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

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

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:

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

• Due to assistance, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend was recently featured in the 2015 “Food & Wine” issue of PRIME Living, the luxury lifestyle magazine of Texas. PRIME Living is available at Barnes & Noble newsstands throughout Texas. The writer Robin Barr Sussman is a web editor for Edible Houston Magazine, contributing food editor for Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, and a full-time wine, food, and travel writer. In addition she is also a freelancer for many other outlets and is visiting this August to research for at least 3 more stories.

• This article in the Press Democrat featured Gay Wine Weekend hosted by Mac Arthur Place. Our very own Tim Zahner was quoted in the article “Sonoma County taps into LGBT tourism market with Annual Gay Wine Weekend”.

• Check out this round-up of five places to visit in California on the Otaga Daily Times, which is New Zealand's oldest surviving daily newspaper. It serves the South Island with a circulation of around 43,000 and an estimated readership of 110,000.

• Due to hosting Nancy this spring, this great blog entry was published on SpiffyKerms.com about Buena Vista Winery, Monti’s Rotisserie, Bliss Organic Day Spa, the Barlow, Zazu, and the Flamingo.

• This guide to “adult summer camps” and was written by Meaghan Agnew, who attended Grape Camp 2013 and more recently, the SITC Boston luncheon last week on Time Out New York (UMV: 1,596,786).

• Due to hosting Eric Weiss last year, this awesome article on About.com in the luxury travel section "Another Reason to Visit Sonoma: Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Northern California’s Most Zen Spa” was published.

• Check out this great blog entry on OliveOilAndLemons.com about a road trip down the Oregon and California coast.

• Due to an ongoing relationship with Napa Sonoma Magazine, some of Sonoma County’s best underground caves are featured in an article “Underground Sips”. "Take a trip through Sonoma Valley’s spectacular working wine caves, which offer cool adventures during the warmer months.”

• As a result of hosting Caitlin Martin at the end of May, Johnny Jet (UMV: 228,119; Each Clip: $1,520; Total Media Value: $3,040) posted two dedicated features on Sonoma County. The introductory article, “Sonoma County, CA: More than just great wine” includes the Farmhouse and the Sonoma Cheese Trail. Sonoma County’s dining scene is featured in the second article, “Where & what to eat: Sonoma County, CA”, with Willi’s Wine Bar, Bravas de Tapas, Backyard, the girl and the fig, the Farmhouse, and Rocker Oysterfellers.

• Due to an ongoing relationship, Taste California Travel published a fantastic article about the inaugural Wind to Wine Festival hosted by the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance in August.

• As a result of ongoing outreach, Minnesota Girl in the World (UMV: 39,785; Media Value: $265) provided coverage on some of the wonderful wine-related events in Sonoma County in an article, “Wine Events NOT to Miss This Summer.” 

• Steve Garfield wrote a blog post and also tweeted numerous times throughout the Sonoma in the City Boston event. Check out his coverage to his 39,000 followers and his blog.

• As a result of hosting Chris Durso at the Sonoma in the City DC event, PMCA Convene (UMV: 111,298; Media Value: $742) posted a dedicated article on the luncheon. Convene is the leading meetings industry publication for educational content and professional development. The outlet features solutions of practical and logical problems concerning business travel, the hospitality/hotel industry and related event planning topics.

• We worked directly with Travel Editor Alexis Korman on an article in Wine Enthusiast Magazine (UMV: 241,129) where three of Sonoma County’s wineries were featured in  a round-up of “The 10 Coolest Winery Concerts.” The editor was a media guest at Grape Camp 2014.

• Due to hosting Randy Yagi of CBS San Francisco last month, he included Cloverleaf Ranch and Horse N Around Trail Rides in “Best Places for Horseback Riding in the North Bay” on Sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com (UMV: 582,963).

• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, included Stark’s, Healdsburger, and Tony’s of North Beach in a round-up of “5 Beautiful Wine Country Burgers” on 7x7.com (UMV:607,940).

• As a result of hosting Laurie Wallace-Lynch at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2014, Good Life Magazine (Circ: 51,018; UMV: 2,520) published dedicated coverage on Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and area wineries. Mentioned partners include Francis Ford Coppola Winery, MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Gloria Ferrer Winery, and Buena Vista Winery. Goodlife Magazine is a Canadian lifestyle magazine published six times a year.

