Summer/Fall 2013

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.


A Heavenly Day on the Heritage Wine Trail

From Carneros to Calistoga, the beautiful Napa Valley changes at every stretch and curve. There’s so much to discover and explore! Suppose you had one day to tour and wanted to make it perfect. What would you do? The Heritage Wine Trail is one simple answer.

A Perfect Place to Play: Tri-Valley

Drive 33 miles east from San Francisco, 18 miles southeast from Oakland, or 26 miles northeast from San Jose, and you’ll find yourself (happily) in California’s Tri-Valley—home to Livermore Valley wine country, and many other splendid things.

A Signature for Livermore Valley?

With a winemaking history that dates back to the time of Spanish missionaries, Livermore Valley is a living legend. It lies less than an hour east of the city of San Francisco and is home to some of California’s most storied wineries.

An Interview with Trinchero's Winemaker Mario Monticelli

Trinchero Napa Valley's very own winemaker, Mario Monticelli, tells insiders what it is like to work for a family-owned winery stating the importance of the reputation of the family name. 

Big Thinkers In Washington Wine Country

Great wines are born in the vineyard. Innovative minds introduce them to the world. We’d like you to meet some dedicated people inWashington State who are doing big things for Washington wine.

Champions of the Lodi Legacy

For more than 150 years, grapevines have flourished in Lodi on farms that have rarely changed hands. Instead, they have been proudly passed from grandfather, to father, to son.Through the years, these multigenerational farming families have crossed paths in many ways, tightly weaving the legacy that stands behind Lodi wine.

Destination Races: Events With a Sense of Place

Today, there are six annual Destination Races, introducing runners from all over the world to six unique North American wine countries.

Foodie Fun In Sonoma County

Spanning more than one million acres, Sonoma County offers a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, herbs, poultry, livestock, and fresh seafood waiting to be harvested, prepared, and enjoyed.

Four Romantic Wine Getaways

There's nothing like spending a few days in wine country to spark or rekindle romance. Here are four regions we love, offer- ing exceptional wine, great food, and beautiful scenery—everything you need to get your heart thumping on your next escapade.

Interview with Villa San-Juliette's Co-owner Nigel Lythgoe

From producing of some of television’s hottest programs to producing some of the regions premium wines, read Touring & Tasting's exclusive interview with Villa San-Juliette's Co-Owner Nigel Lythgoe to see what he enjoys most about the wine business. 

Is there a typical Napa Valley Red Bordeaux?

Nearly 200 years have passed since Jean-Louis Vignes brought Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux vines from France to California. Since then, red Bordeaux varieties have taken beautifully to their New World home, perhaps most notably in the Napa Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carménère flourish in its warm climate and fertile soils. 

Perfect Pairings from Temecula Valley 

From thoughtfully paired tastings to full gourmet restaurants, the chefs and wineries of Temecula Valley know how the right food or recipe can bring out the best in a wine.

Santa Barbara County's Must Visit Tasting Rooms

Discover Editor in Chief Wendy Van Diver's top 13 Santa Barbara County tasting rooms. 

Sensational Santa Ynez Valley

Just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles in the northern part of Santa Barbara County, there’s a sensational sunsoaked valley just waiting to be explored. The Santa Ynez Valley is as diverse as it is beautiful. Its undulating landscape is both wild and tame, promising adventure, serenity, and romance at every turn.

Sweet Spots in San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County is full of sweet spots worth discovering. Here are some not to miss.

Taking in Loudoun DC's Wine Country

On the western banks of the Potomac River, just about 25 miles from the heart of Washington DC, beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia holds hundreds of excuses for you to get away.

The Allure of Lake County

A new rush is on in California's Northern Mayacamas Mountains, and it has nothing to do with gold. 

The Future of Oregon Wine

Through the past 50 years, Oregon has evolved into a world-class wine growing state with nearly 500 wineries producing wines from 72 different grape varieties.

Traverse City's Tastes and Treasures

Surrounded by miles and miles of unspoiled shoreline,rolling dunes, wooded glens, and 50-plus sparkling inland lakes, Traverse City, Michigan has long served as a hub for visitors as they discover Northwest Michigan’s many treasures.

Vino Variety in Paso Robles, Part 1

Paso Robles is a magnet for winemakers who are looking for a little elbow room. They bring their colorful personalities and experience from all points of the world to practice their craft in a truly creative environment where bending the rules is not just allowed, it’s encouraged.

Virginia: The Ultimate Blend of History and Wine

As the birthplace of America and American wine, the Commonwealth of Virginia offers a rich and enduring history you won’t find anywhere else.  For a truly enriching experience, visit at least one of these fabulous places as you tour and taste through wonderful, historic Virginia.