Make your own way to the designated meeting point in Sonoma Plaza to meet your guide and small group companions.
Start with a brief history lesson, then walk to the first wine tasting room for a flight of wine that is paired with delicious cheeses. Next, walk the length of the plaza to learn about the town and its landmarks.
Stop at Figone's Olive Oil Company to try their olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then continue to local favorites like El Dorado Kitchen and Hotel, the girl & the fig, Sonoma Cheese Factory, BV Whiskey Bar and Grille, La Bodega, Sonoma Wine Shop, Wine Country Chocolate or The Chocolate Cow. Taste dishes that may include an ahi tuna taco, a goat cheese and fig plate, pulled pork slider, fine chocolates, wine, whiskey, and more.
Your guide shares stories about how California became a state; interactions between President Abraham Lincoln and General Vallejo — the politician and rancher who founded the town of Sonoma in the 1800s; the first winery in the United States; and old ghost stories. Hear film recommendations that relate to the region as well.
Expect to sample enough food to make up a full meal, with all gratuities at the restaurants handled by the guide for this all-inclusive food tour. Upgrade to include the wine pairing option. You may also visit some of the town's museums, and cheese or chocolate shops.