 Travel + Leisure compiled a round-up of “Ten of America’s Best Outdoor Dining Spots, According to OpenTable,” and Corks at Russian River Vineyards in Forestville and Rustic, Francis’s Favorites in Geyserville made the list. The data was compiled from OpenTable, which pulled together data from more than 5 million user reviews of 20,000 restaurants around the country to come up with the 100 most impressive al fresco dining spots in America.

• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, included the Savannah Grill from Safari West and the Timber Cove Inn in a round-up of “Kinda Weird (But Really Good) Restaurants to Try in Wine Country” on 7x7.com (UMV:607,940).

• Due to assistance, Francis Ford Coppola, Rams Gate, and Madrona Manor were included in an article on the Tennessean (daily circulation 95,771). The article "Hit the Road: Travel along the California coast”, is a wonderful review of our beautiful Pacific coastline from Encinitas to Eureka. Scroll down to the Bodega Bay - Sonoma Section.

• Due to assisting Ema Kisel, the Senior Editor of Vacation Idea (circ. 280,495), the Farmhouse and the Kenwood Inn and Spa were included in a wonderful round-up of "15 Romantic Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Vacations”.

• As a result of press release distribution, We Blog the World (UMV: 197,628; Media Value: $1,317) featured Sonoma County in an article, “Best of Summer Music, Food & Cultural Events in California’s Sonoma County”, featuring many local events.

• As a result of ongoing outreach, Minnesota Girl in the World (UMV: 39,785; Media Value: $265) provided dedicated coverage on Sonoma County in an article, “50 Ways to Enjoy Sonoma County This Summer.” 

• Due to syndication, Travel Pulse (UMV: 192,804; Media Value: $1,285) included Sonoma County’s Art at the Source in a round-up of cultural events in June.

• Due to hosting Bill Semion last year, Sonoma Wine Country received dedicated coverage in the June issue of RV Life Magazine (monthly circ. 55,000).

• As a result of hosting Asha Yoganandan in July 2014, the third part of the series, titled “72 Hours in Sonoma” on The Daily Meal (UMV: 613,489; Media Value: $4,089) provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County, spotlighting the beauty of the land.

• Due to hosting Kristin Kent, Sonoma County’s sustainability movement received some great coverage on the Toronto Star (circ. 361,323).

•  Due to a long term relationship with an Italian journalist, Massimo Terracina, our press release was picked up about the upcoming Peanuts movie. The Charles Schulz Museum was included in an article on TravelQuotidiano.com

• As a result of hosting Asha Yoganandan in July 2014, The Daily Meal (UMV: 613,489; Media Value: $4,089) provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County in an article, “72 Hours in Sonoma: Day 1”, featuring the girl and the fig, Sunflower Caffe, Carneros Brewing, 101 North Brewing, Petaluma Hills Brewing, and Willi’s Wine Bar. Also published on the Daily Meal, was “72 Hours in Sonoma: Day 2” of Sonoma County coverage including Lynmar Estate, Mounts Family Winery, Preston of Dry Creek, The Barlow, and Zazu Kitchen and Farm. 

• We are thrilled to share that due to assistance and an ongoing relationship with the journalist, Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (monthly circ. 104,292) included Rodney Strong, Gundlach Bundschu, and B.R. Cohn in a round-up of his favorite Bay Area wineries with musical events and summer concerts.

• The First-ever Sunset Travel Awards were held with 30 award recipients. And the following Sonoma County businesses are among the winners: Safari West wins “Best Family Fun” destination, Farmhouse Inn wins “Best Wine Country Hotel”, also among the finalists were Hotel Healdsburg, Jordan Winery among the “Best vineyard experience”, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens as well as Three Sticks Wine in Sonoma as finalists for “Best Tasting Room”. The 30 winners of the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards are currently featured in the June issue of Sunset Magazine (monthly circ. 1,264,308) and on Sunset.com, reaching six million consumers per month. A full list of winners from the 2015 Sunset Travel Awards can be found online.

