Wine Country

One region is glitzy, the other earthy, but both are perfect for a spring getaway, when the vines are budding and the crowds are still thin

Afoot and Afield in Napa & Sonoma

North of the San Francisco Bay, the land seems to exhale. The surge of Bay Area traffic disappears, giving way to what surfers call the “outside set”: creamy waves of golden hills as legendarily tranquil as a double dose of Xanax. Taken together, Napa and Sonoma offer a glorious in-state option to Tuscany, Bordeaux, or Cork. Yet choosing one over the other for a getaway can be a Rorschach test of likes and dislikes…

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    The Trip From Vine To Vino

    Where the grapes will be depends on when you visit. Here, a farmer’s almanac


  • Off the Beaten Path

    Off the Beaten Path

    Chefs Thomas Keller, Josiah Citrin, and David Myers name their favorite wine country destinations


  • First Draught Picks

    First Draught Picks

    Ryan Sweeney, owner of L.A.’s Surly Goat bar, taps his top vineland brews


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    Down to Earth

    What makes Napa mud so special?


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    Ripe for the Picking

    You have the wine covered. Now you need some cheese for that picnic. Norbert Wabnig, proprietor of The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, recommends a few local celebrities


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    The Winery Tour

    Where to visit? Osteria Mozza wine director Jeff Porter and Cut beverage director Dana Farner help you choose


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    The Long and Wining Road

    Exploring Napa and Sonoma one stop a time, plus four shady spots away from the vineyards where you can plan a picnic