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Adventures In Napa Valley, California

The Tasting that Shocked the World: Relive the 1976 ‘Judgment of Paris’

Chateau Montelena in Calistoga California
Pictured above, Chateau Montelena in Calistoga California; famous for winning the 1976 Judgment of Paris Chardonnay competition.

Once a sleepy, overlooked California wine region, the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 competition would go on to change wine country as we know it. On May 24, 1976, nine of France’s foremost wine experts came together for a blind tasting that pitted California Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons against French varietals from some of the top winemakers in the world.

Where to go Grape Stomping in Napa Valley

Grape Stomping in Napa Valley

The timeless tradition of grape stomping has been around since the 3rd century AD as a means to macerate ripe grapes in preparation for winemaking. Although nowadays used to attract visitors to wineries, it’s still a blast to pay homage to this ancient wine-making technique on your Napa Valley vacation. So kick off your shoes and jump into a barrel of Napa Valley terroir grapes. It’s time to get stomping.

Castello Di Amorosa is One of the Most Amazing Napa Valley Wineries

Castello Di Amorosa Winery in Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley is known for its world-class wineries and sprawling vineyards. But did you know that one of these wineries lies within a 13th-century medieval Italian castle? The winery authentically and regally represents an era of opulence with its extravagant architecture and magnificent atmosphere. Play king and queen for the day when you visit Castello Di Amorosa by indulging in the royal food and wine pairing or a variety of other decadent tasting experiences. Here is what you need to know about this Napa Valley marvel when planning your visit!

5 of the Most Beautiful Wineries in Napa Valley

Beautiful Napa Valley, California Wineries

There are some truly stunning landscapes in Napa Valley, and many of them are centered around wineries. From rolling vineyards to hilly retreats with meadow and forest views for miles, many of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley are some of our dearest partners. Here are 5 of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley that you need to visit during your stay at the Wine Country Inn.