Sonoma County, located in northern California, lies about 50 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and is home to nearly 500,000 residents. The county is most commonly known as one of California’s most prestigious and historic Wine Countries, accommodating more than 400 wineries. There are currently 16 approved Sonoma County appellations including Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Carneros, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Fort Ross, Green Valley, Knights Valley, Moon Mountain, Northern Sonoma, Pine Mountain, Rockpile, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley. Sonoma County offers miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, vineyards, rivers and lakes making outdoor activity a staple for locals and visitors. Sonoma County’s involvement in the slow food movement has been prominent to California’s sustainable living values, inspiring change in food policy, market forces and production practices. The movement envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, the people who grow it, and the planet. Farm-to-table restaurants have flourished in Sonoma County, offering northern California some of the world’s finest cuisine.