• Due to assistance, Tom Klein of the Fairmont Hotels was quoted in a story on CNBC (UMV: 83,394,000) about the drought and tourism in California. The good news is "Worries about the drought don't seem to be keeping travelers from heading to the Golden State.”

• SCT assisted with an article in the Press Democrat (UMV: 727,198 and daily circ. 53,521) about the “Boom Time for Restaurants in Sonoma County”. 

• The team at 7x7.com (UMV:607,940) “has been quietly obsessed” with Rocker Oysterfellas for a while. This article was written by Lauren Sloss, a Bay area native.

• As a result of hosting Kelsy Chauvin in February 2014 and ongoing relations, Gothamist (UMV: 4,000,000) published a dedicated feature on Sonoma County wineries in an article titled, “Beyond the Bottle: Sonoma Wine Country.” Mentioned partners include Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Paradise Ridge Winery, Beltane Ranch, and Kendall-Jackson Winery. 

• The recent article on 7x7.com (UMV: 67,761) by Sonoma County Tourism’s own insider Carey Sweet, is a round-up of all things new and exciting in Sonoma and Napa counties, featuring Corner 103 in Sonoma and Madrone Vineyards Estate in the Valley of the Moon. 

• As a result of media outreach, Chicago Tribune (UMV: 18,040,484; Media Value: $120,270) included Sonoma County in a calendar of June events, spotlighting Art at the Source. The article was then syndicated to The Los Angeles Times (UMV: 24,373,80; Media Value: $162,492), The Morning Call (UMV: 1,012,690; Media Value: $6,751), Daily Press (UMV: 678,209; Media Value: $4,521), Hartford Courant (UMV: 1,339,106; Media Value: $8,927), Orlando Sentinel (UMV: 2,298,322; Media Value: $15,322), Sun Sentinel (UMV: 1,693,341; Media Value: $11,288), Carroll County Times (UMV: 135,068; Media Value: $900), Baltimore Sun (UMV: 4,103,852; Media Value: $27,359), and Capital Gazette (UMV: 533,986; Media Value: $3,560) with a total reach of 54,208,687.

• Due to hosting Randy Yagi of CBS San Francisco and because of ongoing relations, the article “Best Breweries In The San Francisco Bay Area” was published on sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com (UMV: 582,963). Randy is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

• North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 46,694 and weekly circulation: 7,200) published an article about the continued surge of tourism in Sonoma County.

• Due to media outreach, The Russian River Rose Company was hi-lighted in a nice piece “Rose Tours in Sonoma County Wine Country” on Examiner.com (UMV: 12,768,276). Examiner provides hyperlocalized content and serves as a daily news and entertainment hub comprised of several regional editions. Provides an inside source for content powered by Examiners, a diverse group of contributors and columnists from around the country.

• Lee Abbamonte, who is most known for being the youngest American to visit every country. Now, he is a multimedia travel personality and expert, as well as a writer who shares his experiences via his website’s blog. Lee also is a regular guest on the Travel Channel, NBC, CNN, BCC and many other outlets. Lee visited last week in partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Farmhouse Inn. Lee’s following and potential exposure: Blog readership: 200,000, Twitter: 29,000, Instagram: 7,000, Facebook: 93,331.

• Due to media pitching, coverage from 10Best.com (UMV: 811,672 Media Value: $5,411) looks at unique hotel concierges, including the wine concierge from Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. 10Best.com is produced through USA Today and provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

• SCT contacted SRCVB with news that Australian Radio and TV Personality Nick Vindin would be in town. Nick has posted an audio clip and a gallery of photos from his trip to Santa Rosa to the popular television and radio network's website. Sbs.com.au receives over 1.9 million unique visitors to its website each month.

• Due to assisting South Korean journalist Dara Kim, the May edition of the May e-Newsletter in the Korea section of VisitCA.com features Sonoma under the Inside Scoop section. This section is where journalists share beloved places that they have travelled. The e-Newletter is distributed to approximately 9,000 consumer/media/travel agents based in South Korea.

• As a result of pitching, Divine Caroline (UMV: 453,044; Media Value: $3,020) included Sonoma County in a round-up of, “Gorgeous Locations for a Beach Wedding.” Check out slide #15 to see the mentions of Copain Winery, St. Francis Winery, Bodega Bay Lodge, and Sea Ranch Lodge.

