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Larson Family Winery Is Wildly Dog Friendly

I’d like to share with you a look at Larson Family Winery in Sonoma. It’s only seven minutes from downtown Sonoma, making it very accessible for anyone who wants to visit.

Larson Family Winery has beautiful vineyards that cover a large space outdoors, and a very nice outdoor tasting area. You can sit, have a picnic, and enjoy some of their wines. They have two tastings available; a reserve tasting and a standard tasting.

Dog Friendly

One nice thing about Larson Family Winery is that it’s very dog friendly. Half of the people visiting when I was there had their dogs with them.

There’s no full-service restaurant, but deli food such as prosciutto and local cheeses are available to go along with the wines.

Casual Atmosphere

Larson Family Winery has a very casual type of environment. They have a designated area where you can play a variety of different games, like corn hole. This is great for kids who are accompanying their parents for the tasting.

The winery experienced a devastating fire during the pandemic, but it appears to be open and serving again.

High-Quality Wines

In terms of their wines, two really stood out to me. The 2018 Chardonnay is a gold medal-winning wine, with a buttery flavor, aged on French oak. The 2018 Pinot was also excellent.

Want to check out other awesome local wineries in Sonoma? The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley is a fun, casual way to see multiple wineries in a single trip. You can book tickets here.


Where is Larson Family Winery located?

Larson Family Winery is located in Sonoma, California, about 7 minutes from downtown Sonoma. The address is 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma, California, 94576.

Is the winery pet-friendly?

Yes, the winery is very dog-friendly.

Video Transcript

I’m Thomas Smith and this is a look at Larson Family Winery in Sonoma. This is just about seven minutes from downtown Sonoma, so it’s really easy to go to if you’re eating downtown. They have beautiful vineyards covering a large space outdoors and a really nice outdoor tasting area where you can sit, have a picnic, and enjoy some of the wines.

They have two tastings, a reserved tasting and a standard tasting. I would definitely spring for the reserve tasting which is forty dollars. Another nice thing is that it is very, very dog friendly. This is the vineyard dog and I would say about half of the people eating there in the outdoor area when I visited had dogs with them.

There’s not a full-service restaurant, but you can get deli food like prosciutto and various local cheeses to go along with the wines there at Larson Family Winery. I love that it’s a family owned winery and has a very casual type of environment. There’s an area where you can play with different games, like corn hole and other kinds of games for your kids to play while you have your tasting.

In terms of the wines themselves, two stood out to me. This is their 2018 Chardonnay; it’s actually a gold medal winning wine. It’s an excellent, super buttery Chardonnay aged on French oak. They also had an excellent 2018 Pinot there as well.

So, check out Larson Family Winery if you want more tips on things to do in Sonoma and Napa. Go to Bay Area for more of our local tips.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.
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