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Be a Big Cheese In Wine Country This Fall

Be a Big Cheese In Wine Country This Fall

Seeking the ultimate VIP experience in Napa and Sonoma wine country? Look no further than Authentic Wine Country‘s newest tour ideas for Fall 2013 – three custom trip packages granting rare access to select boutique wineries, hidden locations with spectacular vistas, and exquisite, world-renowned wines served to you in the private residence of the vintner … Continue reading

Cheers to Abraham Lincoln

Cheers to Abraham Lincoln

I admit it. I feel real, true love for Abraham Lincoln. I literally fell in love with him after reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, “Team of Rivals.” Then, I started reading everything I could about him, which should take a lifetime, since there are over 15,000 books written about our greatest President.  And when the … Continue reading

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Robert Louis Stevenson Park rolls up the side of craggy hills.  Stevenson, from Scotland (link to our own Scotland site), loved the Napa Valley. He and his wife honeymooned here.  They camped and took in the air, which was supposed to have healing powers.  Stevenson wrote sections of The Silverado Squatters and studied settings from … Continue reading

ANGWIN

ANGWIN

The town of Angwin, in the northern Napa Valley, was named for Edwin Angwin in 1874.  He ran a resort in the area, and was from Cornwall.  When he found the Upper Napa Valley, he thought he’d found paradise (he was right, of course) and he stayed. 

Rutherford, the Napa Valley

Rutherford, the Napa Valley

Cabernet reigns supreme in the area of the Napa Valley known as “The Rutherford Bench.” And, it is said that the Rutherford Dust gives the wine its berry and spicy taste. This warm stretch of Napa is primo tasting-room territory.  It is certainly the destination for cabernet lovers.  Rutherford is the part of the Napa … Continue reading

Di Rosa Preserve, Napa Valley

Di Rosa Preserve, Napa Valley

Picture 200 extraordinary acres of vineyard, gardens, and natural landscaping in the Carneros Appellation of the Napa Valley.  Now imagine it as one of the world’s largest canvasses.  It is. The di Rosa Preserve began as a shared vision of Rene and Veronica di Rosa.  When they saw interesting art, funky or glorious, they wanted … Continue reading

The Napa Valley Museum

The Napa Valley Museum

Drive north from the town of Napa to Yountville, and check out the Napa Valley Museum.   This is no ordinary museum, nor is it only a wine museum. The Napa Valley Museum is almost next door to Domain Chandon.  We think the location is perfect. Unlike many museums, it is loose and easy, a vibrant … Continue reading

Carneros, Appellation of Two Counties

Carneros, Appellation of Two Counties

The vineyard appellation known as Carneros spans two counties, Napa and Sonoma.  Most of Carneros is in Napa, but a decent-sized chunk is in Southern Sonoma County.  Both counties claim her as their own.There are no historic buildings, but it shares the same history as Sonoma, and the same periods of blight and recovery. Carneros … Continue reading

The History of St. Helena

The History of St. Helena

A Native American tribe, the Onastis, lived in a wide area of the Napa Valley which included St. Helena.  After the Spanish decided the whole place belonged to them, they renamed this tribe the Wappo. It means handsome and brave, and St. Helena was about as far north as the Spaniards decided to go.  An … Continue reading