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Wine Road Podcast Episode 129

Aphrodite Caserta from Safari West—the Sonoma Serengeti

Safari West is one of the premier wildlife destinations in the United States featuring an expansive wildlife collection set within the natural beauty of the woods and rolling hills of Sonoma County, Safari West truly is the closest you can come to Africa without going there. A 400-acre wilderness with over 900 animals representing 90 different species roaming across some of the largest habitats in the country—a truly unique experience in Sonoma Wine Country.

Wine Book of the Day – The Wine Lover's Bucket List: 1,000 Amazing Adventures in Pursuit of Wine by Simon J. Woolf

SHOW NOTES

0:49 Safari West is an African Tent cap in Sonoma – it’s the original glamping—m before the word was even popular.

2:02 Safari tours offered daily on Safari trucks across the 400 acres. You can see animals from A to Z.

4:20 Flirt with the Giraffes—the Audrey Hepburn’s of the Serengeti.

5:15 Well trained Safari guides lead visitors on the tours.

6:27 Just a few miles outside of Santa Rosa on Porter Creek Road.

7:36 Options range from day tours to overnight stays in the Safari tents, and the most popular—Winos and Rhinos private safari tour. Or book a Zoomfari virtual tour!

9:45 Fundraiser in October for the Safari West Wildlife foundation.

12:59 Wine Book of the Day – The Wine Lover's Bucket List: 1,000 Amazing Adventures in Pursuit of Wine by Simon J. Woolf

14:20 California is now open but wineries are still doing reservations only so be sure to check the Wine Road website for the event calendar and current details before you visit.

 

Links

Safari West

The Wine Lovers Bucket List

Wine Road https://www.wineroad.com

Sonoma County Winegrowers -- https://sonomawinegrape.org/

Wine Road Podcast Instagram -- @wineroadpodcast

Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.

Credits:

The Wine Road podcast is mixed and mastered at

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