to the video from September 29, Episode 3: Sonoma County and Sacramento.
• September 2016 - Due to an ongoing relationship with freelance journalist Katie Chang, Sonoma County received some fantastic coverage on Forbes (UMV: 25,236,993). We last hosted Katie in August and her #SonomaPassion is evident. "While most people flock to Sonoma County for its world-class wines, low-key vibes, and exquisite natural backdrop – it encompasses more than 1,600 square miles, with seemingly endless lush, rolling hills and stretches of clear sky – there’s more to chilling out in wine country than, well, wine.”
• September 2016 - We hosted Sybil Kapoor for a picture-perfect three day Sonoma County excursion in May, as you will see in the article from the UK’s Conde Nast Traveller (Circ: 78,131). Sybil’s primary mission was to preview Single Thread Farms in Healdsburg, but our #SonomaPassion enveloped her. "Stepping away from Single Thread and exploring Sonoma’s restaurants, shops and wineries, I realise there is an idea that connects them all: a desire for proprietors to share with customers the life they themselves are trying to live.”
• September 2016 - Another fantastic result from Sybil’s visit is the article about shrubs that was published in theEconomist 1843 (Circ: 460,000). “At innovative bars such as SHED, they are combined with home-made vinegars and flavoured herbs or spices to create flavours such as elderberry and basil, or pear and angelica seed."
• September 2016 - Some of Sonoma County’s finest bars and restaurants were included in a fabulous round-up by Decanter (UMV: 4,374,401). "Where to eat and drink in Sonoma County,” written by Courtney Humiston, is a fantastic review of local haunts. "From Neoplitan-style pizzerias and Japanese ramen pop-ups, to quintessentially Californian eateries - sommelier Courtney Humiston recommends the best restaurants to visit in Sonoma County."
• September 2016 - Last week’s Newsweek (UMV: 621,709; Circ: 200,000) coverage has been published in print as well. As a reminder, the article "Sonoma Vineyards Adding Touch of Hollywood to California Wineries” featured four of our fantastic winery partners. We hosted the journalist Graham Boynton in March for a three day Sonoma County experience.
• September 2016 - Please see where Heather Cassell compiled the Bay Area Reporter’s (UMV: 84,986) "Quick guide to Sonoma & Healdsburg." Listed are some great places to eat, sleep, play, shop, and get social. Also included are some of our fabulous fall events!
• September 2016 - AutoCamp Russian River gathered some awesome press from Forbes (UMV: 25,236,993). "Step out of an AutoCamp luxury Airstream at their recently opened Russian River location and you’re in the middle of an idealized campsite, a living forest—cruiser bikes at the door, scent of the redwood forest filling the air. Barriers are broken down.”
• September 2016 - As a result of media outreach, Travel 50 & Beyond (Circ: 115,000) included two Sonoma County events in a round-up of wine focused vacations in the fall issue of the publication. We worked with Senior Editor Brent Stoller on the article. Published since 1990, Travel 50 & Beyond is the first national travel magazine created specifically for readers age 50 and older. Its mission is to inform a more thoughtful vacation planner who seeks quality, value and enriching experiences.
• September 2016 - "California is one of the world’s largest wine-producing areas, with an annual production of 3 billion bottles. Along with its better-known neighbor Napa Valley, Sonoma County is at the industry’s epicenter.” Please see the review from Newsweek (UMV: 621,709) of four of our fantastic winery partners in the article "Sonoma Vineyards Adding Touch of Hollywood to California Wineries.” We hosted the journalist Graham Boynton in March for a fantastic three day Sonoma County experience.
• September 2016 - As a result of hosting Neal Broverman at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2015, his coverage is now live on Out Traveler (UMV: 93,908). "Sonoma has long been a getaway for Bay Area gays craving some nature and a glass, or five, of some good wine. One of the best times to hit up Sonoma is in the fall, when the weather is crisp and bright and the wines sparkle. Autumn is also host to the annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the county's biggest fundraiser and an excuse to stuff yourself with delicious local food and vins.
• September 2016 - We are thrilled to share three recent blogs from freelance journalist Kathrin Sion from Germany for Jack & Jackie. As you can see from the first blog, "Where the wine country meets the Serengeti,” she had an exceptional adventure hosted by Safari West. Then the girl & the fig received some well-deserved praise in her second blog. "Visitors will find in the girl and the fig a culinary paradise - whether freshly harvested from the fertile soil or freshly caught from the sea.” We extended her visit a few days in Bodega Bay, where she writes "The view is addictive, whether in the morning in fog, at noon, when the mist rises and the sun's rays to push through the clouds and, of course, under a blue sky.”
• September 2016 - Last week's list from Conde Nast Traveler (UMV: 1,609,138) on “Where in the World to Eat,” featuring Glen Ellen Star as one of the top choices in California, was picked up by Today.com (UMV: 20,533,560). As a reminder, editors compiled the list by asking experts, chefs, food writers and the most-in-the-know travelers on their favorite spots to eat. Glen Ellen Star was chosen by Rob Blood, founder and CEO of Lark Hotels and the only Sonoma County restaurant to be included!
• September 2016 - Please see Hayley Hamilton Cogill’s gorgeous review of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend for D Magazine (UMV: 246,375). "To see so many people, generously giving to their community, not for a prize or an experience, but truly to help each other warmed the hearts and minds of all in the room, and made for one incredible celebration. D Magazine Covers the Dallas/Fort Worth region with features on business, politics, the arts, sports, dining, fashion and interior design.
• September 2016 - The recent Timber Cove coverage that was printed in the UK’s Financial Times also went live on their website. As a reminder, this was the result of successful pitching. “After an eight-month closure for rebuilding and redecoration, (Timber Cove) now has 46 guest rooms to appeal to the modern hippie, with a mix of modern and retro furniture and heavy use of redwood and stone.”
• September 2016 - Thanks to the generosity of our partners, we hosted Danish journalist Kirsten Gråbæk last year. Kirsten produced an excellent 6-page article based on her trip. The article, “Magnificent Sonoma," is about Sonoma County's beautiful nature, delicious food, vineyards, wines, yoga, relaxation, and much more. Published for Alt for Damerne (Circ: 245,000; UMV: 120,000), a leading women’s lifestyle magazine aimed at urban women who look for new, exciting experiences, wellbeing, and fashion. The publishing house also publishes the equivalent of the magazine in Norway.
• September 2016 - "Visitors can typically tour and taste anytime, but there's often only one day or weekend a year that you can get your hands — and feet — dirty stomping grapes.” And the excitement is coming this weekend to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair! Please see where USA Today (UMV: 22,546,747) shares in the excitement. And, because excitement is contagious, Rocket News and the Ventura County Star (UMV: 490,870) picked up the story.
• September 2016 - Next we have another blog post on 30 Day Adventures from Marc Smith, the Canadian travel writer that we hosted in July. Don’t miss his review and short video from Safari West. "Easily one of the top 10 adventures I’ve had so far. If you are going to visit Safari West while you are in Sonoma County do it all, book a night in one of the tents and make sure you do the behind the scenes adventure as well. If I had done this as a kid I think I wouldn’t have been able to sleep for days after I would have been so excited.”
• September 2016 - Due to successful media outreach, our Australian team has secured some awesome coverage for AutoCamp on 7travel. "Forget whatever preconceived notions you might have had about American trailer parks – you’ll never want to leave these stylish digs.” 7travel files their content according to major cities, perfect for people looking for things to do after their San Francisco trip.
• September 2016 - Travel and Tour World (UMV: 204,457) included Sonoma County in an article "Are you ready to celebrate California Wine Month?” No need to question Sonoma County residents. Travel and Tour World covers the worldwide travel market for business-to-business and business-to-consumer. Discusses destinations, travel tips, visa issues, international health insurance, hotel news, resorts, airways and cruises.
• September 2016 - Next we have an important read, a topic of much discussion in Sonoma County. "If you haven't tasted from the vast array of culinary offerings that Wine Country has to offer, consider this your crash course.” See the round-up from 7x7 (UMV: UMV: 674,873) of "50 Things to Eat in Wine Country Before You Die.”
• September 2016 - "When the leaves change hues, it's time to dust off your pie recipes and find an idyllic, cozy town for autumnal inspiration. We suggest you put on your boots and pack your Pendleton blanket for Sebastopol, where the peaceful back roads are dotted with farm stands, handpainted signs for pancake breakfasts, and craggy apples trees bursting with fruit.” Please see where 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) is at it again, this time with some gorgeous coverage for Sebastopol.
• September 2016 - Due to media outreach, Sonoma County has been included in a round-up of “The 15 Most Romantic Getaways in America,” published by Time Out Magazine (UMV: 5,293,680). And, due to the magic of syndication, the news has also travelled to the New York Post (UMV:8,302,954).
• September 2016 - Please see where Healdsburg is included in a round-up of "40 American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP” from House Beautiful (UMV: 1,431,852). “This northern Sonoma County town is a lesser-known destination for wine tasting, but no less gorgeous. If you’ve had your fill of Pinot, there’s still plenty to do, including hiking, biking and even canoeing.”
• September 2016 - In honor of the Autumnal Equinox, we are happy to share coverage from Travel + Leisure (UMV 8,969,125). Sonoma County is included in a round-up of “The Best Places to Travel in October.” "Fall is the perfect time to visit California wine country, when the summer crowds have finally dissipated and harvests have just begun.” And if you click on the link in the round-up article, you will be directed to a wonderful article by Jenna Scatena entitled "Harvest Hack: The Best Way to Experience Fall in Sonoma.” She has some great ideas how to enjoy our harvest season. Please see the second article here.
• September 2016 - We are thrilled to share Ted Loos’ feature article on Sonoma County in the current October issue of Travel + Leisure (Circ: 976,562). The article is entitled “Suddenly Sonoma” and includes quotes from David Ramey and Regina Martinelli. This big win is the result of ongoing outreach and Ted Loos’ trip a few years ago. The introduction reads, “No longer in the shadow of Napa, the gorgeously laid-back California county is booming with new restaurants, inns, and tasting rooms that are giving travelers a fresh reason to visit.” The coverage spans over three full pages and includes mentions of many of our amazing partners.
• September 2016 - Passing along a list from Conde Nast Traveler (UMV: 1,609,138) on “Where in the World to Eat” that features Glen Ellen Star as one of the top choices in California. Editors compiled the list by asking experts, chefs, food writers and the most-in-the-know travelers on their favorite spots to eat. Glen Ellen Star was chosen by Rob Blood, founder and CEO of Lark Hotels.
• September 2016 - Coverage on Fathom (UMV: 488,004) is now live as a result of assisting with Darrell Hartman’s visit in late July. The article focuses on the road trip Hartman and his fiancé took through Napa and Sonoma County. Fathom provides a mixture of original and aggregated travel content in the form of personal stories and curated destination guides. It focuses on worldwide travel for business and pleasure, and offers travel tips and advice, stories, and resources. Fathom has also tweeted the article out twice to its nearly 21k followers.
• September 2016 - "Grab your phone and text your friends because it’s time to head to Sonoma County for the annual Wine & Food Affair on November 5 and 6. Foodies, Cooks, and Wine Lovers (or people who are all three) will find over 100 wineries to choose from, each preparing a special dish to sample along with the perfect pairing wine.” Two Guys from Napa are rightfully excited about Wine Road’s upcoming event! Check out the coverage here.
• September 2016 - Please see this lovely news that we assisted with from Frommer’s (UMV: 393,852). "Whether you’re trying to impress a new sweetie, aiming for the perfect proposal, celebrating your honeymoon, or vacationing for your 50th anniversary, wine country is a wonderful place for romance. This Sonoma-centric tour takes you to the wineries and restaurants best suited for lovebirds.”
• September 2016 - "It doesn’t get better than fall in San Francisco, when Karl the Fog has moved on and our real summer finally shines. With the kids back in school, there’s no time like now to take on some homework of your own—the good kind. With dozens of farmers markets in and around San Francisco, your basket runneth over with opportunities to rub elbows with local growers and learn about where your seasonal selections come from.” Please see where Blackboard Eats included the Healdsburg and the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market are included in the article "8 Bay Area farmers markets you’ll want to browse this fall.”
• September 2016 - Due to an ongoing relationship, media outreach, and the charm of syndication, the Sonoma County Harvest Fair is included in a round-up of “10 Fall Festivals For Families” on Taking The Kids (UMV: 49,959). This article also syndicated to ArcaMax (UMV: 207,489). Double win! Eileen Ogintz visited in Fall of 2014 with her daughter, and Sonoma County has been on her mind. Just one more week until the fun!
• September 2016 - Pamela from Marin Mommies (UMV: 33,864) published a great blog about this weekend’s festivities. "North Bay farms are now abundant with the fall harvest. Sonoma County Farm Trails, the folks who produce the world-famous Gravenstein Apple Fair, invites families to head out to the farms for Weekend Along the Farm Trails on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25.” Please see the full article here.
• September 2016 - Sonoma County is included in a recent round-up of "Six of the best San Francisco day trips” in The Sydney Morning Herald (UMV: 214,387). Freelance journalist Guy Wilkinson has received our message. The article appeared in the The Saturday Age, Melbourne (UMV: 241,029) and the Bendigo Advertiser (UMV: 68,461). “The Sonoma region is seen as a less commercial, more informal answer to the prestigious Napa Valley. Pack a picnic or cruise any number of cellar doors for a laid back, unpretentious tasting. Beyond the wine, Sonoma is a dramatic setting. Flanked by the mountains of Western Sonoma County, picturesque Highway 1 winds through 90 kilometres of Pacific Ocean coastline, through charming towns such as Bodega Bay with its family-run inns and restaurants. Adventure seekers will be pleased to know there's now even a zipline running over the redwood forest while kayaking and canoeing trips are also available on the Russian River.”
• September 2016 - And Guy Wilkinson’s passion for Sonoma County goes on. “Three things to do outside of San Francisco: Sonoma County, North Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park” is published in Sunday Herald Sun Melbourne (UMV: 392,394), Sunday Mail Brisbane (UMV: 324,167) and Sunday Telegraph Sydney (UMV: 439,926). “Sitting 90 minutes drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is best known for its wine, however be sure to check out its towering redwood forests and rugged Pacific coastline along the famous Highway 1.”
• September 2016 - "A lucky 13 writers, photographers and marketing professionals from China are visiting Sonoma County this weekend on a 10-day media tour of California’s wine and agriculture industry, according to Birgitt Vaughan of Sonoma County Tourism.” Check out where the Sonoma Index-Tribune (Circ. 8,500) reported on the Chinese media group that we hosted for three days. Visit California China and the US Agriculture Trade office organized the trip.
• September 2016 - Due to an ongoing relationship with the freelance journalist Paul Rubio, another great bit of coverage was published on Conde Nast Traveler (UMV: 2,280,148). Paul stayed with us in March of 2014 and his passion for Sonoma County has stuck with him. Please see where he included Sonoma County in a round-up of “The 5 Best Fall Foliage Adventures.”
• September 2016 - Please see the beautiful blog from the editor of U.S. FrontLine (UMV: 163,808), Mirei Sato. U.S. FrontLine focuses on the American business world for Japanese people residing in the United States. And you can see her #SonomaPassion even in her photos! Mirei visited Sonoma County on a trip with the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
• September 2016 - We are thrilled to share two blog posts from Marc Smith, the Canadian travel writer that we hosted in July. The first blog is about Getaway Adventures’ Pints N Pedals Tour. "Horse & Plow was a fun stop because here we sampled their newly brewed Ciders. Beer, wine and cider all in one tour = AWESOME in my books.” Be sure to check out the fantastic video too on his blog, 30 Day Adventures. The second blog is a gushing review of the Flamingo, his home for three nights. "A perfectly wonderful home away from home for me during my first visit to Sonoma County. I highly recommend the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa and I definitely recommend a late night swim as the sun is setting. A perfect ending to a perfectly California day.” Check out the second review on his blog, 30 Day Adventures.
• September 2016 - "For many people, a trip to Northern California isn't complete without a visit to a winery. But if you've done Napa Valley, you might want to check out the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, its grape-growing neighbor about 65 miles north of San Francisco.” See the #SonomaPassion from the Dallas Morning News (UMV: 3,551,182) here.
• September 2016 - This has been a big week for Spirit Works Distillery. The co-founder and head distiller, Ashby Marshall, was included in the 2016 Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink put together by Fortune Magazine (UMV: 2,318,611) and Food & Wine. And, after a month of voting, Spirit Works Distillery was named #7 in the USA TODAY 10Best (UMV: 881,063) Craft Gin Distillery competition. "Northern California-based Spirit Works Distillery crafts grain-to-glass spirits made from California-grown organic red winter wheat. This slightly sweet base spirit gets combined with juniper berries and fresh California botanicals to create their flagship gin. The Barrel Gin spends several months in new American white oak, while the Sloe Gin and Barrel Reserve Sloe Gin are made by steeping sloe berries in gin.”
• September 2016 - Sonoma County Insider, James Knight, wrote a great article for the North Bay Bohemian (UMV: 123,217) about the new tasting rooms in Sonoma. "The mélange of straw and horse manure baked into the adobe bricks that hold the place up hasn't gone anywhere in the last 170 years, and neither has the parade of sun-dress- and Bermuda-shorts-clad tourists who come to see it, in more recent decades. But while making the rounds of Sonoma Plaza on a recent afternoon, it occurred to me that a lot has changed in the winetasting scene in the past few years.” Please read on to learn about our fantastic new partners.
• September 2016 - "Before you ignite a passionate affair with California Wine Country, there are some things to take note of to maximize your Napa (and Sonoma) experience.” Please see where The Cultureur (UMV: 18,502) rounds up the "5 DOs and DON’Ts in Napa (and Sonoma).”
• September 2016 - Jess Poshepny Vallery from Trione Winery is the new beer writer for Sonoma Magazine (Circ: 24,981). Please see her fantastic article on dog friendly brew pubs. "Sonoma County is filled with dog lovers. Trails are packed with people walking their furry friends, dog parks are popping up all over, and many restaurant patios now have water bowls available – some even serve dog treats.”
• September 2016 - We are thrilled that due to successful pitching and the recent media mission that we attended Down Under, Luxury Travel Magazine (UMV: 9,242) has featured AutoCamp Russian River. Luxury Travel Magazine covers the best of luxury travel throughout Australia and overseas, including decadent weekend escapes, regular travel features on exotic destinations, travel news, and lifestyle stories. The coverage is on Luxury Travel’s website, and has also been sent to their weekly newsletter database (Subscribers: 8,825).
• September 2016 - "The @sonomacounty bounty never stops - let's all just agree California was on the fresh food movement long before it was a trend.” Freelancer Kate Donnelly participated in Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s latest media trip and we extended Kate’s visit and hosted her for a few more days. Kate “took over” Fathom's (UMV: 488,004) Instagram page (40,000 followers) documenting her trip on August 14-17.
• September 2016 - A Side of Sweet (UMV: 14,135), a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan, featured a guide to the county’s namesake, the town of Sonoma. "Sonoma is super charming and slightly less touristy than Napa. The city itself is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous roses everywhere, cute cafes and amazing wineries. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re planning a trip to wine country.” Please read the rest here.
• September 2016 - "Take a two-part trip to Northern California with waterfront views, fresh seafood and endless wine tasting,” with DuJour (UMV: 188,154). Please see where the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Scribe Winery, and Benziger Winery are included in a Northern Californina Travel Guide. DuJour covers the latest in affluent lifestyle and culture, showcasing modern fashion, real estate, entertainment, night life, fine dining, and technology.
• September 2016 - As a result of successful pitching, the recently remodeled Timber Cove Resort was featured in this past weekend’s Financial Times (Circ: 194,692) from the UK. “After an eight-month closure for rebuilding and redecoration, (Timber Cove) now has 46 guest rooms to appeal to the modern hippie, with a mix of modern and retro furniture and heavy use of redwood and stone.”
• September 2016 - Please tune in to the latest podcast from Amateur Traveler. This roughly half hour audio show will showcase Sonoma County to roughly 10,000+ travelers over the course of the next few months. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and the best places to travel to. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog with quite a lot of travel photography. In addition, Amateur Traveler has won a Lowell Thomas award for Travel Journalism and a SMITTY award from Travel+Leisure as the best independent travel journalist.
• September 2016 - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gathered amazing press! "Under a tent that transported auction guests from Sonoma to Marrakesh, the 2016 Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean Winery exceeded the earnings of prior years with proceeds that totaled more than $4,600,000 at the annual fundraising finale of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend,” as reported by the Sonoma Valley Sun (UMV: 14, 253). Here are a few more results from the fabulous weekend:
"Summer Sendoff at Wine Country Weekend's Taste of Sonoma” from Sonoma Magazine (Circ: 24,981)
"Weekend Wine Love – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend” from the Daily Meal (UMV: 591,327)
"Sonoma Wine County Weekend breaks record” from the Sonoma-Index Tribune (UMV: 42,211)
"Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction reaps $4.6 million” from the Press Democrat (UMV: 898,858)
"Summer sendoff at Wine Country Weekend's Taste of Sonoma” from the Press Democrat (UMV: 898,858)
"Sonoma Wine Country Weekend seeks to top last year's success” from the Sonoma-Index Tribune (UMV: 42,211)
"Get a taste of Sonoma during Wine Country Weekend” from the Press Democrat (UMV: 898,858)
“Sonoma Wine Country Weekend” from The Drunken Cyclist
• September 2016 - "While the town’s population is about 11,000—a number that has doubled over the past 30 years—Healdsburg swells dramatically in the summertime with vacationers. But the fall harvest is generally a better, more tranquil time to visit, and harvest season brings a unique energy to town, the cooler air a relief after the hot, arid summer, and winemakers and vineyard workers identifiable by their grape-stained jeans and weathered boots.” Please see Jessica DuPuy’s #sonomapassion in the recent article for Imbibe Online (UMV: 232,635). Jessica is a freelance journalist from Austin, Texas that receives our press releases.
• September 2016 - Please see where Sonoma County’s Hanson spirits received some additional press from Rocket News (UMV: 55,881). This was originally published for 10 Best. "Hanson is another vodka distillery disrupting an otherwise tired spirit category. Staying true to its Sonoma County roots, Hanson creates its vodka from varietal grapes. This wine-country distillery preaches sustainability and uses organic products, which is not only good for the environment, but good for the customer.”
• September 2016 - Check out our Sonoma County ad placed alongside an coverage for the new AutoCamp in the Visit California newsletter, Dream Big, which is distributed to over 9,000 industry members and the Visit California international offices. They suggest to “walk down to the Russian River to swim or canoe, play lawn games, or lounge by a fire pit inside or outside the mid-century-modern-style clubhouse.”
• September 2016 - We are excited to share a double win. A few weeks ago, you may remember that AutoCamp was included in an article in UK’s Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Ireland due to proactive media outreach. The same journalist, Hannah Summers, also included Auto Camp in Escapism Magazine (Circ: 101,700). She is the editor of Escapism and our UK contacts have a great relationship with her. Escapism is a free monthly travel magazine that is targeted toward British people looking to plan their next holiday, with content including expert advice, features and images to take readers "on a trip to the heart of global travel.” Escapism is distributed every month outside Zone 1 and 2 tube stations, so a lot of people have got their eyes on this!
• September 2016 - As a result of successful pitching, The MailOnline (UMV: 42,488,171) included Boon the dog of Boon Hotel + Spa in their round-up of hotels with pets. The MailOnline is the award-winning website of the Daily Mail newspaper from the UK. The website features between 500 and 600 new stories every day. Much of the content shared on the site is original to that of the paper. "Animal lovers on holiday can look forward to being greeted in reception by a wagging tail or a cheerful purr, making the following hotels their perfect vacation stay.”
• September 2016 - Happy to share as a result of press release distribution, Austin Chronicle (UMV: 610,768) included the Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures in an article entitled “Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup." "Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures offers complimentary self-guided tours of some of northern California’s most famous wineries. At the start of each tour, guests receive a map that leads to unique information about the winery and vineyard. So far there are seven wineries mapped, with two more to be added soon.”
• September 2016 - We are happy to share dedicated coverage that was published in AARP (UMV: 6,220,003; Circ: 23,428,878) as a result of Christopher Hall attending Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2015. A feature article on Sonoma Wine Country Weekend entitled “A Sonoma Valley Getaway Worth Savoring” appeared online on September 1 and also appears in the attached August/September issue. "Under other circumstances, the sweeping view across southern Sonoma County would have grabbed all of my attention. From a hilltop winery terrace, I could see a lush carpet of vines and heavy, ripe grapes rolling toward the distant Mayacamas Mountains, glowing in the warm afternoon sun. But I was distracted by two chilled flutes of Gloria Ferrer 2011 Brut Rosé on the table between my husband and me.”
• September 2016 - Check out the wonderful coverage from Ian White, the Wine Director of San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 94,754). We have an ongoing relationship with Ian and are thrilled to share the great press. "It’s harvest time in the wine country: That means big parties, grape stomps, new wine releases, live music, dancing, and the heavy, earthy scent of fermenting grapes permeating everything. Here are the harvest fests you don't want to miss in Sonoma, Napa, and Livermore.”
• August 2016 - We have lots of great press for the big event. "Wine County Weekend tickets going fast,” according to the Sonoma Index-Tribune (UMV: 42,211). "The 2015 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend raised an impressive $3,487,000 for local nonprofits and event organizers are gearing up this week for the 2016 weekend of festivities.
• August 2016 - "Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is almost here. And that can only mean one thing: it’s time to whip out a wine glass (or two), head up/over/down/across to Sonoma County, and enjoy the dog days of summer in some of the most gorgeous surroundings you can imagine.” Thanks to Stark Insider (UMV: 77,695) for the great coverage of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Stark Insider was founded by editor in chief Clinton Stark and creative director Loni Kao Stark in 2007, and officially launched in 2008. The editorial covers news and events on the West Coast.
• August 2016 - Please see the fabulous Zinfandel and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend reviews from Gabe’s View (UMV: 11,689). "I’ve long been a fan of Sonoma County Wines and it was an interest in Zinfandel that first took me to Dry Creek Valley’s Pedroncelli well more than 20 years ago. So it feels wholly appropriate that the sneak preview of this weekend’s wines I received were all Zinfandels…” Please see the whole blog here.
• August 2016 - "Many Sonoma County chefs find inspiration in the ancient cultures clustered around the Mediterranean, which share our mild winters and warm, dry summers. They’re ideal for producing complex, slow-ripened fruits like wine grapes, healthy olive oils and vegetables. Since things that grow together go together, the Mediterranean can be mined for all kinds of delicious dishes to complement the wide range of Sonoma-grown wines, from crisp chardonnays to fruity zins.” Please see where the Press Democrat (UMV: 898,858) also reported on the upcoming weekend festivities.
• August 2016 - Check out the recent round-up from 10 Best - USA Today (UMV: 881,063) about innovating spirits. "Hanson is another vodka distillery disrupting an otherwise tired spirit category. Staying true to its Sonoma County roots, Hanson creates its vodka from varietal grapes. This wine-country distillery preaches sustainability and uses organic products, which is not only good for the environment, but good for the customer." 10Best is an online magazine providing visitor guides for tourist destinations around the world and is owned by USA Today.
• August 2016 - "It was President Jimmy Carter’s repeal of a ban on home brewing in 1978 that paved the way for the beer revolution we’re seeing today and California has recognised that beer tourism has a bright future.” We are thrilled to share a result from Simon Parker’s craft beer road trip from 2015. We hosted Simon as he travelled down the coast from Portland. A link to the online article in the UK's Sunday Telegraph (Circ: 378,603) can be found here.
• August 2016 - As a result of hosting Teresa Bitler as part of Grape Camp in 2015, she has produced an additional feature on the non-wine side of Sonoma County for AAA Highroads (Circ: 511,000; UMV: 3,851,760). Highroads is the bimonthly AAA magazine distributed throughout Arizona, where Bitler is based. "Most visitors plan a Sonoma getaway around sampling the pours at the county’s 425-plus wineries, but you don’t have to drink wine to have an epic weekend. Sonoma has something for everyone.”
