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Frommer's Portable Guides offer all the detailed information and insider advice of a Frommer's Complete Guide—but in a concise, pocket-sized format.

Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, this series selects the very best choices in all price categories and takes you straight to the top sights.

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Overview

Frommer's Portable Guides offer all the detailed information and insider advice of a Frommer's Complete Guide—but in a concise, pocket-sized format.

Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, this series selects the very best choices in all price categories and takes you straight to the top sights.

Lush, opulent pinot noir; rich, robust zinfandel; fruity, full-bodied Chardonnay—you can sample them all in Californias Napa and Sonoma Valleys, which together comprise one of the world's premier wine regions. Completely up-to-date, Frommer's Portable California Wine Country is a handy guide that will give you proven strategies for exploring the region. Our candid reviews of the top wineries will tell you which tours are worth your time and which wineries offer affordable bottles. You'll also get a beginner's guide to California wines: varietals, recommendations on recent vintages, tips on wine-tasting protocol (how to sniff, swish, and spit like a pro), tips on shipping, and much, much more.

And when wine-tasting is done for the day, turn to our candid, complete reviews of the region's fabulous inns and restaurants!

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Frommer's Portable guides are perfect for short trips, or for business travelers who need only the most crucial information about their destination. Frommer's guidebooks are packed with the essentials: maps, expert advice, and recommendations for the top places to eat, sleep, shop, and simply relax. Art, music, fine dining, and much more are covered in detail, with all costs, directions, and other vital information included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764565847
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/11/2002
  • Series: Frommer's Portable Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Erika Lenkert
Native San Franciscan Erika Lenkert fled the dot-community to find respite and great food and wine in Napa Valley. When she’s not writing about dining for the San Francisco Chronicle, Four Seasons Magazine, or InStyle, or promoting her new book The Last-Minute Party Girl: Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining, she’s in search of Wine Country pleasures to share with Frommer’s readers. She also remains subservient to her owners—two Siamese cats.
In addition to this guide, Erika authors and co-authors a number of other Frommer’s guides to California, including Frommer’s California, Frommer’s San Francisco, and Frommer’s Memorable Walks in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps v
1 The Best of the Wine Country 1
1 The Best Wineries 1
2 The Best Winery Tours for First-Timers 4
3 The Best Experiences Beyond the Wineries 5
4 The Best Luxury Hotels & Inns 7
5 The Best Moderately Priced Accommodations 9
6 The Best Restaurants 10
2 The Wine Country Experience 13
1 Introducing Napa Valley & Sonoma Valley 13
2 Winemaking 101 21
3 How to Wine-Taste Like a Pro 28
3 Planning Your Trip to the Wine Country 32
1 Visitor Information 32
2 When to Go 32
Festivities to Plan Your Trip Around: The Wine Country's Best Annual Events 34
3 Money Matters 35
4 Getting There 37
5 Getting Around 38
6 Strategies for Touring the Wine Country 41
Some Wine-Buying Strategies 45
7 The Ins & Outs of Shipping Wine Home 46
Fast Facts: The Wine Country 49
4 Napa Valley 51
1 Orientation & Getting Around 51
Fast Facts: Napa Valley 54
2 Touring the Wineries 56
3 More to See & Do 77
Up, Up & Away 79
4 Where to Stay 85
5 Where to Dine 107
6 Where to Stock Up for a Picnic & Where to Enjoy It 124
5 Sonoma Valley 126
1 Orientation & Getting Around 126
Fast Facts: Sonoma Valley 129
2 Touring the Wineries 130
3 More to See & Do 141
The Super Spa 143
4 Where to Stay 146
5 Where to Dine 156
6 Where to Stock Up for a Picnic & Where to Enjoy It 167
Appendix Grape Varietals in the Wine Country 169
1 Major Grape Varietals 169
2 Lesser-Known Grape Varietals 171
Index 173
General Index 173
Accommodations Index 178
Restaurant Index 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    Condensed and easy to use!

    This is a wonderful little book! It's small size and weight make it great to travel with. I tells a little bit about everything you'll need to have a nice short visit to the wine country. The reviews and maps are very accurate and a lot of help. If you are only going to buy one book for your trip to the wine country, make it this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    Lots of info in a small user friendly package

    This book was a great value. The top ten lists made it extremely easy to read, and the maps are helpful. Short reviews on retaurants, hotels, and winery tours. Enough infomation for planning a weekend getaway.

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