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Wine tasting in California

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The warmth of the summer sun touched the Napa Valley like a finger of God, blessing the earth with bounty and beauty. California’s bottled sunshine is the pride of sommeliers around the world. Whether your preference is for Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz or Pinot Noir, California’s wine country is the holy land for wine lovers. If you are in California for the first time and heading out to wine country here’s a little help to get you started.

Wine Country

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Warmth and Hospitality
California is known for its hospitality but in the wine country, little did I know that if I went up to the tasting bar, I would be offered a wine sample from a local vineyard for no charge at all. But if you are keen to learn about the varieties of wine and the differences in flavor, you could go up to the bar and ask them which wine they are pouring. Your friendly bartender or sommelier can be your guide and will be happy to recommend one of the wines of the day for you.

The Spirit of California
Every region of wine country has its unique and signature wines. Napa valley takes on the aura of a shrine among wine lovers, making it feel like a pilgrimage while Sonoma Valley is the opulent home of wine-growing. Don’t hesitate to ask for help on wine etiquette – everybody, including your host will appreciate your respect for the winery and the vintage.

Wine tours
If you are at a winery that offers you a free tour of its vineyard and cellars it is the opportunity of a lifetime. These tours are usually very interesting and often, they end up with another round of tasting. However, in your eagerness to get to know your wine from close quarters, remember not to overdo the winery visits. In fact, it’s advisable not to go to more than three wineries in a day so that you don’t jade your palate. Most wineries are open every day of the week, and charge a small tasting fee.

Choose your mode of transport
You can go on your California wine tour by any mode of transport—limo, minivan or trolley. Any way you choose is fun and an experience. If you drive through the wineries you are in control, but being driven means you don’t worry about drinking a little more than you should. If you are in the Napa Valley, Sonoma or the Central Coast, you can get around in a limo and enjoy the experience. But if you’re at a Santa Barbara winery, you could walk through the small towns where you will hear the history and legends about winemaking to make your wine tasting a truly informative and delightful experience. In San Diego, you can go on your own to the Ramona Valley or Julian area, or hop in to a limo and from there you could reach the wineries of Temecula Valley.

Wine tasting in California is an experience like none other. Even the sparkling sunshine and gentle wind do their part and carry the aroma of grapes and wine throughout America’s great wine-making country.

Hotels in Wine Country

Hotel Chardonnay Lodge - Napa RoomHotel Chardonnay Lodge
Average Price: €60
Average Rating: 5.9

John Muir Inn - Napa RoomJohn Muir Inn
Average Price: €92
Average Rating: 7.0

EuroSpa & Inn - Calistoga, Napa RoomEuroSpa & Inn
Average Price: €64
Average Rating: 9.0

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Venere Travel Blog writer abha

Abha, a freelance researcher cum writer, loves traveling and her dream job involves adventure and writing. Trekking is one of her favorite pastimes. PROVA!!!

2 responses to “Wine tasting in California”

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  1. Dennis says:
    August 7th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article. I was pleasantly surprised that you knew about San Diego, California’s emerging Ramona Valley AVA wine region

    Several wineries here including our own, offer medal winning hand-crafted premium wines. The region has excellent terrior for Rhone varietals being 20 miles from the Pacific coast, and 20 miles from the warm desert. Thank you again for mentioning us!

    Eagles Nest also offers luxury wine-themed lodging at the winery

  2. Angela says:
    December 31st, 2013 at 7:05 am

    With multiple and comfort medium of transport, I must say it will be the sparkling trip with the taste of Napa Valley vineyards.


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