• Due to assistance, the Press Democrat (UMV: 727,198 and daily circulation: 53,521) wrote this article about the surge of tourism in Sonoma County.

• Due to assistance, the blog “The Local’s Weekend: A Healdsburg Guide” was published by Jessica Wright of BonTraveler.com and Sarah Gerber of Twenty Twenty Studios; a nice review of the farm-to-table lifestyle that is so prevalent in Sonoma County.

• The Farmhouse hosted Jo Piazza of Yahoo! Travel (UMV:261,962) and as a result the inn was featured in an article as the most romantic hotel in Wine Country.

• Because of media outreach, Sonoma County was featured in an article titled, “Why You Should Drink Gin in California Wine Country” in Conde Nast Traveler (UMV: 2,844,987), highlighting Spirit Works and Griffo Distillery. 

• Due to hosting Randy Yagi of CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963) last December, a couple more stories featuring Sonoma County destinations and businesses were published. "Best Bay Area Distilleries" features Sonoma Co Distilling Co in Rohnert Park and Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol. "5 Classic Movies Filmed in the Bay Area”  features Bodega Bay and Potter School.

• We are thrilled to share the result of hosting Belgian journalist Leentje De Leeuw. The feature will be published in this weekend's travel section of Belgium's leading newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws. 1.2 million people will read it, so be prepared for a lot of Belgians coming our way.

• As a result of hosting freelancer Sharon McDonnell at the 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, The Costco Connection (Circ: 8,694,124, UMV: 150,000 Media Value $99,534) produced a round-up of “Grape Escapes” in wine countries across the country. A sidebar is also included of top wine events across the country worth attending, including Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. A link to the event’s website is also included here:

• We hosted Megan Singleton in December and she was our guest speaker for our Media Seminar. Here is her latest entry in her blog Blogger At Large, about Wine Country Walking Tours!

• Due to media assistance with information about our wedding places and services, Sonoma County is showcased in a recent article in the publication Northbay Biz which has a circulation of 15,000.

• Due to hosting Nicoletta Fontana last year, she wrote this wonderful article about her trip to Sonoma County in the Italian publication Quotidiano di Sicilia.

• Check out the great coverage of Sonoma County from Sean Timberlake who lives in the Bay Area. The article “Bay Area Getaways” is a complete round-up of some favorite local haunts in west county on edgenewtork.com (UMV: 27,536).

• Sonoma Carey insider, Carey Sweet, wrote a fantastic review of the new Zina Lounge at the Ledson Hotel on the Inside Scoop, the restaurant/ dining blog of the San Francisco Chronicle (UMV: 67,761).

• Due to media outreach, Teresa Bitler wrote a great blog on “How to: Cycle through Wine Country” on Sherman’s Travel, a leading publisher of top travel deals and vacation destination advice.

• Bella Villa Messina in Healdsburg is featured in a recent blog due to media outreach on Nancy Brown's blog What a Trip on nancydbrown.com.

• Due to hosting Susanna Scott, she wrote a great blog about her time in Sonoma County. A Modern Mother, according to Cision, ranks in the Top 10 in the UK for Family Travel.

• As a result of hosting Christine Sarkis on the September group press trip, Smarter Travel (UMV: 618,540) included Sonoma in a round-up of “Destinations Making Sure Your Future Grandkids Can Visit.”

• Due to assistance, recent coverage in The Korea Times Newspaper Leisure and Weekend section includes photos along with mentions in the text of our partners Fort Ross, Charles Schulz Museum, Healdsburg, Rodney Strong, and Korbel.

• The Charles Schulz Museum also recently received press in the LA Times (circ. 673,171).

• Due to outreach from Deleyse Langdale and our Australian representation Gate 7, the Sonoma Mission Inn was a included in a recent article about where to travel in autumn in North America. TTW is a travel trade media and an information platform, an all-inclusive and far-reaching B2B travel magazine with a readership of more than 2,500,000 worldwide. It endorses more than 90 trade shows where the magazine is distributed free to the decision makers of the global travel industry

• A recent Chron article by Christine DelSol features wineries with lodging. We hosted and work with Christine regularly.  Featured in this clip is Soda Rock Winery. The Houston Chronicle is a daily publication with a circulation of 370,961.

