Summer/Fall 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.


5 Reasons to Visit Loudoun County, VA Now

Just across the Potomac River from Washington DC, beautiful Loudoun County beckons wine tourists with 40 wineries.

All Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train!

Operating on the rail line first built in 1864, the Napa Valley Wine Train is a treasure chest of history, romance, and culinary excellence.

Blazing New Trails in El Dorado County

In the heart of the Sierra Foothills wine region, between Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County’s history in wine dates back to 1848, when gold was first discovered at Sutter’s Mill.

Culinary Walla Walla

Walla Walla is a friendly place: the kind of place where neighbors know each other, cheer each other on, and help each other out. 

Dunes, Vines, and Traverse City

It is magestic, beautiful, and should be part of everyone's itinerary, at least twice in a lifetime.

Editor's Tour: Settling into Lodi, CA

It’s so easy to settle into Lodi. The locals not only make you feel welcome, they thank you for being there. Discover Lodi Wine Country with Touring & Tasting's Editor in Chief, Wendy van Diver. 

Labor & Love in Sonoma County

What does it mean to work as a family in the wine industry? Of the 170-plus wineries in Sonoma County today, a large majority are family owned and operated. 

Lake County's Aromatic Whites

California’s pristine Lake County is a feast for the eyes as well as the nose. Home to Clear Lake and Mt. Konocti, it is also home to an array of aromatic wines.

Monterey Beyond the Bay

When most people hear the word “Monterey,” a dreamy look crosses their faces as they imagine stunning coastal scenery, renowned golf courses, the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a quiet, well-heeled hamlet called Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

Napa Valley's Standout Tasting Rooms

Home to more than 500 wineries, the Napa Valley has more standouts than we can list here, but this great list will help get you started.

Oregon Pinot Noir: Complements from a Chef by Diane Clerihue

It is impossible to think of Oregon wine without thinking of Oregon Pinot Noir. The state’s incredibly diverse growing regions— from the warmer climates and plentiful soil types found in the southern part of the state, to the cooler climates and unique soils found to the north—have it all. 

Paso Robles Bed & Breakfasts and Inns Among the Vines

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Paso Robles wine region has become an ideal destination for wine lovers wishing to get away and discover truly exceptional wine.

Perfect Pairings from Livermore Valley

Drive to the eastern edge of San Francisco’s Bay area and you’ll be greeted by a rolling tapestry of vineyards called Livermore Valley. Here, an intriguing array of wines are produced that naturally complement foods and dishes made from regional ingredients.

Stunning Santa Barbara Wine Country

This region has been planted to commercial grapevines since the 1960s and has transformed into one of the top wine destinations in California.

Ten Great Things to do in Washington Wine Country

Washington state’s wines continue to turn heads, and the diversity of varietals produced are as distinctive as the different tasting regions—from Woodinville in the northwest, to Walla Walla in the southeast, to Spokane in the northeastern part of the state.

The Meritage Collection: A Four-Destination Tour of Life and Style

Each of these distinctive properties provides a sublime setting, exceptional cuisine, and a plethora of activities (even wine tasting experiences!) right on its grounds, making it difficult for some guests to venture out. 

The Noteworthy Wines of Summer/Fall 2014

The noteworthy wines in our Summer/Fall 2014 issue.

The Winner's Circle and Livermore Valley

With a winegrowing history that dates back to the mid- 1760s, Livermore Valley is one of California’s oldest winegrowing regions. 

Top Wine Adventures of the Season

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, summer and fall are prime times to get out and celebrate wine.

Tour Journal: Paso Robles CAB Collective

For lovers of Cabernet and other Bordeaux varietals, Paso Robles is a fascinating new frontier.

Visit SLO County - Your Place of Pure Play

Did you know that the world is your oyster and San Luis Obispo (SLO) County is your playground?

Winemakers of SLO Wine Country on Terroir

The southern San Luis Obispo County wine region, commonly known as SLO Wine Country, is a sweet spot defined by its inimitable terroir. Here’s what its winemakers have to say.

Woodinville: Where Washington Pours

Since the opening of Chateau Ste. Michelle in 1976, Woodinville, Washington has been a secret treasure on the savvy wine tourist’s map.

Your Classic Getaway to Pismo Beach

Here’s a place in the heart of California’s Central Coast where people still live the California dream. Pismo Beach is a classic beach town set on seven miles of pure white sand.