WINE COUN­TRY

Fruit of the Vine

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA VINE­YARDS

Sam­pling lo­cal wines is a pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity in the many wine grow­ing re­gions up and down the state. Cal­i­for­nia wines be­came fa­mous when a Chardon­nay from Chateau Mon­te­lena in Napa Val­ley won the Judg­ment of Paris in 1976. It was an event that rocked the wine world, and the qual­ity of Cal­i­for­nia wines has only grown since then.

There are so many wines,

va­ri­eties and re­gions in Cal­i­for­nia that fig­ur­ing out where to go and what to taste can be daunt­ing. Aside from tak­ing a tour, one of the best ways to get ac­quainted with an area is by at­tend­ing a lo­cal wine fes­ti­val. Think of it as Wine-re­con, a most de­light­ful way to gather in­sight and in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal winer­ies in a short span of time. From large-scale food and wine fests to small, quirky events, wine fes­ti­vals can cater to both the ca­sual wine fan and the ex­pe­ri­enced wine en­thu­si­ast de­ter­mined to dis­cover the next great pro­ducer.

NORTH­ERN CAL­I­FOR­NIA COAST Napa, Sonoma, Men­do­cino, Liver­more, Santa Cruz Moun­tains

The most fa­mous Cal­i­for­nia wine re­gion by far is in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. In Oc­to­ber 2017 Napa and Sonoma ex­pe­ri­enced epic wild­fires, but the sur­round­ing res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties sus­tained the brunt of the de­struc­tion. The winer­ies and vine­yards es­caped mostly un­scathed with only a hand­ful of prop­er­ties suf­fer­ing any sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. The beau­ti­ful scenery, stun­ning vine­yards and world-class winer­ies the re­gion is fa­mous for are still here. North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Wine

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