Among all the wonderful towns to visit in wine country, there’s almost nothing we love more than the smallest towns. Why? Because small towns are home to small restaurants, and small restaurants mean you are guaranteed a personal experience with an insider’s vibe.
In the hierarchy of Bordeaux wines, the Bordeaux AOC category offers nice expressions of the region's wines, made to be enjoyed in their youth with relatively fruit-forward characteristics. They are generally not aged that long in barrel and offer easy-drinking personalities. Take it one step further and you get a bit more quality—or at least the promise of—than Bordeaux AOC wines: Bordeaux Supérieur.
With all the political shenanigans in the news media, it’s feeling ever more prescient to take breaks from reality and find respite for the soul, and Mendocino wine country provides the perfect opportunity to get away from it all.
While barrel tasting is an activity that wine lovers only do on occasion, it’s actually a very frequent activity for winemakers. Once grapes have finished fermenting and are transferred into barrels for aging, winemakers have to track the development of their wines by tasting samples directly from the barrel.
When it comes to cocktail bars in San Francisco, there is no shortage of options. With talented mixologists whipping up homemade tinctures, liqueurs, syrups, and more, there's never been a better time to drink in the City by the Bay.
On our last night in Italy, my husband and I dined at Osteria La Risacca in Milano. The restaurant was very elegant, with white table cloths and fine glassware, as well as a standing ice bucket beside each table—the latter a bit cheesy, but practical given that most knowledgeable wine lovers would be ordering white wine with the seafood-based menu.
I’ve detailed the many cafés and wine bars that I visited during my stay in Genova, Italy. Each comes recommended for a different reason, offering a nice variety of atmospheres in which to enjoy the two best beverages in the world: coffee and wine!
The town of Hopland is much like the towns of Philo and Boonville in Anderson Valley. There is no stoplight—or stop sign, for that matter—and only a handful of restaurants, shops and markets. Although, still being Northern California, even this limited offering still brings lots of quality.