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50 Things to Do in Wine Country Before You Die

Think Wine Country is all tasting rooms and vineyards? Think again. Sure, there is plenty of grape juice for the anti-teetotalers among us. But you'll also find incredible hiking and biking, world-class cuisine, mineral spring spas, and backwoods towns with friendly locals who produce as mean a zinfandel as their Napa neighbors. 

Ready to get going? Here are the 50 things to do in Wine Country before you die:

Celebrate All Things Cheese in Sonoma

Truth be told, life to the north of the Golden Gate might as well be country living to most city folk. Say what you will about it, the country still has some advantages even city purists can’t deny, notably cheese and wine. You can get a gourmet taste of that country life this month at California’s Artisan Cheese Festival.

New Cult Pinot Noir Expected to Sell Out Quickly

Think fresh-picked wild strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry jam layers, combined with the savory flavors of white pepper, iodine, sage, and a hint of briny ocean air. This describes the particularly great showing for Patz & Hall's new Jenkins Ranch Pinot Noir. And we can't wait to have our first sip!

Napa’s Finest Wineries Off the Beaten Path

Most wineries that have achieved fame have done so by getting to the game early, making fantastic products, or offering an exceptional experience. But there are wonderful wineries that fly under the radar because they're new, off the beaten path, make a very small amount of wine, or have simply chosen to remain secret. I worked with premier concierge & driver Kent Higginbotham, owner of Squire Livery Tours, to discover seven of Napa’s finest, top-secret wineries.

Chamisal Vineyards Releases a Pinot Noir Crafted in Stainless Steel Barrels

Prepare your taste buds, Chamisal Vineyards it set to launch its Stainless Pinot Noir nation-wide this month. Created from the first vineyard planted in Edna Valley, the stainless pinot noir is a unique wine, crafted in stainless steel barrels and made to express the distinctive, varietal characteristics of Pinot Noir.

The Top 7 Bay Area Wine Events of 2014

The top wine events in SF and Wine Country tend to get better with age, and sell out more quickly each year. We picked 7 of 2014’s best so that you can get your tickets, book your hotels, and prepare your palates before the buzz begins. 

10 Romantic Wineries for a Weekend in Wine Country

If you're still looking for a quick way to woo your date this weekend, surprise your sweetie with a one-a-kind experience at one of these intimate wineries.  

Your Guide to Napa's Premier Restaurants

Napa Valley is just a short jaunt up north for San Franciscans seeking an authentic Wine Country experience that blends the rustic traditions of agriculture with world-class drinking and dining. This is your guide to the best food, wineries, hotels and services the region has to offer. 

Seven Perfect Wine Pairings for Winter Cuisine

It's time to break out the bold wines and hearty meals to pair with the wintery weather that’s finally here. Here are seven ideal pairings to prepare you for the cold days and rain. But who are we kidding, what season isn’t perfect for a savory staple and robust red?

Five Things to Do in Wine Country in February

Originally published on California Home + Design

It's a busy month with Napa Valley’s first festival devoted to Cab, Patz & Hall’s new home in Sonoma, a must-see photography exhibit at Mumm Napa, and more happening in Wine Country in February.

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