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  • Sonoma
    A fire swept through the Mayacamas Mountains foothills in 1964, creating an environment ripe for the knobcone pines that quickly repopulated the land. Four years later, Jane Davenport Jansen purchased more than 40 acres of the nascent thicket, taming it with vineyards planted on the open valley floor. In 1987, she began cultivating a garden along the rocky, steep hillsides, which were pocked with the remains of abandoned rock quarries. Heavy rains and natural infiltration of waters created a group of ponds, creating a serene natural environment that Jansen soon planted with seedlings, flowers, and plants from seeds collected on more than 25 annual Asian expeditions. Until she passed away in 2000, Jansen funded the growth and cultivation of the 25-acre garden, which is now one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants on the continent. Visitors can view the rare plants and vast selection of Asian greenery blossoming from the Glen Ellen countryside as they meander through the gardens during self-led tours.
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    12841 Sonoma Hwy
    Glen Ellen, CA US
  • Benziger Family Winery
    Benziger Family Winery hosts daily tram tours that depart on the half-hour from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the exception of noon. Imagery Estate Winery hosts tastings Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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    14335 Highway 12
    Glen Ellen, CA US
  • Franciscan Estate
    Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decades ago, wine industry revolutionaries Raymond Duncan, Justin Meyer and Agustin Huneeus shaped the winery’s beginnings. Today, Director of Winemaking Janet Myers is preserving the winery’s legacy while leading it into the future.
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    1178 Galleron Lane
    St. Helena, CA US
  • Murphy's Irish Pub
    Do as the English do at Murphy's Irish Pub! This local watering hole serves British food and drink. Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further at Murphy's Irish Pub. For your viewing pleasure, Murphy's Irish Pub also stocks TVs in the bar area. At Murphy's Irish Pub, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. Get online gratis thanks to Murphy's Irish Pub's complimentary wifi. For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Murphy's Irish Pub as well. No need to dress up for a trip to Murphy's Irish Pub — the casual bar encourages laid-back attire. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Murphy's Irish Pub's cooking from the comfort of their own home. For quick and easy parking near Murphy's Irish Pub, park on the street. Murphy's Irish Pub is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price. Murphy's Irish Pub accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX. Murphy's Irish Pub has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
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    464 1st St E
    Sonoma, CA US
  • R2 Wine Company
    R2 Wine Company takes its name from its founders, Roger and Richard Roessler, two brothers who combine their years of business and restaurant-industry experience to bottle up the rare and delicious tastes of Sonoma's sunny vineyards. With the aid of expert viticulturist and winemaker Drew Huffine, the two brothers show their love for the noble grape with a wealth of original vintages, such as the complex Rhapsody rhone that epitomizes the cool, bright terroir of the Santa Ynez Valley, or the Red Birds pinot noir, which celebrates the brothers love for their hometown team. Curious guests congregate for vino-sipping soirees at the earthy-hued tasting room off the Sonoma Plaza, or join the wine club for regular deliveries of mouthwatering vintages and invitations to members-only events and tastings.
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    654 Broadway
    Sonoma, CA US
  • Sonoma on the Spot
    With the number of wine shops and tasting rooms in the historic Sonoma Plaza, it's easy to become overwhelmed. That's where Sonoma on the Spot comes in. After determining your wine and tour preferences, the company will design a personalized roster of tastings and tour stops that highlight Sonoma County's best wines while veering toward the varietals you like best. Tours are led by wine educators from the Carneros Wine Alliance who maintain personal relationships with many of the Plaza's wine rooms, a perk that helps their customers snag special tastings and other extras that might not usually be extended to the public. Of course, no tasting would be complete without a bite to eat?each experience includes a complementary chocolate or cheese pairing.
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    453 1st Street East
    Sonoma, CA US

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