A cheesy poem is probably not a good idea, and while flowers or a special dinner are nice, there are few more amorous things than a visit to the Wine Country. However, with a daunting number of impersonal options available, it’s easy to miss the mark. Here are three can't-miss romantic Wine Country trips:
Most believe that wine and cheese are naturally paired, but the truth is it’s actually quite a difficult feat. Many pairings are terrible, and others make food and wine-lovers cringe. But don’t fret, we’ve asked the experts and found a ton of tasty pairings just for you.
While Wine Country is best known for its grapes and food, adventures abound in this beautiful region for those who need a break from imbibing.
January in Napa means little traffic, easily-booked accommodations, and Restaurant Month. Here are a few of our favorite wine-and-dine deals you can find this month in Wine Country:
I moved to Napa Valley a few years ago and after a few awkward wine moments, I learned some simple rules that keep me out of trouble. To save you any embarrassment, we asked the pros for some do's and dont's so that you can look and sound like a wine pro at your holiday gatherings.
I asked a famous Italian winemaker how she had chosen the wine and food pairing for a special dinner. She laughed and said: “Don’t be silly, you shouldn’t pair wine with food; pair wine with an affair, a situation. I chose this wine because we’re strangers and this wine is complex enough to create conversation.” With this romantic notion in mind, here is your guide to pairing wine with whatever holiday affair you have ahead...
While few wineries are open on Thanksgiving Day, Wine Country has a cornucopia of events, dinners, and specials for the holiday. Options range from hosted dinners at wine-country resorts, take-home winery feasts, and wine-soaked festivals. The following is what's on our agenda:
Looking to impress your friends or a date with a little knowledge about fine wine and food pairings? Or perhaps you’re seriously considering a career in the wine industry? Whatever your level of interest may be, knowing your wines and what to serve them with will certainly serve you well. Here are our favorite places and classes, at all levels, to get you on the road to becoming an educated Oenophile:
While Napa reigns king of wine country, underrated Sonoma skims under the radar. Time passes slowly here. Instead of tour buses, traffic, and crowds, you can stretch out in the town square with an open bottle of red, bike between wineries without getting run over, and have leisurely conversations with local proprietors.
That being said, high-end restaurants, hotels, and boutiques are popping up and polishing up their games. Travelers wanting a more covert experience need to be a bit more intrepid in their journey. Here are a few of our favorite off the beaten path destinations in Sonoma:
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