• August 2016 - Due to successful pitching, Osmosis Day Spa and Sanctuary is included in a round-up of "3 Offbeat His-and-Hers Spa Treatments, Inspired by Heather and Terry Dubrow.” Written by freelance journalist Aly Walansky for Bravo TV’s travel blog – ‘The Jet Set’ (UMV: 1,919,400), the article includes “… a few other spins on the traditional couple's massage.” Heather and Terry are two of the cast members on the Bravo reality TV show “Real Housewives of Orange County” and on a recent episode they themselves had a pretty interesting couple’s treatment – which then inspired the writer to seek other places that offered untraditional treatments couples could do together. Please see the full article here.
• August 2016 - Check out this great clip from the FOX-Chicago travel segment and Jeanenne Tornatore, the senior editor and broadcast spokesperson for Orbitz.com. With our assistance, she featured Fountaingrove Inn for a travel segment about Labor Day weekend getaways. You’ll find a link to the segment here and the Sonoma County talk is from 2:27 to 2:55.
• August 2016 - We assisted freelance journalist Jimmy Im for this awesome article for Passport Magazine (UMV: 56,819). “On the Cocktail Trail in Napa and Sonoma” has some wonderful ideas about where to take the edge off in Sonoma County. "Visitors can immerse in a world of exceptional spirits-based libations now that the craft cocktail scene has fully emerged.”
• August 2016 - See where Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery explains “how is it possible that Healdsburg can be both the epicenter of northern Sonoma County’s three major wine regions (Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley)—and home to the best bars in wine country.” Lisa’s blog can be found on The Journey of Jordan (UMV: 69,254), the blog for Jordan Winery.
• August 2016 - As a result of hosting Becky Sue Epstein at Grape Camp 2015, Intermezzo Magazine (Circ: 285,000) included Grape Camp and Sonoma County in a feature article entitled “Wine Trips of Your Dreams.” In the article, Epstein highlights wine experiences in Napa and Austria, and many of our partners. Intermezzo Magazine is written for readers who enjoy cooking and entertaining at home and trying different foods and wine while traveling. Covers international foods, fine wines and spirits, kitchen and home decor and renovation, wellness and travel destinations.
• August 2016 - Freelance journalist, Jenna Scatena, wrote a great article about "The Perfect 3-Day Weekend in Sonoma“ for Travel + Leisure (UMV: 8,969,125). Jenna receives our press releases and the #sonomapassion is rubbing off on her. "Without the Napa crowds or San Francisco fog, it’s a prime place for a long weekend of wine tasting, river swims, and exploring the coast."
• August 2016 - "When it comes to jaw-dropping scenery, California’s wine country is hard to beat. And the impending “Cabernet season” in Napa and Sonoma—after the harvest madness has died down—is arguably the most relaxing time to visit: The weather is still warm, you can snag reservations at the region’s galaxy of stellar restaurants, and you have the tasting rooms, backcountry lanes, and spas all to yourself.” Check out which Sonoma County hotels were featured in an article from Architectural Digest (UMV: 1,091,480) about the "12 of the Best Boutique Hotels to Visit in California Wine Country.”
• August 2016 - "Travel and Leisure has just released their 2016 list of the best hotels in every state and yes, Farmhouse Inn is there as #1 very best hotel for the second year in a row representing California. And to add to the excitement, International luxury travel network Virtuoso just announced their annual “Best of the Best” awards at the Virtuoso Travel Week conference in Las Vegas this month. Farmhouse Inn is again honored; winning for Best Culinary Experience.” Congratulations Farmhouse Team! See where Travel and Tour World (UMV: 256,403) and eGlobal Travel Media (UMV: 42,440) reported this wonderful news.
• August 2016 - Due to hosting Arthur Bovino at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in 2015, The Daily Meal (UMV: 591,327) produced dedicated coverage on Sonoma Wine Country Weekend entitled “2016 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Promises 3 Days of Fun, Food, and Lots of Great Wine” on August 19. Arthur did a great job hitting a number of the weekend’s major events.
• August 2016 - "In this heralded region, these restaurants’ lists go above and beyond.” See which Sonoma County restaurants were included in a round-up by Wine Spectator (UMV: 319,265). "These 13 restaurants in Napa and Sonoma are a cut above the rest, be it for their vineyard views, their championing of producers both local and global, or their creative renditions of all types of cuisine."
• August 2016 - We are excited to share a recent round-up of "The Best Places to Go Drinking with Your Dog in Sonoma County.” We have an ongoing relationship with Ian White, the Wine Director from San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 94,754), and are thrilled to share the great press.
• August 2016 - Alexis Korman, from Wine Enthusiast, traveled to Sonoma County in early August for a bachelorette party. We provided suggestions for restaurants and assisted with her visit. She returned the love on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.
• August 2016 - We are thrilled to share some recent coverage from a Japanese TV program, World Tour Perfect Map. We hosted the Japanese media group earlier this year and what a wonderful trip they had. There were two shows broadcasted. In the first, the Sonoma County segment starts after San Mateo at 14:17. It was aired on Saturday 7/16, Friday 7/22, Saturday 7/23, Tuesday 8/2, and Saturday 8/6. In the second, the Sonoma County segment starts after North Lake Tahoe at 15:35. It was aired on Sunday 7/17, Saturday 7/23, Saturday 7/30, Saturday 8/13, and then both shows were aired on Sunday 8/21. The shows had approximately 40 million viewers!
• August 2016 - Please see the recent blog that we assisted with from Kurt Jacobson for GoNOMAD (UMV: 311,349). GoNOMAD serves as a comprehensive resource center, designed to provide independent and alternative travelers with all the information and inspiration they need to plan their travels in the United States and abroad. And this blog surely inspires a trip to our wild Sonoma Coast.
• August 2016 - If you need an excuse, Saturday is National Pinot Noir Day. And, 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) recommends a visit to Carneros and The Donum Estate to celebrate! "Sip, compare, and then marvel at the differences between four pinots of the same vintage, made by the same winemaker, but sourced from four different vineyards in Russian River, Anderson Valley, and Carneros.”
• August 2016 - Also from 7x7 (UMV: 674,873), the local parks Gerstle Cove, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Bodega Dunes, Doran Regional Park, and Armstrong Redwoods are included in a round-up of "26 Gorgeous NorCal Camping Spots Within 100 Miles of SF.” "Whether you're traveling through or residing in the Bay Area and simply looking for a nearby outdoor overnight, one need drive no further than a few hours drive from the urban core. In many cases only a fraction of that drive time is necessary to access campground gems set among scenic coastal backdrops, redwood groves and rolling oak savannah hills.”
• August 2016 - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend received some great press from KSRO (UMV: 113,854). Please listen to host Michelle Marques interview Dan Kosta, Honorary Event Chair of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, and Jean Arnold Sessions, Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners. Just a few short weeks until the big weekend!
• August 2016 - Last week Karissa Kruse from the Sonoma County Winegrowers traveled to New Orleans for a sustainability speaking engagement and a media reception was organized on Wednesday night. In addition to the event, an interview was secured for Karissa on the Dine, Wine and Spirits show on WGSO 990 AM (Cumulative audience estimate: 10,600). Guest host Bryan Dias interviewed Karissa and she did an incredible job promoting the sustainability initiative, the differences between Sonoma and Napa, Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, non-wine Sonoma County offerings, and much more. A downloadable version of the interview can be found here - the interview begins at 2:15 and ends at 53:25 (with a mix of music/commercials).
• August 2016 - Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, published two recent articles for the San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 6,020,076). The first includes Porter Creek, BobDog, and Joseph Swan in an article about down-to-earth wineries to be found in the Bay Area. The second includes Bartholomew Park Winery, Michel-Schlumberger, and Comstock Wines in a recent article "Six wine country estates where you can pair wine and exercise,” which highlights some of the extracurricular that can now be found at our wineries.
• August 2016 - The San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 6,020,076) also published a fantastic article about Healdsburg, written by Kimberly Chun. She writes about Healdsburg: "An enticing, walkable trifecta of boutique shopping, great food and plentiful tasting rooms centers around a picturesque historic town plaza with gracious, shady old trees, a circular Victorian bandstand hailing from around 1895, and free concerts and events like the annual Howl-o-Ween dog parade — and draws tourists and daycationing couples, bachelorette partyers and locals looking to avoid the Napa crush."
• August 2016 - Please see where the Los Angeles Times (UMV: 27,286,897) reported on the recent ranking by OpenTable diners on the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2016. "Our 100 Most Scenic Restaurant list for 2016 highlights restaurants that offer spectacular views of natural wonder and city landmarks and, above all, delicious dining experiences. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the nation – all submitted by verified diners.”
• August 2016 - Check out this fantastic article about the passion for Sonoma County that the Mariani brothers from Scribe Winery possess, "More than wine, Scribe bottles the Northern California lifestyle.” The article was written by Esther Mobley, a wine, beer and spirits writer for the San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 6,020,076). "A winery, a lifestyle brand, an aesthetic. In some important ways, Scribe is also a symbol for what Northern California culture is today.”
• August 2016 - Please see where Parachute, the blog of MapQuest, includes the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in a round-up of not miss festivals for the fall. "You might not think of the heart of California's wine country as a spot for a top harvest festival, but Organic Authority called this event -- held each year in late September and early October -- among the seven best in the nation.”
• August 2016 - Penny Sadler’s recent blog entry from Adventures of a Carry-On has been posted to Wandering Educators (UMV: 202,506) which she is the Style/Travel editor for and we were happy to assist with. "Sonoma County, California is primarily an agricultural area - food is treated with the reverence and respect it deserves. From olive groves to dairy farms, vineyards to the bounty of the sea, Sonoma County is a place to savor.”
• August 2016 - We are very excited to share the summer issue of Chloe Magazine (Circ: 28,750). We assisted the journalist Angela Aiello with her visit. And it looks like our #SonomaPassion has rubbed off on her. “In Sonoma, there is so much passion for wine and life it is impossible not to feel it, and even more impossible to let it go.” Please see the digital version here. The California story starts on page 68 with a link to You Tube video in which Farmhouse Inn and Joe Bartolomei is part of, and Sonoma County is featured beginning on page 74.
• August 2016 - We are excited to share coverage from Pedro Aguilar of Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and Latin America (Circ: 40,000). As a reminder, we assisted Pedro on his fam trip with Harper’s Bazaar back in April. Launched in 1980 and created for affluent Hispanic women, Harper’s Bazaar presents the forthcoming season's most stylish apparel straight off the runways, beauty products and cosmetics, cuisine, art and travel, with an emphasis on the luxury goods market.
• August 2016 - "With more 250 days of sun per year, Sonoma makes a great escape from the Bay Area’s fog, especially during the city’s traditionally gloomy summer months. Here, an outdoorsy guide to Sonoma County—there’s plenty to toast, indeed.” Please see the excellent blog about our outdoor opportunities from RootsRated (UMV: 122,976).
• August 2016 - Due to media outreach, USA Today’s Go Escape Magazine (Circ: 100,000) printed the recent article entitled “Wine country cocktails make a splash” that was originally run on USAToday.com (UMV:22,546,747). Please see the attached summer 2016 issue for the fantastic double-win! As a reminder, we worked with Alexis Korman on the piece, who attended Grape Camp in 2014 and has continued to be a big fan of Sonoma County.
• August 2016 - Happy to share as a result of hosting editor Arlene Stacey at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2015, Zoomer Magazine (UMV: 122,153) produced dedicated coverage entitled “Sonoma: When It Comes To Wine, Fred MacMurray May Know Best.” This article also appeared in two travel newsletters which each have a reach of 70,000-76,000 and in this week’s ZoomerMag newsletter with a reach of 147,000.
• August 2016 - We recently hosted Marc Smith, Canadian Travel writer from 30 Day Adventures. He was blown away with Safari West and already posted this quick video on You Tube. Look forward to more coverage from a new Sonoma County fan!
• August 2016 - See where Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 94,754) divulges some of Santa Rosa’s best kept secrets. "It’s easy blow past Santa Rosa on the way to weekend destinations like Russian River, Healdsburg, or even Bodega Bay. But it’s worth hopping off 101 to explore the historic and growing population of vineyards and wineries in the area. Once you dip below 65 m.p.h. on the speedometer, there’s plenty to discover: Santa Rosa wineries are up and coming, offering some killer wines at reasonable prices, and—dare we say—they’re hip.”
• August 2016 - We assisted Allison Levine for California Winery Advisor with her visit in June and she had a wonderful trip. "Unlike Sonoma’s neighbor to the east, Napa, where there are wineries located off of the main highway, many of the wineries in Sonoma are spread throughout the valley. So where do you begin? It is easier to find some of the bigger known wineries in the county, but seeking out small and medium sized boutique wineries is what I prefer to do. Here are eleven Sonoma wine tasting finds that are worth a visit throughout the valley.” Please see her top Sonoma County picks here.
• August 2016 - Due to proactive media outreach, the new glamping experience at AutoCamp was included in an article in UK’s Sunday Times (Circ: 806,375) and The Sunday Times Ireland (Circ: 89,173). Just a few short weeks until their opening!
• August 2016 - "Sonoma is not only for wine and food lovers (although if that’s what you crave, you couldn’t choose a better place). Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers can find their happy place among the ancient redwood trees, kayaking and camping along the Russian River, hiking the Sonoma Coast, or biking the wine trails. If you prefer a more leisurely weekend, you’ll find spas, swanky boutiques, and no surprise, lots of wine tasting rooms.” We assisted Penny Sadler of Adventures of a Carry-On with her latest blog and she surely shows #sonomapassion.
• August 2016 - As a result of Getaway Adventures’ media trip this spring received, they some fantastic coverage from the Los Angeles Times (UMV: 27,286,897). "If you want a Tour de France-like cycling experience on this continent, take heart. The famed bicycle race ended Sunday in Paris, but the Tour de Sonoma through California’s wine country serves up plenty of hills with gnarly climbs and daily mileage close to what the pro cyclists logged.”
• August 2016 - Santa Rosa gained high praise from Yahoo! Canada Finance (UMV: 534,766) as the number two destination in the article ”10 Best Places to Live for Foodies.” Ranked by the number of restaurants and their ratings, "Santa Rosa has a big advantage in the culinary realm: It's the seat of Sonoma County, some of the best wine country in the world. Its restaurants are equally praise-worthy, and not only for the quality of the food."
• August 2016 - We are thrilled to share a video from the Chinese media group that we hosted in late April on iQIYI. Based in Beijing, China, iQIYI is an online video hosting platform. Chinese audiences view more than 1.28 billion hours of TV shows and movies per month on iQIYI. As of 2015, it is the largest online video site in China. According to iResearch, as of October 2014, iQIYI had a total of 202.18 million mobile viewers who watched content for 600.62 million hours on these platforms, with mobile videos reaching had a total of 308.17 million mobile viewers who watched content for a total of 1176.44 million hours on these platforms. Total video views reached 500 million. iQIYI has partnered with over 1,500 license holders, including television stations, distributors, and film and TV production companies in China that regularly upload media content on the site. Chinese young generation spend less time on TV but more time on video APPs to watch news, entertainment, drama and movie, and iQIYI is the top in China. Please see the entire video here.
• July 2016 - Anna Volpicelli for 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) highlights the "5 Wineries With Intoxicating Patio Tastings in Napa and Sonoma,” including Viansa Sonoma and Gundlach Bundschu. "Wine may be the way of life in Napa and Sonoma counties, but on gorgeous country days, an indoor cellar or tasting room doesn't always feel like the place to be.”
• July 2016 - "Sonoma County, like much of California, has ideal growing conditions for a wide array of produce.” See where the LA Daily News (UMV: 243,380) writes about the farm-to-table movement in Sonoma County, or as we call it, eating. This great news was also syndicated to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Online (UMV: 201,772).
• July 2016 - We are thrilled to share another result from the Visit California press trip that we orchestrated last October. This time, Marco Berchi writes for La Stampa (UMV: 9,295,302). Not only does Marco lovingly describe Jack London State Park, he captures the passion for our dear Sonoma County well. Please do see the beautiful images in the online article here.
• July 2016 - We are also thrilled to share a recent article from Elsie Mendez. We hosted Elsie in August of 2015. She visited on a Visit California Mexico FAM Trip and writes for one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Los Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo. (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). It is a wonderful, dedicated article about DaVero.
• July 2016 - Check out this blog about “the vintner and Scribe Winery owner on childhood travel memories, where he goes to disappear and how seeing the world expands his own sense of place and terroir.’ Written by Philip Bator of Wildsam, a travel brand based in Austin, who publishes a series of city guides. While researching the guide, they were fortunate enough to capture some Sonoma Passion.
• July 2016 - Please see where the Houston Chronicle (UMV: 5,411,250) gives some good advice on "How to spend a weekend in Glen Ellen.” Click through the slideshow of some of our great partners. "In the heart of Sonoma Valley, the charming village of Glen Ellen sits like a sweet, bucolic surprise.”
• July 2016 - Viansa Sonoma received a gushing review from A Side of Sweet (UMV: 14,135), a San Francisco life and style blog founded by Kelly Egan. "We knew we were in for a great day, but we really had no idea how fun the tasting experience at Viansa Sonoma is! The day started off with a glass of bubbly in their large tasting room and then we headed to the pavilion.” Please read the rest here.
• July 2016 - We’re very happy to share as a result of media outreach, Liquor.com (UMV: 1,063,704) included The Fun Guy from Stark’s Steak & Seafood in a round-up of “8 of the Best Steakhouse Cocktails in the U.S.” We pitched freelance writer Jonah Flicker on the beverage and then followed up with additional information and images.
• July 2016 - Check out where Perry Hoffman, the Culinary Director of Healdsburg SHED, received some wonderful press from Zagat (UMV: 5,131,398). The round-up "10 Superheroes of the SF Bay Area Dining Scene” showcases some wonderful local talent. Check out the full article here.
• July 2016 - We are excited to share the recent blog “Off the Wine Path in Sonoma County” on My Itchy Travel Feet (Circulation/Audience: 187,470). This was written by a Sonoma County lover who uses SonomaCounty.com for research as you can hear our message.
• July 2016 - We are excited to share where Sebastiani's Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, Simi’s Sauvignon Blanc, and Claypool Cellars Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir are included in a round-up of "10 Foolproof Wine Pairings for Summer Feasts.” We have an ongoing relationship with Ian White, the Wine Director from San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 94,754) and are thrilled to share the great press.
• July 2016 - Pamela from Marin Mommies (UMV: 33,864) published a great blog about Cornerstone Sonoma. "One of our must-visit Wine Country family destinations is Cornerstone Sonoma. It's a fun, family-friendly place where you can explore, play, and take in the beauty of their six acres of gardens and art installations. Of course this being Sonoma you can shop, dine, and wine taste here, too.”
• July 2016 - Host Michelle Marques from Sonoma County Focus on KSRO-AM (UMV: 113,854) interviewed Terri and Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants, the Honorary Culinary Chairs of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. What a fantastic example of #SonomaPassion and awesome press for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.
• July 2016 - listen to Sonoma County park ranger, Brandon Bredo, describe Sonoma County’s wonderful oak woodlands on KRCB. "Where is your favorite spot to enjoy Sonoma County’s magnificent oak woodlands? Is it a stretch along your morning commute, a park you often visit, or perhaps the trees in your own yard?”
• July 2016 - Please see the lovely coverage from Lavish Living Magazine. We hosted the journalist, Don Jackson, in May. And we think he captured the essence of Bodega Bay pretty well! “The sleepy yet rugged Sonoma Coast provides almost poetic counterpoint to the high energy and sometimes hectic lifestyle of our Sacramento area. And the town of Bodega Bay is a gem-of-a-find on this picturesque stretch of California coastline.”
• July 2016 - Bert Rangel and River’s End received some great press from Eye for Travel (UMV: 59,468). "Rangel sees unplugged experiences as a new kind of luxury for a connected age. “Today it seems like a luxury not to be connected in every way,” he says. “Our guests want to unplug and reboot, and that means providing an environment conducive to building better bonds without partner or self.”
• July 2016 - As a result of media outreach, USAToday.com (UMV: 22,546,747) included the girl & the fig and El Barrio in an article entitled “Wine country cocktails make a splash." We worked with Alexis Korman on the piece, who attended Grape Camp in 2014, and has continued to be a big fan of Sonoma County.
• July 2016 - Due to hosting Kathy Dallas in Sonoma County to explore the area’s agritourism offerings, twelve reviews were posted on Trekaroo.com (UMV:194,817) featuring the following: Octopus Garden; Green Star Farm; Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa; SubZero Ice Cream; Apple Junction Smokehouse; Burnt House Farm; Bohemian Creamery; Freestone Artisan Cheese; Wild Flour Bread; Estero Café; Double 8 Dairy; and Tara Firma Farms.
• July 2016 - We are pleased to share the blog from Jason Will of We Said Go Travel (UMV: 8,640). We assisted with Jason’s visit last month and what a fantastic visit to Sonoma County he had. Jason is also the CEO of a new app Zipkick; a recommendation mobile app for approved influencers (travel bloggers, chefs, sommeliers and mixologists) to share the best restaurants, bars, cafes and venues globally. Look for some great reviews there too!
• July 2016 - See where our own Paula Johnson is interviewed for a recent article for Meetings Today (UMV: 152,729), which serves as a one-stop shop for meeting planners. "Friendliness and variety are key selling points of Sonoma, according to Johnson.” Please read the rest here.
• July 2016 - As a result of the Trio’s ongoing relations with KSRO (UMV: 100,394; Viewership: 32,117), they conducted a phone interview with Jean Sessions to discuss her new role as Executive Director. The segment is currently available online here. Great job, Jean!
• July 2016 - Lee Foster, a journalist who we have an ongoing relationship with from Berkeley, was out exploring California as he updates his book Northern California History Weekends. This chapter on his blog is about Fort Ross on the Mendocino Coast. There was a time when Russia might have been destined to play a much larger role in the state’s history. Read on to find out more here.
• July 2016 - Check out the fantastic coverage that Valette received on KQED TV. Check, Please! Bay Area, is a must-watch half-hour series for Bay Area residents eager to discover the latest in food trends, from the simplest cafe to the four-star destination. Every week, the show features three guests who are local diners, not professional restaurant critics. Each guest chooses their favorite restaurant and the other two guests visit that restaurant under total anonymity. The restaurants are not notified that the show's "reviewers" are dining there. After trying each other’s restaurant recommendations, the guests come on the show to discuss, dispute, and celebrate their dining experiences with lively commentary.
• July 2016 - A photo from Unbeaten Paths Hiking Tours was chosen for the cover of the latest issue of Destination Mendonoma, a special section of the Independent Coast Observer from Gualala. Gorgeous photo!
• July 2016 - We hosted the crew from the TV show Entre Viaje y Viaje in May. The TV show is broadcast through Mexico and part of Latin America every Saturday on MegaCanal. The Entre Viaje y Viaje audience is usually over 2 million viewers per show, but when it was shown nationwide two weeks ago around 5 million of people watched it and there were 5 rebroadcasts during that week. Please watch the whole show here.
• July 2016 - We are excited to share Karen Berliner’s coverage from Gladys Magazine (Circ. 88,000). As a reminder, we hosted Karen a few months ago. “Relax and let your senses lead you naturally to this fragrant and picturesque wine region, awaiting you like a perfect dream.” Please read the whole article here.
• July 2016 - Check out Penny Sadler’s latest blog entry about Sonoma County from Adventures of a Carry-On. Penny receives our press releases and will be publishing more blogs soon. Because, “...though it may sound cliche, Sonoma really does have it all.” And, therefore needs multiple posts to describe all of the beauty!
• July 2016 - The people have spoken. Throughout the week, Travel + Leisure (UMV: 9,319,912) has been releasing results of the 2016 World’s Best Reader’s Choice survey, and we’re happy to share the following victories for the Farmhouse Inn: “100 Best Hotels in the World” – Farmhouse Inn, #12; “Best Resort Hotels in California” – Farmhouse Inn, #1; “Best Resort Hotels in the Continental U.S.” – Farmhouse Inn, #4
• July 2016 - In addition, the Best of the North Bay 2016 from San Francisco Magazine (Circ: 80,597; UMV: 106,744) has been published and the Farmhouse Inn won the best B&B. Please see the great news here.
• July 2016 - Also from San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 106,744), please see where Ian White showcases “The Five Best Places to Go Whiskey Tasting in Wine Country.” We have an ongoing relationship with Ian, a freelance journalist from the Bay Area. San Francisco Magazine was created as a source of information about the people and issues that are vital to maintaining the San Francisco lifestyle.
• July 2016 - Due to media outreach and press release distribution, check out the latest and greatest from the Golden State on See California (UMV: 31,431). Included in the article are Wine Country Walking Tours' Summer Evening Savor & Stroll; the opening of The County Bench Kitchen + Bar in Santa Rosa; the revamped Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures program; the new Sonoma County Three Valley Adventure tour offered by Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, DaVero Farms & Winery, and Lancaster Estate; and the new taproom at the 101 North Brewing Company in Petaluma.
• July 2016 - "Oh, sure, it's wine country. And Redwood country. And fancy-food country. But dammit, it's beer country, too.” Check out where Thrillist (UMV: 3,047,773) includes Sonoma County in a round-up of destinations for beer lovers.
• July 2016 - Please see where Sonoma was voted number eight in a round-up of “America’s Best Towns for July 4th" from Travel + Leisure (UMV: 9,319,912). "This wine-country town also made the top 10 for town squares, and its adobe-lined Plaza is where you’ll find Sonoma’s 4th of July parade with marching bands—followed by a carnival and topped off with fireworks.”
• July 2016 - Next, check out this feature about Sonoma County’s sweetest little fair from Alysia Gray Painter. Alysia Painter is a Blogger for NBC Los Angeles' Worth the Drive blog (UMV: 30,823) covering trips, attractions, and getaways near Los Angeles.
• July 2016 - BeautyNewsNYC.com (UMV: 94,517) has released a new round-up of “Wine Pairings for Summer Outings” and, as a result of our efforts, included Gloria Ferrer's Blanc de Blancs and Dry Creek Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc.
• Please see the fantastic article about Santa Rosa from Vacation Idea (circ. 280,495). VacationIdea is U.S.-based online magazine covering the most exciting destinations, hotels, restaurants and activities around the world. The web site was named "Best of the Web" by Forbes for nine years. There are some great ideas in here for the summer!
• Style Caster (UMV: 1,105,928) included Sonoma County in a round-up of "A Complete Guide to the Best Wine Regions Across the US.” Style caster Serves as a one-stop source for personal style that combines the best of social networking with personalized content and shopping. Please see the good news here.
• Please see where Zazu Restaurant + Farm is included in the article "Secret Gardens: 6 Great Farm-to-Table Restaurants” from Pursuitist. “A number of other fine dining establishments around the country have taken farm-to-table to the next level: either using existing parts of their properties to build herb and vegetable gardens or purchasing nearby farmland to grow produce and raise livestock.”
• Check out this great mention of Sonoma County in Hi Class Magazine. Nava and Michael, the publishers of Hi Class, receive our press releases and are spot on! See the great message for yourself here and "Get Whisked Away to Sonoma Wine Country.”
• A recent article in the Sing Tao Daily (circ. 10,000) showcases Wine Country Walking Tours. Sing Tao Daily is a newspaper covering local, national and international news relevant to Chinese Americans in the San Francisco Bay area. We support the journalist, Jaslin Yu, during her visits and she writes regularly about Sonoma County. She also includes everything in the Chinese version of Facebook: www.weibo.com/jaslinyu.
• Morning Ag Clips (UMV: 33,311) shares some wonderful news about the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation. “When the Foundation was made aware that a funding gap was delaying the construction of Ortiz Plaza, a 30-unit affordable housing community for agricultural workers and their families, it reached out to the local wine community and raised nearly $100,000 to ensure construction of this first-of-its-kind affordable housing project in Sonoma County.” Fantastic job!
• Ferrari-Carano received a wonderful review from Jolene Patterson of Examiner. "As you drive up to the Italian/Mediterranean-inspired Villa Fiore Tasting Room, the Dry Creek Valley home of Ferrari-Carano, you know this majestic winery with its acres of spectacular gardens is something unique.” Please read the rest here.
