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    A Taste of Napa County Wine

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 7, 2013

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    There are hundreds of wineries in Napa County, the heart of wine country in California. This area is ideally suited for growing grapes as it is warm but protected by fog and not prone to freezes. Many of the best wineries brought wine grape seedlings from the greatest wineries in Europe to thrive in California and produce amazing wines. Years ago wine tastings at the wineries were complimentary and the only thing you paid for was a bottle of the best wine you tasted, if you wished to buy one. Now the wine tastings cost but are still an experience to taste the best wines and decide which ones are to your liking before buying. Listed below are Napa County wineries that have tastings or special offers (check with the individual winery to make sure of their offer, current prices, etc).

    Acacia Vineyard
    tel. +1 707.226.9991
    tel. +1 877.226.1700
    2750 Las Amigas Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    Two for One Tasting Flight

    Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.963.8600
    680 Rossi Rd.
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Reserve Cave Tasting - $45 per person

    Black Stallion Winery
    tel. +1 707.227.3250
    tel. +1 888.279.6272
    4089 Silverado Trail
    Napa, CA 94558
    Two for One Tasting Coupon!

    Bourassa Vineyards
    tel. +1 707 254-4922
    190 Camino Oruga Ste 5
    Napa, CA 94558
    Complimentary 2 for 1 VIP Tasting PLUS!

    Beaulieu Vineyard
    tel. +1 707.967.5233
    1960 St. Helena Hwy
    Rutherford, CA 94573
    2 Tastings for the Price of 1

    Beringer Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.963.8989
    tel. +1 1.866.708.9463
    2000 Main St
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Tasting in the Old Winery

    Burgess Cellars
    tel. +1 707.963.4766
    tel. +1 800.752.9463
    1108 Deer Park Rd.
    Deer Park, CA 94576
    Complimentary Tasting With Purchase

    Chateau Montelena Winery
    tel. +1 707.942.5105
    1429 Tubbs Ln.
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    Reserve a Tour or Tasting

    Chimney Rock Winery
    Tel. +1 707.257.2641
    5350 Silverado Trail
    Napa, CA 94558
    free seasonal treat with purchase of a tasting

    Clif Family Winery at Velo Vino
    tel. +1 707.968.0625
    709 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    $5 Off Paso Gavia Tasting

    Cuvaison Estate Wines - Calistoga
    tel. +1 707.942.2468
    tel. +1 800-253-9463
    4550 Silverado Trail North
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    Complimentary Tasting for Two with Purchase

    Cuvaison Estate Wines - Carneros
    tel. +1 707.942.2455
    tel. +1 800.253.9463
    1221 Duhig Road
    Napa, CA 94559
    Complimentary Tasting for Two with Purchase

    Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.967.8032
    tel. +1 800.913.1118
    677 St. Helena Highway
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Signature Tasting OR 10% off Vineyard Courtyard

    Franciscan
    tel. +1 707.967.3993
    1178 Galleron Road
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Tasting Offer!

    Hall Winery - St. Helena
    tel. +1 707.967.2626
    tel. +1 866.667.4255
    401 St. Helena Highway South
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Special Offer

    The Hess Collection Winery
    tel. +1 707.255.1144
    tel. +1 877.707.4377
    4411 Redwood Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    Tasting Pass 2 for the price of 1

    Jamieson Ranch (Reata)
    tel. +1 707.254.8673
    1 Kirkland Ranch Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    2 for 1 Cheese Plate!

    Midsummer Cellars
    tel. +1 707.967.0432
    264 N Fork Crystal Springs Rd
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Tour & Taste with Winemaker Rollie Heitz!

    Merryvale Napa Valley
    tel. +1 707.963.7777
    tel. +1 800.326.6069
    1000 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Signature Tasting

    Mumm Napa
    tel. +1 707-967-7770
    8445 Silverado Trail
    Rutherford, CA 94573
    2 for 1 Tour Pass

    Prager Winery & Port Works
    tel. +1 707.963.7678
    tel. +1 800.969.7678
    1281 Lewelling Lane
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Premium Tastings for $20

    Robert Mondavi Winery
    tel. +1 707.968.2000
    tel. +1 888.766.6328
    7801 St. Helena Highway
    Oakville, CA 94562

    Rutherford Ranch Winery
    tel. +1 707-968-3200
    1680 Silverado Trail S
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Chocolate and Wine Pairing Offer-2 for 1

    St. Clement Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.265.5000
    tel. +1 866.877.5939
    2867 St. Helena Hwy North
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    2 for 1 Tasting

    St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery
    tel. +1 707.963.4533
    tel. +1 800.942.0809
    8440 St. Helena Highway
    Rutherford, CA 94573
    Comp Library Taste with Purchase

    Sterling Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.942.3344
    tel. +1 800.726.6136
    1111 Dunaweal Lane
    Calistoga, CA 94515
    Discount Passport-$5 off

    Silverado Vineyards
    tel. +1 707.257.1770
    tel. +1 800.997.1770
    6121 Silverado Trail
    Napa, CA 94558
    10% Off Purchase Offer

    V. Sattui Winery
    tel. +1 707.963.7774
    1111 White Lane
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    VIDEO & Wine Tasting Offer!

