Did you know that some of the best wineries in the country exist in Napa Valley, California’s famous Farm country? While that’s a good piece of news, the valley is one of the hottest destinations in the state only after Disneyland. Further, more than 450 wineries are sprawled across the 30 mile long and 5 mile wide valley making it virtually impossible to choose wineries to visit.
If you are an Oenophile – or even have basic curiosity on wines –how do you beat the seemingly impossible task of tasting wine and matching meals? The Napa Valley might just be what the French Bordeux and Burgundy don’t want but you’d. Here’s how to uncover the rich treasures of the valley:
Get someone who knows the place and Wines
You might not know this and it might be too late for you to know if you’ve already tried to visit any of the itineraries, but you’d not be able to visit more wineries without an expert recommendation or help. You’d first need someone who knows the winery owners. You’d also need this personal to be an expert on wines to make any sense whatsoever of the humongous variety of wines present across the 450 Wineries and beyond. Even if you used a tour operator, you’d barely be able to make while able to touch the fences of maybe 5% of the wineries present at the Napa Valley.
For once, it makes sense to depend on someone else’s expertise.
Plan your visits in advance
If you need an expert to help you explore the Californian Napa Valley, learn more about Wines, and perhaps even make your wine purchases, you cannot expect to do a randomized or improvised trip. You’d need to plan your trip, fill up your days with visits to wineries, taste wines, talk to experts, and perhaps a portable cooker or bottle holder to keep your wine bottles in your car while you collect wines. It’s a preparation that’s prove it’ worth when you go visiting.
There’s a lot to wines
Apart from the usual tours of Napa Valley, its resident wineries, and the info-tour you are likely to get on your trip, you’ll also get to taste wine. Now, that’s not as easy as it might sound like. Wine tasting is an art that professional wine tasters get paid for. For instance, newer vintages have a purple-like hue. To taste wine, you’d need graceful swirls of the glass, suck in air to aerate the wine a bit more, and almost spray the wine on to the top of floor of your mouth along with the wine. As you can see, it takes patience, expert knowledge, and training to do it right. The best part of the Californian Napa Valley tour is that you can get to do what the experts do.
Launch yourself into an experience that’ll boggle your mind. Go push your senses (literally most of the five we all come with) and try to taste wine while analyzing what kind of wine goes with what kind of food; and understand and appreciate the pain and passion in the process.
Are you up for a wine tour in Napa Valley, California?
About the Author: This article was written for Wine Life Today by Andrew Schmid. Andrew is the technology director of Premier Parking USA, the leader in discount Airport Parking.