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Napa Valley: California's Landmark Wine Country

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A September 2006 trip to Napa Valley by Sierra

Clos Pegase - part winery, part museum Photo, More Photos
Quote: American winemaking landed on the map with the historic 1976 Paris wine tasting. Today, it is California's best-known wine-growing region.

Napa Valley: California's Landmark Wine Country

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Overview

Clos Pegase - part winery, part museum Photo,
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If you mention the words "Napa Valley", certain images come to mind: grapes, wine, olive oil, great food, and most of all, indulgence. While you would certainly be right on all these points, there's more to Napa than simply winery tours. Music festivals, art fairs, culinary celebrations, holiday special events, farmers' markets, bicycle tours, health spas, romantic getaways, museums, unique shops, and much more to do make up today's Napa Valley experience.- Fresh fruit and products are always available in the area, and it should be no surprise that Napa has a booming culinary scene, ranging from corner bakeries and farmer's markets, to the ...Read More

Grgich Hills Cellar

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Attraction

Grgich commemorative wine Photo,
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Grgich Hills Cellar is the first winery I can recall visiting in Napa Valley, circa 1989. At the time, the tasting room was a tiny, cramped room at the front of the Grgich property (the same room as today, which has now been expanded), and I remember an older man talking to us with great enthusiasm about their wines. I have no idea if the older gentleman I remember from that trip was Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, the legendary patriarch of Grgich Hills. It probably was, as we were visiting the winery at a "quiet" time of the year. If you don't know who Mik...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2006

Grgich Hills Cellar
1829 St Helena Highway
Napa Valley, California 94573
(800) 532-3057

PlumpJack Winery

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Attraction | "Plump Jack Winery"

PlumpJack Winery Photo, Oakville, California
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PlumpJack's vineyards date to 1881, and their winemaking facility originally used to house Villa Mt. Eden Winery (now located in Yountville). PlumpJack was started in 1973 by James and Anne McWilliams with one goal: to make an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. They certainly have achieved that, consistently producing some really lovely reds - including a Syrah and a merlot - but they also make a lovely reserve Chardonnay. Their tasting room is very modern, with seating space outside where you can take a bottle and enjoy the views. Located off Oakville Cross Road close to the Silverado Trail, PlumpJack for years was a quiet secret among those who ventured off route 29 (the main...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 17, 2007

PlumpJack Winery
620 Oakville Cross Road
Oakville, California 94562
(707) 945-1220

Grapes ripe on the vine at harvest Photo, Rutherford, California
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All vineyards in Napa are, of course, working farms; but you don't usually see that. You usually see an artfully crafted tasting room, and on those properties that allow tours, you'll follow a short path that stays pretty close to the tasting room.Long Meadow Ranch is different than the rest, and not just because first and foremost, LMR gets you to focus on what is important about this vineyard: the land, the people, and the work that goes into producing its wine, its olive oils, and oh yes - its beef and produce.Wait - beef and produce? From a Napa vineyard? Oh, yes....Read More

Mumm Napa Valley

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Mumm Napa Valley Photo,
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Mumm has, for nearly 200 years, been one of the premiere vintners of Champagne in France; their wines celebrate victories, launch ships, and add elegance to any special occasion. Just as you could not call a Californian wine a "Burgundy", it is improper to call sparkling wines that come from anywhere but the Champagne region of France by the name "Champagne", per standards of the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée. This is a legally protected right as part of the Treaty of Madrid (1891), the Treaty of Versailles (1919) and more recently, through European Union laws. You will find sparkling wines from other regions of the world called names such as Cava, spumante, Cap Classique, DOCG...Read More