6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 1998
This is a wonderful book for anyone who is looking for a winery location for a wedding in Sonoma, Napa, or the San Francisco Bay area. The lists are thorough, and the descriptions helped my fiance and I narrow down our choices without taking several days to explore the myriad of area sites ourselves. We did find that some of the information was out of date, such as a winery which no longer hosts weddings and some phone numbers which were incorrect (all seven digits, not a typo). All told, however, the black and white photographs are a good introduction to the "personalities" of the wide variety of options in this increasingly popular area.
There are also some day trip suggestions around the area, and if you can get past the editing, which gets terrible in parts of this section, they are some fun and informative ideas.
on October 22, 1998
I was thrilled to find a book that was exactly what I needed, but a bit frustrated when I dug into it. For one, I couldn't even decipher how the book is supposed to be organized from the Table of Contents. Another example: the book shows maps of the various counties of Northern California, but it never shows them in relation to one another or the state as a whole. It would be like showing you all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, but never showing you what it's supposed to be when it's put together!! If you're from out of the area, you're out of luck! With a book that's this poorly edited I don't trust some of the critical information. For example, can I REALLY bring a marriage license from out of state? There are lots of good leads here. But lots of follow-up will be needed.