A Tasty Northern California Itinerary Shop, sip and stay at these amazing Northern California gems. BY TOURING & TASTING
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Beaulieu Vineyard is a legend in the Napa area.
“ Hands down the best value for a Rutherford Cabernet.”
Northern California has so many wonderful wineries and locations to visit you'll want to tour the entire region. Here are six spots you'll want to add to your itinerary.
Beaulieu Vineyard (BV)
Beaulieu Vineyard is the home of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley with the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet, first made in 1936. BV is one of the only wineries in the valley where you can go without an appointment and taste a selection of vintage wines from the extensive library.
SOMMELIER PICKS 2013 BV Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is a Napa Valley icon. Since 1936 it has been painstakingly handcrafted sparing no expense, which shows when you taste it. The 2013 vintage is beautifully complex and will continue to develop for decades.
2014 BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Hands down the best value for a Rutherford Cabernet. Always have some on hand, whether it’s for a casual Tuesday night or to impress friends without breaking the bank.
1960 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
Provenance is unique to Napa in the sense you can have a casual and relaxing experience while tasting wines from some of the most sought after vineyards in the valley. Tip: The beautiful patio is a great place to enjoy your picnic lunch.
SOMMELIER PICKS 2015 Provenance Wildwood Sauvignon Blanc
Born in Rutherford, this wine has a mélange of citrus and tropical fruits that jump out of the glass. Fermented in oak, steel, and concrete to give it steely yet rich complexity.
2014 Provenance Malbec
You don’t find many good Malbecs in this region so this wine is a special treat. It’s a pure rendition of the varietal with purple fruit, violets, and spice.
As Livermore Valley’s first boutique winery, Fenestra Winery has celebrated many years of fine wines. Housed in a historic winery, Fenestra is a popular stop for wine lovers who enjoy the relaxed, country ambiance while they taste the award-winning wines and often picnic along the creek. The Fenestra portfolio offers an impressive variety of whites and reds from the best regional vineyards and beyond.
The ideal Sonoma vacation rental for four to six guests who enjoy space, privacy, and wine country living. This modern two-story barn-style home has two spacious bedrooms, bathrooms, a fully stocked chef’s kitchen, outdoor area, bikes, and more. Centrally located just minutes between Sonoma and Napa, it’s perfect for sightseeing, wine tasting, and day trips year round.
This wine country marketplace features world-class shopping, wine and spirits tastings, artisanal foods, local art, stunning gardens, seasonal classes, unique event venues, and is home to Sunset Magazine’s Test Gardens + Outdoor Test Kitchen. The gardens contain installations created by artists. Located at the gateway of Sonoma and Napa Counties. Shop, sip, eat, play, and explore.
Located on the corner of Sonoma Plaza in the historic Mission Hardware building, Highway 12 Vineyards & Winery sits just one block south of the area’s first vineyard, planted in 1825 by padres of the Sonoma Mission. Tasting room guests enjoy a complimentary tasting and a wealth of local knowledge and tips on must-sees. The tasting room has long been known for its casual congeniality.