Napa Valley is just a short jaunt up north for San Franciscans seeking an authentic Wine Country experience that blends the rustic traditions of agriculture with world-class drinking and dining. This is your guide to the best food, wineries, hotels and services the region has to offer.
Winter is an ideal time to visit Napa. It’s much quieter and peaceful this time of year and because there are fewer visitors there’s less traffic and you’ll get better service at wineries and restaurants. Options abound whether you head up just for a day playing hooky or a long weekend.
There’s no place like home, but when you go on vacation, finding the right home away from home can make or break a vacation. Hotels come in all shapes and sizes -- some are luxurious, others budget-friendly. In the end, it’s the little things that make a difference, turning visitors into repeat customers.
La Playa Hotel, Carmel
Many marriages fail in the United States today, but very few happen twice. Naysa and Wesley Scott took a second chance on love after a divorce following their first wedding together in 2002.
It’s no secret that people don’t need a reason to don a costume in San Francisco. It’s only natural then that locals go all out this time of year when Halloween rolls around. USA Today even named San Francisco as one of the best cities to celebrate Halloween. However, beyond the parties, parades, and costume contests, there are unique things to do beyond the city of San Francisco in Wine Country. Today we spotlight a few of the different Halloween activities happening in Napa and Sonoma this month.
A late spring wedding took place in the verdant rolling hills of Sonoma County. Kate and Phil were wed at Trentadue Winery, accompanied by poetry readings from the guests. A heirloom family handkerchief with "M" embroidered on it was her "something old," a small blue heart painted on her toenail was her "something blue," and yes--the bride had a sixpence hidden in her shoe! Tender and sweet, this couple tied the knot in the midst of friends, family, incredible food, and lovely wine country views.
While all winery-hopping events are not created equal, they do all mean VIP treatment including frills, discounts, and the opportunity to get to know the wines of a particular region. These passport-style weekends are your chance to explore a manageable territory, for a set price, while each winery showcases it's skills.
April 27-29 is Stags Leap District’s turn to show you what they've got. Just to the north of Napa, it will be a unique show because they're known as much for exclusivity and hospitality as they are for Cabernet and history.
Our first installation of Wine Myth Busters shed some light on a few misconceptions about our favorite fermented friend. But, that was just the tip of the iceberg, so we're bringing you more debunked myths straight from the industry experts and insiders.
Myth: Wine always gets better with age
Expert: John Anthony Truchard, John Anthony Vineyards
I've got three cures for the winter blues on this rainy day.
Strauss Free Raised dropped off some veal samples for me to try recently and I finally pulled some of them out of the freezer. I'll admit that rather hypocritically, I generally steer clear of veal, but will happily dig into a cute, little roast suckling pig. Maybe it's a pork thing. Give me pig or give me death.
Strauss (which sells its products at Whole Foods) is clearly trying to rid veal of its old stigma. You know that terrible poster child of a doe-eyed calf that's been chained and raised in a box? It's emblazened into my brain.