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Hold the Wine: What To Do With Non-Drinkers in the Wine Country

So you’ve got friends or family in town and they want to see Napa Valley but don't drink. Seems like a conundrum, but fret not— there's hikingbiking, museums and alterative winery experiences that make for a great day amidst the vines, even sans vino.

Manly Wine Country: Ideas for a Napa Valley Father's Day

I’m the last person to ridicule any man for drinking wine instead of beer, or heading up to “romantic Napa Valley” for a day with the bros or fam. But I know that sipping wine certainly doesn't top the list of tough, "manly" activities. Here are some wine country experiences that won’t drag down any macho egos on Father's Day.

6 Wineries That Showcase the Best of Napa Valley to Out-of-Town Visitors

With hundreds of wineries to choose from and experiences that range from hoity-toity tastings to off-road excursions, it's tough to give Napa fist-timers a balanced sampling of the valley. That said, here are six wineries that will give you a nice blend of the best the area has to offer in a weekend:

Getting Around Napa: The Best Driving and Concierge Options for Wine-Tasting Adventures

Can’t find a designated driver and don't want to listen to your intoxicated friends sing and talk wine while you soberly sip and spit your way around the Valley? How about hiring a car and driver — or better yet, take the Ferry to Vallejo, and get picked up and squired about by a Napa Valley insider? Here are our top picks of the four-wheel-concierges that do a whole lot more than just drive:

Napa Valley Late Night: Where to Go After the Party (Or Dinner)

There are tons of summer celebrations in Napa Valley, but what do you do when the wedding reception's over, the wineries are closed, or you want another drink or two after dinner? Not long ago, the answer would be to pop a cork in your hotel room, but these days the Valley has plenty of options for night owls.

Cycling Napa Valley: 6 Great Rides

Some visitors are mystified that anyone would want to ride a bike in Napa Valley where there are endless amounts of great food, wine, and drivers who have been “tasting responsibly” crowding the limited roads. Others plan their day or weekend around renting bikes and touring the wineries or taking a serious ride through vines, across the valley, and as far as the Sonoma Cost (and back). This blog goes out to all of you who are looking for the best two-wheel tours of Napa Valley from an amateur but competitive cyclist who loves to ride.

Franc & Blanc: Wine Country's Party of the Summer

Chateau Montelena helped put Napa on the map back in 70s. And this June 25th, they're throwing what's being billed as the Valley's party of the summer with Franc & Blanca chance to indulge in the Chateaus's delicious wines (made famous by the movie Bottle Shock). Come up to mingle with winemakers Bo Barrett (played by Chris Pine in the film), Cam Parry and Matt Crafton for an up-close and personal glimpse at the way a hot-ticket vineyard like this one operates.

And there's a lot more to do that just drink wine. Look forward to tons of music, food, a photo booth, wine classes, barrel tastings, games and prizes.

Win Tickets to Von Strasser Winery's Spring Art Gala!

For art lovers, what could be better than attending a glitzy art gala tucked away in the Napa hills at Von Strasser Winery?

Napa Valley Wineries With The Best Eats

True, many wineries offer cheese and bread. But for those looking for something more substantial, here's our list of the Napa Valley wineries with the best eats.

Last-Minute Mother's Day Ideas in Napa

If your mom (or you, for that matter) would enjoy a Mother's Day involving wine, head up to Napa Valley. Here's my list of recommendations for all of you "spontaneous" planners. 

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 is pulling out all the stops for mothers everywhere (a day early) with their Saturday Spring Celebration. Bustle from station to station and through the gardens, tasting small bites and sipping on different wines.

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