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How to Do a Girls Getaway in Sonoma a la Amy Poehler’s ‘Wine Country’ Movie

Amy Poehler's gal-pal movie may be set in Napa Valley, but girls can have much more fun in Sonoma County.

Wine Country has all the necessary ingredients for a girlfriends’ getaway: charming B&Bs and luxury resorts, delicious farm-to-table food, chic boutiques, a beautiful landscape, and lots and lots of wine. Long a destination for bachelorette parties, bff birthday bashes and other female feasts, the region has now been immortalized as a gal-pals’ dream retreat in Amy Poehler’s “Wine Country” movie, which premieres Friday, May 10, on Netflix.

Inspired by a real-life birthday trip to Wine Country, Poehler’s comedy flick depicts female friendship against the backdrop of a Napa Valley birthday celebration or, in our dining editor Heather Irwin’s words: “through the lens of a Chardonnay bottle.” Like many visitors to Wine Country, the characters in the movie like to drink wine – lots of it – but aren’t necessarily that interested in vintage, bouquet, and mouthfeel. All they want is to enjoy some white, red and pink wine and have a good time.

While “Wine Country” is set in Napa, the birthday celebration that inspired the movie partly took place in Sonoma County. We may be biased, of course, but if you have to choose between the two, Sonoma makes for a much better girlfriends’ getaway than the Disneyland of wine tasting: it’s more low-key than its heavily-hyped neighbor, it’s less crowded (Sonoma is more than double the size of Napa), and the wine is just as good (if not better).

If watching “Wine Country” makes you dream about your own wine-infused weekend with the girls, click through the gallery for inspiration.

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