Warm days, cool nights, glowing vineyards and the finest food and wine to be found in this hemisphere put California’s Wine Country on everyone’s “must-experience” list. There are more than 300 wineries in the region, and touring the renowned big names or enjoying an intimate chat with the owner of a small, family-owned operation will delight the most discerning connoisseur. The entire area is a foodie haven known for an enthusiastic “eat local” food culture that prides itself on amazing artisanal cheeses and charcuterie, farm-fresh fruit pies and mouth-watering seafood. Feasts are washed down, of course, with wine!
St. Helena is the often called the “Main Street of Napa.” Beloved by author Robert Louis Stevenson, this historic village has unique shops, fine restaurants, art galleries, a museum and excellent spas. Snuggled between mountains and vineyards, the area offers visitors a glimpse of the Napa Valley as it was years ago.
Sonoma boasts world-class vineyards, rich rural roots and a distinctive small-town feel. Try tubing down the Russian River, canoeing on Lake Sonoma or taking a winery bike tour through some of the most scenic routes on the West Coast. Just a short drive from San Francisco, Sonoma delivers the best of California Wine Country with remarkable warmth and charm.