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Napa Valley Wine Tasting Made Easy


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There are a lot of opinions about where to go in Napa Valley and what you should do once you get there. The various links below can help you to decide if you want to handpick your own itinerary and how to make the most of it.

Trip Planning Trip Planning - There are many ways to take in all  Napa Valley has to offer. Whether you pick your own itinerary or  choose to go with an experienced professional wine guide, there  are several options to consider.



Wine TastingTips on Wine Tasting - You've got two days, or four days, or even a week in the Napa Valley and while there, you want to visit a winery or two (or sixteen). How do you decide where to go? Maybe you're a big Cab drinker, or you're only interested in boutique wineries.


Balloon RideGuided Tours - Deciding what kind of adventure you want to have in Napa Valley often involves the decision on how to get where you want to go, and if you plan a wine-heavy day, how to do that safely. You can hire a driver, book a limo party or go on a guided van tour, among other options.


WineryGhost wineries - These are those wineries that were built between 1860 and 1900, the initial wine boom in Napa Valley. It’s estimated that there were hundreds of wineries in the region but prohibition forced all but a few to either change crops to stay profitable or close down for good.


Tasting WineBecome an Expert Taster - Appreciating the subtle nuances of wine and being able to accurately and elegantly describe what you are tasting in your glass isn’t a skill that comes naturally to most people. It takes time and practice.



VineyardSelf Guided Suggestions - If you are a spontenous kind traveler that enjoys a good adventure without the constraints of a organized tour, here is a short list of must see wineries and attractions plus mud baths and 5 star restaurants.


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       Appellation Map
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An appellation is a legal term used
to define and protect the geogra-phical region where the grapes for a wine were grown. Some of the oldest wine appellations of Samaria, Carmel, Jezreel and Helbon are found in the Bible. In the United States wine appellations have been grandfathered into the American Viticultural Area better known by the acronym: AVA. Before the installation of the AVA system wine appellation regions were often defined by state or county boundaries. Using the AVA name on a wine label requires that 85% of the grapes used must come from the listed viticultural area. There are thirteen wine appellations in Napa Valley.

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