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Art at the Source 2017

Art Studio Trails in Sonoma County

By Alexa Chipman June 8, 2017

California has a rich tradition of fine art, and wine country’s Sonoma County is a paradise for plein air painters, wood turning and photographers. From fanciful multimedia collages integrating family photos with textured oil painting to impressionist vineyards, you will find artists that spark interest in their work and speak to you personally.

Art at the Source 2017

Landscape painter Paula Matzinger (30a in the 2017 Art at the Source) (more…)

Lush Oak Forest at Matanzas Creek Winery

By Alexa Chipman Feb. 7, 2017

Settled in an oak grove between sweeping vineyards, lavender fields and rolling hills, Matanzas Creek Winery’s cheerful stream runs down the property, forming miniature cascades. The architecture is designed to fit in with its environment, primarily of wood and stone, with small seating areas scattered throughout to enjoy the scenery. They are set up for a fun summer afternoon, with bocce ball court and corn holes, the popular game of tossing bean bags at a target.

It is easy to imagine Little Red Riding Hood emerging from the grove—there is a fairy tale beauty to the property, especially when the hills are still green. I visited during the winter, so the lavender was not in bloom, but if you wait until late May, the winery explodes with color. They have Lavender Days events that celebrate the property with live music and tastings—check the events calendar to find one that appeals to you. There is limited parking, I would recommend arriving early.

Matanzas Creek Winery