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Monday, March 21, 2016

Napa vs. Sonoma -- Which is Better for You?

Other folks have written about the differences between visiting Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Which should you visit depends on what you see as a great trip. By looking at what you like to do can help determine what's right for you in a wine country visit.

Remember that generalizing about Napa is difficult. Generalizing about the whole of Sonoma County is even harder, but we'll give it a try.

If you want your wine-tasting trip to include
a medieval castle you'll want to go to Napa



If you like Vegas you'll like Napa. If you like Yosemite you'll prefer Sonoma.

If you like Disneyland you'll love Napa. If you prefer the beach or the mountains you'll prefer Sonoma.

If you like to splurge and live it up on vacation you'll like Napa. If you are counting your dollars when traveling then Sonoma is better for you.

When in L.A. do you want to visit Beverly Hills or have the urge to get the heck out of the big city and maybe head for the beach or the hills? If seeing swanky Beverly Hills is high on your list then go to Napa.

How important is convenience where everything is close by? If it's very important then pick Napa because NV is relatively compact.

Would you rather vacation in downtown SF or NYC or would you prefer Monterey or upstate NY? If the city wins then pick Napa.

If you have ever made, or dreamed of, a visit to Bordeaux, France, is it all about the big and famous Bordeaux houses or do you seek out the little ones nobody has heard of over here. Big and famous equals Napa.

Do you want classy or are you fine with a little rustic at times? If it's classy then pick Napa.

When traveling to somewhere like Mexico or Hawaii do you prefer an all-inclusive resort or are you okay with discovering on your own? If you like the all-inclusive resorts then choose Napa.

Of course, the good news is that Napa and Sonoma counties are right next door to each other so if your trip allows the time you can experience both.

If you're okay with an old truck sitting outside
an old barn used for a tasting room then
maybe Sonoma is for you


For another angle on choosing between the two here's a slightly humorous look I took at the subject in 2010. Is this post entirely fair to Napa? Heck no, this is a Sonoma wine blog.