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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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A Sophisticate Palate

In this day and age of Iron Chef and Rachael Ray, everyone thinks they're a chef - or wants to learn to be one. Evolving with this culinary trend, the prestigious California Institute of America at Greystone is expanding its nonprofessional programs, offering a wide range of ways to introduce the amateur chef to the bounty of Wine Country.

A Cut Above

Anyone can be a butcher.

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.

The New Copia

Napa’s Gastro-Museum makes a comeback with the help of a renowned cooking institute.

Wine Country Camping in High Style

Experience the outdoors without sacrificing the comforts of home at Wine Country’s top glamping spots.

Gaining A New Perspective

Artist Gretchen Kimball opens a painting studio in Napa so she can help open others' eyes to the joys of art

Fresh Spots to Shop

Looking for something special? Go here.

Now Pouring

Uncorking vintages in delightful new tasting rooms.

Art Along the Napa Valley Wine Train Tracks

The Rail Arts District Napa has transformed an otherwise humdrum commuter path into an exciting new cultural destination.

Russian River Road Trip

From Sebastopol to Guerneville, discover the people, places, and—of course—wines of the Russian River Valley.

Summer Fun

How to make the most of warm-weather Wine Country.

Margrit’s Memoirs

With her platinum bob, Margrit Mondavi has long been a fixture in Wine Country, but rarely do people get such an intimate look into her life as with her new book, Margrit Mondavi’s
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