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

A California wine lover's day trip to Livermore

Sip and stroll close to home and far away from the tourist hordes

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BRING SOME OF THE FLAVOR HOME

Tri-tip recipe from Garré Vineyard: Combine ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary, 2 tbsp. each extra-virgin olive oil and chopped garlic, 1 tbsp. kosher salt, and 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. Rub liberally over a 2½-lb. tri-tip, place in a resealable plastic bag, and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Grill ― and serve with a Livermore Valley red. Serves 8. Garré Vineyard & Winery: $$$; 7986 Tesla; 925/371-8200.

MORE GREAT PLACES TO SIP LOCAL

Clarksburg: Galeria do Vinho at Old Sugar Mill
Most of the wineries in the tiny Clarksburg appellation, outside Sacramento, aren't open to the public, but you can dabble in the area's wines at this cluster of six tasting rooms housed in a recently remodeled mill. 35265 Willow Ave. –Kate Washington

San Francisco: Press Club
This urban tasting room beneath the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel brings eight high-end Northern California wineries (each with a wine bar and vintner) under one sprawling roof. Tasting fees vary. –Rachel Levin

Sonoma: Cornerstone Place
Just off State 121 is this must-stop sculpture garden/gallery/ tasting room collective. New on the scene is Grange Sonoma, a steel barnlike building that's home to nine boutique wineries ($10 tasting fee). Steps away are Roshambo Winery's new digs, as well as Artesa, Larson, and Ridgeline. –R.L.

Sunset's Wine Club


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