Hands-On Action in Sonoma County goes from wild racing to wine-making

Next time you go to Sonoma, get active.  Here are some unusual activities that will make for fun memories and great photo opportunities.

Jim Russell Racing Drivers School
Infineon Raceway
29265 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, CA 95476

The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School allows drivers at all levels to compete on the challenging, 12-turn Infineon Raceway road course. Courses are offered in open-wheel, formula Mitsubishi race cars that can reach speeds up to 120 mph.

The schools combine seat time, one-on-one instruction and a quick pace to provide an exciting experience in all of their classes, which range from half-day to three days. For those who'd like to hone their day-to-day driving skills, the racing school also offers Highway Survival and High Performance driving classes. For more information on the Jim Russell Racing School and its courses, be sure to call  800-733-0345  or visit www.jimrussellusa.com.

Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road
Sonoma, California 95476
 (707) 933-2332  or
 1-888-669-4679 

Ravenswood Blending Seminars with Peter Griffith are something to treasure.While most wineries offer tours along with their tastings, Ravenswood offers you the chance to be a winemaker for the day. Experience the joys and frustrations of being a winemaker. Peter will introduce zinfandel, carignane, and petite sirah, and discuss the flavor profile of each varietal explaining why they are blended together. Then each participant creates their own blend, and leaves with a 375ml bottle of their own to impress their friends. Allow for an hour and a half.
Fridays 11 a.m.
Limited to 10 people
$50.00 person
Private blending by appointment 6-person minimum
707.933.2349
peter.griffith@ravenswood-wine.com

Full House Farm
1000 Sexton Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
http://fhfarm.com/programs.htm

Full House Farm Horse Workshops
Full House Farm is a living, breathing representation of evolving ideas that describes the playground on which Christine Cole, David Ramsey and their family live. Nothing stays the same, and yet there is a steady beat that resonates from the heart of this beautiful place.

Christine loves nature and new ideas. Dave loves working with his hands and helping people. Both are artist in their own right. If you stay in touch, you will find yourself swept up in the fun and adventure that is inevitable when in the presence of expansion. This is what Full House Farm is all about; fun, inspired learning, play and limitless imagination.

Sonoma County Farm Trails
PO Box 6032
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Phone:  (707) 571-8288 
Toll Free: (800) 207-9464 
Fax: (707) 571-7719
Email: farmtrails@farmtrails.org
http://farmtrails.org/

Sonoma County Farm Trails supports sustainable agricultural diversity in Sonoma County through the promotion of its members products via on site sales, organized retail opportunities, marketing and public relations campaigns, and educational forums that create public awareness to ensure the preservation of Sonoma County's rich agricultural heritage for generations to come.

Visit local farms and explore Sonoma County just like visitors and locals have been doing for 30 years. You can also pick up or request a free Farm Trails map and guide to be sent to you.

Fruits and vegetables are available directly from the farmer. Experience life on the farm with sheep, llamas, honeybees, butterflies and birds. Seasonal adventures include summertime berry picking, apple farms, pumpkins and gourds in the fall, Christmas trees in winter and baby animals and fields of flowers in the spring! Enjoy delightful wineries, breweries and cheese factories year-round. When you buy on the farm, you get more than just groceries; you get an experience to last a lifetime.

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