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Here Are Five Of The Best Tours In Napa Valley For Wine Enthusiasts

NPBAdmin | August 17, 2017

There are some great tours in Napa Valley if you are a lover of wine. Any wine connoisseur knows that Napa Valley is the spot. Naturally, there are other great spots around the country as well. Still Napa Valley is a great location for prestigious wineries, and there are plenty of them. In fact, there are enough to where people can make lists concerning the best Napa Valley tours. The following are the 5 best tours Napa Valley has to offer wine enthusiasts.

Twenty Rows

When I say prestigious, it doesn’t necessarily mean that each winery is upscale and will perhaps even make you feel uncomfortable if you are up for a more casual experience. It should be noted though that each winery is different. One of the top wineries in Napa Valley that you could pick for your touring experiences is called Twenty Rows. It is located on Vallejo Street, and it is said to be one of the examples of a more casual winery.

What is exactly meant by casual anyway? It just means that the atmosphere is more relaxed, and that can come down to a number of different things. If you are looking for a nice fun place to stop by, then you have found your winery. Of course, you are going to want to visit more than one winery if you are making your way through Napa Valley. Do you live close by?

Stony Hill Vineyard

Let’s look at another top winery, Stony Hill Vineyard. This is a really cool spot, but you are going to need to like white wine. Even if you are a connoisseur of mostly red wine like I am, you could visit this top winery to experience something a little different. I would be willing to go for sure, but I wouldn’t expect it to be my favorite. Yet you have to remember that it is more than just about the wine.

Mumm Napa

Mumm Napa is the next highlighted spot for the best tours in Napa Valley CA, and it is located on Silverado Trail. The Oak Terrace Tasting is supposed to be one of the best experiences. Yes, you are going to want to look into more of what to expect with each one of these places. That shouldn’t be a problem because you are excited. Now you know yet another great winery to visit in Napa Valley, and there are still two more to make the cut for this list of five.

V .Sattui

There are certainly plenty more that could be on this list as mentioned. So this next pick is extra special, and that is actually going to be obvious right away. What winery do you go to that pairs the wine tasting with its special barbecue? You get to eat some delicious barbecue at this place, and now it is time to tell you the name of the winery and where it is located. It is called V. Sattui, and it can be found on White Lane.

Now that is four wineries in Napa Valley that I have covered so far. There is one more on the top five list. If you have been to Napa Valley, then you have certain wineries in mind, and you are probably wondering if any of them make the list. Well you already know the first four, so get ready for this last pick. Crushing grapes at this next joint is part of a serious business for sure.

William Hill East

William Hill East Winery is located on Atlas Peak Road, and it provides guests with one spectacular tour. Get ready for the views, you know, the views of rolling hills that make you think of Napa Valley in the first place. You can have a picnic there, too, but you do have to bring your own food. Additionally, this is another winery that provides a more casual atmosphere.

Do any of these five places seem like the best first choice to you? Knowing that these could be anyone’s top five Napa Valley wineries makes me think I would have a great time at all of them. I might want to visit one of the ones that serve red wine the most though because that is certainly my favorite. Do you have a favorite wine, perhaps one from Napa Valley?

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The 3 Best Wineries In The Napa Valley

NPBAdmin | August 17, 2017

If you are interested in taking a trip to the Napa Valley of California, it might be because you enjoy wine. This is an area of the United States that has some of the best sources of wine that is distributed worldwide. Visiting wineries can be fun, allowing you to taste test the many different types that they have available. You will likely find several that are appealing. In order to have your taste buds activated by what could be the best wine you have ever had, here are the top three wineries in the Napa Valley, plus three alternatives, that you should visit this year.

Beaulieu Vineyard

Located in Rutherford, this Napa Valley winery was established at the turn of the last century. It is a beautiful place, one that offers some of the best reserve wines and has a very large portfolio to choose from. They also have a Maestro collection, rarity collection, and several others. With the characteristic BV on the front of their bottles, it is one of the more well-known wine producers that makes Cabernet Sauvignon and many other types of wine.

Beringer

Considered to be one of the top wineries in the world, it is able to produce an incredible amount of wine, all the while maintaining optimal quality. It also offers a tour, allowing you to sample the wine and take a quick look at the hand dug caves where things were originally produced. The facility is beautiful, one that originally started with 215 acres, and is one of the oldest remaining wineries in the area. They have a couple vineyards including Bale Lane and Knights Valley. You will definitely enjoy this location as you sample the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Caymus

Finally, you will get to sample some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon at this winery. It is considered to be one of the first cult Cabernet’s starting back in the 70s. You will get to sample some of these beautiful wines which include Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which are made to perfection.

Three Other Napa Valley Wineries To Consider

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is the first place you should go which is in Napa. It has what is called a wicked wine cave. There is also a Round Room which has a pendulum for a clock. It is an estate Vineyard, and has the highest reviews on Google because of the tours that are provided and the quality of the wine that you get to taste. Domaine Carneros should be the next on your list which has hundreds of positive reviews. You can test sparkling wines, all within this French inspired Ch√Ęteau. Finally, the Artesa Vineyards & Winery is another one that you should visit, probably more than any of the others. It provide you with panoramic views of the Napa Valley. There are tours and tasting programs, a place that you will not soon forget. It is considered by many to be one of the best vineyards. They have Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. However, you still should visit all of the other wineries and take advantage of the tours that they give to fully experience all that the Napa Valley has to offer.

