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Food and Wine Weekend Getaway in Sonoma County
Sonoma wine country is bustling during "crush," the industry term used to indicate the season when grapes are picked and crushed—usually September or October, depending on the weather. From September through November, the area is alive with various street fairs and festivals, the granddaddy of which is the Sonoma County Harvest Fair with its renowned grape stomp on the first weekend in October.
Throughout the year, a Sonoma-based cooperative of wineries called the Wine Road hosts several events that offer tastings from dozens of vineyards, often accompanied by small bites, for about $30. They're hugely popular events—and a great value—but those who prefer a less crowded experience should plan to visit on other weekends.
High season is generally considered as April through November, and lodging and dinner reservations can fill up quickly on weekends, so book as far in advance as possible.
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