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See and Be Seen at Taste of Sonoma September 4

It’s always a grand afternoon at the MacMurray Ranch’s (Healdsburg) annual Taste of Sonoma event – abundance seems to be the theme of the day: The swag. The endless edibles. The sipping, swirling and spitting of tens of thousands of tastes of choice local vintages.
People from all over California – and beyond – descend on this idyllic corner of the Russian River Valley to celebrate much of what makes our region the great destination that it is. Women wear everything from camisoles and flip-flops to fascinating interpretations of the season’s hottest trends. Everyone wants to see and be seen.
When Dan and I attended this event a couple of years ago, we sampled incredible offerings of the best food and unbelievable wines from the farthest reaches of the county we love to call home. But on that day, the temperature had to be close to 100 degrees. Fortunately, there was plenty of tent coverage to provide escape from the sun’s rays, and beaucoup chilled bottled water for needed hydration. When wine tasting in the heat, we find that for our Sonoma Sterling Limousines clients, there’s no such thing as too much cool water to keep from feeling wilted.
This year’s Taste of Sonoma attendees should be more fortunate, if this summer’s much cooler weather pattern holds. With July’s endless foggy mornings and cloud cover that refuses to budge until late afternoon, lots of our winemaker friends are worried about the quality of this year’s harvest. They’re hoping for a blast of heat to bring their grapes to the peak of quality before harvest and crush begin. We hope, for everyone’s sake, that they get their higher temperatures and we get warm and sunny weekends that aren’t too hot.
We also hope you’ve already purchased your tickets for September 4 – this popular event is now sold out. If we can help you have a safe and truly enjoyable day at Taste of Sonoma, give us a call at (707) 542-5444. We’ve been helping wine tasters with worry-free luxury transportation for nearly five years now.

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