• North Bay Business Journal (UMV: 46,694) featured Karissa Kruse who was selected for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship out of over 700 other nominations!

• This article on 7x7.com (UMV:607,940) was written by Nancy Brown who lives in Bay area and works for Diablo magazine; a round-up of sober things to do in Healdsburg.

• Due to hosting Eric Weiss last year, a recent article was published on About.com in the luxury travel section. The first page is an awesome review of why Sonoma is "Northern California’s Most Seductive Wine Region”. But don’t miss out on the following pages however, where you will find reviews of some of the finest wineries in the county!

• As a result of dedicated pitching, Brazen Woman (UMV: 60,649) included Sonoma County in a round-up of the most relaxing spa treatments from around the world, spotlighting Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.

 
• Maridel Reyes visited Sonoma County during Grape Camp 2014, and as a result, The Knot (Circ: 138,605) included Sonoma County in an article entitled, “50 Hottest Honeymoons,” highlighting Farmhouse Inn.
 
• As a result of pitching efforts, Forbes (UMV: 23,268,921) included Sonoma County in a round-up of Tax Day Deals and Specials, highlighting Rodney Strong Vineyards and Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary.
 
• Due to assistance, Sonoma County was included in a recent article "California wine guide: the best vineyards and tours in the travel section of the publication Telegraph from London, UK (circ. 1,600,000).
 
• Condé Nast Traveler (UMV: 2,844,987) readers named Healdsburg as one of “America’s Best Food Cities” as a result of 2014 survey support. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey worked with Equation Research to tabulate over 76,000 responses to name its award winners. Individual candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The mean average of these ratings determines the final score published.
 
 
• Due to hosting Randy Yagi of CBS San Francisco (UMV: 582,963) last December, here are a couple more stories featuring Sonoma County destinations and business. The first story features Bodega Bay as one of the top fishing spots in the Bay Area. The second story mentions Sonoma's Vella Cheese Company in the Hog Island clip.
 
• Sonoma County's Insider, Carey Sweet's latest piece on 7x7.com (UMV: 607,940) is titled "5 Relaxing Places to Eat & Drink in Wine Country”. 
 
• We assisted Tamara Gruber on this piece that highlights some wonderful family experiences that Wine Country offers, including the Cheese Factory, Bump Cellars, Train Town, Safari West, the Charles Schulz Museum, Sonoma Canopy Tours, Candy and Kites, Sonoma Valley Bike Tours, Horse N Around Trail Rides, the Children’s Museum, the Kefiry, and Bravas on we3travel.com.
• This coverage in LAX Mag is a result of the Cheese festival hosting Lucy Spaziano last year. LAX Magazine is written for visitors and residents of Los Angeles and features news and information on anything LA. It covers celebrities, music, movies, shopping, heath and wellness, travel, food, calendar of events, cars, sports, fashion, business, hospitality and culture. It boasts a circulation of 80,000 and UMV of 15,225.
 
• We worked with the Sonoma County Winegrowers on the recent article "Sonoma wineries seeking sustainability certs” on USAToday.com (UMV: 18,487,953).

• Check out this fantastic piece on MSN.com (UMV: 154,811,271) about our friends at Paradise Ridge Winery.

• In this article, Safari West gets the spotlight on Tripatlas (UMV: 63,203).

• Due to media assistance, Sonoma County was included in a recent blog “Wine Country for the Eco Conscious” on TravelMindset.com. The website aims to inspire your next great travel experience. The site is organized by travel themes rather than destinations. This blog is filed under the culinary theme and features our partners Benziger, Osmosis, and Safari West. Also mentioned are Porter Creek and Quivira Wineries.

• We3Travel was recently named one of the Top 20 Family Travel Blogs in 2015 by Holiday Lettings, a TripAdvisor Company. We assisted Tamara Gruber on this piece and love her authentic style. In this second blog, she reviews the Flamingo where she stayed in Sonoma County at the end of March.

• Due to hosting Elaine Glusac last September, The 1.2-mile East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail was featured today on the blog In Transit hosted on NYTimes.com (UMV: 32,988).

