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Spain Street borders Sonoma Plaza's northern edge. Restored buildings of the original Sonoma Mission—one of 21 missions that Spanish priests established in California—are here, along with tasting rooms, shops and restaurants. Sonoma Cheese Factory (2 Spain St., Sonoma; 707-996-1931; has been selling its original jack since 1931; these days it comes in many flavors, including garlic, jalapeno and pesto. Buy some cheese, salami and bread and picnic in the serene plaza. What you don't eat then will go with the wine you bought at Sonoma-Enoteca, the Wine Exchange of Sonoma (see above for both) or the nearby tasting room of Castle Vineyards & Winery (122 W. Spain St., Sonoma; 707-996-1966 ext. 106;, whose winemaker uses old-world techniques to craft pinot noirs, chardonnays and Rhone varietals.

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