Napa Wine Train, Napa Valley, California (CA Tourism)

Landscape of Napa Valley, California (Hemera/Thinkstock)


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What to do in Napa Valley

California’s wine region actually covers much of the state—but with 450 wineries, including some of the continent’s most respected industry names, Napa has become synonymous with wine. It’s home to Domaine Chandon’s sparkling wines and beautiful gardens; Robert Mondavi, who brought worldwide recognition to California wines; Beaulieu Vineyards, home of the first “cult” Cabernet; and Beringer, the oldest continuously operating winery in the States. Pairing the region’s vino with the “locavour” scene is as equally enticing as touring the rolling, grape-vine ensnarled hills. The town of Yountville boasts the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. Or, to get a taste of both, visit the West Coast home of the Culinary Institute of America at the former Christian Brothers Winery, which offers cooking demos and tours.

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