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How to Make the Perfect Sangria

Sangria is far too often a haphazard mix of leftover wine, fruit, booze, and juice. However, with a little thought, it can become anything from a sweet summer treat to a deep, brooding cocktail. Here are some solid rules to get you mixing, and three prized recipes to seal the deal.

Eat, Drink and Celebrate in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley

Grape to Glass, Russian River Valley

One of the best things about harvest time in Wine Country is all of the harvest parties that come along with it. Add pre-harvest parties onto the calendar and the phrase "life is good" comes to mind.

Seven Sweet Wines to Savor

Like dessert, sweet wines come in every shape and size with flavors that range from chocolate and cherry to buttered popcorn. These classy treats vary as extremely in sweetness as they do in color and often pair perfectly with spicy foods and romantic moods. Here are ten of my favorites: 

Three Things to Do in Wine Country in August

Front of Scott's BBQ. Photo by Denny Culbert

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A cultural exploration of BBQ, the grand opening of Orin Swift's new tasting room in St. Helena and a dressy little exhibit in Downtown Napa, all happening in August in Wine Country.

The Best Happy Hours in Napa and Sonoma

The best way to start a weekend in the Wine Country is to take off early on Friday, head to a happy hour, and raise a glass to avoiding traffic and the welcoming the wine-soaked weekend ahead.

Five Ways to Break a Sweat Before You Wine Taste

Playing hard over the weekend means working out even harder come Monday. But if you’re the type who’d rather skip the gym, some folks in Wine Country have a better idea. How about a workout with your wine? 

Check Out Livermore's Premier Wine Event, "Taste Our Terrior"

You know Napa and Sonoma, now it's time to explore the historic wine region that's home to the first California wine ever to win a French competition. Next week, Livermore's “Taste Our Terrior" is a perfect opportunity to visit.

One Day of Sipping in Dry Creek Valley

Fritz Underground Winery

When summer dishes out another cold, foggy day in the city, the best thing to do is head north. Add in wine and you’ve got a winning combination in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Here's our recommended itinerary:

Get Cooking in Wine Country

cooking school napa

It's no secret that Wine Country is home to world-renowned restaurants; so on your next visit, get in the kitchen to learn the tricks of the trade of local chefs. Here’s where to start:

A Perfect Day in Livermore Wine Country

As a Napa local with a preference for Napa wines, I was stunned by the quality of wine and experience in Livermore Valley. Here is my recommended itinerary for a perfect day in down-to-earth Livermore Wine Country: 

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