Silvadore is all about creating better wine experiences. A fun part of enjoying wine is learning about where it came from. At some point in our lives, we all realize a time has come to plan a wine trip to California. A favorable time to plan a visit is during harvest season. Getting tickets and planning in advance will save you time and money once you arrive in wine country.
Naturally, there is “little doubt” that Napa and Sonoma should be on your automatic list of places to visit. If you haven't been to either of these regions, then I would strongly encourage you to visit them. You hear about Napa and Sonoma often and there is so much to take in. Visiting Napa and Sonoma also gives you a sense of how far the domestic wine industry has come. Taste the wine and meet the people that come from all over the world for the experience.
For you lucky ones that have already been to Napa and Sonoma, I'd like to open your mind to additional or alternative options for a variety of reasons.
If you are a seasoned California Wine Country visitor, maybe it's an opportunity to discover a new region and new grape varietal characteristic to that region and/or to simply explore. We all enjoy experiencing something that we can share with others. This is your chance. I will bet that you will be surprised at the names and brands that you will come across.
For those new to California wine travel, this may an opportunity to learn the basics from regions that provide a different, yet pleasurable introductory experience. Many of these alternate regions offer fewer crowds, a more laid back setting and more value priced (or even free) tastings. A few years ago, I visited Amador County and in one winery there were only a few other visitors in the tasting room and yet the proprietor, Jo, would not accept any money for my sampling their wines...virtually all of them!
If you've "done" Napa and Sonoma, or maybe like to experience smaller and less crowded places, here's my recommendations for next places to visit:
Pick a wine region that seems to fit you. Make plans and go. Visiting a Northern California wine region will enhance your knowledge and understanding of wine. And even better, you'll Enjoy More and Better Wine! These were just a few recommends for alternatives in CA northern regions. In the future I’ll plan to cover some of the ones as you head south in the state.
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