Insider tip: After a Sonoma flight, people always ask Mike, owner of Up & Away Ballooning (up-away.com), which winery they should visit. “There are so many you can’t pick just one,” he says, “so I send them to Korbel Champagne Cellars. They have tours and you can see how Champagne is made, which is a whole different process than winemaking. And the gardens are gorgeous.”
Eat: Jimtown Store has the smoked brisket sandwich and box lunches for picnics. $; 6706 State 128, Healdsburg; 707/433-1212.
Stay: The eco-mod cottages of Guerneville’s Boon Hotel + Spa sit among redwoods and feel remote, but with easy access to wineries. From $155; boonhotels.com
Do: It’s not all wine here. Sonoma County Farm Trails has guides to more than 90 local creameries, orchards, and farms. farmtrails.org