• Sonoma County Serves Up Sustainability

     
    POSTED March 13, 2020
     

California’s Sonoma County is dedicated to sustainability and rooted in the land that results in organic wine grapes, produce, artisan cheeses and meats and the bountiful Pacific Ocean that offers up freshly caught seafood. Sonoma County stretches from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east and is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 425 wineries. Within the borders are 18 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), and the region became the nation’s first 100 percent certified sustainable wine region in 2019. 

Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures are complimentary, self-guided vineyard walks at various wineries throughout this diverse wine region. Enjoy the only agritourism program of its kind and experience a vineyard up close and personal during any season. Learn about the history of the region, the influence of soil types and microclimates, various viticulture techniques, and sustainable farming practices. 

Experience the delights of western Sonoma County’s distinctive handcrafted cheeses by following the California Cheese Trail. In Sonoma County, it winds through about 100 miles of canyons, pastures and oak-covered hills, linking close to 30 farms and creameries. Reserve full tours, cheese tastings and cheese-making classes, and then admire the goats, cows, sheep and water buffalo.

Taking a page from the rise and success of microbreweries, distilleries are becoming trendy new gathering places in many mountain towns. Here are a few great options for tours, tastings and hands-on distilling experiences for group gatherings. 

Park Distillery
Banff, Alberta, Canada

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... unless you're the one putting together the company's annual holiday party. There’s no need for undue seasonal stress, however, say local party planners. Organizing the perfect get-together can be as easy as making your list, checking it twice, and calling one of the locations below. All are experts at making your upcoming event both fresh and festive, whatever its size. 

The Inn at St. John’s: 

Classy and Jolly

 

If you’ve spent time in noon board meetings or luncheon team strategy sessions, you’ve likely suffered through the traditional buffet of cold cuts and stale cookies that have seemingly become the norm for these occasions. But rejoice: Like all things Texas, boxed lunch options in our state are far from standard. Here are a few standout caterers that offer creative menus, seasonal fare, and a commitment to satisfying every palate by offering gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly and vegan selections. 

Alonti