Behind the wine world’s “big three”-France, Italy, and Spain-the next major producer of the world’s vino is sunny California. Ever since Father Juipero Serra planted vines in mission gardens from San Diego to Sonoma in the late 1700’s, the region’s year-round temperate climate and abundant sunshine, along with the rich and varied soil, has propelled the creation of a whopping 4,200 wineries. They produce more than 709 billion gallons of red, white, sparkling varieties in 2014. In Venutra County West, wine lovers will be delighted to learn there are a handful of boutique wineries and wine-tasting rooms operated by locals. The beautiful weather not only produces amazing grapes, but the area is ripe for enjoying the California sunshine, where you can bike, hike, swim, kayak, and surf. In short, it’s the best of all possible worlds.
We connected with Karen Stewart from Four Brix and David Whittemore of Herzog Cellars and talked about beaches, picnics, and the simple beauty of a perfect cup of coffee.