Spring 2014

For over 20 years, Touring & Tasting has been the Premier Guide to Wine Country. You can always rely on us to show you the way in both our magazine and our website.


8 Great Lake County Winery Adventures

Lake County is a natural wonderland: home to a plethora of wildlife, mighty Mount Konocti, splendid Clear Lake, and award-winning wineries with breathtaking views.

Celebrating the Santa Ynez Valley

Ten years ago, a small independent movie called Sideways was filmed in the Santa Ynez Valley and was released to rave reviews. As an added bonus, an unsuspecting star was born: the Santa Ynez Valley.

Dog-Friendly Pismo Beach

In the heart of California’s Central Coast, the Classic California town of Pismo Beach is living the dream. And for dog lovers, there’s even more to love about the Pismo Beach area: dogs who practice good petiquette rule!

Editor's Tour: Northern Sonoma County

T&T's Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Van Diver, details her most recent six-day tour through some of Sonoma County's top wineries, hotels, and restaurants.

Guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country

Santa Barbara wine country is a genuine gem with plenty to do and see. So slip out over the hill and get to know the land where the winegrapes grow.

Incredible, Delectable, Napa Valley Wine Train

From the vibrant Oxbow district of downtown Napa to the charming town of St. Helena, the Napa Valley Wine Train graciously provides passengers the ultimate in culinary dining experiences.

Livermore Valley's Must Visit Tasting Rooms

Just 35 miles east of San Francisco, Livermore Valley wine country is very easy to get to, and when you arrive, the wineries are easy to find. We’ve scouted around and assembled this list of ten great Livermore Valley tasting rooms to visit. 

Perfect Pairings from San Luis Obispo County

Ideally situated in the heart of California’s Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County(SLO)is a natural wonderland waiting to be explored. You’ll be delighted by the flavors you discover and you’ll likely learn a thing or two about pairing a perfect dish with a perfect food.

The Art of Oak in Oregon

Barrel selection is a crucial step in the winemaking process. The type of oak, its toast level, and its age will have an impact on the flavor and structure of the wine, and there are no ironclad formulas to rely on. 

The Call of Traverse City

At the foot of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, with miles of trails, beaches, dunes, rivers, streams, and inland lakes in every direction, Traverse City, Michigan has long been a mecca for lovers of the great outdoors.

Toasting Napa's Winemakers

We asked 10 esteemed Napa winemakers to tell us about one of their mentors, and for many it was hard to choose. Here’s to all of the talented winemakers of the Napa Valley—and all of the mentors who helped show them the way.

Together Time in Temecula Valley Wine Country

This undulating valley boasts an amazing number of inventive gourmet restaurants, creative wine tours, fun recreational activities, and stunning panoramic views to admire along the way.

Tri-Valley: A Tour for the Senses

The picturesque Tri-Valley region of California wine country cradles the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon, the town of Danville, and the vineyards of Livermore Valley wine country

Vino Variety in Paso Robles, Part 2

The only thing “halfway” about Paso Robles wine country is its location: in the heart of California’s Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. In fact, Paso Robles is a hotbed for innovation.

Vistas and Varieties in the Sierra Foothills

Today, while Zins remain impressive, Rhône and Italian varieties have found a happy home in the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country’s diverse terrain.

Washington's Complex Reds

How do we describe a red wine from Washington? We asked five top Washington winemakers if they could shed some light on the subject for us.

Why Lodi Rules

In the farming community of Lodi, California, land is legacy and their commitment to farming extends beyond crops and soil to the community of Lodi as a whole.