Plan a trip to Sonoma wine country

Of all California’s wine regions, Sonoma may be the easiest to fall in love with. Visit this laid-back land of vineyard-rich valleys, from Sonoma to Dry Creek to Alexander, with the Russian River thrown in

10 irresistible mini wine country escapes

10 irresistible mini escapes, from a rugged Washington valley all theway down to the Mexican border. Got a glass?

tipis at cherry wood bed, breakfast, and barn

Tipis at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast, and Barn, Yakima Valley, WA

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1. Yakima Valley, WA: Light out for the Wild West

Mix wine and equine at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast, and Barn, where horseback tours take you through Washington’s sunny Rattlesnake Hills AVA. As you taste your way through smaller producers like Agate Field Vineyard, Sheridan Vineyard, and Wineglass Cellars, you’ll learn that Yakima’s wine region isn’t just up-and-coming―it’s here. Info: Horseback tours $150; or 509/829-3500. Thanksgiving wine to take home: Wineglass Cellars’ Les Vignes de Marcoux Syrah ($35). Bonus tip: For a true taste of winter in the chilly Wild West, bundle up and stay the night in one of Cherry Wood’s well-appointed but unheated tipis ($145, including breakfast). Don’t pass up the apple or cherry turnovers if they’re served for breakfast. And bring plenty of extra fleece. –JESS THOMSON

2. Willamette Valley, OR: Join the party

Music, food, otherwise unavailable wines, and a convivial (but crowded) atmosphere are what you’ll find at the Willamette Valley’s Wine Country Thanksgiving open houses, when wineries welcome the masses. Info: Nov 28–30; visit for a list of participating wineries and fees. Thanksgiving wine to take home: Chehalem Reserve Dry Riesling ($21). Bonus tip: Hate crowds? Go earlier in the month and hit Winderlea Vineyard & Winery (call for hours; $10 tasting fee; or 503/554-5900), which floats over some of the valley’s oldest vines; cozy Lange Estate Winery ($10 tasting fee; or 503/538-6476), where you can sip singer-songwriter Don Lange and son Jesse’s wines in a new tasting building; and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars (call for hours; $5 tasting fee; or 503/554-5545), which has views to Mt. Hood on clear days. –SARA SCHNEIDER

3. Whistler, British Columbia: Be merry in the mountains

Heady mountain air and interesting wines from around the world are an intoxicating pairing at Cornucopia, Whistler’s annual celebration of wine and food. Choose from more than 50 events, from a chef-guided tour of a farm to an unforgettable meal at well-cellared Araxi restaurant. Bring your boots: Whistler Village is pedestrian-friendly and everything’s within walking distance, whether you’re headed to one of the fest’s sparkling parties or for a stroll around tranquil Lost Lake to drink in views of frosted mountain peaks. Info: Nov 6–10; event prices vary; Thanksgiving wine to take home: Sumac Ridge Private Reserve Gewürztraminer ($14 U.S.). –DEANA LANCASTER



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