• See pages 8 through 10 of the summer issue of Entree (Circ. 22,000), a bi-monthly magazine edited for upscale travelers and individuals interested in the latest information on luxury dining, high end cruises, top-drawer travel, and the best accommodations. We hosted the journalist, Bill Tomicki, this spring for a two-day Sonoma County experience.
• Please see where Kunde and Bartholomew Park are included in a recent article from Bark Post (UMV: 114,077). "12 Dog-Friendly Wineries for Dog Lovers and Wine Lovers“ has some adorable photos of man’s best friend too.
• "In addition to offering ideal conditions for premium wine grapes and farm-to-table delicacies, Sonoma Wine Country nurtures the creative spirit.” We are thrilled to share that due to ongoing media outreach, Sonoma County's art scene is featured in an article on Taste California Travel. Check out the great news here.
• Please see the Sonoma County primer that we assisted with from Jetsetters Blog (UMV: 26,771). "Located in Northern California just a short drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a delightful blend of stunning scenery, urban sophistication, agriculture, small-town charm, outdoor adventure, and the food and wine that make this region famous."
• "As the acknowledged birthplace of the California Wine Industry, Sonoma County is clearly one of the world’s top destinations for wine lovers. Yet, while winemaking is the primary draw for visitors particularly during the summer, Sonoma County is also renowned for its artisan cheeses, craft beer, exceptional cuisine and last, but certainly not least, its wealth of outdoor activities.” Thanks to Randi Yagi, the Bay Area blogger that we have an ongoing relationship with, Sonoma County is included in a round-up of Best Summer Vacation Spots for CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963). And, because this is a national travel story, the magic of Sonoma County has been broadcast nationwide to Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Sacramento, Tampa, Houston, Dallas Fort Worth, Seattle, Miami, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston, Las Vegas, Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and Connecticut.
• We wanted to be sure you saw the great article on Architectural Digest (UMV: 1,091,480) exploring Healdsburg. The article, “A Weekend in Wine Country Hot Spot Healdsburg, California,” was written by Francesca Burke. "Here you’ll find an authentic Sonoma, the one with which food writers Chuck Williams and M. F. K Fisher fell so deeply in love. It’s the perfect blend of rustic and refined, undiscovered and sophisticated.”
• Please see where The Napa Valley Register (UMV: 40,130) published a great story on Karissa Kruse and her path to the head of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.
• Nik Sharma of the blog A Brown Table (UMV: 29,398) had a wonderful weekend in Healdsburg. A Brown Table features original and healthy recipes that reflect the blogger's experiences growing up in India and in the United States. Additionally he offers food photography and you can see why! Please see the gorgeous photos in his blog here.
• Check out the coverage for Grape Camp in the exclusive, affluent Luxury Magazine (Circ: 50,000). The Sonoma County Winegrowers assisted the story which appears in the back of the book in the “What’s What” section. Luxury Magazine, The Ultimate Luxury Guide, is a quarterly publication exclusively for holders of the Luxury Card, formally known as the Black Card. Their team of editors, designers, and writers deliver informed content tailored to their affluent audience.
• Please see where Wine Enthusiast (UMV: 217,463) includes Francis Ford Coppola’s Tasting in the Dark in an article about unique wine tastings. We assisted the freelance journalist Lanee Lee for the great mention. "The two-hour experience surrenders sight to heighten participant’s other senses. It’s an excellent way to develop or refine the palate for both beginners and experts alike."
• Check out more fantastic media coverage from our friends at National Geographic. Listen to Andrew Nelson, editor at large, talking about Sonoma County in National Geographic Travel's live chat. Watch it on National Geographic Travel Facebook page which has over 20,000 views. What a fantastic shout out! That is pure #sonomapassion!
• Gemma Price, whom we have an ongoing relationship with, lives in San Francisco and joined Jordan's Spring event where Kyle and Katinka from Single Thread Farms participated. Check out the great coverage in The Wall Street Journal (UMV: 41,540,739).
• Meg McConahey wrote a great piece for Sonoma Magazine about Jack London. As you may know "This is a watershed year for Jack London State Historic Park, which occupies a portion of the original Beauty Ranch. The Jack London Park Partners group is dedicated in 2016 to celebrating London’s enduring legacy.” Please read the great article here.
• Please see the "What to Know Before You Go: Sonoma County, California” article from e-Global Travel Media (UMV: 50,175). "Located in Northern California just a short drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a delightful blend of stunning scenery, urban sophistication, agriculture, small-town charm, outdoor adventure, and the food and wine that make this region famous.”
• Happy to share as a result of media outreach, Vogue.com (UMV: 10,768,447) included multiple Sonoma County properties in a round-up entitled, “From California to Cannes: How to Travel Like a Hitchcock Leading Lady”. The article was written by Kate Donnelly (whom we are assisting with an upcoming August visit) and mentions Bodega Bay Lodge, Kenwood Inn and Farmhouse Inn. We provided Kate with recommendations on the hotels.
• Check out the fantastic review for Kosta Browne on Examiner.com (UMV: 20,460,428). "Today, Kosta Browne, is the trusted authority on American Pinot Noir, does more than just produce what some might call the best Pinot Noir ever produced, they are also passionate about giving back and supporting their local community.” We are so thrilled we could assist with this awesome coverage.
• Happy to share as a result of hosting Alyson Krueger, Forbes (UMV: 23,746,651) posted an article on Sonoma County redefining wine tasting experiences in Sonoma County. "Some are building tasting rooms in unusual or historically-rich settings. Others are offering activities for kids or restless adults to do in addition to trying wine. The result is a wine region that is fun and memorable to visit; there is no way to mix these wineries up!”
• Next don’t miss where Brian Cantwell reported about the centennial celebration of Jack London’s California ranch for The Seattle Times (UMV: 1,011,162). "Why in the name of Putin do so many Russian tourists make a pilgrimage here, to a ranch in quiet redwood-and-oak woods amid fairyland-lovely pockets of Sonoma County vineyard?”
• "Sonoma County, Marin's neighbor to the north, has so much to offer for families, especially during the summer. From parks to beaches to unique attractions—not to mention the world renowned Wine Country—there so much to do in Sonoma County that you'll probably have to make several trips. See where Marin Mommies (UMV: 33,864) posted a great article about "10 Summer Family Fun Things to Do in Sonoma County.”
• Next, please see where Wines and Vines (UMV: 70,428) reported about the upcoming conference Wine Vision, the international wine industry conference that will be held in Sonoma County in December. "Sonoma County Winegrowers president Karissa Kruse was a speaker at the 2015 conference, where she discussed the Winegrowers’ initiative to have all Sonoma County vineyards certified as sustainable by 2019. Kruse’s participation in the event started a discussion with World Vision organizers about bringing the show to California.”
• Patty Burness’ coverage about Kenwood, Sonoma County from last week was syndicated to Examiner.com. We hosted Patty in November of 2015 and she had such a fantastic visit that she came back to visit in December. Her recent article, “Kick back in Kenwood” was originally published in the Marina Times.
• We work with the author Matthew Poole of Local Getaways and Russian River Adventures is included in this recent newsletter about relaxing on the river. "If you’ve never heard of bluewater rafting, that’s because I just made it up. It’s the opposite of whitewater rafting. No frothy water, barely any paddling, no thrills—just you and your mates floating down the serene river, soaking in the sunshine and scenery, so freaking relaxed.”
• "Let’s face it. There’s no denying the warmth, beauty, and good weather in California, especially the parts of this awesome state that overlook the Pacific Ocean. What draws so many eager tourists to California each year is that it’s fantastic as a vacation destination, simply because there is so much to see and do. Whether you’re planning your trip to Cali or you’ve just got the travel bug and want to know more, here are the best California destinations to visit along the Pacific Ocean.” See where Sonoma County is included in an article on Going Awesome Places (UMV: 57,033).
• We are thrilled that Chris Leadbeater’s story has been published in the UK's National Geographic Traveller (Circ: 38,820) Luxury Issue! We hosted Chris in March 2016 and could not have asked for a quicker turn-around in such a well-respected magazine.
• Please see the latest round-up from Organic Authority (UMV: 980,968) about "5 Chic and Sustainable Reasons to Visit Wine Country’s Dry Creek Valley” here. "Authentic, gorgeous, and utterly charming, there’s some kind of magic happening in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley that makes everything rosy, or should I say Rosé.”
• We are excited to share some great press about the Farmhouse from Reichel Broussard who we assisted in May. Reichel created the blog Copy Cat Chic (UMV: 219,302) and lives in the Bay Area. "I felt pampered all around by the service, the amenities, the grounds and the overall vibe. It was an amazing place and I can’t wait to go back."
• We hosted the freelance journalist, Patty Burness, in November of 2015. Please see another fantastic result from her visit, this time on Just Luxe (UMV: 1,500,000) where the town of Sonoma and some "gems just on the outskirts of town” received a wonderful review.
• Please see where Mr. & Mrs. Smith of Billionaire.com (UMV: 403,958) understand our message. "Forget about snooty sommeliers and their pompous pretensions. Here, wine tasting is always a pleasure rather than a trial, with a mix of big-name and family-run destinations, many with their own impeccable restaurants and cafés.”
• As a result of media outreach, Cut4 (an offshoot of MLB.com; UMV: 26,225,340) posted a dedicated article on the baseball field at Balletto Vineyards and Winery. Sean with the Sonoma County Winegrowers assisted with their trip. The article is already doing incredibly well on the outlet’s Twitter account (Over 682k followers), where it’s received nearly 200 retweets. In addition, the journalist Matt Monagan advised it’s been the top story on Cut4 all day and is also currently the 5th leading story on the MLB.com homepage.
• Due to hosting Elaine Warner at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in 2015, the 3-page dedicated feature spotlighting the event has been published in the June issue of 405 Magazine (Circ: 36,800). It’s a great round-up of the events that make the weekend so special and also highlights the partners that helped in hosting, including the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.
• Check out where the big blue chair from Cornerstone shares the spotlight on SF Gate (UMV: 9,929,703) The article "Stops, sights along a scenic NorCal road trip” is a fun slideshow round-up of road trip ideas in the Bay Area.
• Please see where The Maui News (UMV: 374,951) published a great feature on Jordan Vineyard & Winery. "We have a rich agricultural heritage and we want to give visitors a sense of place… That phrase is as true to Hawaii as it is here. Hospitality is who we are at Jordan.”
• The inaugural Allegiant Air flight from the Phoenix area arrived yesterday at STS. The Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159), The North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66,326), KSRO (UMV: 113,854), and Aviation Pros (UMV: 186,358) reported this great news. "Officials say the new flights will boost the county’s $1.8 billion tourism industry."
• You have to read about "How To Hit 10 Iconic SF Bay Area Beer Spots in Just 48 Hours” from Paste Magazine (UMV: 522,104). Russian River Brewing Company and Lagunitas are included, but the best part is that this itinerary also includes an iconic Sonoma County winery.
• Francis Ford Coppola’s Director’s Cut Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon received wonderful reviews from Wanda Mann, a freelance journalist. The article was written for the blog which she founded and is the editor-in-chief for, Black Dress Traveler (UMV: 21,473). Then it was also published by The Daily Meal (UMV: 519,902), where she contributes. The Daily Meal is geared toward cooks, food lovers, wine connoisseurs, discerning diners and everyone in-between.
• This year’s Amgen Tour of California gathered fantastic global press for the stage in Sonoma Wine Country, "an undulating Sonoma County wine loop which starts and finishes in Santa Rosa.” Please see the following articles: Marin Independent Journal (UMV: 190,820) - San Rafael, CA;The Mercury News (UMV: 1,679,468) - San Jose, California; Tahoe Daily Tribune (UMV: 219,756) - South Lake Tahoe, California; The Durango Herald (UMV: 152,976) - Durango, Colorado; Daily Reporter (UMV: 50,616) - Greenfield, Indiana; Miami Herald (UMV: 17,710,525) - Miami, Florida; Sports Fan (UMV: 141,298) - Sydney, Australia; WA Today (UMV: 409,011) - Western Australia; Yahoo! New Zealand (UMV: 186,808) - New Zealand; Yahoo! 7 News (UMV: 392,328) - Yahoo! News for Australia and New Zealand.
• We are excited to share where Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, included Sonoma-Loeb in a recent article "4 Stylish New Tasting Rooms Open in Wine Country.” Published for 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) from San Francisco which was established in 2001 and written for young, educated and affluent consumers.
• Then we have two great articles from City Style and Living Magazine out of Calgary (UMV: 60,887). The first is about food and wine experiences and showcases Gloria Ferrer. The second is a gushing review of the Farmhouse in the digital and print versions (page 8). We supported their visit and it looks like they had a fantastic trip! Please also see the multiple pictures to their Instagram (Cookies and Milk; Traveler; Every Corner; Breakfast; Comfortable Luxury; Gloria).
• Ana Keller received a wonderful review from Neue Zürcher Zeitung (UMV: 1,455,709), a Swiss newspaper. The article “With roots in Switzerland” was written by Peter Keller (no relation). "Ana Keller leads the Good Basement Estate in California. The manager with Swiss roots will produce elegant, balanced wines with aging potential.
• Please see the wonderful review of the Fairmont by David Kelly, Business Travel Expert for About.com (28,505,498). We assisted David’s visit this spring. "During my stay at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa, the room, spa, and amenities were wonderful, but the service and people were incredible.”
• We hosted Chris Leadbeater for a Nat Geo Traveler UK story this past March. But we have some bonus coverage to share. This extra coverage included Sonoma County in a round-up of the best American adventures year-round in the Sunday Telegraph (Circ: 359,631).
• See where our own Tim Zahner gets quoted in an article for the Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159) about the inaugural Allegiant Air flight from Las Vegas that landed yesterday.
• As a result of ongoing relations with freelance journalist Meagan Agnew who attended Grape Camp in 2013, Sonoma County was included in a Thrillist (UMV: 3,230,639) round-up of “The Most Relaxing Vacation Spots in the United States.” Megan was also able to work in a mention of the sustainability commitment and highlight a few of the dining options available in Healdsburg.
• Here is another fun article on Thrillist (UMV: 3,230,639) that features an interview with Lagunitas brewmaster Jeremy Marshall, spotlighting his current favorite beers (beyond his own!). Bonus points that he threw in Russian River Brewing Co.
• Johnny Jet (UMV: 236,285) published some awesome coverage as a result of hosting Caitlin Martin at the Audi Sportscar Experience in April. It’s a very comprehensive feature that includes great videos with the instructors and during the driving portions. She was also able to throw in a link to here previous posts as a result of visiting the destination last year. The article will also be featured in Johnny Jet’s weekly e-blast that will be distributed this week.
• Please see where local journalist Tim Fish for Wine Spectator (UMV: 319,265) writes about the changes that Sonoma Wine Country has gone through. "Yet even now, Sonoma still has an untouched beauty to it, a certain easy charisma. It will always be home.”
• We have two results from a group of Canadian influencers that we created a three-day experience for in March. The first result is the article “Why Sonoma is the Heart of California Wine Country” from Angela Aiello. The website iYellow Wine Club “… was born out of the idea to taste, learn and meet with friends… Now years later the club is a place for all who drink and love wine to gather and connect.” Angela is one of the founders and it seems as if she understands our message. "In Sonoma, there is so much passion for wine and life it is impossible not to feel it, and even more impossible to let it go.” The second result is a gorgeous article about the Farmhouse from Genevieve Richards for Chloe Magazine. "If there were ever a hotel to embody country-chic, The Farmhouse Inn would be it.”
• Please see where our friend and local travel enthusiast Dana Reman, writes about the "Best Kid-Friendly Wineries in Northern California Wine Country” for Ciao Bambino (UMV: 46,850). "While wine country is certainly famous for wine, it’s important not to forget that many of those award-winning winemakers are also parents themselves."
• We assisted Robert Haynes-Peterson while he was on a press trip last September with Jordan Vineyard and Winery. Please see the attached PDF of his coverage from Accent Magazine (Circulation/Audience: 450,000). Accent Magazine is written for jewelry and watch costumers and offers a range of topics from buying tips and style advice on jewelry and watches, photos and features about store events and people, to features on food, travel, entertainment and fashion. Distributed to several cities adding different jewelry stores names on the title.
• "As winemaking in the neighboring Napa Valley grows ever more dizzyingly upscale, here sun-dappled vineyards are still surrounded by pastoral ranchlands.” See where Sonoma shares the spotlight in an article from Lonely Planet (UMV: 7,051,575) about the "Top 25 experiences in California.”
• Sonoma ranked #11 in Travel + Leisure’s round-up of “America’s Favorite Towns.” The ranking comes as a result of the outlet’s America’s Favorite Places Reader’s Choice survey where readers ranked cities and towns across the U.S. for their dining, shopping, and other qualities—even how smart the locals seem. Among the top 30 winning towns (which have populations under 100,000), a few high-scoring categories came up time and again: friendly residents, a relaxing ambience, and a wealth of little indulgences, like bakeries, burgers, and wine bars. Please see the results here.
• Sharing coverage from Oyster.com (UMV: 902,116) highlighting “5 Alternative Ways to Tour Sonoma Wine Country You Won't Expect”. The article was written by Margot Bigg. "A short drive from San Francisco, Sonoma County produces some of the best wines in the country. Though this quiet Northern California farmscape is often overshadowed by its better-known neighbor, the Napa Valley, Sonoma offers excellent wine touring options -- sans crowds or pretense."
• Thanks to Food & Beverage World for the great review. "An early evening taste crawl through the delightful community of Healdsburg with Birgitt Vaughan, PR Director for Sonoma County Tourism to visit some great restaurants while perusing the many shops surrounding the historic Healdsburg Square was a great introduction to this charming Sonoma destination.”
• Check out this awesome article about the feng shui of the new Rubin Family Vineyards tasting room from Forbes (UMV: 23,055,001). "Few tasting rooms… have been so carefully designed to generate a sense of balance as the Rubin Family Vineyards and Winery in Green Valley, located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County."
• Please see where Weill Hall at the Green Music Center gets some great exposure from 7x7 (UMV: 674,873). "Weill Hall + Lawn at the Green Music Center celebrates summer in Wine Country with 23 concerts between July and September, offering audience members an unparalleled experience.”
• Wanted to be sure you saw this article on Skift (UMV: 400,902) that included a quote from our own Ken Fischang and promoted the Trio as a great example of a destination where multiple stakeholder groups collaborate to help elevate the destination, in particular to the meetings market. Skift is a travel intelligence company that offers news, information, data and services to professionals in the travel industry and professional travelers.
• We are excited to share where Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 106,744) highlights the upcoming Sonoma County AVA, the Petaluma Gap. We have an ongoing relationship with Ian, a freelance journalist from the Bay Area. San Francisco Magazine was created as a source of information about the people and issues that are vital to maintaining the San Francisco lifestyle.
• We hosted the freelance journalist, Patty Burness, in November of 2015. As you will see, she had a fantastic visit. Her recent article, “Scenic Sonoma” was published on three outlets. First, it was published in the Marina Times (Circ.: 20,000). The Marina Times is a monthly newspaper serving residents in San Francisco, specifically the neighborhoods of Pacific Heights, Union Street, Chestnut Street, Fort Mason, The Presidio, Marina, and Cow Hollow. Next, the article was also published by Examiner.com (UMV: 20,460,428), which is now one of the busiest sites on the web and is also a Top 100 website according to recent statistics. And finally the article was posted to Niume, the “… world's first Collaborative Blogging Platform."
• We are thrilled that Randy Yagi of CBS SF Bay Area (UMV: 582,963) included Crane Creek Regional Park and Stillwater Cover regional Park in a recent article. Randy is a big Sonoma County fan that we have on ongoing relationship with.
• Due to media outreach, Achadinha Goat Cheese Company is featured in an article in the media section of Visit California’s Website. The article, "Get a Taste of California Cheese,” is a wonderful round-up of some of the Golden State’s best cheese producers.
• Dave McIntyre, the food columnist for the Washington Post (UMV: 23,672,840), wrote a great story about the Paris Tastings of 1976 and the award-winning Chardonnay from the Napa Valley Winery, Chateau Montelena. And, just in case you didn’t know, he also writes about how “… although Chateau Montelena is in Napa Valley, its winning chardonnay was made primarily with Sonoma County fruit.”
• Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet included some awesome Sonoma County spots in an article for 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) in "Wine Country’s Top Spots to Grab a Drink with Your Dog.” Please see the awesome coverage here. "Whether it's wine or beer you're craving, we've got you covered (Sorry Fido, only water for you!)”
• Please see where Sonoma County placed number three in a survey "of seven esteemed wine experts and sommeliers… for the best wine regions in the United States to visit.” Matt Meltzer published the news for Thrillist (UMV: 3,047,773). You may remember his article last week about Sonoma Raceway in a round-up of “10 Best Nascar Tracks for Partying.” As a reminder, we coordinated a deskside with Tim and Matt in December 2013 and continued to provide him with information about Sonoma County.
• Peg Melnik picked up this news and the rivalry between our neighboring county in the article "In the latest sibling rivalry, Sonoma County beats Napa Valley in best wine regions” for the Tasting Room blog for the Press Democrat (UMV: 10,810). The Sonoma Index Tribune (UMV: 42,211) also published this great news.
• As a result of ongoing media relations with writer Christina Valhouli, Fodor’s Travel (UMV: 1,361,089) included Safari West in a round-up of “10 Best Safaris in the U.S.,” also highlighting Benziger Family Winery!
• The Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159) and the North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66,326) both reported on the 39% increase in airline ridership for the month of April from the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, largely due to the addition of the new routes.
• "SANTA ROSA, Calif. — You have to love a city that pairs wineries with history-making horticulture, legendary cartoons, and African animals.” The Boston Globe (Circ: 548,906) published a wonderful round-up of where to eat, stay, and play in Santa Rosa. Please read the rest here.
• Ana Kamin wrote a great piece for 7x7 (UMV: 674,873), "Spend the Perfect Day Canoeing on The Russian River.” Also please check out her great suggestions of “Where to Eat, Drink, Shop & Camp” in Guerneville. Summer is almost here!
• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, wrote a fantastic article “Wine Appreciation: Touring and Tasting during the 40th anniversary of Wine Road Sonoma County” for Alaska Airlines Horizon Edition (Circ.: 30,000). Written as the in-flight magazine for passengers on Horizon Air, the content is geared primarily toward business travelers in the Northwest and includes regional business, travel and general interest topics.
• The North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66,326) and KSRO AM reported on Visit California’s economic impact report which was released May 2. "For the six-county region, Sonoma County had the largest amount of travel spending — $1.82 billion.” Congrats, team!
• In addition, the Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159) also shared this great news. Please see the article online here if you haven’t had a chance yet.
• It looks like Daniel McGinn had a wonderful visit to Sonoma County. He joined a Sonoma Food Tour with Mia Steiger and also experienced the Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting. Not a bad introduction! Please see the news from the Boston Globe Magazine (Circ.: 548,906) here.
• More great news: Laura Jackson’s piece is out in this month’s ELLE UK (Circ.: 164,727). Along with the Farmhouse Inn, we hosted Laura last September. She took a foodie road trip from San Francisco to Seattle and had a wonderful visit!
• We are excited to share the first (of many) articles from a recent Getaway Adventures tour that we supported. This comes from the personal blog of Lyn Mettler, the PR rep for Getaway Adventures and freelance journalist that we have an ongoing relationship with, called Go To Travel Gal.
• Next, please see where Sonoma County and Francis Ford Coppola share the spotlight in the travel blog of Flight Centre. According to their website, "Flight Centre's presence in Canada includes more than 180 shops & businesses and over 1,000 staff across the country.”
• Due to an ongoing relationship with Sharon McDonnell, Savoteur published a wonderful article featuring many of our partners. “May Madness in Sonoma” highlights "some ideas for where to sip, sup and sleep in Sonoma.” According to their website, Savoteur is "a digital magazine celebrating what makes our cities rich and unique: the food, music, art, culture, nightlife, style and travel.”
• Gayot (UMV: 341,141) has updated their Sonoma County City Trip guide. We provided assistance and images for the feature. Here is a link to day one of the three-day itinerary. Gayot provides the latest up-to-date information on food, wine and travel and is updated daily.
• The Pata de Perro column, published in the Reforma newspaper, is one of the most influential newspapers in Mexico with a circulation of 148,891. We created a three-day experience for Alonso Vera in early April of this year. He mentions Keller Estate, the Girl and the fig, Healdsburg Shed, St. Francis Winery, River's End, and Armstrong Redwoods.
• "A small town with world-class wines, Sonoma is more than a wino’s paradise. With rich history and fine dining, Sonoma is the place to indulge your palette at bars uniquely based in this location.” See which bars share the spotlight in this round-up from The Culture Trip (UMV: 568,042).
• We provided photos and information for three recent articles for Walnut Creek Magazine (UMV: 30,000). The news was published by Bay Area resident Fran Miller, that we have an ongoing relationship with. "Here are several charming northern California destinations that will lure you with hospitality, great food and plenty of wine, whether you visit for a day or the weekend.” Please see her reviews of Forestville, Geyserville, and Healdsburg.
• Don’t miss where The Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159) reported about a survey conducted by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board. "The board found this year’s two-week event at the Russian River Brewing Co. in downtown Santa Rosa brought in $4.88 million in economic impact from beer tourists.” Just goes to show that Sonoma County is also Beer Country.
• The Sacramento Bee (UMV: 1,946,664) also reported this great news! Check it out here.
• KQED’s Forum radio program was broadcast from Sonoma State earlier this week. "KQED's live two-hour call-in program presents wide-ranging discussions of local, state, national and international issues, as well as in-depth interviews.” Wednesday’s first hour of discussion centered around balancing the increase in the number of wineries in Sonoma County. Have a listen here.
• Next, please see where Healdsburg shares the spotlight in the blog "5 Surprising Foodie Cities To Visit Right Now.” We supported Mai Pham’s visit in 2014 which helped to convert her over to the Sonoma County lifestyle. Mai is a freelance journalist that we have an ongoing relationship with. This recent coverage is for the Forbes Travel Guide (UMV: 136,515).
• The Fremont Diner is included in a round-up of "10 of the Best Diners in the US” from Cheat Sheet (UMV: 126,827). Cheat Sheet is an online source for premium men's lifestyle content. "If one of these diners happens to be your local hangout, consider us jealous.” Yes, we are that lucky!
• As you know, Mother’s Day is around the corner. Due to media outreach, Red Tricycle (UMV: 172,611) has some great ideas about Mother's Day Celebrations That Are Better Than Brunch, including a visit to Larson Family Winery. "Set out to Sonoma for some sun, delicious eats, lawn games and of course, plenty of wine.”
• Please see where Jetsetters (UMV: 26,771) picked up our press release about new flights to Sonoma Wine Country. Jetsetter offers the latest global travel news and information on everything from flights, hotels and discounts to local events.
• The San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 9,929,703) published many great articles this past weekend, rich in Sonoma Passion. Our message is getting out to our main visitor audience - the Bay Area! Here are the articles with a sneak peek for each:
Chef Douglas Keane Puts Down Roots in the Country - “I love being a chef in this area because there’s no better produce in the world,” Keane says. “And the clientele is second to none. They come here to eat. I love having that gift.”
Preston Vineyards’ Saga: Downsizing on the Farm - “I like to think my wine can be enjoyed with my bread and my olives and cheeses made by my neighbors,” says Preston.
Sonoma County Produce Fresh From Farm to Consumer - "Agribusiness may be the model in much of America’s rural landscape, but Sonoma County is small-farm country.”
Cream of the Crop in Sonoma County Cheeses - "Sonoma County’s prized wines need artisan cheese to show their best, and for that, you need look no further than the pastoral landscape west of Petaluma.”
Petaluma: Poultry Farm Town with Laid-back Vibe - "Easygoing Petaluma marches to its own old-timey drum, so far managing to preserving a past rich with Gold Rush, railroad, poultry and agricultural lore, while allowing creative merchants, artists, chefs, cheese-makers and brewers to do their thing.”
Sunset Magazine’s Famed Gardens Rise Again in Sonoma - "At the invitation of Cornerstone Sonoma, the retail and event venue in the Sonoma Valley, Sunset has relocated its test gardens there.”
