Microclimates within the Russian River Valley provide a favorable climate for most grapes to flourish within its six distinct appellations. Many local wineries are open year-round and offer free wine tasting and tours daily. A regional map can guide wine lovers to dozens of wineries big and small and many hold special events that pair wine with food, art and entertainment. Wine tasting is frequently featured at local events and festivals and there are two wine bars in downtown Sebastopol providing a wide selection of locally produced wines.