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Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Wine Country

Written by Antoinette Marie
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       Oh, how I love wine. I don’t care if it’s white, red or blush.  Add in just the right cheese plate and I’m in heaven. If I ever win the lottery I want to move to California (or Italy) and buy a winery.  But for now I will have to settle for a weekend away at a bed and breakfast and making my way through Napa Valley; at a slow pace of course. 

       Napa Valley, the home of some of the most delicious wines and is right next to Sonoma County; another area rich in wine. Though Napa Valley is known for its wine, the scenery as you’re traveling through to the next tour is quite breathtaking. As well as the restaurants are top-notch. You will find restaurants that have wine samplings with each course of your meal. The places to stay are luxurious and offer a plentitude of amenities. Spas, bed and breakfasts and hotels are plentiful and beautiful. It really is up to you how you to want to spend your weekend. 

       Once you’ve decided the best place to stay that fits your needs, you need to think about what it is you want to accomplish while here. If this is a spur of the moment drive through the Valley, then by all means make your way into blissfulness on the seat of your pants. But if you want something a little more structured there are winery tours you may have to book prior to showing up at their doorstop. There are several hundred wineries throughout the valley and not all of them will allow a tour. Some will be by appointment only. Make sure you do your homework before you decide on the places to visit. Each tour is different.  They range from tasting the wine, to actually seeing how it’s made. It really depends how much you want to know about the art of wine making. While on your tour you may find pairings of cooking classes and wine and cheese pairings. 

       After learning everything there is to know about wine and trying many varieties you can purchase the wines you’ve just tasted. Quite a few places will even offer a discount so you can stock up your cellar until you plan another trip to Napa or you may opt to explore someplace new and discover next favorite bottle to share with friends. 


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