Boon Hotel + Spa: Eco-friendly Approach to Luxury - "Drought or no, the Russian River resort area always shifts into high gear in summer.”
At Safari West, See African Animals Without Airfare - “Most people are never going to see these animals in Africa, and Safari West is their best shot.”
• Next, please see this food, events, and nightlife blog from Los Angeles gives Sonoma County a shout. e*star LA (UMV: 31,259) previewed the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley’s Passport event. Read the gushing review here.
• We are excited to share a recent article about the Farmhouse Inn which was published in the digital and print editions of City Style and Living Magazine (UMV: 60,887) out of Calgary. They visited in January of 2016 and and we are glad we could assist with this placement.
• As a result of media outreach, Thrillist (UMV: 3,230,639) included Sonoma Raceway in a round-up of “10 Best Nascar Tracks for Partying,” written by Matt Meltzer. As a reminder, we coordinated a deskside with Tim and Matt in December 2013 and continued to provide him with information from the destination.
• Our friend and travel enthusiast, Dana Rebmann, chatted about some of the wonderful ways to enjoy Sonoma County in the spring on KRON 4. Please see the clip here.
• Check out this great article from the San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 9,929,703) about the Sonoma County dedication to sustainability and how to enjoy the wineries sustainably. "Sonoma County has a heritage of farm families - many of whom have been practicing sustainable farming techniques and winemaking practices for decades.”
• Please read the great review that the Geyserville Inn received from Dana Rebmann, where "you can relax without busting your budget.” Dana lives in Santa Rosa and it just goes to show that even locals need to enjoy our backyard every so often. Please read the full review here on Hotel Scoop (UMV: 16,348).
• We are thrilled to share a dedicated article on Sonoma County from Silverage Magazine (Circ.: 100,000). We hosted Pierrick Bourgault in December of 2015. Silverage targets French speakers who love good wine, restaurants, and traveling.
• Due to successful pitching, the magazine House & Garden (Circ: 113,055) mentioned Single Thread Farms in an article about the most beautifully designed hotels in the world.
• See why "It's hard not to be happy in wine country” in this wonderful blog from The Everygirl (UMV: 163,829). They sure have lined up a great weekend here!
• Gastronomique En Vogue (UMV: 33,070) gives the Wine Road’s upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations some well-deserved press. According to their website, "GEV Magazine is a quarterly food and fashion digital magazine catering to upmarket foodies and fashionistas all over the globe.”
• Elsie Mendez posted another wonderful article on one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Los Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). This time she writes about Jordan Vineyard & Winery. As a reminder, we hosted Elsie in August of 2015 when she visited on a Visit California Mexico fam Trip.
• Due to our recent press release, news of the new Allegiant Air flights to Sonoma County has travelled far. FTN News, Turkey's first English edition travel news website, published a dedicated article "Allegiant Air to start flights to Sonoma Wine Country.”
• See what the actress Neve Campbell has to say about the Farmhouse Inn in the May issue of Conde Nast Traveller (Circ: 78,009).
• Alysia Gray Painter writes about “festooning a 40th anniversary... in all the ways it rightly should be festooned requires some thinking, some planning, and a few great events that make participants feel as something special is afoot. That's just what the Wine Road in Northern Sonoma County is doing throughout 2016, with a host of happenings.” This great news comes from the daily blog Worth the Drive on NBC Los Angeles (UMV: 643,645).
• Kelly Lack’s visit to Guerneville resulted in a great article in the May issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine (Circ.: 3,003,601). Cosmopolitan was created in 1886 to help contemporary women achieve their goals and live fuller lives. Features cover a broad range of topics including beauty, health and fitness, fashion, relationships, and careers.
• Please check out where 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) published "A Modern Guide to Healdsburg;” a great little primer about some of the hot spots around the themes of shop, eat, drink, play, and stay.
• "The Bay Area might be seeing a whole lot of Annie Leibovitz in the coming months. The famed celebrity photographer and her family recently purchased an old machine shop in downtown Healdsburg with the plan to convert the space into an art gallery and performance venue.” Also reported by 7x7 (UMV: 674,873). Please read the article to get the full scoop.
• In the Japanese version of the popular men’s fashion magazine, GQ (Circ.: 65,000), Kendall-Jackson gets the spotlight. The article “Goes Well With Gingham Check and Short Pants” was published in the April 2016 issue.
• Next we are excited to share a recent Japanese article in the March 2016 issue of Wine Kingdom (Circ.: 70,000), a bimonthly magazine for wine lovers. The article "California Treasure - Zinfandel” introduced 10 wineries in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties producing Zinfandel. This article was arranged by the California Wine Institute.
• We have a recent article “Second Trip to San Francisco and Wine Country.” Published by Crea (UMV: 590,000), the companion website for the very popular women’s magazine CREA aimed at women in their 30s interested in fashion, lifestyle and travel. The article featured Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Napa Valley Wine Train and Half Moon Bay.
• Also published are two features on Sonoma County bakeries in the newspaper Bakers Times (Circ.: 4,500), a newspaper for the bakery industry in Japan. The first is on the East Wind Bakery and the second is on the Red Bird Bakery.
• Check out the article “Car Guys in Small Town”, a 4-page article on car-loving guys in Sebastopol. Published by Cal (Circ.: 60,000), a bimonthly magazine dedicated to the US West Coast lifestyle for men in their 30s and 40s who have a passion for America.
• OurAge.jp (UMV: 110,000), the companion website for the women’s magazine Our Age, published a great article “Delightful, Natural Things Found in Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay.” Our Age is aimed at women in their forties and fifties interested in beauty and health. This was the second article in a series from the Visit California media fam in November 2015.
• Due to successful pitching, two fantastic Sonoma County activities are included in the article “5 (Nonalcoholic) Activities for Groups in Wine Regions.” Published by Matt Alderton for Successful Meetings (UMV: 44,434), which targets meeting planners across all industries and features articles on thought-provoking and timely issues. "If wine tasting is the only thing your group does while it's in wine country, however, it's missing out, as the same fertile soil that produces great grapes also produces amazing group activities that have absolutely nothing to do with wine or winemaking.” Read the rest here to see which Sonoma County partners are showcased.
• The upcoming Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival receives some coverage from Tamara Palmer from Afar Magazine Online (UMV: 786,979). The article is a great round-up of what to do this week in and around San Francisco this week. Afar was launched in August 2009 and written for those who travel the world and look to connect with its cultures.
• Lisa Mattson of Jordan Winery & Vineyard showcases "Five Winery Patios for Fabulous Food & Wine Pairing” on the most recent entry to the Jordan blog The Journey of Jordan (UMV: 69,254). "Eating and drinking is always on the agenda in this vine-carpeted corner of Northern California, and visitors’ desires to nosh and swirl with sunshine on their shoulders and grapevines in their sights continue to rise.” Please read the full coverage here.
• “There are miles of scenic trails of the hiking variety, beckoning visitors who want to exercise more than their palates.” Seghesio and Sonoma County hiking get a plug in an article about hiking in Napa Valley from the Times Colonist (UMV: 273,869). Through the magic of syndication, this was also published on The World Online (UMV: 102,573) and the Herald-Standard Online (UMV: 109,500).
• Alysia Gray Painter from the daily blog Worth the Drive on NBC Los Angeles (UMV: 643,645) writes about the new location for the Sunset Celebration Weekend. "So much newness awaits at this century-plus publication's springtime jamboree including, for many attendees, a look at the new Sonoma wine country digs,” in Cornerstone.
• Some of Sonoma County’s finest wineries are included in a recent article by Garrick Ramirez for 7x7 (UMV: 674,873). "9 Lovely Wineries You Must See Along Sonoma’s Wine Road” is a great round-up of must-see wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys.
• "An hour outside San Francisco, tiny Healdsburg is our favorite Sonoma County stopover—and a welcome respite after all those oyster crackers at wine tastings in Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys.” According to CN Traveler (UMV: 1,609,138) Readers’ Choice Awards, Healdsburg is number 12 in the “Best Food Cities in the U.S.” Please see the slideshow of photos for the full coverage.
• As a result of hosting Emma Krasov during the Sonoma County Scramble media tour hosted by the trio in January, the following outlets provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County: 7 Days (Circ: 100,000; UMV: 3,000) provided coverage online and in the attached print issue; Kstati (UMV: 80,000) provided coverage online; and Aidas (Circ: 40,000) provided coverage in the attached print issue. In addition, Emma posted some photos from Bubbles & Blooms to her blog, Art and Entertain Me (UMV: 10,000).
• Our colleagues at Visit California highlight the "Top 10 Green Wine Events for California's Down to Earth Month this April.” "Down to Earth Month, now in its fifth year, celebrates California’s global leadership in sustainable winegrowing and winemaking.” Prelude to Passport with a a behind-the-scenes tour of a biodynamic farm and Jordan Winery’s Spring Vineyard Hike are included.
• The Sonoma-Index Tribune (UMV: 42,211) reported about the “… glass shattering $3,487,000, all headed toward local nonprofits,” that was raised by Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Wine Business Insider (UMV: 222,143) also covered the great news. Fantastic job!
• According to Vinesse Today (UMV: 4,971), "Getting to North Coast Wine Country Just Got Easier.” A fantastic review of flying into Sonoma County.
• With assistance, this feature about a culinary itinerary was published on Group Tour Spotlight (UMV: 38,789). "California itinerary: Foodies find bliss in Sonoma County” highlights many our our fantastic culinary partners and is written for the group tour industry. Group Tour Spotlight delivers articles, itineraries, video clips and interviews of interest to group tour planners.
• We wanted to be sure you saw where Smart Meetings (Circ: 44,000) featured Sonoma County in an article titled, “California Dreamin’ and Tastin’” in the March print issue. The piece included a great quote from Tina as well!
• Please check out this great article featuring the town of Sonoma about “...five more ways to play in this wine capital.” The San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,679,468) has some good tips!
• We have another wonderful article from Elsie Mendez whom we hosted in August of 2015. As a reminder, she visited on a Visit California Mexico FAM Trip and writes for one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Los Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). This mouth-watering feature stars Kendall-Jackson. Attached is a simple translation.
• We work with the author Matthew Poole of Local Getaways and Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa is included in this recent newsletter about spa getaways. "The Bodega Bay Lodge is the North Coast’s top spa retreat, especially after a recent remodel that added a super-deluxe outdoor whirlpool spa overlooking a serene bird estuary and Bodega Bay (very romantic).”
• Next, thanks to Out in the Vineyards, "Sonoma, the gay wine capital of California“ received some press from Daily Xtra Travel from Toronto. Daily Xtra Travel focuses on news and entertainment of interest to the U.S. gay community. Showcased is the upcoming event in June, Gay Wine Weekend.
• We wanted to be sure you saw where San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,679,468) posted an article titled “Five glorious Sonoma vineyard hikes,” written by Jackie Burrell and Mary Orlin. Sean Carroll of the Sonoma County Winegrowers assisted with the placement and we provided a photo.
• Sherrie Perkovich published more great press for Sonoma County on Communities Digital News (UMV: 517,000). Sherrie is a Sonoma resident that we have an ongoing relationship with. This time the subject is "5 must-attend music festivals for wine and beer lovers” and Rodney Strong’s Summer Music Series is showcased.
• Next up we have more recent articles from Elsie Mendez whom we hosted in August of 2015. As a reminder, she visited on a Visit California Mexico FAM Trip and writes for one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Los Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). Her next three features showcase Mateo’s Cocina Latina, Paradise Ridge, and Benziger Family Winery.
• Our blogger, Carey Sweet's newest piece is about the revival of Sonoma County’s roadhouses and is not to be missed. Published by Sonoma Magazine, Carey writes about the resurgence of roadhouses which “...are becoming a Sonoma statement once again, resurrected as destinations that everyone, from hipsters to families, can enjoy just as much as that toothless guy tying one on at 10 a.m.”
• Please see what travel writer Maggie Espinosa is up to in this article from the La Mesa Courier (Circ.: 18,000). We assisted her when she came to Sonoma County. This article mainly highlights her involvement of raising CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) dogs. But, “most recently, Espinosa participated in the 800-mile Mission Walk from San Diego to Sonoma County to visit the 21 missions in California, and is soon giving an “ed-venture tour” (an educational adventure tour) of the San Diego Mission. Espinosa has also published a book detailing this experience, titled “On A Mission.”
• “You don't have to be a Hollywood A-lister to spend the day at Francis Ford Coppola's pool, soaking in the beauty of California's wine country.” Chicago Tribune (UMV: 13,502,914) has the scoop. Please read the rest of the feature here.
• Please see this recent article from the Houston Chronicle (UMV: 5,702,055) that we assisted with. “Soaking in Sonoma: Where to eat, drink stay and play” is a great primer on the diversity of our vast and varied home.
• As a result of hosting Lenox Magee during Grape Camp 2015, we’re happy to share where Bleu Magazine (Circ: 125,000) published a 4-page feature article titled, “Just Add Water…” in the 40th issue of the publication. Lenox did a great job incorporating sustainability messaging and highlighting many of our partners. Bleu Magazine is written for African-American men and serves as a lifestyle guide of fashion, entertainment, travel, good, culture and more. The magazine produces 6 issues a year.
• We are excited to share the second feature from Bekah Wright, a freelance journalist from the Los Angeles area. As a reminder, we hosted Bekah last fall and she enjoyed a fabulous visit to the Farmhouse. This is her personal blog, Change Your Life Travels. Please read the gushing review here.
• Katie Foote of Epicure and Culture reveals how to enjoy wine outside of a wine glass, and highlights Wine Country Chocolates in her most recent article. We have an ongoing relationship with Katie and she receives our press releases. Epicure and Culture is an "online magazine dedicated to immersive culinary experiences, cultural encounters, responsible tourism and transformative travel."
• Our latest outreach newsletter to the Japanese market has 2624 subscribers (journalists and trade). Mentioned in this newsletter are Passport to Dry Creek Valley, the gardens at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, exhibitions at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, a pairing lunch at Kendall Jackson Wine Estates, and the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.
• As a result of hosting Ann Schulte at the Orange County event on March 15, First to Know (UMV: 158,358) provided coverage of the new Alaska Airlines flight to Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. The inaugural Orange County flight into Sonoma County also gathered some wonderful news from AviationPROS (UMV: 186,358), Transport Weekly International (UMV: 6,498), TravelPulse.com (UMV: 143,133), My Informs, and Orange County Breeze Online (UMV: 37,740).
• Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet shares how Single Thread Farms will grow hard-to-find Japanese varietals on their farm for their upcoming restaurant in Healdsburg. Check out the whole feature on 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) here.
• With assistance, Stone Edge Farm gets a mention in Entree (Circ. 22,000), a bi-monthly magazine edited for upscale travelers and individuals interested in the latest information on luxury dining, high end cruises, top-drawer travel, and the best accommodations. "We came across a superior olive oil while on a recent jaunt to Sonoma.” Please see page 26 for the full review.
• Please see this recent article by Jim Beker about Forestville from Senior Citizen Travel. "Senior visitors are taken aback by its picturesque valleys laden with roaming vineyards. However, the town is more than a gateway to the Russian River, it is a diverse array of businesses, wineries, farming, and recreation.”
• Johnny Jet (UMV:184,598) has shared a dedicated feature on Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, as a result of hosting Nicole Rodriguez-Gasperov at SWCW 2015. Nicole included links to a number of the SWCW specific events and provided details on the 2016 event, including Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, and Buena Vista Winery. Johnny Jet is a leading travel blog designed to help point travelers to what the web has to offer.
• Fodors (UMV: 1,278,604) produced an article called “Where to Eat in Healdsburg Now," written by San Francisco-based freelancer Amy Sherman. Mentions include The Taste of Tea, Ralph’s Martini House, and Shed/Shed Café.
• Sixty of Australia’s top travel consultants have won a spot in the 2016 Race Around Northern California with Qantas Holidays. The article “Race Around Northern California” from Travel Monitor (UMV: 16,539) gives us a tease about how some of the participants are enjoying Sonoma County.
• As a result of ongoing outreach, Shermans Travel (UMV: 123,207) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “4 Surprisingly Kid-Friendly Vacation Spots,” highlighting Francis Ford Coppola and Safari West. Shermans Travel provides travelers who share a passion for travel bargains and values with top travel deals and destination advice.
• "Every March, the creme de le creme of California’s cheese-making community descend on Petaluma for the state’s annual Artisan Cheese Festival.” Read on to see where Haute Living (UMV: 696,449) gives the Artisan Cheese Festival some well-deserved press.
• Please check out this recent feature by 7x7 (UMV: 674,873), "The Best Camping Spots on the Northern California Coast." There are some inspiring spots to check out in this list!
• As a result of our ongoing relationship with CBS SF Bay Area (UMV: 582,963) blogger Randy Yagi, three recent articles including Sonoma County were published: "5 Of The Most ‘Egg-straordinary’ Dishes Made With Eggs!” highlighting the Cranberry Soufflé at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant; "Bay Area’s Most Interesting Churches” highlighting St. Teresa of Avila Church in Bodega Bay; and "5 Things In The Bay Area That Exist Nowhere Else In The U.S.” highlighting the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
• We are pleased to share a wonderful article about Sonoma County was published in SETTE Magazine. The article is by Ilaria Simeone, one of the journalist who was in the group press trip last October. Settle Magazine is the weekly insert of the daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera (Circ.: 458,000; Readership: 2,800,000). She mentions the partners (Buena Vista Winery, Partake by K-J, Jack London Park), including a separate box dedicated to Bodega Bay, mentioning Marco and Carlo Galazzo of The Inn at the Tides!
• Sacramento Bee (UMV: 1,946,664) ran a feature article entitled Sonoma County's Rancho Obi-Wan, home of 'Star Wars' kitsch. The article was written by Sam McManis of the Sacramento Bee and the article has been syndicated to a number of papers include the Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.
• We are excited to share the first of several articles about Sonoma County from Bekah Wright, a freelance journalist from the Los Angeles area. We hosted Bekah last fall and she enjoyed a fabulous lunch at St. Francis. This is her personal blog, Change Your Life Travels. Please read the gushing review here.
• "Anyone who’s lined up a day of wine tasting has faced a quandary that’s both logistical and metabolic: what to do in between the tastings that doesn’t involve near-incessant picnicking or, heaven forbid, getting behind the wheel of a car?” Ian White, the Wine Director for San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 94,754), asks a good question. And the answer is hiking, of course. We have an ongoing relationship with Ian and provided him with the beautiful photo. Lisa Mattson of Jordan provided him with hiking tips. Please read the rest here.
• Last week’s article from Grape Collective (UMV: 29,917) which provided dedicated coverage of the sustainability initiative in Sonoma County and was written by Peter Feld, was syndicated to Wine Business Monthly (UMV: 29,917). As a reminder, Peter attended Sonoma Wine County Weekend in 2015 and we continued to provide him with information and to foster our relationship.
• Next, please check out this Visitor’s Guide to Sonoma from The Alcohol Professor (UMV: 8,693). "Planning a visit to wine country is on many a bucket list. There’s really nothing quite like seeing firsthand where the magic happens, and Sonoma County is a great place to experience the magic.”
• We are excited to share an article from Chelle Koster Walton. We hosted Chelle in November of 2015 and this article was first published on U.S. News & World Report (UMV: 18,396,687). Through the magic of syndication, it was also published on Yahoo! News (UMV: 88,367,890). Chelle is a freelance journalist who also contributes to the Miami Herald, USATODAY.com, 10Best.com, FoxNews.com, Los Angeles Times, Tampa Bay Tribune, National Geographic Traveler, Buckettripper.com, US Airways, AOL Travel, Fodor's Healthy Escapes (spa guidebook), and the Fodor's Guides: Florida and Bahamas. Please read the whole article to see why she recommends visiting Sonoma County in 2016.
• The upcoming Sonoma International Film Festival gets some press from Examiner (UMV: 20,460,428). "All films are shown in quaint and intimate venues; all are within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic town square plaza, setting the stage to dedicate support for independent filmmakers from the local region and from throughout the world.”
• Allegiant Air will be flying into Sonoma County. The new flights have started to gather some fantastic press:Travel Pulse (UMV: 143,133); San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 9,929,703); Sonoma Index-Tribune (UMV: 42,211); Bloomberg News (UMV: 13,162,490); Las Vegas Review-Journal (UMV: 714,899);WKBN-TV Online (UMV: 341,491); GlobeAdvisor.com (UMV: 37,026); Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159); North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66,326); Flight International (UMV: 228,673)
• As a result of media outreach, Grape Collective (UMV: 29,917) provided dedicated coverage of the sustainability initiative in Sonoma County, written by Peter Feld. Peter attended Sonoma Wine County Weekend in 2015 and we continued to provide him with information and to foster our relationship.
• Bodega Bay Lodge is included as a “recommended happiness outlet” in the recent newsletter for Matthew Poole’s Local Getaways. We have an ongoing relationship with Matthew and he is a fan of Sonoma County.
• Kelly Carter is also a long time friend of Sonoma County and was invited to the Farmhouse. Check out her latest article on Haute Living (UMV: 696,449).
• Food & Wine (Circ: 941,892) published coverage of the Farmhouse Inn in an article titled, “Wellness in Wine Country,” written by Megan Krigbaum. Coverage ran online and in the March print issue.
• Gay Wine Weekend received some dedicated coverage from KCEV TV (UMV: 254,264) out of Texas. Chateau St. Jean will host the signature event of the weekend, Twilight T-Dance, in June.
• Sonoma County is featured on Skift (UMV: 400,902), thanks to TripAdvisor. This Skift article describes the new consumer content engagement program that Tripadvisor is offering to destinations as part of their media buy options. Sonoma County Tourism has participated in the TripAdvisor pilot for this new program and is featured in this article thanks to SCT’s excellent relationship with TripAdvisor.
• Michelle Marques interviewed Josue Rivera about Sonoma County Restaurant Week on the Good Food Hour on KSRO AM (UMV: 113,854). Only a few meals left!
• We are thrilled to share a recent article from Elsie Mendez. As a reminder, we hosted Elsie in August of 2015. She visited on a Visit California Mexico FAM Trip and writes for one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). This is her fourth article about Sonoma County and this time has mouth-watering words and descriptions of Jackson’s Bar and Oven.
• Check out this article on Examiner (UMV: 15,240,940) written by Steve Ferree on the California Wine Examiner blog. Steve is a wine lover, writer, blogger, marketer, promoter and educator. This time he covers the upcoming Sunset Celebration Weekend which will be held at the new Sunset Test Gardens and Outdoor Kitchen at the new Sunset Sonoma Wine Country location at Cornerstone for the first time in May. "At Celebration Weekend, Cornerstone will be transformed into an interactive showcase for the region’s most exciting lifestyle inspiration and freshest flavors, and Sunset's Test Gardens and Outdoor Kitchen will open to the public for the first time.”
• Whale watching in Sea Ranch gets recognized by Travel + Leisure as a great weekend getaway! Check out number 5 in the slideshow.
• Congratulations on the awesome coverage from Nancy Brown on 7x7 (UMV: 674,873) in the article "5 Sober Things to Do in Healdsburg.”
• On the other hand, Thrillst (UMV: 3,047,773) calls Sonoma "Possibly the epicenter of American wine” in an article about places you can drink in public.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw the awesome coverage and slideshow that Sonoma County wineries receive from Food & Wine (UMV: 3,579,773). "With beautiful tasting rooms, extensive tours and delicious food, these Sonoma County wineries are a must-visit next time you're in the region.”
• Tim Zahner was interviewed by Melanie Morgan from KSRO about Sonoma County’s involvement in the Super Bowl.
• The latest issue of Haneiro (Circ.: 60,000), a free, bi-monthly magazine for the Tokyo Haneda Airport bound Keikyu line which is distributed at each station and also in some shops on the Keikyu line, featured are San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Sonoma and Half Moon Bay. As a reminder, we hosted this great group from Visit California Japan last November for the ultimate two day Sonoma experience, including Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens.
• The North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66,326) reported that “two new flights helped lift commercial airline passenger numbers through Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport north of Santa Rosa last month nearly 30 percent, and a new Southern California route is set to start this month.”
• Due to press release distribution, the seventh annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week is featured on Noodls, which bills itself as "the first global aggregator of official information in real-time.”
• Guy Fieri mentioned the Jimtown Store in a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives from the Food Network. "This trip, Guy's rolling out for pork every way. In Healdsburg, Calif., a country store/restaurant doing home style chili with smoked, braised pork."
• Another one of our Sonoma County Insiders, James Knight, wrote a great article about the improvement of the local restaurant industry’s selection and storage of wines by the glass for the North Bay Bohemian (UMV: 123,217). James contributes the wine-of-the-week pick to Inside Sonoma and also writes the "Swirl 'n' Spit" column for the North Bay Bohemian, Sonoma, Napa, and Marin County's alternative newsweekly.
• The Press Democrat (Circ: 53,521; UMV: 778,159) quoted Tim Zahner in an article about Sonoma County’s involvement in the Super Bowl. This was also syndicated to the NFL Business News Blog (UMV: 4,480) and The Sonoma Valley Sun (UMV: 14,523).
• Please check out the dedicated piece about Transcendence Theatre Company from Broadway World (UMV: 1,993,358). Geared towards anyone interested in theatre, BroadwayWorld.comfeatures Broadway news, box office grosses, a photo gallery, interviews, reviews, previews and more.
• Sarah Hawthorne discovers some gems in the recent 7x7.com (UMV: 674,873) article about Cloverdale. "Charming Cloverdale, located in Northern Sonoma County, has all the warm and inviting ambiance you expect from a small town. Spend a weekend in Cloverdale, and embrace the very best of what Wine Country has to offer.” And Sarah would know as she lives in the Bay Area and is a Sonoma County fan!
• Mary Orlin published a fantastic dedicated article about Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma. Mary has her own blog, Wine Fashionista and is also the wine writer for Bay Area News Group. Her articles appear in the weekly section "Eat Drink Play" and on the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,679,468) where this can be found.
• The upcoming Artisan Cheese Festival was covered by KGO-AM. KGO-AM is a commercial station owned by Cumulus Media Inc. The format of the station is news and talk and is out of San Francisco.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw the excellent mention about Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting Weekend written by Emily Hawkins for Marin Magazine (UMV: 70,427). It should be a fantastic weekend out there!
• We are happy to share the blog by Emma Krasov on Real Travel Adventures (UMV: 16,872). Emma attended our Sonoma Scramble Media tour that we hosted with the Vintners and Winegrowers last month. This is her second piece and the intro is just perfect. "Some call it the best county in California, and some are just lucky to live and work here.”
• Next up please check out Jordan Winery’s blog, The Journey of Jordan (UMV: 69,254). Lisa Mattson posted the lovely article "Three Winery Hikes now offered in Sonoma County’s Mountainous Alexander Valley," not only about hikes being offered at Jordan Winery, but also at Seghesio and Alexander Valley Vineyards. Time to lace up those boots and hit the trail.
• The Wine Road gets some press in an article about "distinct journeys that are worth a visit and the wineries to visit along the way” from Where Los Angeles (UMV: 119,152). "Travel These Legendary Tasting Trails in Wine Country” also gives Barrel Tasting and Sonoma County Restaurant Week a shout out. Please read the rest here.
• Katie Hammel gives Sonoma County wineries some press once again. We hosted Katie in November of 2015. She is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco and also writes for BBC Travel, NY Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Viator Blog. However this blog is for Brides Magazine (UMV: 4,283,266) and the theme is "Reasons to Have a Wine Tasting Honeymoon in Sonoma.” Read the article to see which wineries made the cut.
• Due to press release distribution, the sustainability award given to Sonoma County and GMR Marketing was featured on e-Global Travel Media (UMV: 50,175). e-Global Travel Media provides travel sellers and other industry professionals with up-to-the-moment reportage on all breaking news and industry developments.
• Since hosting her for a visit in 2014, Kelly Stilwell has become a big Sonoma County fan and we’ve continued fostering that relationship. Kelly writes for the blog Virtually Yours (UMV: 70,517) and just published a wonderful dedicated piece on Sonoma Vineyard hikes. Included are some great ideas on how to get out and about and enjoy some fabulous wine as well.
