Wine Tasting in the Napa Valley, California
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It was here that California produced its first wine that caught the attention of the world. Although wine making has been part of the economy in this breathtaking location since the 1800’s, it was not until Chateau Montelena entered its Chardonnay in the “Judgment of Paris” wine competition in 1976 and achieved the first place award for its 1973 vintage that the Napa Valley region started to earn its richly deserved reputation among the world’s top wine producers. The Napa Valley has its fair share of some of the largest producers of California wines but also boasts numerous boutique wineries producing award winning product from across the entire spectrum of varietals.
A trip to the Napa Valley to explore the wine making culture and to experience the gourmet fair that has become almost as famous as the wines will require visiting a number of the small towns and villages that dot the landscape. Located about 90 minutes by car north of San Francisco, any of the towns, like Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford or the town of Napa can provide a perfect home base for your touring to visit to any or all of the 30 tasting rooms. A trip to California’s Napa Valley is a must addition to any wine enthusiasts list.
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