• Due to pitching, Safari West is featured in this Fodor’s (UMV 2,671,550) round-up of “10 Best Safaris in the U.S.” The article was written by Christina Valhouli. Benziger Family Winery is also mentioned as a great place nearby to visit.

• Also due to pitching, River’s End was included in a round-up of the “Best Vacations for a Digital Detox” on TheActiveTimes.com. The Active Times serves as a resource for individuals pursuing an active, adventurous lifestyle. The website is updated daily and has 93,821 unique monthly visitors! Sonoma County is #6 in the slideshow.

• Our own Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, included the BBQ Spot was in a round-up of surprisingly elegant BBQ restaurants on 7x7.com. As you may know, 7x7 was created for young, educated and affluent consumers. 7x7 - Online targets individuals living in San Francisco and has 607,940 unique visitors per month!

• As a result of ongoing outreach, Chicago Tribune (UMV: 18,040,484) included Sonoma County in a roundup of places to practice art appreciation with kids, spotlighting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. The article was written by Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, a freelancer who contributes to the Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, as well as other print, digital and broadcast media. She also owns andedit FamilyTravel.com and Aisle52.com. This syndicated article was then picked up by the Dallas Morning News (UMV: 5,711,522) on April 3South Florida’s Sun Sentinel (UMV: 1,693,341) on April 6, and The San Luis Obispo Tribune (UMV: 648,619) on April 6.

• Because of media outreach, Safari West was included in a slideshow “Into the Wild: 12 Safari Adventures for Families” on Red Tricycle, RedTri.com (UMV: 168,852), a popular website for parents planning activities with their children.

• A recent blog “Off the Wine Trail in Sonoma County” on MyItchyTravelFeet.com (circulation/ audience: 187,470) was written by a Sonoma County lover who uses SonomaCounty.com for research etc. Featured are "five alternatives to visiting Sonoma County without sampling a drop of the excellent wines from the region’s wineries."

• As a result of ongoing media outreach, He Said Magazine (UMV:24,363) provided dedicated coverage of Sonoma County and the upcoming Out in the Vineyard event. The article was written by Steven Lindsey, a Dallas based writer that attended the December tasting event at Hotel Zaza. He Said Magazine serves as a sassy e-zine written from a humorous gay perspective, with Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and national editions.

• Due to media outreach, we received this great coverage in the Daily Republic (circ. 17,710). It is a piece describing the many great attributes of our Sonoma County.
 
• As of result of hosting Christine Sarkis on the September group press trip Smarter Travel (UMV: 618,540) published a dedicated piece on Sonoma County Grape Camp. This has a slideshow of photos with text. The Huffington Post (UMV: 47,669,118) ran syndicated coverage on this piece. And the article was syndicated to World News (UMV: 2,212,227)! Grape Camp was also mentioned in a round-up on Smarter Travel (UMV: 618,540) as an example of an experiential vacation.
 
• As a result of Laurie Werner visiting Sonoma County, Forbes (UMV: 25,954,764) provided dedicated coverage on Sonoma County and the Farmhouse Inn. Sonoma County Tourism provided Laurie with information on new restaurants on the area and assisted with securing dinner at Valette.
 
• Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet, included Raymond’s Bakery, Muir’s Tea Room, Bumblebee Farms Bakery and Café, and Wild Flour Bread in her round-up of “5 Hot Bakeries in Wine Country” on 7x7.com (UMV: 607,940).
 
• Sonoma County Tourism attended the Trade and Media Mission this February in Australia and New Zealand. Because of this, Sonoma County was included in a round-up of destinations to visit in 2015 in the Daily Telegraph (circ. 273,241).
 
• In honor of National Women’s History Month, Hayley Hamilton Cogill includes Kathleen Inman in “What To Drink Now: Wine from Women” on Side Dish, the daily Dallas Dining News and Reviews blog on dmagazine.com (UMV: 283,395). Hayley might have attended our media event last year in Dallas.
 

• Due to media outreach the article “Top wineries of Napa Valley and Sonoma” was published on FoxNews.com (UMV: 42,078,203).

 
• Our Sonoma County Insider, Carey Sweet published the new SF Nightlife Guide on 7x7.com (UMV: 607,940). This is a round-up of where to party in Wine Country. "The sidewalks don't actually roll up in Wine Country after sundown. Here's where to live it up.” 

