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Class 3: Sonoma County and the Central Coast


A More Relaxed Pace
In contrast to the glitz and glamour of Napa Valley, Sonoma County seems bucolic. This is farm country, and wine grapes are just one of many crops grown among the rolling green hills.

But Sonoma County's more relaxed pace doesn't mean the wines can't be world class.

Winemakers say it won't be long before Sonoma begins to produce more Cabernets that will rival Napa Valley's elite, citing Peter Michael Winery's Les Pavots Knights Valley as one shining example.

The Race for Quality
The race for quality is increasingly the name of the game for Sonoma County.

As the costs of owning and farming a small vineyard soar, the only option is the pursuit...

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