Edit ModuleShow Tags

Wine Beyond Napa

Tired of Napa’s crowds and commercialism? Escape to these lesser-known NorCal wine spots.


Published:

Calistoga

Solage Calistoga

The laid-back locale on Napa Valley’s north end is synonymous with spas and wellness, thanks in large part to its location atop mineral springs. Fresh off a major renovation, Solage Calistoga (rates start at $535) boasts a 20,000-square-foot-spa, which includes a geothermal pool and a modern twist on the region’s famous mud baths. The three-part “Mudslide” includes an application of mineral-enriched mud, a soak to rehydrate, and time in a sound vibration chair. On April 22–24, the property will host the third annual Calistoga Food and Wine Event, with a Grand Tasting party that Saturday.

Around town, pay a visit to Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-style castle-meets-winery. For a more low-key sip, try the excellent Cabs at Bennett Lane Winery.

 

Saratoga

Sips and Saddles

Just 12 miles from downtown San Jose, Saratoga promises beautiful foothill views along with its delicious vino. The cozy, family-run Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards, which specializes in chardonnays and pinots, feels like a slice of country, with a tasting room that looks like a mountain lodge and a picnic area surrounded by greenery.

Stay at Toll House Hotel (rooms start at $189) in nearby Los Gatos, and you can book the Sips and Saddles package ($419) for a 90-minute guided horseback ride through Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards. The package also includes accommodations, as well as a wine tasting and picnic at the vineyard, which doubles as an equestrian center. Giddy up!

 

Livermore Valley

Wente Vineyards

Some call it “the sunny side of the bay.” The area more commonly known as Tri-Valley—located 45 minutes east of the Golden Gate Bridge and comprising the towns of Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, and Livermore—has a charming, pastoral feel.

At The Winemakers Studio, part of the family-owned Wente Vineyards, learn about the art of wine and blend your own varietal. Down the road at Wente Vineyards, lunch on duck confit toast at the upscale, on-site restaurant. The landscape is dotted with Spanish-style architecture, verdant lawns, olive trees, and the vineyard in the distance. And if you need a break from wine, follow the newly launched Tri-Valley beer trail through 16 breweries, taprooms, and restaurants in Livermore and other parts of the region.

Get another view during the April 10 Dionysus Dash 5K Wine Run through Concannon Vineyard. We’ll drink to that!

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

3 Days in Amador County: Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay

Just one hour from Sacramento, Amador County is known for its rich Gold Rush Country and even richer reds

Exploring West O'ahu: Where to Eat, Stay, and Get Pampered

The lesser known island oasis of Ko Olina is the perfect place to get in an aloha state of mind.

A Family Afar: Seattle Is So San Diego

From the far ends of the West Coast, the two cities are strikingly similar
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. San Diego Magazine's Travel Awards 2018
    Cast your vote now for your favorite hotels, travel companies, and attractions
  2. First Look: Cloak & Petal
    The owners of Tajima bring Japanese small plates to Little Italy with Cloak & Petal
  3. Your Guide to San Diego's Best Happy Hours
    Here's where to throw back a cold one while the sun's still out
  4. 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them
    We asked 15 San Diego professionals with the coolest jobs in town how they landed their gigs—and how we could steal them
  5. Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out: Which Burger is Better?
    Pitting NYC’s burger icon against the king of SoCal
  6. The San Diego Lager Boom
    Why light, crisp, and flavorful is the next “new” thing
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags