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.
Winter is an ideal time to visit Napa. It’s much quieter and peaceful this time of year and because there are fewer visitors there’s less traffic and you’ll get better service at wineries and restaurants. Options abound whether you head up just for a day playing hooky or a long weekend.
A trip to Wine Country usually means driving around in traffic as you meander from one winery to the next. Healdsburg, on the other hand, offers an in-town experience where you can ditch the car and take it all in on foot.
For sugar lovers, a good dessert, pastry, or wine and chocolate pairing can mean the difference between a perfect day and a sour escapade. To satiate our sweet-toothed friends, we picked a few of our favorite Napa Valley desserts, bakeries, and custom chocolatiers.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to relax more, to go on more adventures, or even to drink more wine, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to make sure your 2014 promises come true.
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If you’re looking for unique, artisanal and locally-made gifts this season to place under the tree, stuff stockings, or give a host or hostess, plan on heading to The Barlow in Sebastopol. In this community of makers, you’ll find a diverse range of art, décor, fashion and wine, plus plenty of cozy eateries to fuel your excursion.
Have you always wondered what all that swirling and sniffing and slurping and spitting is about?
No doubt San Francisco pops off on New Year’s Eve, but the Wine Country also knows how to let the corks fly in style. This year, take a break from tradition, or start a new one, with a masquerade ball, concert, or romantic night in Napa or Sonoma. Here are some top party picks paired with places stay: