Culinary travel in the West

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Taste California’s classic grape at its best
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Taste California’s classic grape at its best

If there's one splurge in your wine-drinking future—one expensive bottle you'd be willing to spring for, to taste before you die—it has to be a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Sure, there are yummy, sexy wines the West over now, but it was Napa Cab that put us on the international wine map, that made even the French take the West seriously as a wine region.

For the King of Reds, Napa's warm days and cool nights, combined with more different soil types than any other West Coast region, produce lush, ripe layers of blackberry and cassis, wrapped in cedar, spice, tobacco, and espresso, with a core of firm but smooth tannins.Taste a few of the best at these Napa tasting rooms:


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