Getting the Most Out of Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Nestled north of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys have long been simple and fast getaways for the denizens of the city of the Golden Gate. Locals generally consider that entire area as one spot and usually refer to it as “Napa-Sonoma.”

Best known as the most famous wine country in all of California, the wine connoisseur will feel as if Heaven’s own gates have been opened. Home to hundreds of wineries, from small independent operators with a simple and strong love of the process of wine making all the way to some of the most famous names in the wine industry, such as Kenwood Vineyards, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Sonoma-Cutrer, and Chateau St. Jean, each of the Sonoma and Napa Valley make a weeklong stay seem much too short.

While California is known for its lovely year-round weather, the northern area of California can sometimes be a bit chilly come the late fall and winter season. Perhaps the very best time to experience the wine country of Napa and Sonoma is during the spring season. Everything is blooming and green is splashed across the countryside. The fresh air smells wonderful and there are plenty of wonderful places to stay and visit.

Even though the Napa-Sonoma countryside is easy enough to reach in a few hours from downtown San Francisco, it is best experienced at its own calm and smoothing pace. The entire ambience of these two valleys is like night and day when compared to the excitement and faster tempo of San Francisco and its surrounding cities.

As a world traveler and leading executive in the hospitality business, Patrick Imbardelli is frequently asked his opinion when it comes to enjoying wine countries. One of his top recommendations is always to visit northern California and to experience the incredible variety of red and white wines that are offered through the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.