A Toast To California’s Wine Country

A Toast To California’s Wine Country

For wine aficionados planning their excursions for the summer travel season, a trip to California’s northern bay region would be an absolute no brainer. In the face of the 2018 horrific wildfires which impacted residents, vineyards and businesses are now on the road to recovery and welcome the millions of visitors with their tourism dollars to assist in rebuilding their eontourism or oenotourism industry.   

Due to its producing some of the very best wine in the world, the renowned northern California locale attracts visitors globally.   The region is made up of the counties of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake;  Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley being the more popular. 

Over 400 wineries occupy the region and offer a variety of grapes planted to produce diverse wines.  The most splendid of the grapes planted include:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling.   There is both an art and science to producing wine that depends on weather and ecological elements.  For instance, Napa Valley’s varying hot and dry climate and the location of vineyards on the valley floor allow for an array of soils that successfully produce the wines listed above.

California’s wine country region is located approximately an hour from all three international airports – San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, or Sacramento International Airport; yet Sonoma County Airport is mainly used for smaller regional carriers or Napa County Airport handles all chartered flights or private aircraft.    Major car rental brands are accessible for travelers or renting private limousine service to accommodate transportation needs to and from the airports and private tours of the region. 

The entire region relying on winetourism is famed for not only its wineries, but its diverse offering of cuisine, Michelin star restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury resorts. Tourists have opportunities to enjoy a mud bath or an indulgent spa session, blend personalized wine, lunch, dinner or a day tour on the Napa Valley train, hiking in a state or national park, hot air ballooning, golfing, bicycling and touring historical sites. 

Travelers who may be limited on time to enjoy the two larger regions Napa and Sonoma on the same trip, so a wine adventurer will need to compare two different experiences when making their first selection (with a return visit, of course).  Napa Valley is peak vinotourism – adding a more sophisticated vibe and glitzy preference with a bounty of celebrity chefs, nightlife activities and depending on the time of the year, the tourism onslaught brings on traffic congestion in the streets and in the tasting rooms.  On the other hand Sonoma’s vineyards are more spread out and the culture is more relaxed, even rustic with fewer crowds and activities to enjoy Northern California’s beauty along with your vino tastings. 

An advantage of Beau Satchelle’s journey into supplying luxury leather wine accessories for wine retailers has allowed us to explore and gain knowledge on “all things wine” including the beauty of Wine Country, California.  Realizing wine connoisseurs are particularly discerning as to their wine accessories, we offer custom, handcrafted luxury leather wine carriers for a single bottle up to multiple bottles, leather covered wine gift box cases and, lastly, leather bound wine tasting journals.   Forward us an email on our contact page to get the process started in building your one-of-kind wine accessory to add to your personal collection or to give as a gift.    -AJ

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Thank you to the following sites for content sources:

The Oyster – https://www.oyster.com/articles/63689-sonoma-vs-napa-wine-country-face-off/

The Wine Cellar Insider – https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/california-wine/

 

Hat Tip to the photographers for the lovely blog photos

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Dave Mark 12019 – vineyard countryside
Skeeze 12151 – Wine Cellar
Eva-fan-1097340 – grapes on a vine
Skeeze – Wine Train
Babylass – vineyard entryway

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Wesley-amd=1108324 – Hot Air Balloon

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