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Drink Your Sweets: 10 California Dessert Wines We Love (Plus Pairings)

No category of wine is as indulgent and yet as overlooked as dessert wine. Like a good piece of cake, it should be sweet without being saccharine. California wineries make a diverse array of after-dinner drinkers, inspired by Old World classics from Port to Sauternes. Here are our 10 homegrown favorites as well as sweets for pairing. 

Explore Napa’s Hidden Lovall Valley

Want to spend a few hours cycling in an idyllic setting? Take a spin through Napa’s Lovall Valley, where you’ll find rolling vineyards, architecturally interesting homes, and roadside art set in a compact bowl of verdant green hills.

A Modern Guide to Downtown Napa

No longer just the early-morning meeting place for Wine Country excursions, Downtown Napa is becoming a glamorous destination with new restaurants, shops, bars, and, of course, wine tasting rooms popping up on every corner.

Wedding Inspiration: Childhood Friends Share a Colorful Ceremony in St. Helena

Once upon a time, a couple of toddlers shared a piece of cake at an engagement party in Vietnam. Twenty years later and all grown up, they shared their very own wedding cake. 

Detox Then Retox: How to Exercise the Wine Country Way

We can't get enough of those scientific studies that prove the health benefits of drinking wine. Of course, even the most solid of liquid diets is best when paired with exercise. Here's how to do both at basically the same time at California wineries.

The Big Eat Wine Country: 50 Things to Devour in Napa and Sonoma Counties Before You Die

San Francisco gastronomes are well versed in our annual Big Eat SF—for more than a decade, you've been checking dishes off our list of the city's must-eats. Last year, we invited Oaklanders to the party with our Big Eat Oakland. And now, drumroll please, we're bringing the Big Eat to Wine Country tables.

Holiday Guide to Wine Country: Shopping, Tastings, Glamping + a Hanukkah Hootenanny

With November upon us, it's time to start celebrating the holidays in Wine Country.

Wine Tastings Go Luxe With Lavish Meals and Interior Design

Free wine tastings have gone the way of Napa and Sonoma lore—if we want to sip the good stuff, we have to pony up. But we also believe that you get what you pay for. These five new spots aren't just pouring wine—they are offering luxury experiences we won't soon forget. Those memories? Priceless. 

Fall Food + Wine Events Worth Hitting the Open Road

Gas is actually affordable right now (knock on wood), so take advantage and hit the road for a culinary adventure at these top-notch food and wine events.

You Say Tomato. We Say Go to These Tomato Festivals in September

Whatever your pronunciation of everyone's favorite earthy red vegetable-that's-really-a-fruit, can we all agree that tomato season is one of the finest culinary moments of the year? Now that that's settled, head for Wine Country where a hearty lineup of festivals are scheduled to salute the juicy fruit.

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