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Tailor-Made Tours



Rus Anson

With countless destinations vying for every visitor’s affections, it takes a Wine Country insider to curate a truly bespoke experience that turns fantasy into reality. T. Beller, founder of the newly launched tour company Verve, designs tours by assessing clients’ knowledge of the area coupled with their interests to perfect the ideal itinerary. (Backstage pass to French Laundry, anyone?) “Guidebooks list 500 wineries; it’s overwhelming,” says Beller. “People need people to help guide them through it.” Thanks to 30–plus years of in-the-know experience and the right connections, her access to exclusive properties and industry icons differentiates Verve from other commercial tour companies—and the Mercedes-Benz limousine van certainly doesn’t cramp your style. vervenapavalley.com.

 

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Signature Sonoma

Designer Ann Jones chose Sonoma as her home away from home a decade ago. What made the acclaimed designer embrace this quiet town? She shows us with a tour of her favorite spots.

Top Events

From music in the park to a county fair, there’s lots of fun this summer in Wine Country.

Bread Winner

Any Thomas Keller enthusiast who waits in a Disneyland-long line to get into Yountville’s Bouchon Bakery will know that the bakery’s new cookbook—much like the treats behind the door—is a gift to behold.

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Winter Wellness Wine Country

Seasonal remedies for body, mind, and soul.

Wine Country Itineraries: Getting to know the towns of Napa and Sonoma counties

You’re in Wine Country, and your performance doesn’t start for a while. You don’t feel like visiting a winery, and you don’t have time for dinner. All of a sudden you realize that you don’t really know Wine Country all that well. Here’s a selection of things to see and do in Petaluma and Yountville.

A Cut Above

Anyone can be a butcher.

Festival Fun

Head to these fests for good ol’ times.

Canvasing the Field

Rock ‘n’ Rolling Summer

Five must-see summer concerts in Wine Country.

On Top of the World

You strap yourself into the creamy leather seat, the engine whirs evenly, and the helicopter flutters gently upward. Within seconds, you’re getting an unfamiliar view of Napa Valley, appreciating—perhaps for the first time—the way the valley narrows just north ofSt. Helena, the interlocking triangles of Chappellet’s winery roof, and the oxbow curve of the Napa River.

Land of the Free

Napa County residents and visitors will be able to enjoy thousands of acres of undeveloped ridgetops; wild, bubbling streams; and abundant wildlife preserves for generations to come, thanks to an ambitious group of local landowners and the Land Trust of Napa County.
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