Wine country living

If you follow me you know that I live in the Sonoma Valley, a very popular wine country destination. But that doesn’t mean I won’t travel for wine:). And in fact I look forward to visiting other wine regions to learn about their varietals and to experience the landscape of areas outside of California. And of course to taste wine!

What was interesting, but not surprising to me, was that in my research Napa and Sonoma counties were mentioned as the top two wine regions to visit.

  • Napa Valley, California – As mentioned one of the most famous wine region in the United States, known for producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Be sure to book your reservations in advance, most tasting rooms are now appointment only.
  • Sonoma County, California – Located just west of Napa Valley and is known for its diverse microclimates, producing a wide range of varietals including Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc. A little more casual and less pricey than Napa (higher end wineries and food pairings require reservations) but many tasting rooms allow walk ins.
  • Willamette Valley, Oregon – Located just south of Portland, Oregon and is known for producing high-quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. I did a road trip here two years ago, loved their wines and the people I met in the tasting rooms.
  • Finger Lakes, New York – Known for its Riesling wines, as well as other cool climate varietals such as Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. This is on my travel list!
  • Walla Walla, Washington – Located in the southeastern part of Washington state and is known for producing big, bold red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Fabulous wines and tasting experiences!
  • Paso Robles, California – Such a sweet little town, be sure to allow time to visit for lunch, known for producing excellent Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhone varietals.
  • Texas Hill Country, Texas – Located in central Texas and is known for producing Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and other warm-weather varietals. I so wanted to visit this wine area while spending a weekend in Austin but unfortunatley ran out of time.
  • Virginia Wine Country, Virginia – Although Napa is the best known wine region Virginia is the birthplace of American wines. Known for producing excellent Cabernet Franc, Viognier, and Chardonnay.
  • Traverse City, Michigan – Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and is known for its cool climate wines, including Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Another one on my list! If for no other reason but to enjoy Lake Michigan.

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