Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
There’s something about Sonoma that sets it apart from Napa, but it’s hard to define quite exactly what that is. Despite being full of tourists, it feels less touristy. It’s just as focused on wine, but there’s somehow less pretentiousness about it. If Napa is where you go to taste wines and judge their quality, seeking the perfected image of the California wine country, Sonoma is where you go to share a bottle with great company and great food. That’s far too simplistic, but it hints at the differences between the two.
As a Bay Area native, there’s something about Napa that has always felt foreign to me. I don’t feel like I’m exploring part of my home region; I feel like I’m on a trip somewhere else, and perhaps somewhere that I don’t quite belong (despite my love for exquisite food and drink). Sonoma, on the other hand, feels like a casually upscale extension of the Bay Area. It feels like home, but the best possible version of home.
It comes across as authentic in a way that San Francisco can no longer achieve, grounded in a way that Berkeley can’t reach, yet vibrantly urban in a way that the more northern wine towns and cities can’t touch. In short, it’s one of my favorite cities around, and one that I’ll jump at any excuse to visit.