Planning to take two of my friends visiting from Durham, NC to a few Sonoma wineries on Sunday July 29. I have looked at the multitude of posts on CH recommending Sonoma wineries, and I decided to simplify our trip by sticking to one of the above two routes. I am still a bit overwhelmed with narrowing down the choices. Hoping to stop at 3 to 5 wineries. My friends are by no means wine experts, so I am looking more for friendly spots with nice scenery, etc. over award-winning wines (but tasty wine too would be a bonus). Not looking for a particular varietal. We plan to bring food and picnic at one place -- so at least one winery which allows guests to picnic is a must. Any suggestions on which of the above routes to take -- and which wineries you would choose. Thanks for your help.