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The California Directory of Fine Wineries

2011/05/12by Donna Hull


Image Copyright © 2011 by Robert Holmes from "The California Directory of Fine Wineries, 5th Edition"

How I wish that Alan and I had read The California Directory of Fine Wineries: Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino before last year’s coastal California sports car road trip. If you’re like us — active baby boomers who enjoy wine but don’t know much about it – a little direction goes a long way in adding to the enjoyment.

Written by K. Reka Badger and Marty Olmstead, with photography by Robert Holmes, The 5th edition of The California Directory of Fine Wineries navigates the country lanes of Northern California’s wine country in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. In an area rich with wine tasting experiences, it’s a challenge choosing the right wineries to visit. With full-page profiles of 68 Northern California wineries and a full-page photograph representing each winery, boomer travelers will have no problem devising a wine tasting itinerary to suit their tastes.

Each winery profile describes the history and geography of the property, as well as discussing the types of wine produced. Sidebars include contact information, owner’s name, location, appellation, hours of operation, cost for tastings, wines produced, specialties, winemaker, annual production plus special notes and information on nearby attractions.

For baby boomers who need to brush up on wine tasting etiquette, there’s a page for that. And after reading, “What Is An Appellation?”, I now know that if the label says Russian River Valley, then 85% of the wine is made from that area (appellation).

California wine directory

Milano Family Winery, Image Copyright © 2011 by Robert Holmes from "The California Directory of Fine Wineries, 5th Edition"

Flipping through the pages of The California Directory of Fine Wineries will certainly rev up your travel planning motor. It did mine. Alan and I are big sparkling wine fans so we’ve added Mumm Napa and Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in Sonoma to our list for the next visit to Northern California wine country. And since none of the wineries that we visited on our last trip made it into the book, we have 68 wineries to explore.

Would you like to win a copy of The California Directory of Fine Wines? To enter, just post a comment at the end of this post telling us which area you would visit: Napa, Sonoma or Mendocino. Please include your email address for contact purposes. Contest ends on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:00 p.m. Arizona Mountain Standard Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. Remember, according to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.

Disclosure: Wine House Press provided a copy of The California Directory of Fine Wineriess for my review. They are also providing a copy of the book to the winner of our contest.

I have included an Amazon Link to The California Directory of Fine Wineries for your convenience. However My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage for purchases made at

UPDATE: May 19, 2011 at 11:01 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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May 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Of course I’d love a copy but can’t have one. Nonetheless wanted to highly recommend the barrel tasting at Del Dotto in Napa – a totally fun & worthwhile experience – but don’t drive – as you will have consumed a ton of wine – it’s too good to spit. In Sonoma, the Gary Ferrell winery was a fantastic find – truly delicious wine that I wish I could have bought by the case.


Donna Hull
May 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

So sorry that you aren’t eligible to enter, Leigh. Silly laws (and postage expense).


Spencer May 13, 2011 at 12:22 am

I love Californian wine so of course every time I go to California I make a point of checking out one or two of these places.


Sheryl May 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

 I cannot get enough of California’s wine region. I’m going back next week and look forward to it all over again….there’s always something new to discover. This time, Napa.


May 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

Well, I have to say I’d probably visit Sonoma County, where I was born and raised. And where my folks have a small winery (and I still know nothing about wine!).


Mverno May 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

i would say napa i’ve heard so much about it but have never been there 


discvoer11 May 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

 The California Directory of Fine Wineries will serve as a planning tool to all the great experience in unique wineries of our Golden State. Napa will be my first choice.


discvoer11 May 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

 The California Directory of Fine Wineries will serve as a planning tool to all the great experience in unique wineries of our Golden State. Napa will be my first choice.


Anonymous May 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

 I would love to visit them all, but if I had to pick one, I would visit Napa!
Thank you for the giveaway :)


Shannon McLean May 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’d visit Mendocino so I could also go to Jackson state forest to see some redwoods! But going to the others would be pretty great too!


Good. Food. Stories. May 14, 2011 at 12:57 am

Oooh, I want this to be my dad’s birthday present!


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May 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Looks like a great tool to have for a trip to wine country!  


Leigh May 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

California is just beautiful.  www.thetopvillas have some amazing luxury villas all over California.  Perfect for relaxing after a day sampling local wines!


Carolyn Boyle May 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

All three have their own special attraction,  but I would pick Sonoma.


Gerryh May 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm

 What fun! We are heading for the Napa Valley late July and the book sounds like a “must read”. Keep the good information flowing.Gerry H


chris May 16, 2011 at 1:38 am



Cynthark May 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

Nappa for sure


SusanPD May 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

 I never been to Mendocino or Sonoma so I’m thinking Mendocino. 


Mlswin May 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm

always interested in learning more about wine & wineries. Thx for the chance 


Miss Spoken May 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

gkstratos at yahoo dot com


AndreaW May 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I would love to visit Sonoma .  This book looks terrific! 


Kakihararocks May 19, 2011 at 4:07 am

I would love to visit Napa!
kakihararocks at gmail dot com 


Erin Cook May 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I would love to visit Napa 


Maria Unis May 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I would like to visit Napa Valley 1st in my life.


theyyyguy May 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 12:16 am

i would like to visit napa
susansmoaks at gmail dot com


James Coyne May 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

i would visit napa 


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