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Welcome to Your Independent Guide to the Wine Country. Find detailed information on hundreds of wineries, read reviews, map your journey or write your own winery reviews. Note: Write six winery reviews and we will send you a free gift.

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Napa Valley Earthquake

Napa Valley was shaken and stirred at 3:20 a.m. Sunday by an earthquake that measured 6.0 on the Richter scale – the most severe in northern California in 25 years. For the wine industry, at least the timing was fairly fortunate.

Authorities said more than 120 people sought minor medical care and that a child was in critical condition after being crushed by a fireplace. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the wake of the 3:20 am quake, which ignited fires, burst water mains, caused gas leaks and even cracked roads. Read more.

2014 Harvest Is On!

Napa Valley Harvest 2014 Has Begun  

AThe first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.The first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.

The first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers began picking grapes around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, just two days earlier than the start of last year’s wine grape harvest. Although this past winter was one of the driest on record, Napa’s vintners and growers are predicting an abundant, high-quality harvest for the third year in a row. Read more.

 

Suggested Wineries
Clautiere Vineyard
Paso Robles - A Winery Like No Other - Come visit this vibrant, colorful & energetic tasting room, gift shop and commercial kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. New tasting room opening soon.
Veris Cellars
Paso Robles - Try our 100 percent estate grown wines; blending the subtle differences of east and west side Paso Robles grapes. The wines are fruit forward with soft tannins and are a good value. Visit our country casual farm house.
Jada Vineyard & Winery
Visit our west side Paso Robles winery amidst the vineyards and oaks. We produce Jersey Girl Syrah, a Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petite Verdot fruit, a non-traditional Rhone blend with Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot and a 100% Syrah.
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
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Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Video
Santa Maria Valley is home to hundreds of acres of premium wine grapes as well as more than a dozen wineries. Many have tasting rooms open to the public with such amenities as wine caves, vineyard tours, food and wine pairings, as well as some of the states best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Here is a short video to get the "flavor" of the region.
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West Side Wine Tasting Tour
Paso Robles has dozens of memorable wineries to visit. Here is a tour of five top wineries all within close proximity showcasing a wide variety of wine types, winemaking styles, tasting facilities, and history.
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Cottonwood Canyon Winery
Santa Maria-- At the northernmost end of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail lies the unique and interesting winery of Cottonwood Canyon. Sitting on a small hillside, the rectangular tasting facility sits above the wine caves as it looks out over the Santa Maria Valley and their cool coastal estate vineyards.
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How To Match
Here are some basic guidelines to making the right decisions when combining wine with food. The key is balance—balancing heavy foods with rich wines, moderate foods with medium bodied wines, lighter foods with light wines and sweet foods with sweet wines. Also look for complementary or contrasting flavors to make an impression on your palate (think blue cheese and Port). Ultimately it comes down to your individual tastes but here are a few tips, hints, ideas, and thoughts.
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Wine Country After Dark
A recent trip through the north coast wine region resulted in some great new winery finds, a couple of good meals and some wonderful wine country hospitality. We found our days full, but our evenings a little on the quiet side until we ventured 25 minutes north of Calistoga to the wine village of Middletown, in Lake County. Here we found what we were looking for.
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