California Dreaming: A Wine Lover’s Weekend

On such a winter’s day, the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma may be sleeping, but the wineries are rocking

A weekend in Napa Valley and Sonoma.

It’s winter now in wine country. The vines in Napa Valley and Sonoma County are bare, and the only activity happening outdoors is the pruning of the vines before bud break and the beginning of a new growing season.

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Back East, I’m ready for a road trip: It’s an ideal time for a West Coast visit, as winemakers are busy in the cellars racking wines, cleaning barrels, and scheming about which lots will blend with what lots. We pack our bags and fly west to San Francisco, then drive the hour or so to Napa Valley, looking forward to wine and dining.