Wine And Dine Napa Valley Style

By: Kris Koonar

On a typical bright, sunny spring day in Napa Valley, you'll find the Napa Valley wine train pulling out of the railway station and rolling northwards heading towards the valley. While the passengers make themselves comfy on the lavish, swivel chairs, wineglasses will be handed to them as they gaze across the hillside that's tinged with tiny traces of mustard.

Only 30 miles in length and narrowing to roughly a mile across the waist, Napa Valley has over 35,000 acres of vineyards to its name, which is about a fourth of the Bordeaux region of France. In the valley, the very best of the natural attributes that California has to offer- the perfectly sunny weather, sheltering hills, rich soil- all merge together to form a mini masterpiece of the artistry of nature. But like every other work in progress wherein the creator is never fully satisfied, change will always be visible.

The last two decades have brought about a ten-fold increase in the number of wineries here. With about every acre of the floor of the valley now occupied with vines, grape grows have virtually taken over the hills. The wine boom has also been accompanied by the explosion in tourism, which has brought about a burgeoning number of restaurants and eateries that offer fine dining experiences that can rival even the best that France has to offer. If you are visiting Napa Valley, then savor some of the culinary delights that are available here: the smoked trout fillet, lobster sausage, or the miyagi oysters in ponzu sauce. What's more, these are just the appetizers!

On a typical day in the Valley, you'll be able to revel in the luxurious pleasures that most people fly all the way to France- from vintage wines and mouthwatering meals in lavish setting to enchanting lodges that are enveloped by vineyards, everything is available right here in Napa Valley. The only thing you'll probably miss out on is the jet lag, the expenses and not to mention the language boundaries!

Most wineries in Napa Valley offer tours and tastings of their products. The largest and most popular wineries like the Beringer and the Mondavi are open daily and have large hosting facilities with guided tours and select tasting of the more expensive wines. The smaller wineries offer tastings only on an appointment basis but the tours are usually conducted by the owner. From the cabernets to the Zinfandels to even the Chardonnays, the best of wines are available in Napa Valley.

Of course, the best thing about wine is that it has a certain affinity for food. The two help enhance each other. Accordingly, food can be elevated. There are many professional chefs in Napa Valley, and there are many amazing dining facilities. From the very expensive to the moderately cheap, dining places are of all kinds here. The expensive joints are more famous and it is very hard to get reservations here. Napa Valley and its assorted wines make an ideal picnic place for tourists. With so many wineries that cater to picnickers, having lunch like this is probably the best way to enjoy food, drink and the beauty of nature all at once.

All in all, Napa Valley is the ideal tourist destination for all of you who like to wine and dine in style. Affordable yet exotic, Napa Valley has become one of the hottest tourist destination spots in the United States. What with the majestic wines and delectable foods, who would not want to visit Napa Valley?

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