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Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by Crissandra Ayroso

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Valleys and Vineyards in California

Have you always wanted to explore California’s golden vineyeards?

Sparkling white wines that compare with Champagne, Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignons, and many of the award-winning wines from over 4,000 statewide wineries, California’s vineyards produce some of the best wines in the world.

If you’ve ever wondered where to start with your next California wine adventure, here’s a taste of our top three wine destinations to consider:

 
 

Napa Valley

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The wonderland of all wine countries, Napa Valley has it all – a perfect landscape of sun drenched rolling hillsides, endless vineyards, grand estates, lively little towns, winding country roads, and charming inns. Famous for its Cabernet Sauvignons, big bodied reds, and sparkling wines, Napa is also highly esteemed on the culinary scene with talented chefs running the seven Michelin-starred restaurants in the region. The Silverado Trail wine route is a major draw for its large and small producers of high caliber wine, as well as its dining, shopping, and elegant lodging.

 

Sonoma County

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Relaxed and intimate, the Sonoma Valley, also known as The Valley of the Moon, is bordered by the picturesque Sonoma Mountains and Mayacamas Range. The region is most noted for its merlots, Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignon, and wide range of varietals. Along Sonoma County’s Wine Trail is Alexander Valley, home to the Godfather-director Francis Ford Coppola’s wine estate which produces some of Sonoma’s signature Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays, and more. Coppola’s estate blends the world of cinema with the world of wine with movie memorabilia on display, as well as with of course, a short movie on the parallels of making wine and making a film. From casting the right leads, choosing the right location, to the perfect expression, all of the steps are the same.

 

Mendocino

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Peaceful and quiet, Mendocino is high up on the bluffs and overlooks the ocean. This wine country is known for its Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Gewürztraminers, hearty reds, and Zinfandels. Further inland are some of the valley’s best Cabernet Sauvignons and Sauvignon Blancs. What makes Mendocino special is its romantic small town feel, genuine hospitality, one-of-a-kind artwork, seafood, and savoury wine.

 

Not sure when to visit? Northern California is a year-round destination. Spring is lush with fresh grapes, summer welcomes various season-long events, autumn brings the harvest when grapes are crushed, and winter is a perfect time to try out one of the seven Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Wine Country.

 

For more information about California, contact a Flight Centre Travel Expert by connecting with us online, calling 1-877-967-5302, or visiting your closest Flight Centre store.

 

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About the Author

Crissandra Ayroso

Crissandra Ayroso is a copywriter for Flight Centre. She loves road trips, beach weather, sampling local wine. She, like Helen Hunt in the 1996 disaster-rama (that’s short for drama) Twister, is a tornado chaser, in the travel sense. She chases moments, all revealing. Whether it’s ordering room service and eating in bed, finding the highest rooftop for the best views of the surroundings, feeling like a small dot in the middle of the ocean on a boat, or getting lost and stumbling upon hidden gems, no moment is too big or small to chase. Just like the category F5 that brought Helen Hunt back together with her estranged husband, respected TV weatherman, Bill Paxton.



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