Tasting Room Hours: Appointments from 11:30am to 4;30pm or walk-in between those hours. Last minute appointments are usually no problem (schedule an appointment).
Why go: Excellent vodka with Wine Country influence, interesting story and a fun tasting experience.
Hanson of Sonoma produces organic vodka made from California wine grapes. Flavors are infused with natural ingredients, producing a smooth sip or cocktail. Standard flavors are Original, Cucumber, Ginger, Mandarin and Habanero. Other seasonal and special, short-run flavors sometimes available, e.g. Espresso and Boysenberry. Tasting flights include either a sample of six vodkas or three samples and a cocktail. Portions are strictly controlled and capped at a legal limit, so don’t expect to revisit samples you might consider purchasing, as is common in winery tasting rooms.
The tasting room opened around June 1, 2018 and is a very nicely remodeled brewing space about 10 minutes south of the Sonoma. Set-up is much like a winery tasting room, except the bar has stools. Service is excellent and informative. Overall, a very pleasant break from a Sonoma County or Napa Valley wine tasting adventure or a great destination on its own. Distillery tours also available with tastings.