• As a result of SCT being the sponsor of the upcoming 2015 Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress (MPI WEC) in August, Sonoma County received coverage on MeetingsCanada.com (UMV: 8,790) in an article about the upcoming conference in San Francisco.

• Due to working with Christine Delsol, Sonoma County was recently featured in the March issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine (monthly circulation 80,000) in the California Travel Planner section! Here is a link to the virtual guide. The Wine Country section starts on page 90.

• Because of continued love from Sunset Magazine (monthly circulation 1,264,308), the Bodega Country Store, Casino Bar & Grill, and Gualala Point regional Park are featured in the article “Road Trips for Food Lovers” in the March issue.

• Buena Vista recently had an open house for the media for their new Historical Wine Tool Museum Tour, which opens April 1st. "Boisset has converted the large space into a museum of historic wine tools dating back to the 18th century. These antique plow blades, bill hooks, secateurs (one-handed pruning clippers), wine pullers, pomace cutters, and harvest basket are all essential tools for growing and harvesting grapes, and many of these tools were once actually used.” Check out this fascinating piece of history, article on Berkeleyside.com (UMV: 150,621).
 
• We supported Jaslin Yu during her visits and writes regularly about Sonoma County! Most recently, she showcases the girl and the fig in an article in the Sing Tao Daily (circ. 10,000). She also includes everything in the Chinese version of Facebook: www.weibo.com/jaslinyu.
 
• Because of media outreach, 7x7.com (UMV: 607,940) included two Sonoma County bakeries in “The Bay Area’s 7 Best Pies Ranked. Just in time for pi day.
 
• Departures (UMV:161,234) included The Farmhouse Inn in a round-up of “Hotel Cooking Classes for Every Interest”. The article was written by Krista Simmons, a Los Angeles based freelancer and is a fantastic little mention about the fantastic ’nose to tail’ way of using the whole animal when cooking.

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

 • Elena Barassi, a journalist that we assisted last October, published a wonderful article in today’s edition of “Il Giornale” (print and digital). Half of the article is dedicated to Sonoma County. Il Giornale is one of the top 5 national daily newspaper with a circulation of 220,000 printed copies, readership of 1,000,000, AVE per page USD 25,000. Digital edition: 350,000 contacts per day.
 
• We assisted journalists for a FAM trip in early February and the result was a multi-page spread in the March 2015 issue of Laguna Beach Magazine (quarterly circ. 20,000 and media value of $38,250). Katherine included Sonoma as the perfect getaway for girlfriends, and highlighted lots of Sonoma destinations and businesses.
 
• DrinkMeMag.com (circ. 10,000) spotlights the generosity of some great Sonoma County wineries in an article called “5 Most Delicious Complimentary Wine Tastings in Sonoma”.
 
• Due to hosting Randi Yagi of CBS SanFrancisco (UMV: 582,963) last December, the recent articles were published:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery & St. Francis Wineries were included in “Best Bars For March Madness In San Francisco
Taquerias El Farolito in Rohnert Park was spotlighted in "The Best Burritos Outside of San Francisco's Mission District"
 
• As a result of media outreach, Bloomberg Businessweek (UMV:7,786,647) included River’s End Restaurant & Inn in a round-up of “The Prettiest Places Off the Grid”, written by Maridel Reyes, who attended Grape Camp 2014. In addition to the hotel, we also provided her with information on nearby ‘can’t miss spots’ including the Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room and the Armstrong Redwoods State Park.
 
•We worked directly with Lyn Mettler on the inclusion of Sonoma County and River’s End Restaurant & Inn in the article “Ditch the devices and unplug at these 9 Hotels and Resorts” on Fox News (UMV: 42,078,203).
 
• Megan Singleton's latest piece is "San Francisco: Top five sips, cooks and walks” in the New Zealand Herald (circ. 470,000). Megan also previously published two wonderful blogs about Sonoma County this past December and was also our guest speaker at SCT’s media workshop “How to work with Media”.
 
