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14 May Decisions, Decisions: Where To Find The Best Wine In Wine Country

When considering a day trip from wine country, the options can be overwhelming. Should you go to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? How will you travel from winery to winery? The easiest and most stress-free way to experience California’s wine country is through an organized tour. Your guide will take you right to the best wines, and perhaps offer the opportunity to explore other activities that the region has to offer.

What are the best wineries to visit in Napa? With over 400 to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow it down. Located just one hour from the city, Hagafen Cellars is a great place to begin any wine tour from San Francisco to Napa Valley. Nestled in a lovely garden, the tasting room is intimate and the staff knowledgeable. It is also unique in that it is one of just two kosher wineries in Napa Valley. Odette Estate Winery, a charming boutique winery located just ten minutes down the road from Hagafen, is also a great site for wine tasting in Napa and home to an award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon.

While the wine lovers are swigging their vino, what is a non-drinker to do in Napa Valley? The Oxbow Public Market should not be missed by anyone. This amazing market boasts everything from artisan chocolates and freshly baked cupcakes, to epicurean cheeses and freshly pressed olive oils. Oxbow also offers a fabulous selection of restaurants. Stop by Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen to try traditional Venezuelan arepas, or enjoy oysters on the half shell at Hog Island Oyster Bar. You can even feel good about eating fast food by enjoying a gourmet, grass-fed burger and organic frozen yogurt from Gott’s Roadside.

Although Napa Valley may get more attention, wine tours from San Francisco to Sonoma County are becoming just as popular. The Larson Family Winery not only wants you to taste their wine, but also to pack a picnic and play some lawn games. This fun winery took the gold in 2013 at the California State Fair for its 2010 Larson Family Chardonnay. Be sure to check out Viansa Winery & Marketplace, too—red wine lovers will delight in their 2010 Merlot, while white wine drinkers will love their Pinot Grigio. You’ll love sipping your wine while looking out over Sonoma County’s beautiful, rolling hills.

A great San Francisco wine tour will take you to a few wineries, allowing you to sample the wares of the region at a relaxed pace. For an even more personalized experience, consider booking a private wine tour from San Francisco. A Taste of San Francisco & Beyond offer tours in both Napa and Sonoma. Check out the details here.