IntroductionThe land. That's what it's all about in Wine Country. Lush vineyards thrive in rocky, sun-drenched soil so rich you're tempted to reach down, grab a handful and let it sift through your fingers. This parcel of fertile earth produces heavenly things—juicy grapes, succulent ruby-red tomatoes, delectable olives, tangy mustards. And you'll discover that California cuisine is an art in itself as the splendid harvest makes its way to tables filled with innovative gourmet delights. Come, have a seat, and savor a top-notch wine that flows over your tongue like velvet as you feel the pride that farmers, vintners and chefs take in this plentiful bounty.
To learn about the people who inhabit this prosperous paradise, begin your journey by taking a peaceful drive on winding country lanes threading across gently rolling hills. Stop in at any winery—whether it's a huge castle, modern architectural wonder or small family-run shop, you’ll be warmly greeted by hosts eager to explain their craft. Chat with local grocers at tidy markets and roadside stands. They'll be happy to help you create a simple, yet elegant picnic with flavorsome fruits and vegetables fresh from the fields. Visit quaint towns and chat with shopkeepers in boutiques and general stores to get the inside scoop—you may learn that a regionally renowned gourmet operates the rather nondescript café on the main drag.
Wine Country, CA
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