Napa and Sonoma Valleys are wine lover’s heaven. With 100,000 acres of land dedicated to the vine, if you can’t find a bottle you like – you just aren’t looking! The climate is perfect for grapes – hot summers, a little fog, a little rain, and the tender care of those who make it come to life. The two valleys are separated by Mayacamas Mountains. It seems there are hundreds of wineries, tasting rooms, wine shops and everything wine from one end to the other. The kitchen store in Healdsberg has dozens of styles of wine openers, corks, stoppers. Then there are glasses, linens, books, maps and wine tours. The best part about this area are the great little towns supported by the growing of the grape.
There are wine maps everywhere to guide you to your favorite vintage. On a recent trip, we visited tasting rooms that allowed us to bring the dog inside. And, sometime in your life, take the Napa Valley Wine Train! If you take it for a lunch run, be sure to splurge a little and reserve a seat in the dome car. It is well worth the few extra dollars. The dinner trains are nice in the summer, but you can’t see much in the winter. The area is full of art galleries, expensive resturants, and really expensive wines. Hint: Stop at a deli and get a picnic lunch to take to one of the dozens and dozens of parks. Pick up a bottle of wine at a wine shop or market and enjoy the day. Wine country – one of the best parts of California!