Wine Tasting

The Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, & the Sonoma Coast are just a few of the legendary wine growing areas surrounding Santa Rosa and Smofcon 36. So it will not come a surprise that we suggest winery touring as a perfect pre-Smofcon activity.


With more than 425 wineries in the Sonoma region you will be sure to find something to your taste. There are wine tasting rooms within Santa Rosa (although none within real walking distance from the Flamingo, darn it) and wineries in the countryside with easy driving distance. To get your started, here are some links to tasting tips and winery listings:

Wine Tasting Tips (Wine Spectator)
How to Taste Wine (WineFolly)
Smofcon’s #1 tip for wine tasting is to arrange for a non-tasting designated driver

Sonoma Area Wineries (Area)
Russian River Area Wineries (Region)
Santa Rosa Wineries (Local)


Should you wish to be social or avoid the whole issue of who drinks & who drives, Platypus Wine Tours is offering their small group (8-12 people per vehicle) Northern Sonoma wine tour on the Friday & Saturday of Smofcon. The cost is $110 per person and includes a picnic lunch and water/snacks while traveling, but not wine tasting fees (~$10-$15). This is a full-day tour – Platypus will pick you up at the Smofcon hotel at 10:30am and return you to the hotel around 5pm. In addition, if you mention “Smofcon” in your reservation, they will do their best to see that all Smofcon attendees tour together in the same vehicle.

You must make your reservation prior to the day of your tour directly with PLATYPUS through their ON-LINE REGISTRATION FORM
(don’t forget to mention that you’re with Smofcon!)

Please select the following to choose the correct tour:

DATE: November 30th
TOUR: North Sonoma Join-in Tour
PICK UP LOCATION: Flamingo Resort
Remember to type “SMOFCON” in the comments box so that you can ride with other Smofcon members

SPECIAL NOTE: Platypus does not usually offer wine tours on Thursdays during the winter months, however, if there is enough interest in a Thursday tour, they will accommodate us. So, BEFORE you start planning, please respond to the survey below.

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