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'This Sonoma County up-and-coming gem should be your next California wine country vacation' in Toronto Star

When it comes to wine, oenophiles like to talk about terroir, that fancy-sounding term for the overall environment that helps shape the quality of the grapes.

I’d argue that terroir is equally important when it comes to selecting a wine country vacation. Where you are matters. Beautiful scenery, close proximity to tasting rooms, a high calibre of food and lodgings — these ingredients can be just as crucial as what ends up in your glass.

All of the above can be found in Healdsburg, an ideal base for a California wine country getaway. Just about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, this longtime farming community, which once touted itself as the “buckle of the prune belt,” has grown into the grape gem of Sonoma County.