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Wine Shopping
Festivals, Lodging, Maps, Restaurants, Tours & Travel, Wine Bars
"new". = entry added on September 18, 2012 ; all links were verifed and broken or hijacked links removed on Jan 13, 2012.
Corrections, suggestions, or additional links are welcome and appreciated; contact the editor.

Festivals
California
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival (Mendocino)
California Wine Festival (Orange County & Santa Barbara)
Garagiste Festival (Paso Robles, 2011 inaugural event)
Hospice du Rhone (Paso Robles)
Monterey Wine Festival
Pinot on the River (Santa Rosa)
Pinot Paradise (Los Gatos)
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
World of Pinot Noir (PismoBeach)

Canada
Niagra Grape & Wine Festival (Ontario)
Okanagan Wine Festivals (British Columbia)

Other USA
Finger Lakes Wine Fest (Watkins Glen, NY)
International Pinot Noir Celabration (McMinnville, OR)
Wine South (Atlanta, GA)


Lodging
California
Chateau du Sureau - AAA "5 Diamond" inn, 45 minutes north of Fresno, 20 minutes from the South entrance to Yosemite National Park; absolutely fabulous.
Harris Ranch, an culinary oasis on Interstate 5, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco

Other USA
Beechwood Inn, on Georgia's newly-designated Wine Highway, provides award-winning hospitality in an historic setting.


Restaurants
California's Central Valley
Cafe 225 - Visalia's own Mediterranean Bistro; with wood fire rotisserie specialties.
Cracked Pepper - no-frills bistro offers well-chosen menu and winelist, great flavors, generous portions, personal service, moderate prices (Fresno)
Erna's Elderbery House - Mobil "5 Star" restaurant, 45 minutes north of Fresno, 20 minutes from the South entrance to Yosemite National Park.
Fugazzi's (Visalia, Clovis & Fresno) offers a large menu of pastas, sandwiches, wraps, salads (the Best!) in a casual atmosphere
Jon's Bear Club (Reedley - a PfW Sponsor There's just a little bit of magic in the country, but you'll never know unless you visit JBC for all around great food and the very best Shish-kebob in California!
The Lime Lite (Fresno) - Steaks, chops, pastas, seafood & Daily Specials *Sand Dabs are a house specialty*.
"new". Pismo's Coastal Grill - celebrating California's Central Coast, where wine country meets the sea
The Vineyard top-notch cuisine featuring locally-sourced ingredients; second-generation family-owned and operated (Madera)
Trelio innovative American menu; most-passionately-selected winelist; fun events (Clovis)
Vintage Press, an oasis of cosmopolitan in the center of pastoral. Excellent cuisine, gracious service, wine list of incredible breadth and depth. Worth a trip to Visalia, California.

Elsewhere
Food & Wine in London Brian St. Pierre is an American writer who's lived in London the better part of two decades and one of the very few restaurant critics who also rates wines

Nani's Genuine Pasta House & Enoteca Sicula (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Wine-dinners.com Ever considered enjoying, in the company of up to ten other wine lovers, rare wines, perfectly matched to dinner at a two- or three-star restaurant in Paris?

 

Maps
California Specific
Metskers Maps winegrowing region and vineyard maps
NapaMapa wine tasting trip planner (new and nicely done, expected to improve)
Paso Robles
Rutherford Dust Society
Silverado Trail Wineries Association (click link in upper right corner)
Sonoma Appellation Maps

General
Steve O's California Wine Touring Guide

VinMaps


Tours & Travel
California
"new". Aallin Limo Service - Temecula Wine Tours (San Diego)

California Winery Advisor - great info, maps, videos; search over 700 wineries by ambiance, fees, wines, etc. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Extranomical Adventures - (San Francisco & North Coast wine country)
SteveO's California Wine Touring Guides - non-commercial personal recommendations on wineries, restaurants and lodging
Wine Country Getaways - (Northern California)
Wine Country Tour Shuttle - (Napa, Sonoma)
Wine Zone - (Napa, Sonoma, Bodega Bay)

Other USA
Finger Lakes Wine Country - travel & tourism guide
Washington Wine Tours

Canada
Crush on Niagra - regularly scheduled & custom tours

South America
Mendoza Holidays - (Argentina & Chile) Montanamar Tours (Chile)
Pulp Travel - (Mendoza, Argentina)
Robertson Wine Tours - (Argentina

Australia & New Zealand
Central Otago Wine Tours (New Zealand)

Europe
Austrian Tourist Office (click "Dream Vacations"tab, then "Wine & Gourmet " from drop-down menu)
Bordeaux Wine Experience - first-class tours and excellent information
Cooking in Tuscany - also wine classes & tours
Digngo - bike tours of Alsace, Burgundy, Loire
Excursions in Tuscany - also wine & cooking classes
French Wine Explorers - small group & custom tours
French Tour Company - tours of Languedoc/Roussillon
Love Umbria - tours of the Italian wine region
Magica Tours (Franciacorta, Italy)
O-Chateau wine tasting in Paris, tours
Tasting Italy excursions, classes, etc.
The Tasting Quarter - corporate wine tastings and European wine tours for corporate entertainment
Travel Tuscany
Veronissima wine tours in Verona
Vinophoria wine tours and luxury vacations in Spain
Wine Pleasures - (Spain's Priorat & Penedés regions)

Worldwide
DuVine Tours - Bike Tours in wine countries all over the World
Great Wine Capitals - wine venues by city
Virtual Cities - Bed & Breakfast, Vacation Rentals, etc.
Worldwide Wine Tours - (Argentina, Chile, South America, Ausralia, New Zealand, South Africa); site includes lots of good information for each region about production, marketing, and touring


Wine Bars

Northern California
Cava (Capitola)
Vinoteca (Paso Robles)

California's Central Valley
"new". Bella Vino Cellar (Fresno)
Imbibe (Bakersfield)
"new". Pinot (Fresno)
The Tasting Room (Fresno)
"new". Vino & Friends (Fresno)
Wine Me Up (Bakersfield)

Southern California
Bellavino (Westlake Village)
Bodega (Pasadena & Santa Monica)
 
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