Where to stay (and what to taste) from travel experts Mr and Mrs Smith
Countryside California vineyards
Country life wine and dine
Why go? The vineyards may not be as extensive and the wineries not as grand as their European counterparts, but what Napa lacks in old-world traditions it makes up for with warmth and informality. Forget about snooty sommeliers and their pompous pretensions—here wine tasting is always a pleasure rather than a trial. With impeccable French-inspired cuisine, sun-kissed climate and beautiful scenery, it’s one of the most relaxing and rewarding places to start your life together.
Star wines cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel
Others merlot, pinot noir, sangiovese, sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc, malbec, syrah, pinot grigio