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Exploring Napa Valley Wineries

California is at the top of the list when it comes to quality wine production in the country. Winery excursions of Napa Valley are a great way to experience tastings at top Napa Valley wineries in comfort.

Exploring Napa Valley Wineries

Napa Valley, located in northern California, is home to some of the United States' best vineyards and wineries. The area is ideal for growing grapes to make delicious wines; besides the acidic volcanic soil, the climate of northern California is varied and suited well to grape growing. This area is not the beach-filled California that you see on TV, rather, it is a perfect mix of seasons - as well as attractions and sites for wine lovers to enjoy.

One of the highest rated wine excursions in Napa Valley is hosted by Beau Wine (800-387-2328), based in Sonoma, California. This company offers SUVs and stretch limousines for your comfortable enjoyment as you explore the wineries of Napa Valley. All of the chauffeurs/guides are extremely knowledgeable about the Napa Valley area as well as the vineyards located within the region - in fact, they must all go through months of training as well as testing in order to be approved as a guide. Beau Wine offers excursions to wineries in most of northern California, including both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley.

The Napa Valley excursions are taken in a limousine, and you can choose either a four, six or eight hour winery experience. The six and eight hour versions are completely customizable, and include transportation in a limo as well as complimentary champagne to sip while riding. If you choose the six hour Napa Valley package, a limo will pick you (including anyone you want in your party, as this is a private venture) up at any Napa Valley location. You will be chauffeured around to four or five premium wineries and vineyards, and you'll be able to taste your way through all of these locations. The six hour trip also includes a trip to a new, state-of-the-art vineyard/wine facility, as well as a gourmet picnic lunch - catered at one of the wineries.

The eight hour Napa Valley package includes all of the amenities of the six hour version, but you can be picked up for the start of your day at any of many locations in San Francisco or the East Bay. You will then proceed to the wineries, and you can choose to create a custom itinerary if you prefer. The four hour package is the shortest of the luxury wine excursions of Napa Valley, and it includes a trip to a few wine tasting rooms, as well as stops at wineries chosen from the Beau Wine list of wineries.

Whether you only have a few hours or a few days, winery excursions are a great way to take in the wine culture of Northern California. Throw in the serene beauty of the area, and you have a trip fit for a king and queen.

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Wed, 12 Mar 2008 19:16:33 PDT
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2008 - Strawberry Wine

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Organic Wine, A Reprieve for the Allergic

When I was a kid, I developed an allergy to peanut butter, something I loved to eat by the spoonful. While others ate it, mixing clumps with strawberry jam and putting it between two slices of bread, I stood by drooling; then, with a sense of defeat, I went to stick my head in my Easy Bake Oven. To me, there was nothing worse than being five years old and having a peanut allergy; it?s the equivalent to having a wine allergy when you?re over 21.

Lucky for me, I?m not allergic to wine. I?ve self-tested with hundreds of bottles and I can declare that I would definitely know by now. Definitely. But, many others aren?t that lucky; some people do have wine allergies, an allergy that hinders their ability to savor one of life?s greatest pleasures. This allergy leaves people with an empty wine glass, an empty wine cellar, and a unyielding impulse to look up to the sky and scream, ?Make me allergic to diary, make me allergic to cats, make me allergic to my siblings, but please don?t take away my Cabernet.?

While no one wants a wine allergy, those who have one are forced to take it seriously. This is particularly true for people allergic to sulfites, compounds often used as a means to preserve wine by helping it to avoid oxidation and spoilage. Unfortunately for those with sulfite allergies, sulfites are added to a vast majority of wines. Because of this, checking the label doesn?t just become a matter of hoping to find the best tasting wine, it also become a matter between being well and being ill.

When someone who is allergic to sulfites drinks wine containing this compound, they run the risk of experiencing an allergic reaction - an allergic reaction to wine makes a wine hang over look like a walk in the park. Some people may experience sneezing, or hives, while others may have difficulty breathing and need emergency medical attention. Sulfites can also cause anaphylaxis, the most severe of allergic reactions. During this kind of reaction, a person?s blood pressure dangerously drops and their bronchial tubes narrow, making it increasingly harder for them to breathe. If left untreated, this can lead to death in a matter of minutes. For these reasons, many people with sulfite allergies avoid wine altogether: not even the greatest wine in the world is worth compromising health.

However, luckily for those affected by sulfites, organic wine has come to the rescue, wearing a red cape and giving those allergic to regular wine a second chance.

Organic wine doesn?t necessarily mean ?sulfite free,? a tidbit of information extremely important to those sensitive to even the most minute levels of sulfites. In fact, wines are rarely sulfite-free; sulfites occur naturally in wine. However, conventional wines go above and beyond those naturally occurring, adding many more sulfites to their finished product. Organic wines, on the other hand, tend to believe that the naturally occurring sulfites are enough - they don?t want to compound the situation.

The true definition of organic wine depends on where the wine is produced. For wines produced in America, the National Organic Program, the federal agency overseeing the production of organic food, has mandated that any wine claiming to be ?organic? must not contain any added sulfites. Wines merely claiming to be made with ?organic grapes,? however, aren?t subject to these regulations. Along these lines, wines that are produced outside the US are governed under their own rules: these wines generally have added sulfites, but the amount is roughly a third of the amount found in conventional wine. Thus, for those with sulfite allergies, it?s important to read the label very carefully.

Drinking organic wine isn?t just limited to those with sulfite allergies - it?s not a secret club people are allowed into by submitting their medical records. Many people simply find organic wines better tasting, healthier, and good for the environment.

Organic wine is composed of grapes that are grown in an organic vineyard with organic farming techniques. Essentially this means that the grapes are grown in a manner void of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and full of natural fertilizers. These vineyards also contain cover crops between their vines and work to attract beneficial insects, insects that will feed on harmful pests. Though no scientific evidence provides credence, there is speculation that drinking organic wine instead of conventional wine decreases the chance of a hang over. This has led many people down an organic path, a path paved with the healthiest of soil.

While not widely available, organic wine has recently begun to gain in popularity. Sommeliers are finally beginning to get the hint as bottles of organic Pinot Noir approach, tapping their fingers and impatiently saying, ?Ahem.? Still, organic wine remains harder to find than conventional wine - many restaurants do not serve it and some liquor stores have either no collection or one that is minimal. But, rest assured, there are places to find it, and soon they?ll be more..

Online is a great place to start, booming with shops that will ship organic wine to your house. Organic food stores - such as Whole Foods - have jumped on the band wagon as well, obviously needing a ride from drinking too much organic wine. There are also certain liquor stores that do carry a large selection of organic wines. To find one in your area, try calling around, doing an Internet search, or going to

It might take a little research, but you?ll be rewarded once you are cradling that organic wine in your hands, one end of the straw in the bottle the other end in your mouth. Then, it will all be worth it?naturally.

Jennifer Jordan is the senior editor at With a vast knowledge of wine etiquette, she writes articles on everything from how to hold a glass of wine to how to hold your hair back after too many glasses. Ultimately, she writes her articles with the intention that readers will remember wine is fun and each glass of anything fun should always be savored.

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