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ROAD TRIPS 2021
DISTANCE: 335 MILES * DAYS: 3-4
Wine to
Waterfalls
AN EPIC WINE-TASTING
EXPEDITION LEADS TO
YOSEMITE'S WONDERLAND
L
eave Sacramento via
the Tower Bridge-a
1935 art deco beauty
painted metallic gold-and
zoom west to the farming town
of Winters. Stock up on local
fruit, preserves, and nuts from
Winters Fruit Tree and cookies
from Lester Farms Bakery.
Put on your driving gloves
for Highway 128's ascent over
the Vaca Mountains and down
into the fertile Napa Valley,
home to more than 400 wineries.
Start with bubbles: Head to
Rutherford's Mumm Napa to
taste some delicious sparkling
wines. Next up, Cabernet Sauvignon:
Visit the fabulous chateau
and sprawling courtyard at
Inglenook, owned by filmmaker
Francis Ford Coppola, and then
marvel at the artwork at Robert
Mondavi Winery in Oakville.
Don't miss Napa's Michelinstarred
dining scene. In
Yountville, try for a spot at
Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro
or Ad Hoc, or head to Napa to
stroll Oxbow Public Market and
sample your way through 20plus
vendors-from Hog Island
oysters to Gott's cheeseburgers.
Pace yourself, though,
because you're headed to
Sonoma Valley, home to 17
distinct AVAs. Take Highway 12
west to Sonoma's alluring plaza,
then park and walk among
the historic buildings, inviting
eateries, and shops. Head north
to quaint Glen Ellen for more
wine tasting: Talisman and
Schermeister for Pinot Noir, Eric
Ross for Syrah, Laurel Glen for
Cabernet Sauvignon.
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As you leave Sonoma,
let Highway 12 lead you to a
different indulgence. To the east
in Fairfield, pause at the Jelly
Belly Factory for a tasting of the
irresistible confections.
Continue east past the fertile
California Delta to Lodi, where
80 wineries beckon. Love big
reds? Taste old-vine Zinfandels
inside a 50,000-gallon redwood
tank-the tasting room at
Oak Ridge-or at Jeremy Wine
Company or Harney Lane.
Another hour and you're in
Murphys, where you can sip
robust Barberas and Zinfandels
at 20 walking-distance tasting
rooms.
Backtrack a few miles to
Parrotts Ferry Road, then wind
south. Today the gold in Gold
Country is red and pours from
750ml bottles, but Columbia
State Historic Park preserves
the legacy of the fortuneseeking
1850s. Time-travel back
to the gold-mining days in oldtimey
saloons or catch a show at
the Fallon House Theatre.
Head up Highway 120 on
Priest Grade's winding curves
to Groveland, then rest up at
the Groveland Hotel. Take an
open-air tram tour around the
Yosemite Valley floor, then hike
SACRAMENTO TO YOSEMITE
Mumm
Napa
Sonoma
Plaza
Jelly Belly
Factory
LODI
SACRAMENTO
Lester Farms Bakery
Tower Bridge
Fallon House
Theatre
Half
Groveland
Hotel
Pacific
Ocean
WORTH A DETOUR
Big vista: Ascend to 11,053 feet on the
Panorama Gondola in Mammoth Lakes,
then have lunch at Eleven53 Café.
AREA OF DETAIL
San
Francisco
Los
Angeles
San
Diego
Hidden gem: Add in a
trip to Lake County to
taste around the Red
Hills AVA, an up-andcoming
appellation with
many high-value
wineries.
Dome
YOSEMITE
NATIONAL
PARK
Inglenook winery
to experience 594-foot Nevada
Fall. Eat lunch in The Ahwahnee
hotel's elegant dining room, or
cool off at Cathedral Beach with
a perfectly framed view of El
Capitan. As the day wears on,
find a spot near Sentinel Bridge
to watch Half Dome turn orange
from the setting sun's glow.
COURTESY INGLENOOK WINERY
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