• This January we hosted a Japanese TV team for a Saturday morning travel show called "Rainbow-color Jean". Their live variety show features a travel segment Jean’s Around-The-World that is an insider's guide to a city aimed at female travelers. The mascot Jean is asking locals about the newest, most popular, most recommended trends. This segment is hosted by ‘Becky’ – one of Japan’s most influential television personalities. Air date: February 13, 2016, Audience: 4 million. Watch it here. Kayaking in Jenner starts at 9:23 and Kendall-Jackson and Kenwood Inn & Spa is featured 12:00 to 13:20.
• We created a holiday package for media outlets and it turned into a great example of how media outreach can directly benefit our partners. One editor liked the holiday package so much that Cookie…take a bite! was included in the region section of the February 2016 issue of the inflight magazine for Alaska Airlines Horizon Edition (Circ. 30,000). The content is geared primarily toward business travelers in the Northwest and includes regional business, travel, and general interest topics.
• As a result of hosting Deborah Frank, Departures (Circ: 1,260,942) published coverage of the Farmhouse Inn in a piece on “Wine Country Spas” in the March/April print issue. Departures is published for American Express card holders and is billed as a lifestyle sourcebook for affluent, well-traveled, interested consumers—a call to action on where to go, how to go, and who and what to know.
• Check out where Healdsburg gets the spotlight in the Westphoria Blog of Sunset Magazine Online (UMV: 849,624). According to the website, "Westphoria explores the innovations and lifestyle trends of the 13 Western states, covering food, drink, design, arts and culture, and the dreamers who live here.”
• Alison Stewart published a fantastic, dedicated article about hiking at Jack London State Historic Park on Traveller (UMV: 193,142). You may remember some of her previous article in the Australian Examiner about trekking in Wine Country. The title of the article just about sums it up perfectly: "Jack London State Historic Park, US: The penultimate destination on Wine Country Trek from San Francisco.”
• Check out Sonoma Magazine’s round-up of beautiful photos and ideas in the online "Locals’ Guide to Sonoma County." There are some great ideas in here for the weekend!
• Next up, Vintners Inn received a fabulous review from Marilynn Jayme Scotland from Urban Bliss Life (UMV: 68,496) out of Portland, OR. "It’s the ideal getaway for a special Sonoma wine country weekend.”
• Just wanted to be sure you saw where Edible San Francisco gives the upcoming California’s Artisan Cheese Festival the spotlight. Edible San Francisco promotes and celebrates the local foods grown and raised in the San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area.
• Man’s best furry Wine Country friends get some attention from Frugal Travel Guy in the article "5 Adventurous Vacation Ideas For Pet Lovers.” Specifically, Kunde’s dog hikes share the spotlight!
• You may remember the gorgeous coverage from JoAnne DiBona from 10Best that Healdsburg received last week. One of JoAnne’s photos of Ferrari-Carano was syndicated to USA Today (UMV: 881,063) with the caption "If a trip to Italy isn't in your future, the next best thing is a visit to the Ferrari-Carano Winery, a short drive outside of Healdsburg.” So very true!
• Sonoma County Tourism is participating in the annual Visit USA Australia expo in Sydney. An additional article was published on e-Global Travel Media (UMV: 50,175), this time about "Sonoma County Milestone Celebrations…” including anniversaries for Jack London State Historic Park, Wine Road, the Judgement of Paris, and the Apple Blossom Festival. e-Global Travel Media provides travel sellers and other industry professionals with up-to-the-moment reportage on all breaking news and industry developments.
• Last week's article in the Chicago Tribune, “March: Big events happening around the world,” highlighting the Artisan Cheese Festival, has syndicated to seven additional outlets: Los Angeles Times (UMV: 25,599,578); Baltimore Sun (UMV: 3,350,526); Orlando Sentinel (UMV: 1,835,422); Sun-Sentinel (UMV: 1,571,158); Morning Call (UMV: 1,017,929); Daily Press (UMV: 599,614); Hartford Courant (UMV: 1,504,226).
• The recent Press Democrat (UMV: 778159) article is reporting "Sonoma County’s small wineries pleased with Super Bowl exposure.”
• As a result of press release distribution and media outreach, Culture Map Houston (UMV: 150,335) provided coverage of “Taste of Sonoma: On Tour” in Houston on March 1.
• Next up, Sonoma County events take over the recent newsletter from LocalGetaways.com. “During the month of March, four of my favorite wine & food events are taking place in Sonoma’s Wine Country, which gives you four great excuses to hop in the car for a romantic road trip to the vineyards.” We have an ongoing relationship with the author and CEO/Publisher of LocalGetaways, Matthew Poole. LocalGetaways’ claim to fame is "the only website on the planet that’s dedicated to helping Californians find quick, easy, and accessible getaway trips in their own backyard by offering a whole new way to find and book local travel adventures.”
• Sonoma County Tourism is participating in the annual Visit USA Australia expo in Sydney. The event was covered on e-Global Travel Media (UMV: 50,175), which provides travel sellers and other industry professionals with up-to-the-moment reportage on all breaking news and industry developments.
• Katie Hammel gives Sonoma County wineries some press again. This time the theme is "Northern Ca: Best Sonoma Wineries for Bachelorette Parties.” Read the article to see which wineries made the cut in the blog of Brides Magazine (UMV: 4,283,266). We hosted Katie in November of 2015. She is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco and also writes for BBC Travel, NY Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Viator Blog.
• Sonoma County is the perfect place for a retreat, conference, meeting, or convention. We are glad California Meetings + Events Magazine (Circ: 18,000) thinks so too. The Winter issue includes three separate Sonoma County mentions: a clip about Spirit Works’ Sloe Gin Fizz, an article about the age-old beverage of tea featuring The Taste of Tea, and interactive meeting excursions showcasing Getaway Adventures and Safari West.
• Alysia Gray Painter published a great article in the Worth the Trip blog for NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600). You will recognize her blog as she covers the Bay Area and loves Sonoma County which we feed with ongoing information. This article showcases the upcoming event Dry Creek Valley on Tour: Los Angeles, hosted by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw the great coverage about Sonoma County breweries from Lauren Sloss on 7x7 (UMV: 674,873). The article "Take a Beer Road Trip to the Russian River Valley” doesn’t need much explanation!
• The January issue of Siliconeer Magazine (Readership 128,000 plus) published a wonderful article about Sonoma Valley. Since February 2000, Siliconeer has offered a comprehensive cultural review of South Asian news globally and locally.
• We hosted Victoria Stewart from Escapism Magazine (Circ: 100,613; AVE: £42,000/$60,824) in October of 2015. And we are excited to share the article “Field Tripping” featuring Sonoma County farms and products. “Sonoma County in California is best known for its wine, but on a recent visit Victoria Stewart discovers the region has a lot more to offer than grapes.”
• As a result of media outreach, Chicago Tribune (UMV: 13,502,914) included the Artisan Cheese Festival in a round-up of events happening in March. We worked directly with Margaret Backenheimer on the inclusion.
• Check out this awesome blog from Tai Kojro-Badziak, who we hosted in January. Tai writes for the blog Walking on Travels, featuring traveling with children. What a fantastic review of the girl & the fig, Buena Vista, and TrainTown.
• We are thrilled to share a recent article from Elsie Mendez. As a reminder, we hosted Elsie in August of 2015. She visited on a Visit California Mexico FAM Trip and writes for one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). This is her third article about Sonoma County and is a wonderful, dedicated article about Figone’s Olive Oil.
• Hosting Manchan Magan for his visit end of 2014, made a long lasting impression. So much that he uses Sonoma County as an example to be like for a rural area outside Dublin. In this article from the Irish Independent (UMV: 7,846,856), the cities of Longford-Westmeath and Dublin are described as poised to be what Sonoma County is to San Francisco. "These rugged, naturally beautiful areas, known for their ecological commitment, provide the breathing room and recreational space for innovative start-ups and creative entrepreneurs to explore new ventures on the threshold of the chaotic urban melee.”
• Sonoma County gets some gorgeous coverage from JoAnne DiBona from USA TODAY and 10Best (UMV: 881,063). We have an ongoing relationship with JoAnne and this coverage results from a recent press visit hosted by the Healdsburg Visitors Bureau. JoAnne is a contributing writer and photographer based out of San Diego. She wore many hats for the San Diego Tourism Authority and also keeps a beautiful collection of her photos on her website, San Diego Scenic Photos.
• Sonoma County Tourism scored many media touchdowns surrounding our involvement in Super Bowl City last week. Read more about it below:
"Sonoma County Wine Lounge Is In San Francisco For The Big Game” from Sip on this Juice (UMV: 5,820)
"How to Partake in this Year's BIG Game Across the Bay Area!” from Minnesota Girl in the World (UMV: 36057)
"Here's a full list of all the events at Super Bowl City in San Francisco” from SF Gate (UMV: 10196173)
"Super Bowl 50 Fever Strikes San Francisco” from Smart Meetings (UMV: 147055)
"Sonoma County wines will shine at Super Bowl's San Francisco fan village” from Press Democrat (UMV: 778159)
"Taste of Sonoma at Super Bowl City January 30 through February 7” from Examiner.com (UMV: 20460428)
"Super Bowl 50: A look at San Francisco's plans for fans” from Denver Business Journal (UMV: 150528)
"Super Bowl City To Feature San Francisco Cuisine” from ABC 7 News (UMV: 908557)
"Grab Your Corkscrews, It's Time for the Daily Fantasy Wine Report From Jordan Winery” from Foodista (UMV: 1720022)
"In California, a Super Bowl kickoff with Cabernet” from CBS This Morning (UMV: 9411800)
"Super Bowl City, NFL Experience Set To Kick-Off SB 50 Week Festivities In SF And Silicon Valley” from CBS San Francisco (UMV: 9,303,480)
"5 Haute Things To Do in SF This Weekend, Starting With Super Bowl City!” from Haute Living (UMV: 696449)
"What to Eat in Super Bowl City” from Eater SF (UMV: 133504)
"Sonoma County's wine and tourism industries nearly $1 million bet on Super Bowl” from Press Democrat (UMV: 778159) and News Informer
"Officials Put Finishing Touches on Family-Friendly 'Super Bowl City’” from CBS Los Angeles (UMV: 1797703)
"Super Bowl City goes to town with fan-pleasing hype” from San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 9929703)
"Wine Here! A Football Bud Gets Competition” from The New York Times (Circ: 2,149,012; UMV: 96,473,879)
"Details of Sonoma County’s Super Bowl pledge shrouded” from Press Democrat (UMV: 778159) and Bloomberg News Online (UMV: 13,162,490)
"Super Bowl festivities invade the San Francisco Bay Area” from Lodi News Sentinel (UMV: 115675)
"Sonoma County Tourism in Super Bowl City”, Ken Fischang’s interview about Super Bowl City on KSRO radio show (UMV: 113,854)
"Former Super Bowl champions kick off wine careers” from San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1679468)
"Super Bowl 50: Golden and Gay” from San Francisco Bay Times (UMV: 13680)
"Super Bowl 50 Has a Wine Country At Super Bowl City” from PubClub.com (UMV: 68744)
"Super Bowl 50 Showcases San Francisco” from Smart Meetings (UMV: 147055)
"Your Super Bowl 50 Travel Guide” from Wine Enthusiast (UMV: 217463)
"Thousands get Super Bowl Taste of Sonoma wine in San Francisco” from North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66326) and Wine Business Monthly (UMV: 222,143)
"Kathleen Hill: Super Bowl super wines” from Sonoma Index-Tribune (UMV: 42211)
"Taste of Sonoma Lounge At Super Bowl City #SB50 - Video” from Zennie62.com (UMV: 140680)
"Taste Of Sonoma Lounge At Super Bowl City #SB50” from Oakland Focus
"Sonoma County tourism agency sued over Super Bowl contract” from The Press Democrat (Circ: 53,521; UMV: 778,159), Wine Business Monthly (UMV: 222,143), and Sonoma-Index Tribune (UMV: 42,211)
"Super Bowl 2016: Events, Map, Guide To San Francisco Bay Area's Ultimate NFL Experience Featuring Alicia Keys” from International Business Times (UMV: 1,609,613)
"Sonoma County's Finest Pouring at Super Bowl City” from Drink Me Mag (Circ: 90,000; UMV: 52,008)
"Sonoma County Comes to San Francisco for the Big Game” from Art and Entertain Me (UMV: 11347)
"What to Drink for Super Bowl 50” from Food & Wine (UMV: 3579773)
"Legends Getting Into Fun By Managing Food Operations at Super Bowl City” from Sports Business Daily (UMV: 181959)
"Sonoma County wins 'Super Bowl City Net Positive Production’ award” from Examiner (UMV: 20,460,428)
"Fan Fare: Signature food and drinks at 2016's major sporting events” from USA Today (UMV: 15160121)
"Taste of Sonoma wine and tourism lounge at Super Bowl City” from North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66326)
"Another Useless Rant On The Media” from Bill Geist’s Zeitgeist (UMV: 7,852)
"Sonoma County Front and Center During San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl” from Wine Business Monthly (UMV: 222,143)
• In other news, Asha Yoganandan produced a PDF brochure called Hearth to Heart. Asha created this about her experiences of Sonoma in summer 2014. It is designed from of the write up that appeared on the Daily Meal and included as the feature story of the summer issue of her magazine, NOURISHED, which has circulation in the US and Canada as well as international subscription.
• As result of press release distribution, Lina Broydo included the Fort Ross Winter Celebration in the Events Around the Bay column, issue 2/11 - 2/17, in the Epoch Times newspaper (45,000 readers in the Bay Area). The Epoch Times is available on newsstands for a week. Please see this link for a PDF of the print article.
• Sonoma County is highlighted in an article about "Sampling California’s Culinary Scene” in the February issue of Leisure Group Travel (Circ: 20,000; UMV: 12,781). Leisure Group Travel is published bi-monthly and contains planning advice for those planning travel for groups.
• Sonoma County gets some love from CBS SF Bay Area (UMV: 582,963). As a result of our ongoing relationship with blogger Randy Yagi, Sonoma County is included in an article "Best Valentines Day Travel Destinations Near Bay Area.”
• Next up, please check out this sneak peek of coverage in the recent blog of City Style and Living Magazine out of Calgary (UMV: 11,389). They posted amazing photos! We assisted with a forthcoming article (print and digital) and can’t wait to see the final outcome.
• Check out the fantastic coverage that Sonoma County’s CTAs and Jackson Family Wines received in an article about volunteering for Super Baskets Of Hope on the North Bay Business Journal (Circ: 6,183).
• According to the Austin American-Statesman (UMV: 6,391,330), "It won’t just be the wine making you feel giddy when you visit California’s Sonoma wine country." We work with the author Becca Hensley and Sonoma County gets some love in an article about romantic getaways.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw this article about Russian River Brewing Company and their plans to expand in the Press Democrat (UMV: 778,159).
• Next we are excited to share the coverage from Alan MacKinlay and Jamie Griffin who visited with the UK media group last October. We have two stories. The first was published on The Daily Mirror (Circ: 811,745; AVE: £11,600/$16,733), Mirror.co.uk (Circ: 3,265,700; AVE: £32,657/$47,119), and Irish Daily Mirror (Circ: 50,548; AVE: £2,261/$3,262), as they are sister publications. The second was published on The Sun on Sunday (Circ: 1,468,675; AVE: £14,689/$21,193) and Scottish Sun (Circ: 248,419; AVE: £1,160/$1,674).
• We are thrilled to share the fantastic video which came as the result of hosting the group from Visit California India this past December. The main California story aired onIBN/CNN January 26th (4 times) which was a National Holiday (Republic Day) Prime time, and repeated on January 28th and 31st. It also aired in Singapore, Dubai, UK, and US on a channel called TV 18 which targets the Indian diaspora living abroad. Being a holiday on 28th, everything was shut and people were home watching TV, which was fabulous. The video is about 20 minutes long and can be found in the Google Drive link here.
• Last we are excited to share the coverage from Fernando Souza whom we hosted last August. Fernando writes for Viagem & Turismo (Ad Value: $ 878,000; Circ: 106,516), the most important Brazilian travel magazine and was in California for a press trip organized by Visit California Brazil. The article was published in the February edition of the magazine and is an extensive and inspiring article with 32 pages plus cover. It is a great educational piece and the journalist addresses that California is a place for dreamers and a state of mind. He says a lot about Sonoma County, which is more rural with beautiful landscapes. The article explains the differences between Sonoma and Napa and why these are worthwhile places to visit. Here is a link to download the issue.
• The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has made a commitment to deliver Super Bowl as a Net Positive event – socially, environmentally and economically – and to use Super Bowl as a platform to do good for the benefit of the entire Bay Area. An important part of this, the Host Committee set out to inspire everyone involved in Super Bowl 50 to play their part to help make Super Bowl 50 the most sustainable and giving Super Bowl ever.” And we are thrilled to announce that Sonoma County Tourism and GMR Marketing won the Best Use of Local Resources award for best use materials, food and staff sourced within 60 miles of Super Bowl City. We were interviewed by the sustainability team on Saturday and discussed how we used local and reusable items as much as possible, and detailed how our staff and volunteers are using public transit to get to SBC. We also talked about the Winegrowers sustainability pledge and detailed their work. See more detail here. Our own Mark Crabb was interviewed about this and SCT in general on KCBS-AM.
• After distributing a press release regarding the award of Best Use of Local Resources we received, freelance writer Fran Miller posted it on the Examiner (UMV: 20,460,428).
• Attached is a photo of the CBS affiliate in Phoenix enjoying the Taste of Sonoma Lounge. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the place where everyone wishes they could be!
• Barbara Cox was interviewed on a local Oakland blog, Oakland Focus. "Sonoma County Vintners have set up a nice pop-up establishment at Super Bowl City San Francisco.”
• As a result of press release distribution, Fun Travels (UMV: 11,408) provided coverage of Sonoma County events in celebration of the “Big Game” this weekend.
• Due to pitching efforts, the Taste of Sonoma Lounge received dedicated coverage on Drink Me Mag (Circ: 90,000; UMV: 52,008). Drink Me serves as a lifestyle guide for the alcohol enthusiast and features the art, culture and society of the world of alcohol, covering beer, wine and spirits. This could not be more true: "It’s the event you don’t want to miss—so many quality wineries in one concentrated area!”
• The Press Democrat (Circ: 53,521; UMV: 778,159) quoted Ken Fischang in an article about Sonoma County’s involvement in the Super Bowl.
• This week’s resignation of Carolyn Stark as the director of the Sonoma County Vintners was reported by The Press Democrat (Circ: 53,521; UMV: 778,159). This was also syndicated to Bloomberg News Online (UMV: 13,162,490).
• According to the North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 66,326), “thousands of visitors to the Super Bowl-themed fan village in downtown San Francisco this week leading up to the “big game” are getting a taste of Sonoma County wine and tourism.” Great job, everyone! Read the rest here.
• Thanks to our UK connection, Yahoo Lifestyle (Circulation: 6,000,000; Estimated AVE: $91,875) features Getaway Adventures Sip n Cycle Tour in an article about solo adventure to enjoy for Valentines Day, advising to "go against the romantic grain and set off on a solo adventure.” Please see photo 9 of 12.
• Please don’t miss Monique Soltani’s latest episode of The Good Life on Wine Oh.tv (UMV: 59,593) starring Duskie Estes and John Stewart from Zazu Kitchen + Farm. Fantastic video!
• Next, check out the awesome review of the Flamingo from Tai Kojro-Badziak, who stayed with us in January. Tai writes for the blog Walking on Travels, featuring traveling with children. This is the first post from her trip, so stay tuned!
• We are thrilled to share the recent article "20 Romantic Things To Do In Wine Country This Valentine’s Day” in Haute Living Magazine (UMV: 696,449).
• Sonoma County Insider, Jennifer Miner, published a fantastic article "Eco-Friendly California Wineries” on the blog The Vacation Gals. A fabulous dedicated article on sustainable wineries! Maybe sustainability is not thought of as just a trend anymore.
• Happy to share where USA Today (UMV: 15,160,121) included the Taste of Sonoma lounge in a round-up of “Signature food and drinks at 2016's major sporting events,” written by Terri Peterson Smith. The article was also tweeted from the USA Todayeats account.
• We are happy to share the personal blog of Emma Krasov, Art and Entertain Me (UMV: 11,347). Emma attended our Media tour Sonoma Scramble last Sunday which we hosted together with the Vintners and Winegrowers and captures the day beautifully in her latest blog post.
• This is some great coverage from International Business Times (UMV: 1,609,613) about Super Bowl City. This quote is just perfect: "It wouldn’t be California without a fine glass of wine from Sonoma.” Cheers!
• Check out this video from the French FAM group that visited earlier this week. They had a videographer with them and the resulting Day 1 video has been posted to the website of Tour Mag, a travel trade magazine.
• Next, please check out this piece about Safari West from ZipperTravel. The photos are awesome and it truly captures the passion of everyone at Safari West!
• As a result of press release distribution, Travel Market Report (UMV: 14,485; Media Value: $100) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “Last-Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day Weekend.”
• Check out the attached screenshot from the Travel and Leisure newsletter: The American Writer's Guide to the World. Very nice quote and image!
• We are excited to share that we hosted Dana Rebmann on this past weekend’s Sonoma Scramble, a media tour from Super Bowl City. One result is from Travel Age West (UMV: 24,660) which provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County in an article titled, “Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Sonoma.” TravelAge West is intended for travel agents working throughout the Western states. Highlights include travel developments in the Western market and reports of consumer trends.
• Darley Newman posted this video about the top things to see and do in California Wine Country. Darley Newman is the host, writer and producer of Equitrekking, the Emmy-Award winning PBS TV series. She also hosts and produces Travels with Darley on the AOL On Network (UMV: 362,2710), Budget Travel (UMV: 15,201) and MSN Travel (UMV: 120,781,6480) where this video was posted. You may remember we assisted her and she posted a few videos last year.
• We are thrilled to share that River’s End has been named one of the “100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America” by OpenTable. Coverage appeared live on the site’s blog (UMV: 97,979 Media Value: $653) and has since been picked up by CBS San Francisco (UMV:9,303,480 Media Value: $62,023) and also by Los Angeles Times (Circ: 650,718; UMV: 25,599,578). Congrats, Bert and team!
• Sonoma County gets the spotlight in the recent Visit CA newsletter. This is their US customer newsletter with a circulation of 350k. And this is an audience who is interested in California, so a great target group! The newsletter mention directs to this fabulous article.
• Russian River Brewing Company is currently in the running for Favorite Brewery, to be chosen by chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best (UMV: 881,063). Don’t forget to vote!
• Wanted to pass along some exciting news – Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen and Honor Mansion, A Wine Country Resort in Healdsburg, have been included in the “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels in the U.S.,” as rated by TripAdvisor. This news has been picked up by Today.com (UMV: 13,908,180)!
• The Taste of Sonoma Lounge and Robert Young Estate Winery received some great press from Smart Meetings Magazine (UMV: 147,055), which is published for corporate and association meeting and business professionals. The article was published online and also linked to in their email newsletter that has a subscription of 60,000.
• We assisted Shelley Seale with the article “A Weekend in Sonoma Wine Country” for Lake Austin Lifestyle magazine (Circ. 13,000). She visited on a media fam, organized by Healdsburg CVB. Her travel partner was Joana DiBona with whom we have worked with before, who writes for 10Best.com. "Think of California wine country and it’s likely that Napa Valley comes to mind first. But if you’re planning a visit, the wine valleys of Sonoma County provide a less crowded, more relaxed experience.”
• As a result of press release distribution, Canoe.com (UMV: 1,983,380; Media Value: $13,222) included The Alexander Inn in a round-up of “Top Valentine’s Day Travel Deals.” The Alexander Inn answered our request for deals and received this return on investment for his time. This was then syndicated to many Canadian outlets: Toronto Sun (Circ: 186,904; UMV: 1,188,978), Calgary Sun (Circ: 49,258; UMV: 338,717), Edmonton Sun (Circ: 51,547; UMV: 400,608), Ottawa Sun (Circ: 49,984; UMV: 320,850), Camrose Canadian (Circ: 14,500; UMV: 26,695), Winnipeg Sun (Circ: 43,442; UMV: 156,418), and The Barrie Examiner (Circ: 7,217; UMV: 88,776). That’s some amazing syndication!
• Our own Ken Fischang was interviewed on KSRO (UMV: 113,854), talking about the Taste of Sonoma Lounge and daily trips to Sonoma County. Then the Taste of Sonoma Lounge received more press from KSRO in the article "Super Bowl City and All the Happenings Around Town.” KSRO is known as “The Voice of Sonoma County” and can be found online or on 1350 AM. Great job!
• Ken was interviewed once again for two articles on The Press Democrat (Circ: 53,521; UMV: 778,159) about Sonoma County’s involvement in the Super Bowl. “The whole idea is to make sure that Sonoma County is foremost in everybody’s mind.” The first article, "Details of Sonoma County’s Super Bowl pledge shrouded,” describes SCT's involvement. This was syndicated to Bloomberg News Online (UMV: 13,162,490). The second article, "Sonoma County's wine and tourism industries make nearly $1 million bet on the Super Bowl”, also quotes Mark Crabb and Karissa Kruse and was syndicated to News Informer. Mark has also been very busy and was interviewed on KFRC-FM.
• Next, we are thrilled to share that we worked with the writer Ken Belson from The New York Times (Circ. 2,149,012; UMV: 96,473,879) on the article "Wine Here! A Football Bud Gets Competition” for quite a long time. The result is an interview with Clay Mauritson and a mention of Sonoma County's association with the Super Bowl. Great job!
• As a result of our press release distribution, NBC Bay Area (UMV: 1,379,478; Media Value: $9,197) posted a dedicated feature about Wine Country Walking Tours titled, “A Taste of Romance in Healdsburg.” What a great reminder that responding to the Publicity Alerts can be a valuable way to spend time.
• Please see why “wine pairs with everything,” from our own Tim Zahner on CBS San Francisco (UMV: 9,303,480).
• We are thrilled to share a segment that just aired on CBS This Morning, which focuses on former NFL great Charles Woodson's tasting room in Napa Valley but mentions Sonoma and also the Taste of Sonoma Lounge. The segment totaled with a broadcast viewership of 3,800,000, online reach of 5,611,800, and a total media value of $261,192.
• Check out this coverage from Wine Spectator (UMV: 319,265; Circ. 386,833) by Robert Taylor highlighting Sonoma County wines “...priced at $22 or less, enough for every man on the gridiron, perfect for stocking any get-together.”
• The San Francisco edition of Haute Living Magazine (Circ. 35,000) has a dedicated featured on the Super Bowl Festivities in the January/February edition. We have a good relationship with the author, Kelly Carter. She receives all our press releases and we pitch her constantly. And she included the Taste of Sonoma Lounge, of course! Also included in the same edition is a clip about the Farmhouse Inn in the Top 5 "Hautest Valentine’s Getaways."
• Just wanted to be sure you saw Carey Sweet’s coverage on 7x7.com (UMV: 674,873; Circ. 38,801). We work with Carey as our dedicated Sonoma County blogger. This article features some of the new wineries and restaurants we are lucky to enjoy!
• Three Sonoma County towns are included in an article "30 Great Small Towns for Food Lovers” on Top Value Reviews. Not a bad ratio! As a requirement, the towns had to have fewer than 100,000 residents and at least one notable attraction. To determine the rankings, the towns were awarded points according to the following criteria: notable restaurants, variety of restaurants, well-known or accomplished chefs or restauranteurs, awards or Michelin Stars, and food-related festivals or events. To see which towns fit the bill, read the article here.
• The winners of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards were released last July and the Farmhouse Inn placed #8 in the round-up of “World’s Best Hotels.” The high score of 96/100 also placed the Inn at #2 in the category of “World’s Best Hotels – Continental U.S., Inns & Small Lodges.” As a reminder, this is the 20th year of the poll, in which the outlet asks readers to cast their votes on their favorite destinations, hotels and companies that define the very best in travel. Readers ranked hotels on location, service, rooms, among others. Now we just found out that the Farmhouse Inn has now been voted "The Best Hotel in California" as part of Travel + Leisure’s ‘Best Hotel in Every State’ list!
