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WINE COUNTRY
     
California's first wineries were appendages of the 21 Franciscan missions that were built a day's ride by horseback from each other in a chain reaching from San Diego to Sonoma.  The missions produced the wine for sacramental use.  Eventually the church gave up making wine, and the art passed into the realm of private enterprise. 
          The most popular route for wine tasting is in the Napa Valley along Highway 29 between Oakville and Calistoga.  Not far behind in popularity is scenic Highway 12 in the Sonoma Valley.  And edging in fast is an area along Highway 101 north between Petaluma and Ukiah.  When visiting these stretches of highway, which are heavily concentrated with wineries, try to remain selective.  Experts suggest not planning to taste at more than four wineries in one day.
          Many wineries have picnic areas.  An ideal itinerary is to tour a winery, taste, and then purchase a bottle of wine to drink with a picnic lunch.

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Here and There

NAPA VALLEY
CALISTOGA
   Attractions
     August Briggs Winery tasting room
     Bennett Lane Winery
     Ca’toga Galleria d’Arte + Ca’toga Villa Tour
     Palisades Wine Company
   Restaurants
     Bosko’s Trattoria
     Brannan’s Grill
   Hotels

     Euro Spa & Inn
     Madrigan Family Winery
NAPA
   Articles

     Artsy Napa Escape
     di Rosa
     Judd’s Hill winery
        winery owner entertains tasters with ukulele--VIDEO
     Napa Walking Tour
     Uptown Theatre
     Cedar Gables Inn
     Churchill Manor
     Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
RUTHERFORD
     Inglenook winery
     Rancho Caymus Inn

SILVERADO TRAIL
   Attractions
     Darioush
     Kenzo Estate
   Hotels
     Solage Calistoga Resort+Solbar
ST. HELENA
   Attractions
     The Cameo Cinema
     Charles Krug Winery
     Clif Family Velo Vino Tasting Room
     Long Meadow Ranch
     Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Co.
     Olivier Napa Valley
     Sutter Home Winery
   Restaurants
     Acadia House

     The Model Bakery
   Hotels
     Las Acobas
YOUNTVILLE
   Attractions
     Cosentino Winery
     Goosecross winery

          demo of orbital wine decanter--VIDEO
     Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley
     Yountville Art Walk
   Restaurants
     Bouchon Bakery
     Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar
     Mustards Grill
   Hotels
     Hotel Yountville
     Lavender
     Villagio Inn & Spa

SONOMA VALLEY
GLEN ELLEN
     Benziger Family Winery
     Jack London State Historic Park
SONOMA
   Attractions
     Baksheesh Fair Trade
     Buena Vista Winery
     Jacuzzi Family Vineyards & The Olive Press
     Sebastiani Theatre
     shops
     Sojourn Cellars Tasting Salon
     The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall
     Viansa Winery
   Restaurants
     Basque Boulangerie Cafe
     The Chocolate Cow
     The Girl & The Fig
     Sonoma’s Best Market Cafe
   Hotels
     The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa
     Sonoma’s Best Guest Cottages

ALONG HIGHWAY 101 NORTH
between Petaluma and Ukiah

 

 

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