The West is wine country

The West is home to the country's best wine regions. Explore them all and taste their best offerings, from the cult cabs of Napa to the Pinots of Willamette Valley

Napa vs. Sonoma face-off

Sonoma or Napa? Two rivals slug it out over which wine country has the juice

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More great places to visit

More great places to visit

Spoonbar (pictured). Cocktail hour at the H2hotel’s bar is one of the very few good reasons to take a break from wine. Drinks involve herbs and ingredients grown organically on local farms, largely Western-made artisanal spirits, and small-batch bitters and syrups.

Red Car Wine. This is the kind of tasting room where a lot of thought and care has gone into the casual look, down to the big velvet couches and antique-chic filament lightbulbs. It’s fun, and the wine’s good too, especially the aptly named Heaven on Earth Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. $15 tasting fee;

Ridge Vineyards. Ridge does single-vineyard wines and established its Zinfandel outpost in Healdsburg for the ideal growing conditions. The solar-powered winery and tasting room on Lytton Springs Road are made of straw plus clay from the vineyard land.

Jack London State Historic Park. Tucked among eucalyptus groves in Glen Ellen is the novelist’s writing cottage and home—complete with taxidermied game—and the House of Happy Walls Museum, containing London’s other travel souvenirs. On the California State Park closure list last year, the park is now staffed by the local historical society to keep it open. $10/vehicle, $5/hikeor cycle in, cottage entry $4;


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