Sensational Sonoma

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Join Abbie Bennington DipWSET to explore the incredible wines of Napa's westerly neighbour, Sonoma County.

Event details

California, the sunshine state, is home to some of finest (and priciest!) wines made from well-known and loved grape varieties.

In this session, Abbie Bennington DipWSET will drill down into the wines made by Napa’s sibling and take an in-depth look at the sensational Sonoma County.

Spanning from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east, Sonoma County is the largest wine producer in Northern California. It is home to 18 wine regions and more than 425 wineries, ranging from small, family-run operations to globally acclaimed wine houses. Sonoma wines enjoy global recognition and they’ve been winning awards since the 19th century.

Abbie will showcase of a range of styles and classic varieties that have put Sonoma firmly on the map.

Alongside the wines, enjoy a selection of locally sourced cheese and charcuterie.

Example wine list

  • Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV
  • Orin Swift 'Blank Stare' Sauvignon Blanc 2022
  • Alma de Cattleya Sonoma County Chardonnay 2021
  • Alma de Cattleya Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2021
  • Angels and Cowboys Grenache Rose 2022
  • Duckhorn Vineyards 'Decoy' Merlot 2019
  • Beringer 'Knights Valley' Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
  • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2021

Tasting level

Intermediate: An in-depth exploration of a particular topic. Some prior knowledge is beneficial – such as a WSET Level 2 qualification – but these sessions will be enjoyable and educational for anyone with an interest in the subject.

About the presenter, Abbie Bennington DipWSET

Abbie Bennington

Abbie Bennington has been working in the industry for over 14 years after leaving the BBC News at Ten as a senior producer to pursue her wine passions.

She holds the coveted WSET Diploma and is a certified WSET educator and regularly teaches Level 3. She is also an accredited tutor of the Bordeaux wine region, Rioja educator for the Consejo Regulador and advanced educator for Cava.

She owns her own tasting and wine business ABVTastings and is a council member for the respected industry body The Association of Wine Educators.

In addition to running tasting events for amateurs and industry professionals, she often can be found judging at wine and spirit competitions.

Abbie is a regular contributor to drinks industry publications, including Harpers Wine and Spirit and The Buyer and The Independent.

In the last couple of years, more and more of Abbie’s time has been dedicated to wine writing and travel, having visited a different wine region nearly every month including California.

Find her on Instagram @abvtastings.

Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible.
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The sample list and speaker/s may be subject to change.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this event, please call our Student Services team on 020 7089 3841 or email