Valentine’s Day Wine Country

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On Valentine’s Day, make it to the wine country for some bubbly

Valentine’s Day Wine Country

So you blew it and it’s too late to find lodging and dining in the wine country for Valentine’s Day. No worries, plan a wonderful one-day getaway and head to the sparkling wine country. The weather this Saturday is expected to be perfect for Valentine’s Day in wine country. Here is our suggestion for a romantic one-day getaway. The Carneros wine region of Napa and Sonoma County has two very fun sparkling wine houses. From the Golden Gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge, Gloria Ferrer and Domaine Carneros are just about a 45-minute drive. Gloria Ferrer is on the Sonoma County side, about six miles from the Sonoma Raceway on Highway 121.  There is some remodeling going on there, so  call ahead to get an update on tasting room activities. On Highway 121, the Carneros Highway, is Domain Carneros. It is a majestic chateau and a visit there is the perfect way to spend an afternoon of tasting sparkling wine.  The views from atop their terrace are stunning, and so is the sparkling wine. Up on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley is Mumm Napa. This winery has a lovely terrace and beautiful views. If you are interested in lunch, downtown Napa is your best bet. Lunch reservations should be plentiful, as most folks opt for a fancy dinner for Valentine’s Day.

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    Quick Trips to the Napa Valley and Carneros Wine Country

    Carneros wine country getaway

    Carneros vineyards

    Perhaps you are on a business trip in San Francisco or Oakland. Your schedule gives you an afternoon off and you want to visit the Napa Valley or Carneros wine country. You want something that will make your trip useful and memorable. We have a few quick wine country getaway suggestions that will do just that.

    Carneros West – In Sonoma County

    First of all, we are going to take you to some very fun and cool wineries, not very touristy or commercial. Head across the Golden Gate Bridge and travel to the Carneros Highway. We are suggesting three small wineries: Schug, Robledo, and Larson Family. At the Schug tasting room we like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, as well as the great little house where the tasting room is located. Robledo is the first Mexican-owned winery in Sonoma County. They make some terrific wines using grapes from their vineyards in Napa and Lake County. Their tasting room is loaded with family memorabilia commemorating the family’s founding of the winery. Larson Family Winery is perhaps best known for its family friendliness. You can bring the kids without having to worry that they will be disturbing others; they are welcome at Larson. You can also play a game of Bocce at Larson while you sip some cool Larson Gewürztraminer wine. From the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge these three wineries are about a 45-minute drive without traffic. Schug and Larson are open daily 10 to 5pm, and Robledo by appointment. Always check the winery’s website for more information and consult our Carneros Wine Country Map for driving details. Want a quick bite to eat? Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in Carneros.

    Robledo tasting room

    Robledo tasting room

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      Sparkling Wine Adventures in the Napa Valley & Carneros

      The season of sun and celebration is arriving soon and with that it is time to pop open a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate. It is also the time to return to the beautiful wine country of Carneros and the Napa Valley. Visit one or more of these wineries that specialize in producing magnificent sparkling wines.

      Domain Carneros – The Best View
      Domain Carneros is located along the Carneros Highway just west of the Napa Valley. The beautiful landmark Chateau sits atop the hillside and provides a wonderful setting for a tour and tasting of sparkling wine. The view from the Domaine Caneros terrace is one of the best vineyard views in all of Napa. Take a tour, sip some sparkling wines at one of the terrace tables and take in the views. It is so scenic and relaxing. Our favorite sparkling wine at Domain Carneros is Brut Rose Cuvee de la pompadour. What a joy!

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