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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,...

Winter Holiday Ideas Across Napa Valley

Winter Holiday Ideas Across Napa Valley

Any season is a great time to come to Napa Valley. The weather is excellent, the scenery is beautiful, and the communities and Napa Wineries are always welcoming. But winter in Napa Valley is exceptional. While the year’s harvest is complete, the winemakers and staff...

Platypus Wine Country Tours November Recipe Feature

Salted Caramel and Sticky Date Pudding With the arrival of sweater weather, we will be seeking to serve up something delicious and festive to friends and family. For many Platypus Wine Tours guests across the country, the temperature is already substantially lower...

7 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Wine country

While a comprehensive list of fun and exciting things to do in California’s incredible Wine Country in the autumn is almost endless, narrowing the possibilities requires some serious pruning. But, given the spectacular weather and the natural beauty of the Napa Valley...

Thanksgiving with Friends and Family in Napa

As Thanksgiving nears, we begin pondering those gatherings with family and friends to give thanks for all your blessings and enjoy the traditional food and drink. But, as most of us know, these beautiful experiences all add up to an enormous amount of hard work and...

Guide Feature: Tour Curators Dustin and Patty

Platypus Wine Tours offers a wide variety of fascinating, educational, and enjoyable Wine Tours and winetasting opportunities throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Whether join-in or privately reserved, Platypus Wine Tours allow visitors to safely relax and...

Recipe Feature: Fall Squash Raviolis Recipe

Here in wine country California, we’re always pursuing the epicurean lifestyle. It’s the endless array of food, wine, art, and leisurely offerings that make Napa Valley and Sonoma such dream-worthy destinations. With the arrival of Fall, we’re excited about so many of...

Top 6 Ghost Wineries of Wine Country

Following the 19th Century discovery that Napa Valley and other parts of California could become one of the most prolific and diverse wine grape growing areas in the world, vineyards and wineries literally sprouted across the landscape. By 1919 when Prohibition and...

What you may find going on at the vineyards currently

The 2021 Napa Valley growing season is here once again, and the grape harvest has begun. Since early spring, vineyard managers and crews have been working diligently to oversee the stages of bud break, flowering, cluster development, veraison, and final maturation...

Recipe Feature: Beet Salad

With Fall around the corner, we’re so looking forward to the abundance of the familiar produce that tends to adorn our dining table right through to Thanksgiving. When visiting any Napa wineries, you’ll hear our local winemakers suggesting favorite Fall foods to pair...

Plan your next weekend getaway with some of these ideas

Napa Valley offers more exciting activities packed into a relatively small region than just about anywhere else. Besides the fabulous tours of Napa wineries, wine tastings, and great food, weekend visitors also enjoy the Valley’s incomparable experience while hiking...

Featured Tour Guide: Gary Grossman

Gary Grossman is one of our fine Napa and Sonoma wine tour guides. Gary's long time commitment has been delivering the best experience for our wine country visitors. I asked Gary a little more about his time in Napa as a Platypus Tours wine guide.  How long have you...

Top 7: New Restaurants in Napa Valley

I strolled through Downtown Napa recently and marveled at all of the new businesses that have opened since March 2020. I want to share with you all of the new restaurants you may try on your next visit to the Napa Valley.  Empress M-There aren’t too many Chinese...

Featured Winery: Auburn James Winery

Since 2005, Platypus Wine Tours has offered highly educational and enjoyable wine tours to Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries.  Safe, fun, and memorable, Platypus tours are available for groups, private, or as join-ins. During the nearly two decades of experience...

Day Trip Ideas Around Napa Valley

Napa Valley and the Sonoma region are well known among locals and visitors alike for providing an array of pristine day trip destinations. Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or taking family along with you, there is truly something for everyone. Keep...

Recipe: Summer Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Recipe: Summer Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Stroll the Healdsburg square and you will run into Healdsburg Bar and Grill. Dine outside on the patio and enjoy a scrumptious burger and fries with all of the fixings. They have a full bar so you can even enjoy a Moscow Mule. Chef John Hallgrimson would love to share...