Sonoma Plaza Tasting Rooms

You don’t have to go far to sample many great wines in Sonoma. In fact, it’s as simple as parking your car on the Sonoma Plaza and stopping in at several wine tasting rooms located on or near the town square. There is an increasing number of wine tasting rooms opening there — at last count there were over a dozen — many of which represent wineries with small lots of wine difficult to obtain otherwise. You can easily spend an afternoon or even an entire day tasting wines here. There are a handful of upper end wineries that require advance reservations (and often a hefty fee) but most tasting rooms are drop-in.  All have tasting fees, but 2 for 1 coupons are often distributed through lodging providers and the Visitors Bureau located on the Plaza. A handful even accept the Sonoma Wine Tasting Passport that allows for free tasting.

Kamen Estate Wines

Kamen Estate Wines

SNIPPET: In-town tasting room and mountain vineyard tour featuring Moon Mtn. estate wines.

BEST FOR: Perfect for serious wine tasters willing to drop big bucks for those delicious mountain cabs. Views of the Golden Gate from the top of the 300-acre estate. Or, drop into Plaza tasting room.

Pangloss Cellars

SNIPPET: Large, rustic yet elegant tasting room and lounge located directly on the Sonoma Plaza.

BEST FOR: Fantastic option for last minute drop-in wine tasting. Have a single glass of wine at the bar or splurge on the wine and food flights beautifully served in what feels like someone's classy living room. Or reserve in advance for a private back room tasting.

Image Three Sticks Tasting Room

Three Sticks Winery

SNIPPET: Three Sticks features top-notch wines served in an historic setting a half step off the town square.

BEST FOR: Three Sticks is hands-down the classiest wine tasting experience on the Plaza. The wines --- most of which are small lots of single vineyard designates -- are superb and the recently renovated 1842 adobe building is stunning.

Photos of Roche Winery Tasting Room

Roche Winery

SNIPPET: Fun, casual wine tasting room just a half block off Sonoma Plaza, right next to Girl & the Fig Restaurant.

BEST FOR: Nice venue to drop in, sit outside and enjoy a glass of Carneros Chardonnay. Arrange in advance for a barrel tasting. Added bonus is that they are open until 7 p.m. most days.

Photo of Sojourn Cellars Tasting Room

Sojourn Cellars

SNIPPET: Cozy, private tasting room a half block off Sonoma Plaza featuring top-tier, vineyard-designated wines.

BEST FOR: Vineyard-designated wines including Sangiacomo Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Beckstoffer George III Cab. All wine is sold either thru the tasting room or wine club.

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