Assemblymember Levine Hosts Food and Beverage Tourism After The Fires Town Hall

Friday, December 15, 2017

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2017

(Sebastopol) – Wine, beer and tourism leaders came together in a town hall hosted by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) to discuss how to encourage tourism in Sonoma County after the North Bay fires.  Despite most of the tourism industry surviving the fires unscathed, public perception is that now is not the time to visit Sonoma County.

“Now is the time to visit Sonoma County. Sonoma has some of the most celebrated wine and beer in the world, and people know it”, said Assemblymember Levine. “Our wineries, breweries and distilleries miraculously survived the fires, and are ready and open to host visitors from California and around the world, as they take in all that Sonoma County has to offer.

“The North Bay Fires devastated our community, but we are rebuilding. Getting to show tourists our amazing wineries and breweries is one of the highlights of living here. The County of Sonoma will do everything it can to support business owners through this long recovery,” said Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.

“Sonoma County produces some of the best wines in the world. As we welcome old friends and new visitors to the region, we know that they will be equally impressed by the resiliency of our community and the quality of our wines. Cheers to a #SonomaStrong recovery,” said Jean Sessions, the Executive Director of the Sonoma Vintners Association.

“Sonoma County is one of the most beautiful places to visit in California. We’re excited to see that businesses impacted by the fires have reopened. New and returning visitors will love their time in the region,” said Barbara Newton, President of CalTravel. 

Contact: Henry Symons, (415) 479-4920 or

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Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.