This overview of the different Napa Valley wineries should give you a basic idea of which ones to visit. The three Best wineries have been listed, along with three alternative wineries that you may also want to visit if you have enough time while you are on vacation. At the very least, you may find a wine that you absolutely love, more than any of the others you have ever had, because of the quality of the wine in this beautiful area of California.

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Posted In Brewery, Napa Valley, Wine

The 3 Brewery’s In Napa Valley That Are An Absolute Must

NPBAdmin | August 17, 2017

When most people think of the Napa Valley they think of wine vineyards as far as the eye can see. While this is the case, there are also a number of quality breweries that have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. Not only do they offer unique brews that are sure to tantalize the taste buds, but they have been recognized around the world for their renowned craftsmanship. If you consider yourself to be a beer connoisseur or simply enjoy trying something new then these 3 breweries should absolutely be included in your itinerary the next time you visit the area.

Napa Smith Brewery

Napa Smith Brewery should definitely be at the top of your list. They are one of the longest standing breweries in the region, boasting over 40 years of experience. Don Barkley began his brewing journey in 1978 and is believed to be one of the pioneers of the trade. He continues with his passion as the head of operations. With over 10 brews available at a given time, you will sure to find one that you just can’t leave without.

Tannery Bend Beerworks

Tannery Bend Beerworks is another brewery that is almost too good to be true. While new on the scene, they leave little to be desired. They offer an open air environment in which you can enjoy one or a few of their prized brews. Started by 3 founders with a dream and a crowdfunding campaign, they have quickly grown to be one of the most popular destinations in the area. They are so popular, in fact, that you may want to call ahead to be sure that you will be able to make the most of your time there.

St. CLair Brown Winery

St. CLair Brown Winery is the best of both worlds. While the name may be misleading, not only do they serve some of the most desired wines from the region, they also house a microbrewery that attracts people from around the world. They are known for their small batches and are often referred to as an urban brewery due to their setting. One unique aspect, outside of the beers that they offer, is that they have a greenhouse in which you can spend the day tasting their fine selection of wines. This is especially ideal for those that are traveling with others that do not share their passion for microbrews, but love the experience of tasting various wines.

The key to making the most of a trip to the Napa Valley region is knowing what your options are in advance. Whether you choose to visit the locations mentioned here, or want to experience something else, it is best to do your research in advance. This area attracts visitors from around the world year round, making it almost necessary to schedule tours or group events in advance. The more planning that you do ahead of time the better chances you have of experiencing exactly what you wish while you are there.

Due to the increasing popularity of micro-brewed beers there are a great deal of options available to you. However, that does not mean that they all have the same quality level or desirability. These locations in Napa Valley are definitely unique in their presentation as well as the options that they provide their customers. There really is no where else in the world that you can have this level of quality options in one location. Be sure to make the most of your visit and enjoy as many as you can. Chances are that you will be dreaming of returning as soon as you leave.

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The Best Way To Get From San Francisco To Napa Valley

NPBAdmin | August 17, 2017

Will you be traveling from San Francisco up into the Napa Valley? There are a couple of ways that you can go. It’s actually not that far, a ride that will either take part of a morning or afternoon. You will transition quickly from the Coastal area into the beautiful rolling hills in this area of California. If you have not been there before, it is a wonderful place to go, especially if you are into wine tasting. Let’s go over some of the different ways that you can get from the Bay Area into the Napa Valley, helping you to save time and gas money.

San Francisco To Napa Valley Route One

The first row that you should take is leaving San Francisco, heading out over the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a beautiful place to start, one that will take you up through San Rafael, going through Novato, right before US 101 changes into US 37. You will had through Black Point Green Point with San Pablo Bay on your right. The highway will transition into US 101 North, then 12, US 101 North again as you enter into the Napa Valley.

San Francisco To Napa Valley Route Two And Three

The second route is going to take you a completely different direction. You’re going to leave the Mission district and head out on Interstate 80, traveling over the Bay Bridge. Once you get to the other side, you will have two choices to make, both of which are going to take you directly to the Napa Valley. If you had left, you are going to continue up Interstate 80, going through Berkeley, Richmond, Vallejo, until you hit US 101 N. that will take you into Napa County. The other way is to go right, getting on the 24 which changes into the 680 heading north. This will also connect with US 101 N. on your way to Napa.

When choosing from these different routes, they are only about 10 to 15 minutes different in regard to time. The shortest route by mileage, and also the shortest by duration, is to take I 80 out of the Bay Area. People that travel from I 80 to 680 will get to see waterways like Suisun Bay. If you travel north over the Golden Gate Bridge, you get to see San Pablo Bay, Skaggs Island, and all of the beautiful scenery that leads up into the Napa Valley coming from this direction. In regard to saving gas money, they are all about the same. The distance that you will travel, and the time that it takes, are also very similar. It might come down to how fast you want to get there, and if that is the case, taking I-80 to I-680 N to US-101 Is going to be the fastest and cheapest route. And finally, regardless of which direction you go, you are going to have to cross a bridge and there will be tolls to pay. These are the best ways to get to the Napa Valley from the Bay Area.

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