    William Hill Estate Winery
    tel. +1 707 265 3024
    1761 Atlas Peak Road
    Napa, CA 94558
    Half Off Tasting or Vineyard Experience

    Did you know each 5-ounce glass of wine took a little over half a pound of grapes to make?

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    Sonoma: Wine Region

    by richiecdisc Updated Oct 10, 2009

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    It is no small wonder that assorted artists including Jack London have found their creative juices flowing more freely in the land of grapes commonly known as the Sonoma Valley. Nor is it surprising that indigenous people basked in an idyllic slice of what was to become California for some 12,000 years before it was ceremoniously invaded by the Spanish, Mexicans, and finally American east coasters looking to expand their horizons. With its close proximity to San Francisco it is also far from startling that it can become quite crowded on any given weekend. But with some care like going midweek and stopping at convenient picnic areas along the road, one can enjoy a relatively peaceful outing in this most pleasant corner of our planet. It’s not likely you’ll visit northern California and miss this excursion even if you don’t enjoy wine and if grapey pleasures are among your leanings, you’re likely to want to linger too.

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    The North Bay - Sonoma, Napa, etc.

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Jul 15, 2009

    North of San Francisco is the area often referred to as the "Wine Country" but which is really much more diverse and includes the southern part of the Redwood Empire, a coastal region stretching up to Oregon.

    This region includes many wineriers and was not only the home of the recent wine boom starting in the 1970s, but was long a major wine-growing region starting by the 1850s.

    In addition to wine, the region, particularly Sonoma County, has recently grown as a significant destination for craft beers and beer tasting. There are, at last count, 7 microbreweries and brewpubs in Sonoma County, 2 or 3 in Napa, 2 in Marin, and 4 in Mendocino, not to mention some in neighbouring counties. Some in particular, most notably Russian River Brewing and Moonlight Brewing in Santa Rosa and North Coast in Fort Bragg, have become major beer destinations.

    In addition, it has numerous interesting towns and cities with history and historical architecture. The largest is Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, a northern Mexican outpost in the 1830s, home of Luther Burbank and Charles Schulz among others, and a major regional industrial and commercial centre. Napa is the largest town in Napa County and has a number of interesting old buildings. Sonoma was the northernmost major Mexican settlement, home of the last Spanish/Mexican mission, the site of the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846, and has many historical buildings, with a unquely well-preseved Mexican pueblo layout and feel. Petaluma has the largest collection of ironfront Victorian commercial buildings on the West Coast after Portland, Oregon and was home to the modern poultry incubator and poultry industry. The oldest roadhouse in California, the Washoe House, sits near Cotati in Sonoma County and has been in operation since 1859.

    The area includes rugged, cool, foggy coast as well as dry inland valleys and low monatain ranges that often see some snow in the winter.

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    Wine Tasting

    by SteveOSF Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    California presents excellent opportunities for wine tasting. Napa and Sonoma Counties offer some of the best tasting available. One way to explore the wine country is to head north on U.S. 101 from San Francisco to River Road just past Santa Rosa. Head west on River Road and look for the winery signs that resemble road signs. Then explore the wineries as your adventure unfolds.

    Other fantastic places for tasting surround the cities of Healdsburg, Sonoma, and Napa. I personally like the Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay from Sonoma County. In fact, the Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley can be exquisite. I also find the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from Napa County to be among the best.

    Some wineries offer free tastings, others charge a small fee. Usually tasting rooms are located right at the vineyards. Tasting rooms are also available in cities like Sonoma and Healdsburg that may feature one winery or offer tastings from selected regional wineries. Fortunately, wine tasking is not limited to these areas, and wineries can be found through most of the state. Even the gold rush era town of Nevada City has wine tasting. Keep your eyes open for them in California. Be careful not to overdo the tastings if you are unlucky enough to be driving.

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    Napa Valley

    by atufft Written Feb 15, 2008
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    The Napa Valley deserves its reputation as the greatest wine region in the Americas. This valley and the mountains around it are packed with unique wineries, architectural gems, great restaurants, and more. However, this place also has a reputation for being being overly serious and snooty because many parts are such a tourist trap. The geography of the valley is deceptive enough that many tourists visiting in a hurry end up being trapped by larger wineries along either highway 29 or Silverado Trail, both routes of which run from south-north along the valley floor. To properly unlock the secrets to this complex geographical region and for more of an "insider" view to a carefully organized trip, see my pages for NapaL%*, Saint Helena, Calistoga, Oakville, and Angwin. I've got tons of images and tips for these communities of the Napa Valley.

