If the very thought of Wine Country evokes images of stretch limos teeming with feather boa-draped bachelorette parties, hordes of Midwesterners bellied up at tasting room bars, and grapevine-swathed, cork and barrel everything, you wouldn’t be totally wrong. But off the beaten path, curious city folk may find tiny civilized hubs where the art and design are contemporary, the cuisine is cutting-edge, and the shopping is more Manolo Blahnik than The North Face. In other words, not so unlike San Francisco.
Tocai Friulano is one of the best and most popular white wines in the northern Italian region of Friuli. They’ve been growing the grape and making the wine for a long time. But in 2007, after Hungary joined the European Union, it was determined by that governing body that one of their wines, Tokaji (a sweet wine made from the grape furmint) could potentially, due to its similar pronunciation to Tocai Friulano confuse consumers into…what? Thinking they were the same wine? I guess so. So poor Tocai Friulano had to change its name to simply Friulano.
Why spend the night at a hotel, when you could stay the weekend at a winery? Here are our favorite wineries that have guesthouses or inns for true fans like you.
On Friday, August 6, corks flew and wine flowed freely as an army of eager employees gathered on the crushpad of Mumm Napa to welcome the arrival of Pinot Noir from the nearby Gamefarm Vineyard — the first fruit to arrive at the winery and the beginning of the 2012 harvest in Napa Valley.
On July 28, the Wine Women & Shoes Napa Valley event lit a spark of awareness and compassion for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, benefitting Napa Emergency Women’s Services. The event was an overwhelming success for NEWS. Over 300 guests celebrated and honored their support for NEWS during an amazing afternoon of wine, shoes, and fashion at Charles Krug Winery. The benefit raised over $80,000, all of which will be delivered directly to NEWS.
When the doors at 813 Main Street in downtown Napa open for business on Wednesday, August 8, it will be for the first time in nearly 40 years. The Thomas restaurant and its street-level Fagiani’s Bar are closing the circle on a piece of Napa history and ushering in a new era for the town.
If your usual method for selecting a wine to pair with a dry-aged, flame-kissed ribeye, a pile of burnt ends or crispy chicken wings slathered in sweet, spicy barbecue sauce involves grabbing the biggest bottle of red in sight, we beg you to reconsider.
As diverse as it is vast, Sonoma County, once all family farms and farmers, now offers as many posh pleasures as it does down to earth experiences. Whatever you pleasure may be, your one day in Sonoma is sure to please.