In 1875, horticulturist Luther Burbank referred to Sonoma County as “the chosen spot of all this earth.” He wasn’t alone in these views, either. Sonoma County has often been the subject of chatter, the inspiration for songs and the muse behind poetry and stories. Herb Caen once referred to heaven as “a place that is said to resemble Sonoma in the spring.” Clark Wolf described Sonoma County as “the good looking kid” who “didn’t know he was good looking.” And Pete Stringfellow sang about Santa Rosa’s roses and fine wine in a song that’s a favorite among locals.

Click through the gallery above to read our favorite quotes about Sonoma County.

Which quote is your favorite? Anyone we missed? Let us know in the comments.