The Solo Travelers Guide to Wine Country


The Solo Travelers Guide to Wine Country

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You’ve probably heard of California’s wine country as a favorite destination visited by some of your couple friends—heck, many of us probably even know someone who got engaged out there. At Single Edition, we wanted to debunk the myth that this romantic vacation destination isn’t going to be as fun to single readers like you. So, we went to the West Coast to wine, dine and have a great time—all in the name of research!

We’ve always known that dating and wine drinking are a complementary match, and now we’re seeing a growing interest in these pairings with websites like, and even in Austin, TX.

 What we found in Sonoma County and the Napa Valley is that the wine industry has gotten younger and livelier over the years—and boy, do those locals know how to have a good time!  Read on for tips on where to eat and drink, what to do, and where to stay in the Sonoma County and Napa Valley regions.


Top Places to Wine and Dine
Take a drive along the Sonoma Coast. Stop in the Gourmet Au Bay wine shop in Bodega Bay for wine flights and snacks on the deck overlooking the Bay. This little wine and gift shop is a nice place to pick up a few specialty wine bottles for the rest of your trip, and mingle on the deck while listening to music Sunday afternoons.

For a wine bar with unexpectedly great food, visit Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa, a smaller bar where you’ll meet locals who keep coming back for the ambiance, variety of wines, and small plates menu. All of the wines are available in 2 oz servings and the menu has a great mix of interesting international dishes

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