California Wine Tasting Tours, Wineries, Restaurants & Cocktail Bars


California wine tasting tours are one of the top adult attractions. Popularized in a movie, Sideways, the wine tasting experience is enjoyed not only on California's Central Coast, but in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino wine country. It also can be found outside Sacramento in California Gold Country. There are many fantastic wineries, wine tours and vineyards offering lots of wine tasting in San Diego and Riverside County, especially in places such as Temecula located north of the city of San Diego. California is home to over 400 wineries―many of the export to 165 markets worldwide.

 

One of the top California weekend getaway attractions, wineries have gotten so swamped that in places such as Temecula you have to get a coupon book for tastings.  Some smaller boutique wineries on the Central Coast and the up-and-coming spots still do courtesy tasting, but that's fading.  The wine industry has done so much for tourism, it's tapped into a market of adults who don't take kids with them and is an ideal demographic timed with the aging boomer population. Wine has come into its own and is no longer the poor cousin to French, Spanish and Italian vineyards, to name a few.  When you want a great wine, Californians have learned how to make it. You recruit some of the best winemakers from around the globe and with their help, you get California gold in a bottle. So when you're out around the wine regions of California (there are many now but at least 5 that we know of), expect quality and pleasure in a bottle. You won't always find it, but as the wine industry grows up in California, it just keeps getting better. Oh, when you're traveling and wine tasting, another trend is the weekend boom with hotels fully booked. Napa outright tells you to try to come on weekdays. That's when their actually are some rooms available.  If you think the California getaway isn't going strong, just follow the money as you discover that it's not so easy to find hotel deals on weekends in wine country.

 

Some facts: The U.S. ranks fourth in world wine production.  United Kingdom is the #1 consumer of California wines internationally.  Annual wine consumption in gallons, per capita: 1) France 15.85; 2) Italy 15.68; 3) Portugal 15.44; 4)  Luxembourg 13.31; 30) United States 1.9.  tours

 

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