• Carey Sweet, our Sonoma County Insider, published a round-up “5 New Wine Country Tasting Room Experiences” on 7x7.com (UMV: 607,940). "Running the gamut from brand-spanking-new to freshly remodeled, these five Wine Country tasting rooms are well worth a trip and a toast.” 
 
• Because of our promo for Sneakaway with Travelzoo, Vintners Inn was mentioned in the following video on Today.com (UVM: 10,475,124)! Jaime Freedman, Senior Editor at Travelzoo, joins TODAY to talk about some of the best deals on hotels that can help melt away those winter blues.
 
• We are thrilled to share that we assisted Bill Fink from Yahoo! Travel for the fabulous article “Getting the Most Out of a Wine-Soaked Weekend in Sonoma”. As we all know "Sonoma County is more than a match for its better-known neighbor as a spot for a weekend wine getaway.” Yahoo! Travel boasts a comprehensive travel guide and offers complete destination information to help consumers through every step of the travel planning cycle. 
 
• One result of Sonoma County Tourism and Sonoma County Vintners attending the Sonoma in the City event in Chicago is the great article Bill St. John wrote for the Chicago Tribune (circ. 439,731) about the diversity of the Sonoma Coast AVA “With ‘Sonoma Coast’ on label, hard to tell what’s inside”.
 
• We are happy that due to pitching, TravMedia.com included our Google glass video in the Brand USA Daily Newsletter on ITB, world's largest travel show. The TravMedia news service covers national and international news from travel companies and organizations. The video is currently featured in the Newsroom section of TravMedia.com.
 
• Because of talking to Richard Barnes, Editor for ITB news, we are excited to have one full page in the Special feature of Brand USA Group Travel in today's ITB travel trade magazine.
 
• As a result of hosting Sandra Ramani in January, Organic Spa Magazine (UMV: 75,817; Circ: 125,000) included the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in a round-up of  “Hot Springs Around the Globe” in the print and online edition of the March-April issue. The Fairmont is also included in the Top 10 Green Spa Awards feature.
 
• Due to hosting the group of Brazilian journalists last November, there were various stories published in print, online, and on TV:
  • VIAJE MAIS MAGAZINE - Travel magazine, 45,000 units monthly. Editor: Karen Abre
  • GLOBO NEWSPAPER - National newspaper based in Rio, 290,000 units daily. Executive Editor: Paulo Motta. Press: cover + 10 page article and two one-page stories
  • TAM NAS NUVENS MAGAZINE - In-flight magazine of Brazilian TAM Airlines, 150,000 units monthly. Editor: Natália Zonta and photographer Fernanda Frazão. Press: cover + editorial + 12 page article
  • UOL NEWS PORTAL - Leading news portal in Brazil, with more than 34.3 million unique visitors, and more than 4.9 billion page views per month. Freelancer: Roberta Malta 
  • EATIN’OUT MAGAZINE - Luxury gourmet magazine, published quarterly with 12.000 units. Editor: Pedro Mello e Souza.
  • YOU MUST GO! BLOG and ESTUDIO I AT GLOBONEWS TV CHANNEL. You Must Go! is a blog focused on luxury destinations with special attention to hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping and lifestyle. Estudio I is one of the most important talk shows in Brazilian television with lifestyle and culture themes and a series of columnist for a variety of subjects. Editor: Renata Araújo

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

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

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

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

• Sonoma County Insider Carey Sweet’s suggests on 7x7.com (UMV: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209) are the Top 10 Wine Country Spas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Read Lauren Sloss’ suggestions for “Beer Road Trip to the Russian River Valley” on 7x7.com (Circ. magazine: 38,800, UVM: 45,139; page views per month: 499,209).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• The California Wine Institute and SCT worked together to secure a piece on winery picnics for USA Today’s online travel blog (UMV: 97,881), 10Best.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• We are happy to share 7x7.com featured Flipside Steakhouse and Sports Bar in their Wine Country Eats: A Crop-Up Hot Spot and Meaty Sports Watching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New York Times featured an article highlighting new restaurants in Petaluma. The article also ran in print in the Sunday edition.

CNN.com (UMV: 22,144,107) included Sonoma County in a round-up of Thanksgiving Day destinations.

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

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

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

For journalists: You will find resources and assistance for your stories about Sonoma County here: Sonoma County's Media Room.