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Host Your Next Party at These Five Wineries

Throwing a party or an event at a winery can easily flop because many locations can't handle large groups nor have the ability to adjust to your vibe or purpose. So, in the interest of rockin’ wine parties, we’ve provided you with the five best wineries, from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa, for you to get your party on or bring your party to.

Wine Myth Busters: Common Knowledge You've Got Wrong!

Wine is everywhere these days and so are misconceptions about our favorite fermented friend. We asked industry insiders to debunk a few widespread wine myths so that you can shock your friends, fend off irritating wine snobs, and impress the in-laws.

The Best Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in Wine Country

Most wineries are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but there are plenty of family adventures and romance to be had in Wine Country over the holiday weekend. Here are some of the best events and dinners if you burnt the turkey, are looking to eat out, or want to escape with a day trip.

The Best Shopping in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is known for the wine, food, and beautiful views, but there is fantastic shopping here as well. Some of the best finds are in winery gift shops, which are packed with wine-related trinkets and gear that ranges from coasters and wine openers to cycling jerseys and hats. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Concert at 35,000 Feet Kicks Off Napa's Live in the Vineyard Weekend

Last weekend, Live in the Vineyard (LitV) kicked off at 35,000 feet with a surprise concert by Green River Ordinance on a Southwest flight from Burbank to Oakland. Never mind the other music industry big-shots like Michelle Branch, Daughtry, O.A.R., SafetySuit, Martin Harley Band, Christina Perri, and Javier Colon seated on the plane or hanging out and playing in Napa over the weekend.

Five Fantastic Off-the-Beaten-Path Wineries and Their Neighbors

There are lots of “off the beaten path” wineries that line the hills and mountains of Napa Valley and we’d like to introduce you to a few of the best. Here are five wineries that are well worth leaving your comfort zone to visit and some nearby recommendations to help plan a day in the neighborhood.

Party Time in Sonoma: Harvest Celebrations and Seasonal Shindigs

Most harvest parties in Napa have come to an end, but Sonoma is just kicking into high gear. It’s the liveliest time of year in Wine Country and these down to earth celebrations are a perfect excuse to take a break from the city and check out the fall colors and new winery releases.

Ditch Your Car & Get On Your Bike for the Ultimate Napa Valley Wine Tour

In the Napa Valley, crush doesn’t just mean the time of year when grapes are harvested. It often translates to heartbreak—the kind that comes from rolling to a complete stop on Highway 29 in bumper-to-bumper traffic—which, in the popular month of October, is par for the course. So much for your relaxing Wine Country getaway. But there is a solution: Sail by on a bike.

Moving quietly across the valley at a slower speed allows you to experience more of its sights, smells, and sounds. 
Whether you want to pedal all the way from SF to Napa, drive up with your bike on a rack, or rent a two-wheeler when you arrive in Wine Country, we’ve stitched together a mellow 27-mile cyclist’s loop of leisurely wine tasting. It can easily be trimmed to 20 miles, should you want to veer off and head back to the hotel for an early, guilt-free, and much-earned nap. After all, you’ve got to gear up for dinner.

The Wine Country Fights Breast Cancer

October is official Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), which is an annual health campaign to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research, prevention, and hopefully one day find a cure. Over the years, Napa Valley wineries and businesses have given a great deal to support the fight against breast cancer and we’d like to honor a few that maintained this tradition in 2011.

Ring In Fall with Napa Valley's Arts Festival

If you're heading up to Napa this harvest season, it'll be more obvious than ever that the artistry of the Valley is not limited to what you'll find inside a bottle. Tasting rooms are buzzing, wine is fermenting in the cellar and the Valley's restaurants are exploding with incredible bounty of local harvests...so what else could make your trip to this iconic wine & culinary region even more rewarding?

Throughout October, the Arts Council of Napa Valley presents Napa Valley ARTS '11, a valley-wide, month-long celebration of arts and culture featuring a mind-boggling number of events and activities to showcase the vibrant arts scene in Napa.

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