San Francisco: Wine Tasting

Just north of San Francisco are the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, which have a world-wide reputation for their wines. These beautiful valleys with their vine covered hills are just an hour’s drive from San Francisco and make an ideal day trip while visiting San Francisco. There are more than 300 wineries in these two valleys and several produce award-winning wines. To get to the wineries you can hire a car and head out for a day or two. If you prefer, you can take a tour bus up to the Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries. Tours cost start at $70 per person. Some of the wineries now charge for tasting (starting at $5) but this doesn’t detract from the experience. Another idea while you are in Napa is to take a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train - a three hour train trip through the Napa Valley between Napa and St Helena. The prices per person are $49.50 or $89 ( includes a gourmet meal in the Pullman dining car).