Like many wineries, Sojourn Cellars is in Sonoma, California. But not every area wine boutique has a trained vino-sniffing Labrador. Although Ziggy is mainly retired from quality control, the rest of Sojourn’s staff strives to follow her trail: Guests are provided a warm, friendly, and down-to-earth experience, with one heck of a great nose. Schedule an appointment online for a seat in the tasting salon located within minutes of the historic town square. Well worth working into a vacation or even as a standalone journey, the winery’s intimate comparative tasting format allows enthusiasts to sample its carefully made single-source and appellation pinot noirs, cabernet sauvignons, and chardonnays side by side. Though founders Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley met as tennis buddies, Sojourn Cellars is anything but a racket—vineyards from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Napa Valley make up the 16-year-old venture’s locally sourced portfolio of growing sites, producing wines that even discriminating critic Robert Parker loves.

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