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    Taste the Wine

    by rickyvilla81 Written Dec 14, 2006
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    California has more than one wine country. Napa valley is the place everybody knows, but just as nice (and far less crowded) is neighbouring Sonoma valley, and farther south near San Luis Obispo is the wineland of Paso Robles (if anybody saw Sideways, that's the area). I've been winetasting in all of those places, but my favourites are in Sonoma County. The scenery is reminiscent of, dare I use this over cliched place, Tuscany, with a bit of Provence thrown in, and many of the wineries do not yet charge for tastings (that is changing, however, so beware). You get some really great Pinot Noirs in this part of the world, and California is the only place that grows the grapes for Zinfandels.

    Some of the wineries are small affairs, run from renovated barns, while others are the cheek of opulence, such as Sonoma's Ferrari Carrano, or Napa's Domaine Carneros, a stunning French-style chateau on the hillside. More extravagant still is the Niebaum Coppola winery, owned by film-maker Francis Ford Coppola; above the lavish tasting room are exhibits from his movies, including the desk behind which Don Corleone sat while ordering his men to make people offers they cannot refuse. It's great stuff for the wine-tourists, but give me a nice quiet winery any day.

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    Over-rated Napa

    by zoefraser Written Dec 26, 2005

    Avoid Napa valley if you are a first time wine tourist. The wineries started offering tastings to capture the tourists and to show that their wines were just as fine as those found overseas. The vintners soon found that it was too expensive to get the tourists drunk and started charging for tastes. Now the tasting is so limited, so generic... it's not worth it unless you have a specific winery you'd like to visit.

    Instead... go to the Livermore Valley. As you cross over the hayward hills you'll find all kinds of little valley's full of small, independent wineries, staffed by the vintner him/herself. As you enter into the tri-valley get off on Stanley Blvd and head to Ruby Hills to start your wine experience. Here you'll find Mitchell Katz, Ivan Thomas, Wente, Concannon, Stony Ridge, and over 60 wineries tucked away in the hills. This is the true wine experience. Growers coming out of the fields, wiping their hands of dirt to pour you a glass of their finest.

    These wines do not disappoint. Boutique wineries offer you an experience that the big boys in Napa do not. If you want lines, indifference, and high prices, then head to Napa. If you want to relax, converse with the vintner and discover some new wines without the snobbery, then head to Livermore Valley.

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    Napa Valley

    by Andraf Updated Jul 8, 2004

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    Napa Valley, California

    If you love wine, Napa Valley is the place for you. It's located about an hour drive north of San Francisco, an easy day trip from the city. I don't know if it's the largest wine area in California (my guess is that it isn't) but it is probably the most famous. Which makes it very touristic and at times very crowded. The good part is that there are so many wineries to choose from, that you'll be able to find a place to your own liking. I personally like V. Sattui winery. Their wine is good, they don't charge for tasting (which most wineries do) and they have a large garden where you can picnic. But it can be crowded on weekends.

    If you're interested in wine-making, most wineries offer tours in which they explain the process. Some wineries have art on display. In general the theme throughout Napa is wine, food, and art. The Napa Wine Tasting train is a popular attraction. It offers a tour via train of the Napa Valley wineries and it can include dinner.

    If you are not a wine lover Napa is not for you. There are other things that can be done at Napa like a hot air balloon ride over the valley but in general everything revolves around wine. The countryside is beautiful you can take great pictures here (especially if you visit when they harvest the grapes). And if you get bored with touring wineries, there are some hiking opportunities nearby.

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    Vineyards in Sonoma

    by laosa13 Updated Feb 8, 2004
    Vineyard in Sonoma

    Visiting the Vineyards of Napa and Sonoma is quite an experience. The landscape is picturesque and you can spend days visiting the Vineyards and tasting the wines. Just keep driving until you pass by one that interests you. Many of the vineyards sell delicious food that pairs well with the various wines and offer you tours of their land. Definitely a great way to spend a day!

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    Nappa Valley We had quite bad...

    by socrates_07 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Nappa Valley We had quite bad weather in San Francisco but just few miles in the north the weather was great.. and the wine as well. So, if you like to taste vine you should visit the vineyards in that area.

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    The Napa valley, about 55...

    by Jeannette1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Napa valley, about 55 miles from San Francisco is where you will find many wineries like Mondavi, Domaine Chandon, Niebaum-Coppola, Beringer and many others. Just follow highway 29 through the small communities of Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga. Try not to go on a week-end when the traffic is heavy.

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  • Napa Valley California wine...

    by Robin815 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Napa Valley California wine country very romantic and beautiful. Great for a honeymoon.

    San Francisco is Awesome! This Picture was taken from the Transamerica building. Lots to see and do. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard street. Very easy to get around. Walking friendly.

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    WINE COUNTRY

    by TYCOON007 Written Mar 9, 2004

    TAKE YOUR TIME AND DRIVE TO NAPA VALLY AND VISIT ALL THE WINERY. YOU GET TO STOP AND VISIT EVRY WINERY AND DO WINE TASING AND HAVE A PINIC LUNCH. YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY.............

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    If you're a wine lover,...

    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    If you're a wine lover, California has one of the world's top wine regions (Central California).
    This is a picture of world famous Napa Valley.

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