• Last week's coverage about trekking in Wine Country, coordinated by Visit California and our partners from Gate 7 Down Under, was first published on The Examiner (Circulation/Audience: 22,703; Weekend Circulation/Audience: 26,822), then on The Sydney Morning Herald (116,838), and most recently syndicated to The Traveller. That’s a lot of kilometers!
• Happy to share that as a result of dedicated outreach, the women’s lifestyle blog Passport and Pinot (UMV:1000) has picked up our pitch on wine pairings with traditional game day grub. The site was just launched this month by Leah Swofford, who previously managed the site Jetset Extra (which is now closed).
• Mary Orlin, the wine writer for BANG, included Iron Horse and Jordan in the blog for the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,679,468) about which wines to enjoy for SB50!!
• As a result of media outreach, About.com (UMV: 28,505,498; Media Value: $190,036) included the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in a round-up of “2016 Valentine’s Day Packages.” Please read the whole article here.
• Food Reference (UMV: 97,587) included Sonoma Valley’s Olive Season and Winter Wineland in the January calendar of food events not to miss. A little background: Food Reference is written for people with an interest in food and travel. Includes articles, features, facts, trivia and quotes about food and cooking. Offers interviews with chefs, authors and food personalities. Provides press releases and new product news. Features historic restaurants and hotels. Sections include CookBook Reviews, MarketPlace, Cooking Schools, Gourmet Tours, Festivals & Shows, Cooking Tips, Food History and Food Fun.
• Pliny the Younger gets some love in an article on Craft Beer about the "6 of the Biggest Beer Releases of 2016.” The author lovingly writes, “...you can’t leave out a beer that requires a two-week release party!” Very true. Check out the rest of the competition here too.
• The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon gets some press in the article "America’s 25 Greatest Half Marathons” on Competitor Pacific West. Which race mascot would you choose: covered bridges, sockeye salmon, or wine?
• Did you read the recent article in the Press Democrat (Circ. 53,521; UMV: 778,159) about the rise in Sonoma County hotel revenue? Great job, team! This article was then syndicated in brief to Bloomberg News Online (UMV: 13,162,490).
• We are thrilled to share two recent article from Elsie Mendez. As a reminder, we hosted Elsie in August of 2015. She visited on a Visit California Mexico FAM Trip and writes for one of the most well recognized food and wine blogs in Mexico, Sabores de Mexico y el Mundo. (Twitter: 86,622; Facebook: 15,587; Instagram: 3,370). The first article is more of a general blog about Sonoma County. The second is a wonderful, dedicated description of the girl and the fig!
• Check out this article on Examiner (UMV: 15,240,940) written by Steve Ferree on the California Wine Examiner blog. Steve is a wine lover, writer, blogger, marketer, promoter and educator. And he has a reason to be excited about the Taste of Sonoma Lounge!
• Did you read the recent article in the Press Democrat (Circ. 53,521; UMV: 778,159) about SB50 and the Taste of Sonoma Lounge? The excitement is coming. This was syndicated to Bloomberg News Online (UMV: 13,162,490).
• We are excited to share that the Rate Beer Festival is included in a round-up on from the latest and greatest from the Golden State on See California (UMV: 31,431).
• Check out this awesome coverage from Gabe Sasso for The Daily Meal (UMV: 519,902). The article “10 Delicious Wines That Will Get You Out of Your Winter Slump” spotlights many Sonoma County wines. Gabe Sasso writes a weekly Wine & Spirits column for The Daily Meal and also founded Drink Dry Creek, a blog aiming to cover the best from the 16 by 2 mile wide valley. Great coverage from a Sonoma County fan!
• Here is some great coverage about trekking in Wine Country, coordinated by Visit California and our partners from Gate 7 Down Under. The article "Hiking San Francisco's San Andreas Fault” is from Alison Stewart for Australia’s third-oldest newspaper in Australia, The Examiner (Circulation/Audience: 22,703; Weekend Circulation/Audience: 26,822). This will be syndicated to The Sydney Morning Herald (116,838) also.
• We are thrilled to share the efforts of HARO pitching in EVA Magazine, the business aviation's premium publication and highest quarterly distributed publication. Executive & VIP Aviation International is a Glossy Print quarterly journal in the UK aimed at private aircraft owners and operators and the industries that support them. The experienced team at EVA International Media has been launching and running aviation magazines and events with great success since the late 1980s. They were looking for an ultra high net worth CEO or celeb who flies privately and John Jordan fir the bill! Please see this link for the online Winter issue.
• Please tune in to see our very own Ken Fischang divulging his secrets about Sonoma County Tourism’s success. The 707 Show is playing all this week on Comcast Channel 30 and ATT UVerse Channel 99, Santa Rosa at 8pm. Or you can also view the show in its entirety without commercials on YouTube. Great job, Ken!
• We’re happy to share as a result of hosting Eugene Smith at Sonoma County Grape Camp 2015, DC Life Magazine (Each Clip: UMV: 87,338; Media Value: $1,747) provided dedicated coverage of Grape Camp in two separate online features:
Eugene let us know that the publication is currently overhauling the site and the print version but that additional Grape Camp and Sonoma County coverage is planned throughout 2016.
• We assisted Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 80,597) for the article the “Best Wineries You’ve Never Heard of in Geyserville.” Being that Sonoma County is almost 2,000 square miles, he took the Sonoma Vintners’ lead and broke it down into four accessible tourist areas: Dry Creek/Healdsburg (9/16), Sonoma Valley (12/8), Russian River (12/23), and now Alexander Valley and Geyserville.
• Passing along coverage on Thrillist (UMV: 4,028,666) that included Spirit Works Distillery in a round-up of “America’s 17 Best Craft Distilleries.”
• Please lend an ear to our very own Tim Zahner who gets interviewed on KSRO (UMV: 113,854), which is a commercial station owned Sonoma Media Group. The format of the station is news and talk. KSRO-AM broadcasts to the San Francisco area at 1350 AM. KSRO-AM's tagline is "Newstalk 1350" and their slogan is "The Voice Of Sonoma County.” Very fitting for an interview describing the SB50 Taste of Sonoma Lounge, Pliny the Elder release, Sonoma County Restaurant week, and Petaluma’s Artisan Cheese Festival.
• This next blog is from The Style Box (UMV:11,799). It is worth a read because we are excited that Emma Baines is moving to Sonoma County for the UK. Please give her a Sonommariffic welcome.
• We are thrilled to share some coverage from Michael McCarthy, the Canadian travel writer based out of Vancouver. We hosted Michael in November of 2015. His articles are published weekly in major Canadian newspapers and he publishes up to 100 stories a year, with up to 300,000 readers per story, so may be the most published travel writer in Canada. This first result was published in The Province (UMV: 1,398,316) and The Star Phoenix (UMV: 217,794).
• Phil Marty plugged Sonoma County and the big game in the News to Use column for the Chicago Tribune Travel section (Weekend Circulation/Audience: 769,215).
• Just wanted to be sure you saw Carey Sweet’s coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle (Circ.: 211,779). We work with Carey as our dedicated Sonoma County blogger. This article was part of the destination Healdsburg section of the San Francisco Chronicle and featured downtown Healdsburg tasting rooms. Another great article in the same section featured a dedicated article about the Healdsburg Running Company.
• Ongoing relationships take nurturing and this love gets returned. Check out this great example of an ongoing relationship from the editor at Haute Living Magazine, Kelly Carter. She assigns stories for the magazine and what a beauty this one is! "9 Reasons Why You NEED to Visit Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley” was written by Laura Schreffler. Haute Living Magazine (UMV: 696,449) is written for affluent residents in San Francisco and covers luxury lifestyle topics.
• We are excited to share that also due to an ongoing relationship and the pitching efforts of Safari West, the article "10 of the Best: Wildlife Adventures” was published in the January/February issue of Family Traveller (Circ.: 43,733) and also online. Family Traveller is a bi-monthly magazine covering family traveling and covers holiday destinations in the UK and abroad.
• With assistance, Bodega Bay is included in an article "10 Best Places to Kiss in Northern California,” just in time for Valentine’s Day. Written by Maria Perez, the article was posted on Family Vacations US. Maria writes her own blog and frequently posts as a guest on Family Vacations. "Bodega Bay will help you rediscover love.” Awesome!
• Please check out this wonderful article on the Dallas Morning News from Robin Soslow. The article appeared in the Sunday, January 10 print (Circulation/Audience: 273,053; Weekend Circulation/Audience: 364,425) and online (UMV: 3,551,182) editions. "Sonoma’s charms go beyond wine” is a very appropriate title for the travel article about Sonoma County and Healdsburg.
• As a result of our ongoing relationship with CBS SF Bay Area (UMV: 582,963) blogger Randy Yagi, Vella Cheese Company is included in a round-up of the "Best Artisan Cheese Shops In The Bay Area.”
• Next up, Sonoma County is included in the blog of Virgin Atlantic in an article written by Lindsay Wright. Lindsay is a freelance public relations, communications, marketing, and writing consultant. We provided information and hosted her in December. She visited some of our favorite places and had a fabulous weekend. Please see the entire blog here, “The Best Sonoma County Wineries and Restaurants.”
• Please check out this great press from Eunice Fried. She mentions some wonderful Sonoma County wineries in an article about Sonoma County Wines on Global Traveler (UMV: 47,110). Global Traveler is written for executive business travelers and focuses on the business and lifestyle interests of that exclusive and difficult-to-reach demographic.
• Travel and Tour World (TTW) (UMV: 204,457) published a dedicated article featuring the Farmhouse last week. TTW covers the worldwide travel market for business-to-business and business-to-consumer. Discusses destinations, travel tips, visa issues, international health insurance, hotel news, resorts, airways and cruises.
• Next, we wanted to share where the Gaige House received a wonderful review on Jetsetter (UMV: 2,954,038). Jetsetter serves as a private online community and booking site for travelers. It provides information on travel deals and vacations and allows members to book travel deals online.
• We are thrilled to share that with media outreach, Sonoma on a Bike’s Epic Tour of Sonoma County is feature in an article in the media section of Visit California’s Website. The article, "California's Top Ten Bike Routes,” is a wonderful round-up of some of the Golden State’s best rides.
• We often collaborate with Kristine Dworkin and are pleased to share her first blog of 2016 on Trekaroo (UMV: 202,934). Trekaroo covers family travel, kids activities and family fun. Editorial content includes the latest news, reviews, and recommendations for travel tips, destination reviews, travel deals, and kid friendly vacation attractions. This article shows how kid-friendly Sonoma Wine Country can be.
• Start planning your meals. Sonoma County’s Restaurant Week gets some press due to media outreach on See California (UMV: 25,442).
• Next, we are thrilled to share the "illuminating quote” from our own Ken Fischang in the article "16 Best Quotes From U.S. Tourism Bureau CEOs in 2015” on Skift (UMV: 400,902). Skift is a travel intelligence company that offers news, information, data, and services to professionals in the travel industry and professional travelers. It covers travel industry investments and start-ups, as well as information on destinations, lodging, transportation, cruises, and more. This was then syndicated to an article on My Informs. Great!
• Wanted to be sure you saw that due to an ongoing relationship with Christine Delsol, the Wine Road and Winter Wineland gets some great press in the article "Chase away winter blahs at Wineland in Sonoma” on SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927). Check out the great news here.
• The Sunday December 27 edition (print, digital, and online) of the Roanoke Times featured a main travel story about Sonoma County and Healdsburg attractions. The Roanoke Times is a daily newspaper serving Roanoke and 19 surrounding counties in Southwest Virginia with a circulation/audience of 62,619, weekend circulation/audience of 80,253, and UMV of 941,107. Please read the wonderful review of our home in the article "Majestic redwoods pair well with Zinfandel in Sonoma wine country” here.
• We are thrilled to share that Bohemian Creamery received some wonderful press from Gothamist (UMV: 458,416). We have an ongoing relationship with the publication and are happy to share the great news! This blog focuses on personalities, arts, sports, food and general lifestyle in New York City. Covers restaurants, gossip, travel, previews and reviews of games, shows, CD's and up-and-coming local artists.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw this piece from Jane Reynolds on Oyster.com (UMV: 756,347). We hosted her in October 2015. "10 Things You Don't Know About Sonoma County“ is a nice wrap-up of some of the things we are lucky to enjoy in our dear county.
• The Chicago Tribune (Circ: 769,215; Media Value: $45,034) article “How to enjoy Sonoma County Beyond the Vines,” written by Alan Solomon, continued to syndicate to many national outlets. The latest is to The Freeman Online(UMV: 64,215). As a reminder, we secured a deskside meeting for Tim and Sean with Solomon during Sonoma in the City: Chicago in March and later coordinated a visit to Sonoma County from May 4 through May 10.
• This is a fantastic article about the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Written by Christopher Beanland, a freelance writer based in London, the article was posted on The Guardian. The Guardian (Daily Circ.: 166,977) is a national newspaper providing the latest UK and international news, sport, business, technology, fashion, comment, analysis, and reviews. "Charlie Brown and Snoopy live on in the new Peanuts movie. And the spirit of the comic strip’s creator, Charles Schulz, survives in a museum in Santa Rosa – exactly the sort of town you’d expect to find these all-American heroes.”
• The Chicago Tribune (Circ: 769,215; Media Value: $45,034) article, written by Alan Solomon, continued to syndicate to many national outlets, including Boston Herald (UMV: 1,801,765; Media Value: $12,012); Palm Beach Post (UMV: 824,995; Media Value: $5,500); Austin American Statesman (UMV: 5,570,381; Media Value: $37,136).
• As a result of our ongoing relationship with CBS SF Bay Area blogger Randy Yagi, Madrona Manor’s Barrel Aged Eggnog was featured in a round-up of “Best Eggnog Cocktails in the Bay Area.”
• Buzzfeed (UMV: 22,260,261) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “27 Life-Changing Trip You Need to Take in Your 20s” and links to Katie Hammel’s article from June “Napa vs. Sonoma: Which Wine Country Is Right for You?”. Katie just visited again and we can be curious what she will say next time.
• The Miami Herald (UMV:16,676,444 Media Value: $111,176) has shared a feature article entitled “10 bottles to break out for Christmas” and three Sonoma County wines made the list, including: 2013 Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay, 2013 La Crema Chardonnay, and 2012 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon. Please find a link to the full roster here.
• Alysia Gray Painter shares her passion for Sonoma County by contributing to NBC Bay Area ongoing “Worth the Trip” column, spotlighting several events like First-Day-Hike, WINEland, Artisan Cheese Festival, Safari West or Chowder Day in Bodega Bay.
• Following is the link to TV Travel Show Kilimangiaro broadcasted November 8 on RAI 3 about Napa and Sonoma. Please take a few moments and watch the Sonoma County Coverage starting at 4:54. This is what a travel show should be - Beautiful images and profound information that are inspiring and instigating to travel! Many partners have been featured like Buena Vista Winery, Applewood, The Inn and the Tides, as well as many regions. Viewers have been 789,000 with 4.79%, a bit less than expected due to many important sports events broadcasted at the same time. However, it is a good share and the reportage may be on air again during 2016. AVE per 15 seconds is EUR 9,000. Total AVE for 11 minutes reportage is EUR 396,000 (USD 439,560).
• The following is the media of the Italian press trip end of October already published:
Il Messaggero - daily newspaper of the city of Rome - date of publication: 10th December. “Snoopy was walking with four paws: The story of the Penauts on the spotlight” by Marco Berchi (Circulation:180,696; Readership:1,229,000, AVE per page: USD 18,000).
Same article has been published on Il Mattino - daily newspaper of the city of Naples - date of publication: 10thDecember (Circulation: 70,833, Readership: 728,000, Ave per page: USD 15,000).
L’Agenzia di Viaggi print “Art, culture and Wine in California” article published on the number one travel trade Italian publication (printed and on line), written by Cristina Melis. Article featuring the itinerary of recent press trip including Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. (Circulation: 10,000, Readership: 75,000, Ave per page: USD 3,500).
L’Agenzia di Viaggi online (Monthly Unique Visitors: 52,500; Ave: USD 3,000).
Media outlet is Il Tempo, the newspaper of Rome (Circulation: 52,000; Readership: 200,000; AVE: 25,000 per page).
Jack London Park by Maria Egizia Fiaschetti, following recent press trip published on “Il Corriere della Sera” on the 6th of November (Circulation: 409,226; Readership: 2,531,000; Ave per page: USD 120,000).
Same article has been published on another print newspaper “ Il Foglio”, circulation 15,000 readership 50,000.
"Sognando la California" by Massimo Ciccognani – Media Outlet: Il Tempo. Included are mentioning’s of the following attractions: Buena Vista Winery, Jack London Historic State Park, Charles Schulz Museum, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, Bodega Bay , The Inn at The Tides.
"Una fattoria perfetta. Il sogno di Jack London è diventato un parco" by Maria Egizia Fiaschetti – Media Outlet: Corriere della Sera – it is the second Italian daily newspaper (Circulation: 409.000; Readership: 2.53100.000; AVE: 10.798 per page).
• We are excited to share the article by Michael Fagin on Foodista. Foodista has a a reach of approximately 2.3M visitors a month, 539K Twitter followers, 161,000 Facebook followers, and 4,700 Instagram followers. We hosted Michael in October a he had a fabulous visit. Michael Fagin is a freelance travel writer who has traveled across Canada and visited all the major Canadian wine regions. He is currently touring the Pacific Northwest enjoying the wine country, dining, and hiking the region. While he is not writing, Mr. Fagin is a weather forecaster for West Coast Weather, LLC forecasting weather for the West Coast of the US as well as on an international basis.
• Sonoma County is number 25 in a Buzzfeed (UMV: 22,260,261) round-up of “27 Life-Changing Trip You Need to Take in Your 20s.” It links back to a Katie Hammel article from June. We also just hosted her this month, and have an ongoing relationship with her.
• We assisted Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (UMV: 80,597) for the article the “Best Wineries You’ve Never Heard of in Sonoma Valley.” And Frostwatch, B Wise, Bartholomew Park, and Deerfield Ranch are included! Being that Sonoma County is almost 2,000 square miles, he took the Sonoma Vintners’ lead and broke it down into four accessible tourist areas: Dry Creek/Healdsburg (9/16), Sonoma Valley (12/8), Russian River + Alexander Valley (coming soon).
• We’re happy to share syndicated coverage of the article, “How to enjoy Sonoma County Beyond the Vines,” written by Alan Solomon. As a reminder, we secured a deskside meeting for Tim and Sean with Solomon during Sonoma in the City: Chicago in March and later coordinated a visit to Sonoma County from May 4 through May 10. The first results were reported last week and here are the additional results:
Miami Herald (UMV: 16,676,444; Media Value: $111,176)
Idaho Statesman (UMV: 725,994; Media Value: $4,840)
The Modesto Bee (UMV: 273,215; Media Value: $1,821)
The Tribune (UMV: 504,143; Media Value: $3,361)
Sacramento Bee (UMV: 1,819,992; Media Value: $12,133)
Charlotte Observer (UMV: 1,926,496; Media Value: $12,843)
The Wichita Eagle (UMV: 1,247,085; Media Value: $8,314)
Myrtle Beach (UMV: 165,911; Media Value: $1,106)
Island Packet (UMV: 275,356; Media Value: $1,836)
The Olympian (UMV: 183,150; Media Value: $1,221)
The News Tribune (UMV: 1,182,520; Media Value: $7,883)
Kansas City Star (UMV: 927,705; Media Value: $6,185)
• Please see the attached PDF of the Winter Wine Festivals story (with cover) in this month's WestJet Magazine available on all WestJet aircraft today. This magazine is written for WestJet passengers, provides travel information and reports on travel destinations within North America, and has a circulation of 26,500. What a great result of media outreach and direct pitching.
• Just wanted to be sure that you saw Pliny the Younger and Lagunitas Sucks are included in a round-up of “33 American Beers to Drink Before You Die” from Thrillist (UMV: 4,028,666).
• We are excited to share two recent articles that comes as the result of hosting the Italian journalists on their recent press trip. Here is a short summary of the attached article "Sognando la California" by Massimo Ciccognani - Media Outlet: Il Tempo: California is the land of wines. One hour north from San Francisco there is Sonoma. The county hosts thousands of wineries; the oldest is the Buena Vista Winery. Californian best wines are Cabernet while the most famous are Chardonnay. Unmissable if visiting Sonoma the Jack London Historic State Park, a park in memory of Jack London, writer among the many of White Fang and The Call of The Wild. The county town of Santa Rosa is worldwide famous for the Charles Shulz Museum dedicated to Charles Shulz, creator of the Peanuts . Another must is the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve which offers an amazing view on sequoias trees. Coming back to San Francisco a stop in Bodega Bay is recommended, set of the famous movie "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock.
• And a short summary of the attached article, "Una fattoria perfetta. Il sogno di Jack London è diventato un parco" by Maria Egizia Fiaschetti - Media Outlet: Corriere della Sera - second Italian daily - of November 6th. (Circ.: 409.000): Jack London cultivated the dream of creating a modern and eco-friendly farm in Sonoma County. His 1.400 acres became in 1959 the Jack London State Historic Park. The article tells the story of this farm from its construction realized by Chinese and Italian migrants to the perfected organization of the property. Innovative for the time the pig palace designed for hosting 200 pigs. Also mentioned the cottage where Jack and his second wife used to reside when in Sonoma. Here Jack London dead on the 22 of November 1916 at the age of 44.
• We are excited to share a few recent articles from Randi Yagi. Randi included 6th Street Playhouse in a round-up of “Fall Theater Preview In The North Bay;” McDonald Avenue, Santa Rosa in the article "Best Halloween Decorations To See Near Bay Area;” Bear Republic’s Big Black Bear Stout, Lagunitas’ Hairy Eyeball, and Russian River’s Pliny the Elder in a round-up of “Best Fall Craft Beers In The North Bay;” and Winter WineLand in a round-up of “Must-Go To North Bay Winter Festivals." We hosted Randi in May, we are thrilled to share more results of the Sonoma County fan. His work can also be found on Examiner.com. But this great news is from SanFrancisco.cbslocal.com (UMV: 582,963).
• We have coverage from Leila Cobo which appears in the December 2015 edition of NEXOS, an American Airlines inflight magazine. Nexus has a circulation of 212,008 and an advertising equivalency of $188,800. We hosted Leila’s stay and she had a wonderful trip.
• The Chicago Tribune (UMV: 13,652,488; Media Value: $91,016) posted a dedicated article on Sonoma County titled “How to enjoy Sonoma County beyond the vines,” written by Alan Solomon. We hosted Alan in May and he had a fantastic trip, judging by the variety of aspects that he was able to highlight. There is a photo gallery with additional photos accessible by clicking on the icon in the opening image. The article is also expected to run in print mid-December and has been syndicated to seven additional outlets, listed here:
Los Angeles Times (UMV: 23,779,049; Media Value: $158,527)
Baltimore Sun (UMV: 3,606,063; Media Value: $24,040)
Orlando Sentinel (UMV: 2,039,073; Media Value: $13,594)
Sun-Sentinel (UMV: 1,584,173; Media Value: $10,561)
Morning Call (UMV: 972,687; Media Value: $6,484)
Daily Press (UMV: 724,779; Media Value: $4,832)
Hartford Courant (UMV: 1,312,171; Media Value: $8,748)
• Just wanted to be sure you saw this fabulous article, "Meet the Team of Women Distillers Making Whiskey in Sonoma” on 7x7 (UMV: 645,406; Circ. 38,801).
• Buena Vista and Peanuts are included in the latest Visit California Japan newsletter which went out yesterday to approximately 3800 trade & media in Japan. Buena Vista Winery was highlighted for the blending experience tour as the “dream big” idea and they are very excited for the upcoming release of the Peanuts film! Check it out here.
• Due to hosting Robert Michael Poole, this wonderful article featuring the Farmhouse, MacRostie Winery, Bohemian Creamery, and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, titled "5 Essentials for a Sonoma Weekend Getaway,” was published on Blouin Art Info (UMV: 901,298). Robert is the Global Chief Editor of Culture+Travel (www.cultureandtravel.com) and also part of Blouin Art Info / Louise Blouin Media, based in New York, which is dedicated to an audience of art collectors and high end travellers.
• Due to hosting Joe Lieberman, a wonderful article about Peanuts, Hana Japanese Restaurant, and Safari West was published in the Asahi Weekly, the Japanese national weekly magazine. Asahi is published in English and Japanese. It is released on Sundays and on sale the entire week at newsstands and by subscription. The circulation is 250,000, with frequent travelers and 97% Japanese readers.
• Rebounderz of Rohnert Park and Tilted Shed Cider are included in a recent blog "Dishing on secret spots in Napa and Sonoma counties” on eTravelTrips from Expedia. The blog was also promoted on their twitter account, link here.
• We are excited to share coverage of Sonoma County which came as a result of media outreach. TravelAge West (UMV: 26,202; Media Value: $175) included some Sonoma County favorites in an article about hot Napa restaurants! TravelAge West was established in 1969 to serve travel agencies, corporate travel agencies, tour operators, and home-based independents in the Western United States. Highlights include travel developments in the Western market and reports of consumer trends. Regular issue features include general industry news, destination features important to Western agents, niche travel topics and cruise news.
• Due to media outreach, Jezebel Magazine (Circ: 75,000; UMV: 36,293; Media Value: $14,897) published a dedicated article on Sonoma County titled, “Uncorked Luxury.” Jezebel Magazine is written as a guide to the urban style and culture of the South. Contents focus on fashion, personalities and entertainment, covering the scenes both locally and nationally. Editorial includes celebrity interviews, the latest fashions for men and women, and film and music news, as well as highlighting the social circuit in the Southern United States. It is published by Dickey Publishing.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw this great blog on The State Journal Register (UMV: 37,171) about a fan’s recent trip to Sonoma County. The State Journal-Register is a daily newspaper for residents of Springfield, IL and the central part of the state. The publication covers local and national news, sports, business and arts & entertainment. This quote is fantastic. "They choose Sonoma because it has been able to preserve the tradition of agriculture matched with the art of winemaking as seen in the scores of tiny wineries.”
• Next we would like to share some recent press for Sonoma County wines. The articles come from a Sonoma resident, Sherrie Perkovich, that we have an ongoing relationship with. The first article is from Communities Digital News (UMV: 517,000). The second article is from Petaluma Wine. Both have the common theme of pairing fantastic wines for Thanksgiving.
• We are excited to share a fantastic article about the craft beer scene in California. We hosted Joe Baur hosted this fall and Visit California helped organize his trip. And, according to the article on Craftbeer (UMV: 1,215,251), Joe had a fabulous trip. "Santa Rosa. For many in the region, this is the town truly synonymous with craft beer in wine country.”
• Mike Dunne has some wonderful things to say about some of our finest Sonoma County wines in the article "Mike Dunne: Gold medals back up Sonoma’s image“ on the Sacramento Bee(UMV: 1,819,992). Check out his reviews here.
• Next, please read where Sebastiani and Pride are include in a round-up of "Top 5 of the best Napa and Sonoma Winery Tours” by David Mitroff on Examiner (UMV: 15,240,940).
• Check out this fantastic blog about Cloverdale from Sarah Hawthorne from 7x7 (UMV: 645,406; Circ. 38,801). "Discover Cloverdale, the Hidden Secret of Sonoma Wine Country” is a great review!
• The California Wine Institute press release that our team provided information for has garnered some great attention. Jeanne Sullivan, PR consultant for the Wine Institute, wrote in her email, “Just wanted to make sure you got a copy of Wine Institute's final press release for their wine region of the month series. We really appreciated Birgitt and Tina's input and I made sure to link to Sonoma County Tourism as much as possible. I also used content from the road trips release we did this past spring. We sent it this morning on PR Newswire to California outlets. So far the release was found on 179 websites, with a potential total audience of 10,643,924 unique visitors per day.” The press release first travelled to the San Diego Union Tribune (UMV: 1,828,975), Examiner, Food & Food Equipment News (UMV: 7,047), and The Culinary Scoop (UMV: 43,247).
