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If you’ve ever been to the vineyards of California’s famous Napa Valley, then you know. You know that wine just tastes better there, enjoyed in flavorful sips (or gulps) beside the vines and grapes growing nearby. There’s just something magical about it.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the private ranch owned by Bonterra Vineyards in Hopland, up-valley from its Napa neighbors. Sitting under a centuries-old oak tree, we enjoyed a delicious lunch accompanied by several Fetzer Vineyards wines including their award-winning chardonnay (Fetzer owns Bonterra). It was pretty awesome to stroll through the organic Bonterra vineyard rows afterwards, sipping a glass of sweetish Fetzer Gewurztraminer and munching on a nice macaron. Honestly, the surrounding natural beauty made that glass of wine all the better.
Down the road a piece, we wandered into Saracina Vineyards and perched amid the olive groves while enjoying a flight of wines from their quaint tasting room. The sun was setting over the nearby hills, the bees were buzzing the flowers growing in pots around us, the view of vineyards spanned as far as the eye could see, and that wine tasted goooooooooood.
Somehow in my kitchen back home, I think a glass of that wine – or any other – might not taste as romantic. But man am I gonna try!