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Friday, October 19, 2012, 11:43 am

TripAdvisor names Sonoma County top wine destination

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    Sonoma County was named the top wine destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, with users of the popular travel site giving the region’s local wineries, restaurants, attractions and accommodations high marks.

    Rounding out the top 10 were Napa Valley,  Willamette Valley, Ore., Finger Lakes, NY, Long Island, NY, Paso Robles, Temecula Valley, Walla Walla, Wash., Palisade, Colo., and Plymouth.

    “This honor shows that Sonoma County is a world-class wine region,” Ken Fischang, president and CEO of Sonoma County Tourism Bureau said in a statement. “Millions of users of TripAdvisors have recognized us for the authentic experiences we provide to independent and adventurous travelers. We are very thankful to all those TripAdvisor users who selected Sonoma County as the top wine country in the United States.”

    TripAdvisor described Sonoma County as such:

    “Sonoma County may not produce as much wine as nearby Napa, but what it lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in variety,” stated TripAdvisor. “You’ll find everything from chardonnay to Zinfandel here, and TripAdvisor travelers love the laid-back, unpretentious vibe of the wineries.”

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