Collections and Research at the Wine Library

Digital Collections

The Wine Library features several digital collections as part of Sonoma County Library's Sonoma County Local History & Culture project:

The Sonoma County Wine Library's online local history collection includes images of historical interest of the Sonoma County wine industry from the 1870s through the 1990s. These images portray the wine makers and companies of Sonoma County, past and present.

From proclamations of George III on wine regulations to letters describing the grape production in Sonoma Valley vineyards, the Sonoma County Wine Library's collection includes a wide range of historical texts on all aspects of viticulture and winemaking. The digitized books, pamphlets and ephemera available through theSonoma County Local History & Culture represent the majority of the Wine Library's holdings available in the public domain (published before 1923).

One of the most important roles for the Wine Library historically for this region has been in the creation and preservation of the oral histories of important industry personalities. Our digital collections feature the full audio and transcriptions of many North Coast wine histories.


The Wine Library currently subscribes to 40-plus magazines and journals. We do not keep all of our journals in perpetuity, but we do have full runs of several industry trade publications. You can view our holdings in the Library Catalog or inquire for more information.

Periodicals List

Below is a list of current periodicals received by the Sonoma County Wine Library:

Updated May 2021

  • American Journal of Enology & Viticulture
  • American Vineyard Grape Grower & PCA: The voice of the grape industry
  • American Wine Society News, Promoting appreciation of wine through education
  • Australian Journal of Grape & Wine Research, Australian Society of Viticulture & Enology
  • California Agriculture, University of California: Peer reviewed research and news in agricultural, natural and human resources
  • California Bountiful, California Bountiful Foundation and associate members of county farm bureaus in California
  • Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, the authoritative voice of the California wine consumer
  • Decanter, The world’s best wine magazine
  • The Gomberg-Fredrikson Report, The executive marketing report of the wine industry
  • The Grapevine, Your best viniculture informational source
  • Imbibe, Liquid culture
  • Impact, Global news and research for the drinks executive
  • Journal of AOAC International, Basic and applied research in the analytical sciences related to foods, drugs, agriculture and the environment
  • Journal of Wine Economics, American Association of Wine Economists
  • Journal of Wine Research, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Market Watch, Market intelligence on spirits, wine and beer
  • The SOMM Journal, The Sommelier Journal
  • Sonoma-Marin Farm News, Sonoma County Farm Bureau
  • South African Journal of Enology & Viticulture
  • The Tasting Panel Magazine, National beverage industry trade publication
  • VITIS: Journal of Grapevine Research, Julius Kühn-Institut: Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof
  • Western FarmPress, Timely, reliable information for California-Arizona agriculture
  • Western Fruit Grower
  • Wine & Spirits, Regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, industry happenings and food and wine pairing
  • Wine & Viticulture Journal, Australia and New Zealand
  • Wine Business Monthly, The industry’s leading publication for wineries and growers
  • Wine Enthusiast, Wine ratings and reviews, unique recipes ideas, pairing information, news coverage and helpful guides
  • Wine Journal, American Wine Society
  • WineMaker, Creating your own great wines
  • Wine Press Northwest, Washington, Oregon and Idaho’s talented winemakers and the wineries, vintners and restaurants that showcase Northwest wines
  • Wine Spectator
  • The World of Fine Wine, Sophisticated approach to the assessment of fine wine