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Exploring Paso Robles by Zipline

Exploring Paso Robles by Zipline

Roughly three-and-a-half-hours south of San Francisco on the 101 is Paso Robles, an appellation that is becoming known for both its diversity of wines and the reputation of its growers and winemakers to take chances on unusual blends and lesser-known varieties. There is an excitement about wine and winemaking here that, while certainly not lost in places like Napa and Sonoma, often lies beneath a more corporate-driven surface.

Go Inside Wine Country's Coolest Caves

 Go Inside Wine Country's Coolest Caves

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Formerly a silent repository for precious wines, today’s wine caves beckon with sparkling lights, mesmerizing art and the tinkle of wine glasses. Slip away from the summer heat with these cool wine caves you won’t want to leave!

One Day in Napa Valley

1 Day in Napa Valley

With over 450 wineries and 270 restaurants, it can be a daunting task to plan a day in the Napa Valley. To save you time and angst, we created a balanced day that will make you look like an insider and avid organizer.

Excitement Builds in Napa Valley for 2012 Vintage

A vineyard in St. Helena begins veraison

A lot of winemakers in Northern California are crossing their fingers, rubbing disembodied rabbits’ feet and throwing copious amounts of salt over their shoulders. Why? Because it is the middle of July and 2012 has been a nearly perfect growing season (knock on wood).

Experience a Taste of Italy at Sonoma's ESTATE

Experience a Taste of Italy at Sonoma's ESTATE

Sondra Bernstein is well known as “the girl” of the girl & the fig restaurant, a Wine Country destination right on the historic square in Sonoma. Her inspiration for the girl & the fig is “country food with a French passion,” and this lively spot, popular with locals and visitors reminds you of a bistro in Provence. But “the girl” loves Italian food too, and what Sonoma locals know that not all visitors do, is if you venture just a bit further down Spain Street, beyond the Plaza, you will discover Sondra’s other Sonoma restaurant ESTATE.

The Top 5 Things to Do in Wine Country This July

 The Top 5 Things to Do in Wine Country This July

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

As the days get hotter, we hanker for refreshing sips, indoor escapes and evening saunters. July is a great month in Wine Country to get in some arts and culture while you chill-out and cool down.

A Taste of Wine Country Even the Kids Will Love

Taste of Wine Country Even the Kids Will Love

Kids aren’t the first thing that pop into your mind when planning a trip to Wine Country. But times are changing. More and more, parents don’t want to miss out on what’s growing right in their backyard, and the wineries, well, they’re listening. Parents with kids in tow can get a new taste of Wine Country and the whole family’s happy about it.

Napa Valley's Beyond the Kitchen Dinner Party Brings the Table to the Farm

Napa Valley's Beyond the Kitchen Dinner Party Brings the Table to the Farm

Forget all this “farm to table” nonsense. Why bother, when you can just bring the table to the farm? At least that is Chef William Heubel’s idea behind his Beyond the Kitchen dinner party series, which will be staged at a different farm in Napa Valley each Saturday throughout the summer.

Wine, Women and Shoes Kicks Up Its Heels in Napa This Summer

Wine, Women and Shoes Kicks Up Its Heels in Napa This Summer

Imagine spending a gorgeous afternoon sipping delightful wines, savoring delectable bites, and shopping to your heart’s content – all while being charmed by some of the most beloved men in the Napa Valley. What makes this afternoon even more sensational? The cause.

A Different Kind of Winery Tucked in the Hills of Alexander Valley

A Different Kind of Winery Tucked in the Hills of Alexander Valley

With hundreds of wineries scattered throughout Northern California, I never cease to be surprised by how each features unique characteristics that make them stand out from one another. Whether it’s the wine, winemaker, grapes, tasting room, vineyards, or location, they all have distinctions that make them different from one another. Medlock Ames in Healdsburg’s Alexander Valley is no different. 

While typical visitors to Healdsburg and Medlock Ames are most interested in the tasting room, and for good reason, it’s important to know about the vineyards and winery, which few have the chance to see.

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