"Napa Valley" Top 5 Page for this destination Napa by karenincalifornia

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Home of some of the best wineries in the world

The name "Napa" is associated with some of the finest wines in the world - for good reason. Napa Valley produces many of the most highly sought after award winning wines.

The wine industry is a booming one for California. If you visit the Napa Valley, you'll understand how huge the industry is when you see the miles of vineyards that stretch practically from the San Francisco Bay to the mountains the separate Napa from Lake County in the north.

The picture above was taken from the floor of the valley between Napa and Yountville, looking westward to the hills that divide Napa from Sonoma County.

The famous grapes produced in Napa Valley

Napa produces a wide variety of grapes for wines. The different varietals typically come from specific regions, each of which has its own microclimate. The southern part of Napa, known as the Carneros District, which has a cooler climate, is famous for its chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. The central and northern parts of Napa, with their warmer temperatures, produce some of the best cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc grapes in the world.

Perfect spot for a special occasion

Napa Valley has become of favorite spot for special occasions - weddings, retirement parties, milestone birthdays, and anniversaries. My family is lucky enough to live 45 minutes from Napa (although my kids will say living so close to the wine country belongs in the minus column). The proximity of our home to Napa makes the Napa area a great place for weekend getaways.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Green, fantastic wineries making world class wines, fun bed & breafast places and inns
  • Cons:Hot in summer, too much traffic (for that reason I prefer Sonoma and Mendocino), too many wineries that charge a tasting fee
  • In a nutshell:Serene and bucolic - an ideal spot for a special occasion
  • Last visit to Napa: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2004
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  • llkauf's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Thanks for the tips. Where do you suggest renting bikes from and riding to/ from?

  • Herkbert's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2006 at 8:33 PM

    Nice page and tips, Karen. We are heading back to Napa in September and will try some of your suggestions.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 1:41 PM

    Great pictures and commentary on Napa.I look forward to visiting one or all of those restaurants I rated.Thanks for tips !

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2005 at 3:36 PM

    Nice pages on Napa. I want to go to the Crush one day. I'm usually in Europe for the Tuscany Crush at that time of the year. BTW, thanks for the comments on my pages.

  • Bavavia's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2005 at 9:44 AM

    I really enjoyed your Nap a Valley pages! I am sure biking is fun to do there in the nice weather , visiting the wineries...the restaurants look wonderful !

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 1:39 PM

    Great page Karen! You are lucky to live so close to this fabulous wine region : ))

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2005 at 11:58 AM

    Such spectacular country .... Thanks, Richard

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2004 at 10:46 AM

    Napa Valley wine tasting looks like it would be a blast :-) Hmmmm. There really is a lot to see and do in California I am learning from your pages!!

  • bruingirl's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2004 at 10:32 AM

    Sounds like an interesting time at Angele....I think traveling to Italy makes you an interesting person, even if the chef doesn't think so! ;-) That was pretty funny!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 4:05 PM

    Karen, terrific pages...so thorough, interesting, helpful, and, in this case, enticing! Great Hotel! Good restaurant tips also.


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