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Selecting the Perfect Wine Gift

Selecting the Perfect Wine Gift

By Andy Hyman Your search should begin by considering the gift recipient's tastes. Most wine drinkers have specific preferences, whether they like a dry white wine or a fun and fruity sparkling Rose' or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon.  Consider what you've seen the person...

Featured Winery: Materra Cunat Family Vineyards

Featured Winery: Materra Cunat Family Vineyards

There’s so much to admire about Materra Family Vineyards. Discover why we love this Napa Green certified winery located in Oak Knoll, Napa Valley. In 2007, Brian Cunat decided to combine his love of wine and his dream of farming by purchasing a 50-acre property in the...

Top 7 Red Wine Grapes Grown in Napa

Top 7 Red Wine Grapes Grown in Napa

The Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates formed by the many hills and mountains. This creates the perfect home for many grape varietals to flourish. Let's look at the top 7 red wine grapes grown in Napa Valley: 1. Cabernet Sauvignon The most widely planted...

Recipe: Grilled Lobster Tails – Easy Elegance at Home

Recipe: Grilled Lobster Tails – Easy Elegance at Home

We are all about sharing simple and fun pairings and recipes to help you create your own food and wine memories. With Cupid’s day just around the corner, perhaps you are looking to create a fancy plate that will impress someone near and dear to your heart during your...

Featured Winery: Roche Winery & Vineyards

Featured Winery: Roche Winery & Vineyards

During your travels to the Sonoma wine country how would you like to visit a bucolic, family-owned winery with views of beautiful Sonoma Valley and rows of estate vineyards climbing up the golden slopes of the adjoining hills?  How about a visit to a...

This Year’s Harvest and Wine Tastings

This Year’s Harvest and Wine Tastings

While 2020 has been challenging for us all, wineries in Napa Valley have continued to perform their annual harvest and winemaking activities as usual despite the pandemic and raging fires in the region. Similarly, wineries in Sonoma County’s wine-producing areas are...

Holidays in Napa Valley This Year

Holidays in Napa Valley This Year

While 2020 has not been the best year for everyone, there is still time to salvage the remaining days by engaging in some year-end holiday fun and excitement in wine country California-style. Breaking away to enjoy the fresh air, sights, and flavors of the region can...

Winery Feature: Nicholson Ranch

Winery Feature: Nicholson Ranch

One of our favorite wineries to include in our Sonoma wine tours is Nicholson Ranch. You’ll often see Deepak, the owner and winemaker pouring wines or answering phones in the tasting room! And as of June 2020, they are now Certified Organic. Learn more about them by...

Featured Tour Guide: Rob Vanoncini

Featured Tour Guide: Rob Vanoncini

Our tour guides come from different backgrounds bringing unique experiences to the job. Guests love their engaging insight and unique personalities. This month, we want to introduce you to Rob Vanoncini. Here’s what Rob’s wine tour guests have to say about him: “Rob...

Visiting the Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country in the Off Season

Visiting the Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country in the Off Season

A late fall and early winter trip to Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries can be the perfect escape from the crowded conditions of urban life. The weather is cool and comfortable for any outdoor activity while the number of visitors tends to be smaller this time of...

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

If you haven’t been to Napa Valley or Sonoma Wine Country lately, this autumn is the perfect time to visit. The glorious scenery, excellent weather, reduced crowd size, welcoming communities and wineries, and highly accommodating Wine Country tours will provide unique...

What stage are the vineyards at?

What stage are the vineyards at?

By late-October, Napa Valley and Sonoma vineyards have been in full swing over the past several weeks, nearing the end of harvest with some of the region’s most famous grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon. Once again, despite the multiple wildfires in the area, our...

What is happening this Halloween in Wine Country?

What is happening this Halloween in Wine Country?

Fall is always a magnificent time in Napa Valley. Now that blue skies have returned and the harvest season is well underway, communities and businesses in the area are planning Halloween events to celebrate the season. Most Napa Valley and Sonoma region wineries and...

Benefits to Taking a Wine Tour

Benefits to Taking a Wine Tour

It’s high season in Northern California wine country. The end of summer marks an exciting time for winemakers and wine hospitality teams eager to welcome you, following the frenzy of fruit harvest. Harvest season for Napa and Sonoma wineries allows for a very merry...

What are some Napa Valley Harvest Traditions?

What are some Napa Valley Harvest Traditions?

Harvest season in wine country is a time to celebrate the fruits of nature. Teams at many of the Napa wineries and Sonoma wineries breathe a collective sigh of relief following months of early mornings and endless nights for some young training interns. The effort is...

What Goes on during Harvest Season in Napa

What Goes on during Harvest Season in Napa

Amber, red and golden hues, earlier dusk before the season of crunching leaves underfoot. The peak of summer has passed and the sun slowly creeps away that little sooner each day. While the usual festive nightlife is a little more quiet than usual, rest assured...

Take a Private Wine Tour Through Napa Valley

Take a Private Wine Tour Through Napa Valley

Travel inspires us all. Imagining the world and nature that awaits beyond the four walls nourishes our mind in a unique way. If you’re nearby in Northern California, we want you to know that your outdoor oasis is never far away. Allow one of our personable Platypus...

What is Food Pairing? Why Do It?

What is Food Pairing? Why Do It?

Quarantine and shelter in place regulations definitely have us learning new hobbies and leisure-time activities during this time. Some of these new found interests can include exercise, writing, painting, cooking and of course maybe sipping on some delicious wine...