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Summer Plans in the Napa Valley

Summer Plans in the Napa Valley

Throughout the year, Napa Valley businesses and communities offer a wide variety of fascinating family-friendly activities to enjoy, enlighten, and entertain. During the summer, when most of us schedule time to travel to our favorite destinations, the whirlwind of...

What Napa Valley AVA Districts sit higher than the valley floor?

What Napa Valley AVA Districts sit higher than the valley floor?

Several distinct growing areas lie within the comparatively small agricultural region of Napa Valley’s Wine Country California. Challenged by the diversity of microclimates, soils, moisture levels, elevations, and other conditions, vintners successfully produce a full...

Birthday Quinoa Salad

Birthday Quinoa Salad

Here's another of our favorite Wine Country Recipes we'd like to share with you – Birthday Quinoa Salad, which is occasionally part of the picnic lunch we provide on our Platypus Wine Tours. Many guests ask us for the recipe so without further ado.... Enjoy!...

Bama Macaroni Salad

Bama Macaroni Salad

During some of our award-winning Wine Country tours, guests who opt for the Platypus Wine Tours’ lunch option can enjoy a delicious, Southern-inspired side offering. This now-famous dish, Kathy’s Kitchen’s Bama Macaroni Salad, is a creation that evokes a cavalcade of...

What is the “Valley Floor” in the Napa Valley AVA District?

What is the “Valley Floor” in the Napa Valley AVA District?

How do Napa wineries produce so many different world-class wines? Besides the nearly perfect weather condition for grape development, another principal reason is the diversity of Napa Valley’s topography. Vineyards on the “floor” of the Napa Valley AVA (American...

Wine Tasting Tips Some Might Not Know About

Wine Tasting Tips Some Might Not Know About

Some people may feel intimidated before engaging in their first Napa wine tasting experience. The truth is that Napa wine tasting experiences are relaxed, enjoyable, and quite educational. And, likely other first-timers will be in your group, so you will be learning...

Recipe: Thai Cabbage Slaw

Recipe: Thai Cabbage Slaw

With the weather warming up and grilling season fast approaching, it's SLIDER time! We love sliders for how quick and easy they are to make, as well as for all the fun customizing opportunities. What wine will you pair? It depends on your meat and condiments. Pinot...

Discover the Napa Valley AVA

Discover the Napa Valley AVA

During the past century, Napa Valley has become one of the world’s most important wine-producing regions in the world. The excellent climate, multiple soil types, and varying elevations of Napa Valley contribute to a spectacular growing environment for nearly all...

Recipe Feature from Platypus Wines Tours

Recipe Feature from Platypus Wines Tours

Winter and spring are wonderful seasons to visit Napa Valley. While crews have been working in the vineyards to prune and prepare for the beginning of a new season, the businesses and various venues are less crowded, offering a more relaxed and accessible experience....

All About Pruning

All About Pruning

The grapes from last season have all been harvested as the wineries in Napa Valley have begun to convert another excellent crop into their world-famous wines. Winemakers and crews of St. Helena wineries, as well as in wineries in Sonoma County, are busily aging,...

Springtime in Napa Valley

Springtime in Napa Valley

Springtime is a magnificent time to visit Napa Valley. The weather is beginning to warm, the leaves start to return, and the always beautiful vistas are once again punctuated with bright yellow mustard flowers that line the vineyard rows. The early spring is also...

Noteworthy Dessert Wines: Iced and Sweet

Noteworthy Dessert Wines: Iced and Sweet

When grapes remain on the vine longer, the sugar content increases. In many instances, vineyard managers intentionally delay picking certain varieties to produce sweeter dessert-type wines. Here are three sweet wine categories that many enjoy: Ice Wine: What is It?...

Salmon with Cilantro-Lime Topping + Pear & Nut Salad

Salmon with Cilantro-Lime Topping + Pear & Nut Salad

Being downright lucky to be driving through Napa Valley vineyards, where the yellow mustard is already beginning to bloom between the dormant vines and bright green grass, we are inspired with new beginnings.  At this time of year, Napa winery tours wind down on...

Winter in the Vineyards: Dormancy

Winter in the Vineyards: Dormancy

Once the harvest has finished, Napa and Sonoma wineries focus their attention on turning those carefully nurtured grapes into world-class wines. However, there is still plenty going on in the vineyards. Once the grapes are gone, and the weather turns chilly, the vines...

Plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Napa Valley?

Plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Napa Valley?

With the Holiday Season now over, it is time to make plans for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience with the most important person in your life. Treating that person to an escape from the many pressures we face today can be the perfect gift. This year, February...

Visit a Farmers Market on your next trip to Napa Valley

Visit a Farmers Market on your next trip to Napa Valley

By a considerable margin, Napa Valley and the rest of California produce more fruits and vegetables than any other part of the country. Not surprisingly, visitors to Napa Valley will come across many farmers markets throughout the year to sample and purchase the...

Ham, Pear & Cheddar Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Ham, Pear & Cheddar Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Quick & Easy for Busy Holiday Gatherings As the leaves turn in Wine Country California and the air begins to chill, we turn to a little comfort food.  This month we love to share our quick and easy Monte Cristo Sandwiches which are perfect for both lunch and...

Holiday Gift Certificates for All to Enjoy

Holiday Gift Certificates for All to Enjoy

Many of the visitor-friendly businesses of glorious Napa Valley offer Holiday Gift Certificates that you may use during the upcoming holiday season or anytime later. Gift certificates can be perfect for anniversary gifts (perhaps your own?), birthday presents,...