Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part One

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The view from on high at Daou Vineyards in Paso Robles

Continued from
Exploring Downtown Paso Robles 
and 
A Road Trip to Paso Robles

The number one reason I love going to Paso Robles, a hilly sprawl of countryside halfway between San Francisco and L.A.?

Wine. 

Wine tasting in Paso Robles, California is a delicious exercise in waking up your taste buds, meeting delightful people and gazing out over gold-and-green valleys, all while swirling a glass full of happy. 

And yeah, I know. I want to go back there, too.

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Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part Two

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The Plaza Street Mural illustrates the history of Healdsburg, California

Continued from
Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part One

 

My friend Jen Miner and I recently returned from a research trip (no, seriously) to Northern California wine country. We were sent by  The Wine Institute to discover the joys of California Wine Month…or as most people call it, “September.”

September is indeed a gorgeous time to visit Sonoma County, home to over 250 wineries and the town of Healdsburg. The grape harvest has just begun, so some vines have been picked clean, while others hang heavy with fruit. Mornings are cool and overcast, midday is sunny, and by 4:30 p.m., the sky starts to turn golden.

The even better news? Sonoma County should also be pretty darn stunning in October and November.

For a little Healdsburg travel-planning inspiration, consider indulging in a winery’s custom-made wine pairing menu, and appreciating a little local art. Y’know, like we did. 

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Adventures in California Wine Country: Sonoma County – Part One

Grapes in Kenwood, California, the heart of Sonoma County wine country

According to The Wine Institute — who just sent me and my friend Jen Miner to the Northern California wine country on a research mission — September is California Wine Month

September is a gorgeous time to visit Sonoma County, home to over 250 wineries and the towns of Petaluma, Kenwood and Sonoma. The grape harvest has just begun, so some vines have been picked clean, while others hang heavy with fruit. Mornings are cool and overcast, midday is sunny, and by 4:30 p.m., the sky starts to turn golden.

The even better news? Sonoma County should also be pretty darn stunning in October and November. 

For a little travel-planning inspiration, here are some of the adventures that Jen and I enjoyed in Sonoma County, from Chardonnay-sipping to sleeping (on high thread-count sheets) in a former California mission.

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