• Next the Wine Institute press release found its way into the Travel 2016 round up on Tours.com’s latest edition of Travel-Intel. “Sonoma County is in full bloom with a variety of wine trails, tours, parks and places to be explored, especially for those who love their Pinot. Sonoma is the largest producer of Pinot Noir in The Golden State.” Tours.com's Travel-Intel is a weekly publication sent to 103,000 travel agents and is posted on Tours.com. This was then distributed by Reuters online (Circulation/Audience: 19,035,535), Digital Journal (Circulation/Audience: 1,828,217) and Bloomberg News (Circulation/Audience: 17,579,349).
• Next, we are pleased to share Alysia Gray Painter featured “Cozy Wine Times: Holiday in Carneros” in the Worth the trip blog for NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600). Another fantastic example of an ongoing relationship!
• Check out this great blog, This is my Happiness, by Jenna Francisco, a California-based freelance writer who covers slow travel, art/culture, & wine from Northern California and provides inspiration for families who love to travel with their kids. She also writes about wine and luxury travel for Luxe Beat Mag, family travel for G Adventures, and Brazil for About.com and obviously loves Sonoma County.
• We are happy to share that we assisted with this great little article on The Economic Times, India edition, about "Mendocino & Sonoma county: Get on the wine road this winter with friends or family.” The Economic Times is India's Leading business newspaper offering Business News, Financial news, Stock/Share Market News, Economy News, Loans & Banking News, Live Stock Quotes and News & Investment.
• After hosting Katie Chang in September, her article on Food Republic (UMV: 2,293,069 Media Value: $15,287) is live. “8 Places to Eat Really Well in Sonoma County, California” is an awesome review of some of our fabulous restaurants, including Healdsburg SHED. The article is currently the lead story on the Food Republic homepage and can also be found here. A little background: Food Republic is a blog that covers food, drink and men's lifestyle topics. The blog explores the new culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations, and experiences.
• Check out this great coverage on Where Traveler (UMV: 5,326) from Matt Villano, a travel freelancer and blogger that we work with. This latest piece is about "8 History-Making Northern California Wineries to Visit” and includes Buena Vista and Gundlach Bundschu, of course.
• Next just wanted to be sure you saw the great coverage from Conde Nast Traveler (UMV: 2,844,987) which included Sonoma County in a round-up entitled, “Where Grown Women Should Have a Bachelorette Party.” Ideas include a bike ride and rental from Sonoma County Bike Tours, a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma, and dessert at the girl and the fig.
• We hosted Jane Reynolds and she wrote a pretty nice review of Vintners Inn on Oyster.com (UMV: 756,347). According to their website, "Oyster's expert hotel investigators visit every property in-person and take every photo, and our expert written reviews are always objective. In contrast, sites such as Hotels.com, Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity rely heavily on hotels' marketing materials for both the text and images that appear on their sites.”
• An article featuring Charles Schulz was published in Cal (bi-monthly circ. 60,000). Cal is a magazine dedicated to the US West Coast lifestyle. Generations of Japanese have grown up longing for the American lifestyle, for its music, fashion, accessories and for all things vintage. The pages of Cal paint a picture of the America that everyone, young and old, dreams of. Cal is for men in their 30s and 40s who have a passion for America. With a focus on stunning photos, It aims to share with their readers all aspects of the California lifestyle -- fashion, food, home, work, autos and more.
• Thanks to Huffington Post and the Viator Travel team for being in Love with California Wine Country. Huffington Post (UMV: 41,026,511) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “8 Amazing Things to Do and Places to Go” surrounding Thanksgiving Travel. The article was then syndicated by Viator Travel. Double Win!
• Freelance journalist Kate Donnelly produced an article for FWx (UMV: 4,389,460) entitled “Checking In:12 cozy Inns to visit this Fall Into Winter.” Of her 12, Kate included the Farmhouse Inn! FWx is a sub-site of Food and Wine Magazine that targets the millennial audience.
• Lynette of the blog Life’s Better in Yoga Pants received the press release from Destination races from Sonoma County and wrote this neat blog entry. According to the release, "Destination Races, based in Sonoma, California, is the pioneer producer of the Wine Country Half Marathon Series. Founded in 2004, the Wine Country Half Marathon Series consists of seven races across prestigious wine regions in North America.”
• Check out this awesome article about Papapietro Perry on Food & Wine (Circ. 952,788); well-deserved fantastic press.
• Due to continued pitching to the writer, Gemma Price, Landmark Vineyards Guest Cottage and Kenwood Inn & Spa are included in an article in Architectural Digest (UMV: 823,693). "Now is the Time To Visit California Wine Country” is a wonderful round-up of luxury accommodations in Napa and Sonoma counties.
• As a result of the Sonoma County Winegrowers hosting Kaitlin Menza during Grape Camp 2015, Marie Claire (UMV: 1,399,632; Media Value: $9,330) provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County Grape Camp in an article, “12 Things You Learn at Wine Camp.”
• Due to hosting a group of Italian journalists with Visit California a few weeks ago, a great article about Jack London State Historic Park by Maria Egizia Fiaschetti was published on Il Corriere della Sera (Circ. 409,226). The same article was also published in another print newspaper Il Foglio (Circ. 5,000).
• We are thrilled to share the results of hosting Alessio Guerrini, the managing director of FISH-EYE Digital Video Creation. We hosted Alessio and his cameraman, Sergio Puglia, in early October. Their video was broadcasted last Sunday during the TV Travel Show Kilimangiaro on RAI 3 in Italy. Viewers were reported at 789,000 and the segment may air again during 2016. To view the segment, after the Nutella advertising, click on the “California” highlights on the right at minute 2:34.
• Check out this really amazing review of Sonoma Cider on Paste Magazine (UMV: 436,749). Paste is an online arts and lifestyle brand, covering music, movies, TV, games, comedy, books, design, tech, food, drink, travel, style, comics and soccer. Covers a broad range of music with a focus on AAA/Adult Rock, Americana, Indie Rock, World and Blues. Features up-to-date content including breaking news stories, reviews, videos, blogs, podcasts, music streams, downloads and more.
• Cornerstone Gardens was named the number 12 of "The Most Beautiful Public Gardens on the West Coast” by Sunset. The article was posted on Travel + Leisure (UMV: 12.5 million).
• Darley Newman posted this video about the top scenery in California Wine Country. Darley is the host, writer and producer of Equitrekking, the Emmy-Award winning PBS TV series. She also hosts and produces Travels wtih Darley on the AOL On Network (UMV:362,2710), MSN Travel (UMV: 120,781,6480) and Budget Travel (UMV: 15,201) where this video was posted. You may remember we assisted her and she also posted a video last September.
• Just wanted to be sure you saw this great article about the six wineries that Melissa Corbin visited last spring, including Wilson and Soda Rock. The article was published in The Tennessean (UMV: 95,771) out of Nashville. "At the six wineries I visited, the wines I tasted awakened my senses and made my palate forever curious.”
• We are thrilled to share that MacRostie, Dutton-Goldfield, Amy’s Drive Thru, Valette, Joseph Jewell, Three Sticks, Pascaline, The Barlow, Pangloss Cellars, Bird & the Bottle, Gloria Ferrer and Barndiva’s Gallery Bar are included in an article by Kristine Hansen on Fodors.com (UMV: 1,278,604). We have an ongoing relationship with Kristine and reached out to her for the inclusion. This piece is all about new, delicious experiences in Sonoma County.
• Check out the beautiful blog by Julie Falconer, A Lady in London. We hosted Julie and what a fantastic trip she had. Please don’t miss her amazing photos and the great cross-section of our dear Sonoma County that she was able to cover.
• Our Sonoma County insider, Carey Sweet, included Three Sticks, Pangloss Cellars, Corner 103, Madrone Vineyards Estate, and Gloria Ferrer in an article "Sonoma tasting rooms offer new experiences“ on SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527) and in print in the San Francisco Chronicle (Circ. 211,779). The article is a fantastic review of new tasting rooms experiences in Sonoma County. "The new Sonoma County tasting rooms epitomize the adventure, with extra elegance to boot.”
• The secret is out, thanks to Lonely Planet (UMV: 6,089,097) and continued outreach. "San Francisco is also tantalizingly close to Napa and Sonoma, where wine country getaways have midwinter bargains, especially midweek.” Check the rest of the article "San Francisco in winter: six reasons to ditch the cold for some California sun".
• Next up, just wanted to be sure you saw this awesome blog from Isaac James Baker on Reading, Writing, Wine that includes MacMurray Ranch and J Vineyards. "If you like food, wine, Sonoma and memories, you must visit.”
• We are thrilled to share that due to assisting Garrick Ramirez of 7x7.com (UMV: 645,406; Circ. 38,801), A Wine and Food Affair, Lighting of the Sonoma Plaza, and the Holiday Marketplace at VML Winery were included in an awesome round-up "Holiday Guide to Wine Country: Shopping, Tastings, Glamping + a Hanukkah Hootenanny.”
• We are excited to share that due to assistance, Osmosis, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, and the Kenwood Inn & Spa are included in an article in the magazine for Southwest Airlines. The winter travel guide is a "Bucket List 2.0” and suggests that “rather than hibernate when temps start to drop, get busy planning your dream vacation.” A little background: Southwest: The Magazine, the official inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines, reaches nearly 3.5 million travelers every issue. "Through impassioned storytelling and an emphasis on the people and places that make this country special, our mission with each issue is to remain true to Southwest's brand and values.” You can view the entire issue online.
• The PR company for Vintners Inn and SRCVB reached out to freelance travel writer Julie Kessler to see if she was interested in staying at Vintners Inn and visiting Ferrari-Carano for a travel feature. The result was this awesome feature on The Honolulu Star Advertiser (UMV: 793,000; Circ. 273,000), the most widely circulated newspaper in Hawaii.
• We are pleased to share that because of continued outreach, Alysia Gray Painter featured A Wine & Food Affair in a dedicated article on the Worth the trip blog for NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600).
• Next, we are so thrilled about the Sonoma County Section in SFGate which published this past Sunday. Below are a few of the included articles: First is this awesome round-up of "10 reasons to visit Sonoma County now” by Sophia Markoulakis on SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527). There is a great cross-section of Sonoma County in here; from A Wine & Food Affair to ugly dog sweaters; and from mountain top tasting to the Feast of the Olive!
• Plow Brewing, Taps, Beercraft, and Cooperage Brewing were included in an article "Sonoma County’s new craft brew trail“ on SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527). The article begins mentioning the wine rivalry between Sonoma and Napa and starts with this quote: "More distressful, I have to admit, is watching Sonoma County kick Napa’s butt in the beer realm.”
• The Farmhouse and Applewood Inn, Restaurant and Spa were included in a fantastic review by Michael Bauer, the famous San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic on SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527). Nice!
• Red Car, Littorai, Joseph Phelps, and Cobb were included in an article "Backwoods towns make some of Sonoma’s most exciting Pinot Noirs“ on SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527). The article is a fantastic review of the wonderful wines coming out of the Freestone-Occidental are of the Sonoma Coast AVA.
• Glen Ellen gets its own whole feature on the SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527) in the recent Sonoma County section. The title of the article, "Sleepy Glen Ellen becoming a Wine Country destination“ sums it up perfectly.
• Continuing on, last week’s article from Martha Ross on the San Jose Mercury News was syndicated to the Daily Democrat (UMV: 47,164). Double win! Also the Wine Road gets more love from the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,579,337, Circ. 581,532) in an article "Northern California wine events.” This is also written by Martha Ross, whom we have a great relationship with. Fantastic!
• We are excited to share some more press for A Wine and Food Affair and the Heart of Sonoma Valley’s Holiday Open House. This is another hit from Sherrie Perkovich, who lives in Sonoma that we have an ongoing relationship with. This time the article is on Communities Digital News (UMV: 517,000).
• This is another great example of a wonderful ongoing relationship and media outreach. Hitched Mag (UMV: 117,775) published this awesome interview and review of Patz and Hall in the article "A Neighborly Experience Awaits at the New Patz & Hall Winery.”
• Please check out this great article about the holidays in Sonoma Valley on The Daily Meal (UMV: 611,730); "Sonoma Valley Presents Wine Country Winter Wonderland With 100,000 Twinkling Lights."
• Due to media outreach, Momtastic (UMV: 181,781) included Sonoma County and Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in an article about the 30 most romantic weekend getaways for parents!
• We are excited to share a sneak peek of coverage from Simon Parker. Simon is a great freelance videographer and journalist, who drove to California from Portland, Oregon. He was on a quest for the best craft breweries for the Telegraph.co.uk (UMV: 21,905,000) in September. Please check out the attached PDF for a peek of his social media coverage from his trip.
• Check out this awesome round-up of "10 reasons to visit Sonoma County now” by Sophia Markoulakis on SF Gate (UMV: 9,505,527). There is a great cross-section of Sonoma County in here; from A Wine & Food Affair to ugly dog sweaters; and from mountain top tasting to the Feast of the Olive!
• Check out the awesome coverage from Forbes.com from Jeanne O'Brien Coffey. What an incredible interview with Gary Farrell’s winemaker, Theresa Heredia, in the article "Winemaker Dishes on the 2015 Sonoma Harvest.”
• We are thrilled to share a recent article from the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,579,337, Circ. 581,532). We have an ongoing relationship with Martha Ross and hosted her during her last trip to Sonoma County. And what a wonderful review of Vintners Inn she published!
• The New York Times (UMV: 60,047,125) highlighted the new Table for Twelve monthly dinners at Gary Farrell Vineyards and Winery in an article "Tour and Food News: Sonoma Dinners, Texas by Trailer."
•Then more good news from JustLuxe (UMV: 876,894) promoting the upcoming holiday events in Sonoma Valley. "Sonoma Valley Presents Wine Country Winter Wonderland With 100,000 Twinkling Lights.”
• Due to pitching, the Monte Rio Theater was included in an article about the "Majestic movie palaces across the USA” on USAToday.com (UMV:14,202,325, Media Value: $94,682). We worked with the writer Susan Barnes on the inclusion and are excited to share this news!
• Alysia Gray Painter published two fantastic articles in the Worth the trip blog for NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600). You will recognize her blog because we have an ongoing relationship with her. The first is an article about Safari West. The tagline is perfect. "Venture to Santa Rosa for an adventure and vino, too.” The second is an article about the Heart of Sonoma Valley’s upcoming open house, titled "Holiday Open House: Sonoma-Style Soiree."
• Next up is another journalist that we have an ongoing relationship with, Sherrie Perkovich, who lives in Sonoma. A Wine and Food Affair was included in an article "Three Must-Attend Fall Wine Events in Sonoma County” on PetalumaWine.com.
• Check out this fabulous coverage for the German speaking market from Geo Magazine (Circ. 245,413). We hosted Karl in May, and it looks like he had a fabulous trip around the entire state. Here is a link to view the magazine online and a PDF with translation is attached. Geo is a coffee table magazine and the biggest German monthly travel mag.
• Our own Paula Johnson is quoted in an article on Meetings Focus (UMV: 127,600). "California’s resort destinations blossom with group options.”
• As a result of hosting Sandra Ramani in February 2015, Bridal Guide (Circ: 136,492; Media Value: $35,903) included Sonoma County in an article titled “Favorite Escapes,” highlighting the world’s most romantic and classic honeymoon destinations in the November/December print issue.
• John Compisi, "Sonoma County Food & Wine Examiner”, published a wonderful article "A tale of three Sonoma wineries: historic, vintage and youthful.” John lives in Sonoma County and writes for Examiner.com (UMV: 15,240,940).
• As a result of HARO pitching, Organic Authority (UMV: 927,762; Media Value: $6,185) included the Sonoma Harvest Fair in a round-up of “5 Fall Wine Harvest Weekends Perfect for Wine Lovers.” The article also mentioned Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and included a quote from Mastro Scheidt Family Cellars in Healdsburg.
• As result of media outreach, Redbook Magazine (UMV: 1,393,896; Media Value: $9,292) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “Romantic Fall Getaways You Should Add to Your Travel List,” written by Samantha Lefave. Keep scrolling in the article to see mentions of Timber Cove Inn, Osmosis, and the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch.
• Due to hosting and an ongoing relationship with Kevin Nelson, this wonderful article was published on Examiner.com about the new Peanuts movie and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. We hosted Kevin this summer and he lives in Napa Valley. He continues to write about Sonoma county on his website and also posted on his personal blog about Charles Schulz on Wine Travel Adventure.
• Kevin Nelson also published this great article on his personal blog Wine Travel Adventure about Francis Ford Coppola’s winery. Check it out!
• As a result of hosting Natalie Compagno at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, she included the Farmhouse in her round-up for "Luxe Lavs: Farm Stays That Let You Get Back to Nature in Style” on Peter Greenberg (UMV: 107,982).
• Warning! Do not read this next article "The Big Eat Wine Country: 50 Things to Devour in Napa and Sonoma Counties Before You Die” on an empty stomach.” 7x7.com (UMV: 645,406) does it again! Our secrets are out. Also don’t read this recent article on 7x7.com (UMV: 645,406) if you are thirsty! "5 Sonoma County Ciders to Sip This Fall”. YUM.
• Sonoma County is mentioned in an article on the Viator Travel Blog (UMV: 18,427) titled "Thanksgiving Travel: 8 Amazing Things to Do and Places to Go.” The article captures relaxing in Sonoma Wine Country with this quote pretty well: "sometimes a glass of wine is nicer accompanied by a little serenity."
• Jennifer Boden of Dine and Travel featured one of our Sonoma County Insider articles on her blog and Facebook page. Boden is a California wine and travel journalist who features premiere wineries, restaurants, hotels, travel experiences, and seasonal events. In addition to contributing to top web and print publications, she has built a huge following on California Wine and Travel. This fan page reaches more than hundreds of thousands of travel lovers. Another example of a great ongoing relationship!
• The editor Maiko Yano visited in May to update her Globetrotter Travel Guidebook (Circ. 100,000) from Japan.
• We hosted Mr. Shintaro Makino, the chief –editor, and Mr. Yoshio Kobayashi, the photographer, of Cal Mag in August. Cal Mag is a bi-monthly men's magazine for Cal Lifestyle. We received the most coverage and next issue will include Peanuts!
• Due to media outreach, check out the latest and greatest from the Golden State on See California (UMV: 31,431). Included in the article are Sonoma County Distilling Company, the museum at Bartholomew Park Winery, and Victor Hill Wines’ new tasting room.
• Next, we are excited to share some news from Kristine Hansen who is a regular visitor that we keep in contact with. This latest piece on Group Tour (UMV: 34,652) is all about The Birds.
• Due to an ongoing relationship and regular contact, Sharon McDonnell included the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in a round-up of food festivals in the United States on World.DailySecret.com. This is Volume 1 in the series of the year in Food Festivals.
• Due to hosting Adam Waxman earlier this year, we are excited to share the dedicated article on Sonoma County in Dine Magazine (Circ. 30,000). Adam had a wonderful visit and really captured the eclectic nature of our dear county.
• As a result of dedicated pitching and ongoing media relations, Shermans Travel (UMV: 133,102; Media Value: $887) provided coverage of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in an article, “5 Places to Hang with Snoopy and Get Ready for The Peanuts Movie.” The article was written by Teresa Bitler who visited the destination as part of Grape Camp in 2013.
• As a result of media outreach, The Weather Channel (UMV: 25,427,548; Media Value: $169,516) included Sonoma County in an article, “Unique Ways to Experience Fall Color,” highlighting Wine Country Trail Rides. Check out the full article here.
• Check out this coverage from Fathom (UMV: 398,539) highlighting Sonoma County. The content was written by Fathom founder Pavia Rosati who visited Sonoma and Napa last year through a coordinated trip by the Relais & Châteaux hotel group. A three-part series; it kicks off with an article, The Road to Happiness Begins in Sonoma.
• Additional coverage was also posted by Editorial Assistant Daniel Schwartz on Fathom, entitled My Respects to the Godfather's Grape Patch. While he was hosted by Francis Ford Coppola, through the power of social media we learned of Schwartz’ visit and were able to connect and provide him with a Sonoma County welcome bag and overall materials on the destination.
• Due to assistance, Kelley Ferro is back in Sonoma County for video production. According to her website www.kelleyferro.com, "Kelley is a seasoned host, travel journalist and foodie. She's hosted hundreds of shows from all ends of the globe. Her experience in travel & jetsetter style has made her a leading travel expert in the US.” Kelley films for TripFilms which then gets posted to Budgettravel.com Check out the attached screenshots from her Twitter and Instagram for a sneak peek of the coverage.
• Due to assisting Lyn Mettler, Sonoma on a Bike was included in three different article in the past week. The first blog is about leaf peeping in Sonoma County on her own blog, Go To Travel Gal. The second article is on the NY Times (Circ. 2,149,012) and the third article is on The Chicago Tribune (Circ. 439,731), both of which are about Sonoma on a Bike’s new hard-core tour of Wine Country.
• Due to hosting Bruce Cox in April 2015, Bruce wrote a great piece about the "The Good Life Across the Golden Gate” for Four Shires Magazine (Circ. 10,000), a wonderful regional glossy lifestyle magazine from the UK. In addition to this coverage, he also divided the feature into its component parts and submitted those to Trip Advisor and the MustSee app. He posted individual reviews on Trip Advisor for the Bodega Bay Lodge and the Duck Club restaurant; the Farmhouse Inn (separately on hotel &the restaurant); and Zazu Kitchen and Farm. He has just heard from Trip Advisor that the Bodega Bay and Farmhouse Inn reviews (hotel and restaurant combined) got over 500 views each during the first seven days! He also covered a number of what MustSee call 'experiences' and 'highlights' within my California Trips guide for that app, each with five or six photographs. These covered a Sonoma County overview, an account of the drive from SFO to Bodega Bay on Highway 1, items on the Bodega Bay Lodge, items on the Farmhouse Inn, and items on the Marin French Cheese Company, McEvoy Olive Oil and Black Pig Meat Company.
• As a result of ongoing outreach, Postcards Magazine (Circ: 125,000) published dedicated coverage of Sonoma County in a three-page article titled, “36 hours in Sonoma.” The feature was written by Paul Rubio, who visited Sonoma County in 2011.
• Due to assistance, Ethan Fixell featured three Sonoma County breweries during his visit to Santa Rosa in an article titled, "6 Breweries To Hit On Your Northern California Beer Tour” on Food Republic (Circ. 390,784; UMV: 1,492,289). Food Republic "explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations, and experiences. This is the site for people who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart.”
• Rebekah Bell published a wonderful dedicated piece on Flowers Winery on the Robb Report (Circ: 101,465; UMV: 726,509). A little background: Robb Report covers the luxury market and content highlights exotic automobiles, boats, aircrafts, upscale travel, technology, watches, fashion, sports, investments, business, real estate and other lifestyle topics geared toward the affluent market.
• We hope you enjoy watching this video. What a fun group! As you will remember, we arranged this with Jenn and Jack through Visit California.
• Due to ongoing Fall Foliage pitching efforts, we are happy to share this article on Bella New York (UMV: 144,759). The story, titled “Laid Back Luxury Finds in California,” includes detailed opportunities for fall foliage viewing in Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Napa Valley and Downtown Los Angeles, along with a full image gallery. A little background: BellaNYC.com is the online version of the bi-monthly lifestyle magazine, Bella New York. The magazine covers beauty, fashion, celebrities, heath, arts and culture, travel, home design and luxury lifestyle.
• This is a great guys article on The Drive.
• This is a really fun blog to read from a Kiwi.
• As result of direct pitching, USA Today (UMV: 15,160,121) included Amy’s Drive-Thru in a round-up article highlighting the trend of healthy “fast casual” restaurants popping up in California. We worked with the writer Gemma Price on the piece – originally pitching her the restaurant and then following up with images and additional information.
•Osmosis received a great mention in Passport’s spa issue. This is due to our ongoing relationship and recent hosting of Rich Rubin. Passport provides travel and tourism information exclusively to the gay and lesbian community. It has a circulation of 164,000 and is published nine times a year.
• Ilona Thompson published this wonderful review of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend on her blog Palate Exposure (601,533 page views). Ilona was part of WCW media and really captured the magic of the event with this quote: The ultimate experience, however, didn’t come from a luxurious plate of food or an impressive sip of wine. It came from watching people feel genuinely moved.
• We wanted to be sure you saw another piece hit from Jim Byers’ recent visit. Previously the article was on the North Bay Nugget from Ontario, Canada (UMV: 70,892) and then syndicated to the Toronto Sun (UMV: 1,183,439) and the National Post (circ. 177,782). The latest syndication is to the Montreal Gazette.
• As a result of hosting Sharon McDonnell during Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014 and ongoing outreach, Daily Secret (UMV: 100,890; Media Value: $673) included the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in a round-up of Fall harvest festivals in the U.S.
• The Bay Area Reporter published a "Quick guide to Guerneville” with many great ideas of what to do, where to eat, and where to sleep. Check out the awesome coverage. The Bay Area Reporter is published weekly with a circulation of 28,942 and has 57,723 unique visitors per month.
• Darley Newman posted this awesome video about the top things to do in Wine Country. Darley Newman is the host, writer and producer of Equitrekking, the Emmy-Award winning PBS TV series. She also hosts and produces Travels wtih Darley on the AOL On Network (UMV:362,2710), MSN Travel (UMV: 120,781,6480) and Budget Travel (UMV: 15,201) where this video was posted.
• Carey Sweet’s latest on 7x7 (UMV: 645,406) is "Raise a Glass at These Tiny, Boutique Wineries”, including two Sonoma County wineries not to miss.
• We are thrilled to share that A. Rafanelli Winery, Ridge Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Windsor Golf Club, and Northwoods Golf were included in an article on Golf.com. Due to an ongoing relationship with the author Josh Sens, Sonoma County is number three in a round-up "The 11 Absolute Best Spots for Golf and Wine-Tasting.” Golf is published by Time Inc. and has a circulation of 1,410,217.
• Canadians just can’t get enough of the USA month after month. Record numbers of visitors are flying (and driving) south across the border with 22.7 million visitors to the USA. Our latest Canadian piece is from Jim Byers. We have a longtime relationship with Mr. Byers. He was travel editor for five years at the Toronto Star, which has the largest travel section in North America, and he had his own travel blog for years. He currently writes destination stories for several publications, including Zoomer magazine, The Australian newspaper, and for Air Canada rouge. He also writes two blogs a month for Expedia.ca. We hosted Jim last week and his first coverage is out on the North Bay Nugget from Ontario, Canada (UMV: 70,892). It’s now on Postmedia and Sun Media paper websites across Canada. The total for all sites is 17 million readers a day! This piece was then syndicated to the Toronto Sun here and the National Post here.
• We wanted to pass along where American Spa (Circ: 28,151; UMV: 17,422) published a dedicated article on Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma County, written by Julie Keller Callaghan. The piece is in the September 2015 print issue and also online.
• Next is a wonderful review of the Taste of Sonoma on Travel, Wine and Dine who blogs about Sonoma County regularly.
• Check out Carey Sweet’s latest from the inside. This week she shares the freshest spots to “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country” on 7x7 (UMV: 607,940). Great coverage!
• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet also wrote a piece on Jenner’s new Russia House #1 for the Inside Scoop blog of SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927).
• We are happy to share a recent article on Examiner (UMV: 15,240,940) and some really wonderful B&Bs. "Where Luxury Costs Less: 3 B&B with Spas Where Guests Say Ahh” includes our own Applewood Inn.
• Bill Zacharkiw wrote a really wonderful review of our home, called Savouring Sonoma for the Ottawa Citizen (circ. 112,536).
• Due to an ongoing relationship, an amazing image from Gustafson was shared last Friday in Metro Newspapers in Canada. The piece ran in Canadian markets, including Metro Vancouver, Metro Edmonton, Metro Toronto, Metro Ottawa, Metro Halifax, Metro London and Metro Montréal. Combined the newspapers reach around 1.7 million readers. The paper includes local, national and international news, politics, business, sports, arts & entertainment and pop culture.
• Check out this article on Yahoo! Travel (UMV: 5,898,994 and Page View per Month: 21,697,267) from Kristi Marcelle that we hosted and continue working with. "Family Day Trips from San Francisco“ features Francis Ford Coppola’s winery and Safari West. Yahoo! Travel covers travel destinations as well as news about airlines, hotels, cruises and vacation adventures.
• Next, due to an ongoing relationship, Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (monthly circ. 104,292) published an awesome insider’s guide to Dry Creek Valley. Here is the inside look at the best spots to wine, dine and recline.
• Next, check out this awesome article about the Cheese Trail from Nadine Kam on the Honolulu Pulse. Included are Marin French Cheese and Bohemian Creamery.
• Here is some great news. The "Tourism Ambassador Institute Certifies 15,000th Ambassador”, who is for Sonoma County, and our own Ken Fischang is quoted! Check out the news on Incentive Mag.
• Linda Compasoi, who lives in Sonoma County, wrote a fantastic review of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend on Examiner (UMV: 15,240,940).
• After Chris Jenner met Ben the Bachelor and Cait Jenner called Wine Country home for a few days, now the Wrestling Divas enjoying Wine Country. You will have to read the article from the Sonoma Sun to get the scoop.
• We are excited to share that due to media pitching and an ongoing relationship, Deerfield Ranch, Loxton Cellars, and Paradise Ridge are included in an article in the LA Times (Circ: 650,718; UMV: 25,729,286). The article "5 California wine festivals perfect for getting your crush on” is a great round-up of festivals not to miss during harvest and California Wine Month and features the Sonoma Valley Crush Festival.
• As a result of media outreach, New York Times (Circ: 2,502,123; UMV: 70,574,252; Media Value: $1,660,197) included Sonoma County in an article, “In California, Olive Oil Tourism Is on the Rise” in print and online. This originated from our agritourism pitch earlier this year. The piece written by Shivani Vora highlighted olive oil tours available at McEvoy Ranch and Trattore Farms. Shivani responded with interest and we connected her with the farms directly for interviews and further details. This piece was then syndicated to the Malay Mail (circ. 20,816), the Des Moines Register (circ. 86,982) and the Register-Guard (circ. 53,891) out of Eugene, OR.
• Passing along online coverage from Travel + Leisure (UMV: 12.5 million) written by San Francisco correspondent Jenna Scatena. Jenna is the Editor-at-Large at San Francisco magazine and also freelances for numerous sources. This article is titled “Harvest Hack: The Best Way to Experience Fall in Sonoma” and includes the Wine Road, West Wines, and Merriam Vineyards!
• Kimberly at the Daring Gourmet was hosted by us in August. Check out her recent blog about her trip to Sonoma County. Her article is a great spin on the family-friendly activities and lodging we have to offer.
• Haute Living (Circ: 35,000; Media Value: $6,900) published an article highlighting harvest events in Wine Country and included Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction and Sonoma Grape Camp. We provided Kelly Carter with information on numerous events taking place this fall earlier in the year. We more recently provided imagery and fact-checking assistance. She also recently attended some of the SWCW festivities.
• Also recently published by Kelly Carter on Haute Living was this fantastic review "Inside The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction That Raised A Record-Shattering $4.5 Million."
• Due to an ongoing relationship with Sherri Perkowich, "Five must attend September California Wine Country events" was published on Communities Digital News (UMV: 543,810). Check it out here.
• Our very own Ariane Hiltebrand gets a shout out on For Immediate Release! Ariane submitted our Sonoma Arrivalguide and we are now one of the key destinations. "ArrivalGuides, the world’s largest distributor of up-to-date destination information, supplies its distribution network of over 330 major global brands with content supplied directly from over 550 tourism bureaus and destination experts. These major global brands, including AAA, Aer Lingus, SAS and rentalcars.com, will now use the official content of ArrivalGuides destination partners in a variety of ways to influence their customers to explore and book their holidays to these destinations.”
• Check out this article where our own Ken Fischang explains the road to the Superbowl 50 partnership to Greg Oates of Skift (UMV: 469,258). Skift is a travel intelligence company that offers news, information, data and services to professionals in the travel industry and professional travelers. It covers travel industry investments and start-ups, as well as information on destinations, lodging, transportation, cruises and more. The article made the top headline article of the DMAI’s newsletter!
• As a result of media outreach, Stars and Stripes (UMV: 1,309,150; Media Value: $8,727) included the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival in an article on fall foodie festivals, written by Myscha Theriault. Stars and Stripes is written for the for the U.S. military community. It maintains an independent editorial and provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective staff-produced stories relevant to the military community.
• We provided information to Sery Kim and she includes the Sonoma County Harvest Festival in a round-up of “Best Fall Food Festivals Around-the-World” on her blog, Adventures in Sery (UMV: 5,000).
• The Bay Area Reporter (UMV: 26,610; Circ: 28,942; Media Value: $2,967) published a dedicated article highlighting gay entrepreneurs in Sonoma County in the ‘Business Briefs’ column. The piece was written by Matthew Bajko. Due to assistance, he interviewed and included Mercury Wine, Sonoma Orchid Inn, Iron Horse Vineyards, and the Crushers of Comedy.
• This coverage from Yahoo which included the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in a round-up of “American Food Festivals That Are Worth a Trip This Fall.”
• Check out this amazing coverage of some our finest wineries on Private Clubs. It is published every other month, with a circulation of 184,386. Private Clubs is a member-only publication, distributed to member households of Club Corp owned, operated and affiliated private country clubs, business clubs, and resorts.
• We are excited to share the latest article from Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet. Check out her round-up of "five of the best settings to stake out” on 7x7 (UMV: 607,940).
• Due to hosting the journalist, Safari West gets some love on Trip Atlas (Circulation/Audience: 10,890) in the article "Wine Country with Kids (Seriously!)”. A perfect headline for wonderful coverage. TripAtlas.com is one of the world's largest online travel resources. In addition to a wide range of tools and helpful information, it provides travel ideas, destination reviews and activities coverage. TripAtlas can also help readers find everything from travel agents and travel articles to travel deals and reader blogs.
• Next, please check out this adorable blog Pickles & Honey. Simply amazing photography!
• We worked with Betsy to publish this great article on About.com. Keep scrolling for mentions of Healdsburg, Occidental, Russian River, and Sonoma Valley. Fantastic coverage!
• Due to media outreach, Alysia Gray Painter published this great dedicated article on Sonoma Wine Country Weekend on NBC Bay Area (UMV: 173,600) in its ‘Worth the Trip’ column. The channel is the NBC affiliate based out of San Jose, California.
• We worked with the writer Alesandra (Alice) Dubin on this article on Bravo TV's The Daily Dish. Quoted are Lisa Mattson from Jordan Winery and Vineyard and Rachel Vorhees from Rodney Strong. Also mentioned is Healdsburg Tours. Check out her article about the Do’s and Don’ts of Wine Tasting.
• As a result of media outreach, Rebecca Shinners included the Sonoma County Harvest Fair in two recent articles about upcoming fall festivals. The first article, "19 of The Best Fall Food Festivals You Need To Experience”, was published on Delish (UMV: 46,326). The second article, "18 of The Best Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season”, was published on Country Living (UMV: 1,035,332).
• Christine Sarkis from Smarter Travel (UMV: 618,540) is joining the Taste of Sonoma this weekend. We hosted her this past September on a group press trip. Check out her excitement here.
• As a result of media outreach, Haute Living (UMV: 557,025; Media Value: $3,714) posted a dedicated article on Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, written by Kelly Carter. She will also be attending this weekend. Check out the great coverage.
• Due to hosting Manchán Magan, this awesome 9-page article on Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties was published in Cara Magazine (circ. 47,000). It is currently in every Aer Lingus aircraft and she will also be featuring Northern California and San Fransisco on various episodes of her weekly radio travel slot in a few months time.
• Sonoma County Insider, Jennifer Miner, included Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in an article "California Wine Month Celebrations” on the blog The Vacation Gals.
• John Compisi, "Sonoma County Food & Wine Examiner”, published a wonderful article "Two fabulous wine country weekend events on the North Coast", including Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, of course. John lives in Sonoma County and writes for Examiner.com (UMV: 15,240,940).
• Due to media outreach, Minnesota Girl in the World (UMV: 39,785; Media Value: $265) included Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in a round-up of "California Wine Month: Events NOT to miss!” Check it out here.
• Kimberly at the Daring Gourmet was hosted by us in August. Check out her recent blog about her trip to Safari West. Beautiful photos and fantastic coverage!!
• Food Reference (UMV: 97,587) included Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and the 20th Annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival in the September calendar of food events not to miss. A little background: Food Reference is written for people with an interest in food and travel. Includes articles, features, facts, trivia and quotes about food and cooking. Offers interviews with chefs, authors and food personalities. Provides press releases and new product news. Features historic restaurants and hotels. Sections include CookBook Reviews, MarketPlace, Cooking Schools, Gourmet Tours, Festivals & Shows, Cooking Tips, Food History and Food Fun.
• The Monterey Herald (circ. 22,524; UMV: 563,325) included quite a few Sonoma County events in an article “Northern California Wine Events”. Due to media outreach, Matanzas Creek’s Yoga & Wine, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Martinelli Winery & Vineyards’ Barbecue and wine, and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards' Sonoma Tastemakers series were included.
• Due to an ongoing relationship, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is included in the Events section of RV Life. A little background: RV Life is published for RV owners and enthusiasts of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, with a particular focus on British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. It covers travel, lifestyles and entertainment with technical articles, product reviews and letters from readers, and has a monthly circulation of 55,000.
• Due to media outreach, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is mentioned in a round-up of September Wine Festivals in California on See California (UMV: 28,587). See California covers travel in California. Offers information on destinations, local events, travel tips and advice, maps, dining suggestions and other related topics.
• As a result of pitching, The Richest (UMV: 570,911 Media Value: $3,806) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “10 Great Places to go to After a Divorce.” The Richest is a Canadian publication covering wealth, business, luxury goods and travel, and sports. Offers content with a financial and money angle.
• Check out this news about Sonoma Wine Country Weekend from NBC Bay Area.
• As a result of hosting Laura Janelle Downey during Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014, Forbes (UMV: 23,110,692; Media Value: $1,047,684) provided coverage of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in an article, “3 Reasons Why You Should Attend The Taste of Sonoma.”
• A wonderful article about Forestville was published with our assistance on SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927). Read the "‘Good life’ of Wine Country with small-town charm in Forestville” here.
• Check out this article on the Suffield Times. "10 days of fun in Sonoma County” is a pretty good round-up.
• Here is another great article from our favorite Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet. The Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival and Windsor Farmers Market are included in a round-up of tomato festivals on 7x7.com (UMV: 607,940).
• Rich Rubin wrote a fantastic piece about Sonoma County in the September issue of Passport Magazine. Passport provides travel and tourism information exclusively to the gay and lesbian community. It has a circulation of 164,000 and is published nine times a year. We hosted Rich Rubin earlier this year. Read the many reasons why Rich doesn’t "want to leave Sonoma County. Ever.”
• Due to assistance, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is included in a round-up of California wine events not to miss on 10best.com (UMV: 899,651). "Napa Valley may be California's most-famous wine region, but don't tell the grapes.” Read the rest here.
• Did you read the news about "packed planes boosting tourism spending" in the Press Democrat (circ. 53,52; UMV: 859,222)? Well done team!
• Due to media outreach, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and California Wine Month gets a plug on the San Diego Union Tribune (UMV: 1,942,825). Check it out here.
• Our pal Randi Yagi included Helico Sonoma in a round-up of “Best Helicopter Tours in the Bay Area”. We hosted Randi in May, and we are thrilled to share more results of the Sonoma County fan. His work can also be found on Examiner.com. But this great news is from Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com (UMV: 582,963).
• Please read this wonderful Napa Valley Sonoma County Travel Guide on Gayot.com (UMV: 367,980). Gayot provides the latest up-to-date information on food, wine and travel. Offers top dining selections, the latest restaurant news and a searchable restaurant database with ratings, reviews and top ten lists.
• Due to media outreach, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gets some more love on SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927). It is time to “Celebrate the Grape”.
• Double win! The article was then syndicated to the Houston Chronicle which has a circulation of 370,961 and UMV: 6,644,226!
• Please check out this neat blog with beautiful vintage looking photos, Yesterday Girl. It is worth a peek!
• Due to media outreach, quite a few of our partners were included in this wonderful article about a trip to Sonoma County by Jan Walsh. Published on Birmingham Restaurants (UMV: 53,3970, which covers restaurant reviews and recipes for residents in and around the Birmingham, AL area. Editorial content includes the latest news, reviews and recommendations for restaurants including chef profiles, menus, recipes, video restaurant tours and events and specials for food and drinks.
• See why Sonoma County "still ranks among top 20 places to live in US based on climate, scenery” according to a recent article in the Press Democrat (circ. 53,52; UMV: 859,222) about a study from 1999 that has resurfaced.
• As a result of working with freelancer Anna Maltby, Vogue.com (UMV: 13,127,351 Media Value: $87,516) included Grape Camp in a round-up of adult summer camps. She attended Grape Camp last year and was hosted by the Sonoma County Winegrowers. Fantastic article!
• See why Enda Cullen goes out of her way to include a mention of Sonoma County in a blog about visiting San Francisco on the Irish News (UMV: 107,265). The Irish News is a regional daily newspaper covering regional news, sports, business and lifestyle for Northern Ireland. "Sonoma, like its neighbour Napa, is famed for its wines. However, it is much less gentrified and retains its charm.”
• This article is one that you don’t want to miss about "The 11 American Wineries with Breathtaking Views” on Vinepair (UMV:326,418).
• Due to an ongoing relationship with Ian White, San Francisco Magazine (monthly circ. 104,292) included Buena Vista, Hamel Family Wines, Schug, Gundlach Bundschu, and Kunde in a round-up of the "best spots to hide from the sun and sip the day away.” Check out the opening photo of Buena Vista- awesome!
• Please read this amazingly beautiful blog about our home. A perfect example of why we work with bloggers!
• It is great to have the Sonoma Coast included in the article "Ten of the best California Road Trips” on Spencer Spellman’s blog Whiskey Tango Globetrot. California is truly a magnificent state! We worked with Spencer for this fantastic blog.
• In this article, Mary Orlin is talking "bigger, brighter digs" about Gloria Ferrer's new tasting room and patio on the San Jose Mercury News (circ. 581,532; UMV: 1,570,192).
• Due to media outreach, we are thrilled to share more posts about California Wine Month and the upcoming Sonoma Wine Country Weekend on Examiner.com (UMV: 15,240,940). Examiner provides hyperlocalized content and serves as a daily news and entertainment hub comprised of several regional editions. And provides an inside source for content powered by Examiners, a diverse group of contributors and columnists from around the country. Read more here.
• As a result of media outreach, Los Angeles Times (UMV: 25,729,286; Media Value: $171,528) posted coverage of Sonoma County and Jack London State Historic Park in an article, “Peek into the life of author Jack London on a historic tour at his California home,” written by Mary Forgione.
• Here is some Barlow love in the recent article "Where to Eat and Shop at the Barlow in Sebastopol” published by the New York Times (Circ: 2,019,693 UMV: 70,574,252). We hosted Elaine Glusac in 2014. It is great to see more results from helping one of the top freelancers in the industry. Check out the fantastic review of the Barlow and partners here.
• Check out this beautiful blog by The Teacher Diva about a weekend in Sonoma. Her photos are absolutely amazing!
• This is a great blog on Viator by Dana Rebmann who lives in Santa Rosa. "Wine Country Ice Cream” sounds just about lovely right now.
• Due to hosting André Proulx a few weeks ago, an article about wines from California and Ontario, Canada was published on the Torontoist (UMV: 321,569). "What California's extreme weather means for its wines, and how Ontario matches up.”
• Visit California hi-lighted the Google Street View of our favorite California wineries on their Facebook page. Check out the screenshot below and their Facebook page to see the beautiful images.
• Check out this great article about “10 of America’s best roadside diners” on MPN Now.
• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet wrote a fantastic article about the upcoming second location of Dick Blomster’s Korean Diner in Santa Rosa on the Inside Scoop blog of SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927).
• Please read the excerpt of DMAI’s e-book The Evolving Role of DMOs in a Shifting Marketplace, titled "How Sonoma County Changed Destination Marketing”. “We created a unique partnership unlike anywhere else in the world,” says Fischang. Read the rest here.
• Did you catch the Perseid Meteor Shower? Our own Carey Sweet of 7x7 (UMV: 607,940) did! Check out where she says the best viewing is in Wine Country.
• Due to an ongoing relationship, Kevin Nelson featured Sonoma Canopy Tours in an article "Ziplining through the Sonoma redwoods with the greatest of ease” on Examiner.com (UMV: 15,240,940). What great coverage! Check it out here.
• Sonoma was featured in a recent article, "101 Most Comfortable Cities in the U.S.", on Expedia's Viewfinder. Over 600,000 guest reviews on hotel accommodations were analyzed to determine the top cities for comfort across the U.S. Check it out: 101 Most Comfortable Cities.
• As a result of release distribution, Luxury Travel Magazine (UMV: 63,705; Media Value: $425) posted dedicated coverage of Sonoma County’s events throughout September’s California Wine Month
• Check out this cool video teaser of the new series on YouTube. The idea is to reach the younger generation with their favorite stars of YouTube videos, known as YouTubers. We hosted the whole crew and made the arrangement with Sonoma Canopy Tours. This article goes into more detail and hosts the video teaser at the bottom.
• As a result of hosting Sharon McDonnell during Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014, Daily Secret (UMV: 83,310; Media Value: $556) included Sonoma County in an article, “Following the Wine Route.” Also included are The Barlow, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Gloria Ferrer Winery, and Buena Vista Winery.
• Check out this awesome story on KTVU Channel 2 News (UMV: 451,867) from last week, airing before the Gravenstein Apple Fair. Sonoma County is front and center in the story, along with mentions of tourism-friendly places like the Petaluma Tap Room, Community Market in Sebastopol, and of course--the glorious Gravenstein Apple!
• As a result of hosting Caitlin Martin, the fourth article in a series about Sonoma County was published on Johnny Jet (UMV: 238,156; Media Value: $1,588). The article “Where to Stay: Sonoma County, CA” includes the Farmhouse Inn and Spa, Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.
• Due to an ongoing relationship with Christine Delsol, Guerneville is included in a round-up of "Best California cities beyond San Francisco for LGBT travelers” in an article on SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927). Check out the great news here.
• André Proulx, a journalist from Toronto who has his own blog and also contributes to Torontoist (UMV: 321,569) and Metro Toronto (UMV: 266,476)posted two images to his Twitter account when we hosted him in early August as a sneak peek of coverage.
• An article was published in the Børsen print weekend edition (circ. 148,000) and on Borsen.dk (UMV: 443,723) due to hosting Ole Troelsø of the Danish "Financial Times”.
• Due to an ongoing relationship with Jennifer Boden, quite a few articles were published on California Wine and Travel. According to her Linked In page, Jennifer “… is a California health, food, wine and travel journalist who has become the go-to source for all things wine country. In addition to contributing to top web and print publications, Boden has built a huge following on her social media fan page, California Wine and Travel. The site reaches more than 40,000 people and covers the best California has to offer, including wine tastings, concerts, new restaurants and luxurious lodgings.” Check out her four recent articles: Sonoma wineries with picnics; Remodel of Valley of the Moon Winery and Madrone Vineyards Estate; A Petaluma round-up; Bodega Bay Adventures
• The recent article on the Wall Street Journal highlights our wonderful breweries in Sonoma County. "Though it’s still best known for its wines, northern California’s Sonoma County has a burgeoning craft-beer scene that’s drawing a crowd”.
• As a result of hosting Sandra Ramani in January, Organic Spa Magazine (UMV: 75,817; Circ: 125,000) features the Farmhouse Inn (and mentions Sonoma County of course!) in a story for the current issue on herbal body treatments that range “from bush medicine to Balinese herbs, our hot list of new and notable herbal body treatments”.
• Due to an ongoing relationship with Sherri Perkowich, the "Outside Lands 2015: Essential Wine and Music pairing guide" was published on Communities Digital News (UMV: 543,810). "For you foodies, winos and craft brew lovers, this is your dream event.”
• Another result of hosting Sandra Ramani is the inclusion of Sonoma County’s wineries and restaurants in an article in Local Houston Magazine (Circ: 72,965; UMV: 86,894; Media Value: $9,179). A pdf of the article “Get Pairing In Napa and Sonoma” is attached and a link to the August issue is here, on pages 70 and 71.
• Becasue of press release distribution, Adventures in Sery (UMV: 5,000) provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County and many of our partners. Sery attended our SITC:DC event and we’ve since extended the Grape Camp 2015 invitation. In addition to her personal blog, she is an-air contributor to ABC WJLA’s morning show “Let’s Talk Live,” (Reach: 1,000,000) and is also a regular contributor on broadcast shows on CBS (Reach: 800,000), NBC and WUSA-TV. She is also a contributor to FWx – the newly launched millennial focused blog from Food & Wine magazine.
• In addition, Adventures in Sery (UMV: 5,000) provided dedicated coverage of the Vintners Inn renovations.
• We are thrilled to share the news from Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet. Carey wrote a fantastic article about the remodel at Hana Japanese Restaurant on the Inside Scoop blog of SF Gate (UMV: 9,622,927). According to their website, "SFGate is the Hearst-owned website sister-site of the San Francisco Chronicle and the go-to online source for all news and entertainment related to the Bay Area.”
• Due to hosting Nick Vindin, check out this article about what to do in San Francisco on Smooth FM. Nick includes a detour to Sonoma Wine Country, of course!
• Here is more proof from the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,570,192; circ. 581,532) that Sonoma County is known for wine and the outdoors
• Because of an ongoing relationship, we are happy to hare this fun article on offMetro (UMV: 56,078) about Unique Dining Experiences in the Bay Area that includes Safari West. offMetro's San Francisco edition provides travel ideas and advice on the best car-less getaways for city dwellers in San Francisco.
• The blog entry, Mrs. O Around the World - “A Lux Weekend around Napa Valley, California" was published. We assisted Mrs. O when she came to Sonoma County.
• Another result of hosting Torild Moland in April 2013, is the article “Good Wine Taste” in Se go Hør, the largest illustrated weekly in Denmark. Se go Hør has a circulation of 113,000.
• Healdsburg was ranked #23 in a round-up of “Best Small City in America” by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. To be considered a “small city,” a location must have a population under 100,000. Nearly 77,000 readers participated in the 2014 survey and participants voted on a set of criteria based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The responses were averaged together to create the list of top 30 cities. The rankings were syndicated to the Huffington Post (UMV: 33,647,468).
• Imagery Estate Winery and Hood Mountain Regional Park were included in a recent blog on Weekend Sherpa (UMV: 128,795). It just goes to show how well Sonoma County is known for wine and the outdoors in the Bay Area!
• Due to an ongoing relationship, two recent articles featuring Sonoma County were published in the August issue of Sunset Magazine (circ. 1,262,543). Fort Ross Vineyard & Tasting Room gets the spotlight in the Savoring the coast section. And a wonderfully written narrative about Monte Rio features the Rio Theater.
• As a result of media outreach, Travel + Leisure (UMV: 9,963,908; Media Value: $66,426) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “Wine Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List,” written by Ted Loos. Mentioned partners include: Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyard, Flowers Vineyards & Winery, and Littorai Winery.
• Savor Healdsburg Food Tours received some great coverage on the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,570,192; circ. 581,532).
• Healdsburg has received more great coverage in an article also on the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,570,192; circ. 581,532). The tagline “Sip, nosh, repeat” just about sums it up.
• Due to media outreach, an article on the North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 60,644; circ. 6,183) was published about the surge of hotel construction. “New lodging development shows confidence in the market. They will complement our existing hotels in offering travelers a wide range of lodging choices” - Ken Fischang.
• Awesome coverage of the Sonoma Marin Cheese trail map, Cowgirl Creamery, and Marin French Cheese was featured on Condé Nast Traveler (UMV: 2,844,987).
• Due to inviting Kelly Carter to the Patron dinner at Buena Vista Winery, Kelly wrote a fantastic recap on Haute Living (UMV: 557,025).
• Sonoma County insider Carey Sweet of 7x7 reviewed the new Amy's drive-thru (UMV:607,940, circ: 38,801).
• The Visit CA newsletter featured Guerneville featured in an article about LGBT escapes.
• Sunset Magazine featured spoonbar in an article about a road trip down south to Sunset Savor the Central Coast. I am sure you are wondering what spoonbar has to do with the central coast. They recommend an afternoon in Sonoma Wine Country first, of course!
• As a result of media outreach, Yahoo! (UMV: 109,892,550; Media Value: $732,617) included Sonoma County in a round-up of “Coolest Outdoor Spa Experiences,” highlighting Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.
• As a result of release distribution, Food & Beverage Magazine (UMV: 21,529; Media Value: $144) provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County and many of our partners.
• Due to ongoing media outreach, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend received coverage on Go World Travel (UMV: 97,427). "This September, the Golden State celebrates its love affair with grapes during the eighth consecutive California Wine Month.”
• Due to hosting, Leon (http://www.leon.jp/), the men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine in Japan (circ. 50,000) featured Francis Ford Coppola's Winery in a story about San Francisco and Wine Country.
• Due to ongoing media outreach, Griffo Distillery was featured in an article on Taste California Travel.
• Visit CA has tagged Sonoma County in this post and the article they are linking to is from 2012 and says Sonoma Valley, but the content is all about Sonoma County.
• 7x7.com (UMV:607,940, circ: 38,801) included Bear Republic’s Café Racer 15 in an article titled "8 Summer Beers Coming Soon to a Pint Glass Near You“.
• Check out this coverage from Thrillist, which named Russian River Brewing as the best brewery in California in a round-up spotlighting “The Best Craft Brewery in Every State.”
• Sonoma Wine Country Weekend received some great coverage on the San Jose Mercury News (UMV: 1,570,192; circ. 581,532).
• Diavola received a fantastic review on a blog titled Hedonist Shedonist, whose tagline is "Sharing the best Food, Travel and Events from around the world.”
• Due to hosting Randy Yagi of CBS San Francisco in May, we are thrilled to share more results of the Sonoma County fan. His work can be found on Examiner.com. The article “Best Places to View Wildlife Near San Francisco” includes the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com (UMV: 582,963).
• Here is a sneak peek of coverage on this blog entry from the Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide. We can’t wait to see what adventures she finds!
• Huffington Post (UMV: 47,669,118) posted a great article "7 Places You Can Legally Drink on the Street in the U.S.” New Orleans and Las Vegas are featured alongside the Sonoma Plaza. "It makes sense that one of America’s top wine towns would look the other way when it comes to enjoying a nice glass of wine in the park.”
• Have a listen to this coverage from KRCB, North Bay’s Public Media. John Ryan has recorded a great 2 minute piece about the first four regional parks that the Russian River passes through on its journey to the Pacific.
• Due to pitching, Tilted Shed Ciderworks was featured in an article about the 10 best eco-friendly breweries on Epicure and Culture. "From organic brewing practices to sustainable infrastructure, these eco-breweries are the perfect mix of green and amber.”
• Due to ongoing contact with the author Dana Rebmann, check out this great blog “Outdoor Adventures in Sonoma” about some fantastic outdoor adventures in our backyard.
• Due to hosting Robert Annis in early June, the article “5 Reasons to Bike Through Sonoma County” was published on PasteMagazine.com (UMV: 456,819). As you can guess, it is a wonderful article about cycling in Sonoma County featuring Getaway Adventures.
• Due to ongoing relationship, the article "7 Haute Picnic Spots Along Wine Road in No. Sonoma County” was published on HauteLiving.com (UMV: 557,025). The article is a great round-up of some of the most fantastic picnic spots in Northern Sonoma County. "If you’re looking for an escape from San Francisco’s dreary summer days, head to the Wine Road of Northern Sonoma County, where beautiful scenery, spectacular wines and warm weather make for the perfect place to picnic on a summer afternoon.”
• This article was written by Corinna Lothar, a DC-based freelancer, for the Washington Times (UMV: 3,727,984) It’s a great feature that highlighted many of the annual events and numerous partners.
• Due to hosting the Robb Report in May, Sonoma County received a dedicate feature in the June Issue of “The Travel Issue” of the magazine. The article “Classy California on the Road” is a wonderful round-up of some of our state’s most beautiful spots, including Sonoma County, of course. There will be more features in coming months, so stay tuned.