Check out some of these great books if you are a wine-lover planning a vacation in California!
A Traveller's Wine Guide to California by Robert Holmes
Award-winning photographer and author Holmes was named Travel Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers in 1990, 1992, and 2010. He offers wine tourists a handy guide to California's well-known and lesser-known wine-producing regions. The text opens with an introduction to the winery experience, the American wine classification system, traveling and lodging in California, and general tips on what to drink, followed by sections covering the wine-producing regions--Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Mendocino County, San Francisco, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Southern California, Central Valley, Sierra Foothills and a sampling of listings for brandy, sake, and artisan foods. Illustrated with maps and full-color photographs, the guide also contains a list of California/wine industry websites, wine events, grape varieties, and further reading suggestions.
California Wine Country by Philip Goldsmith
Locals and wine lovers Philip Goldsmith and Michael Cervin have the inside scoop on how to best experience California's Wine Country, from swirling and sniffing lessons at Yountville's Goosecross Cellars to glider rides over scenic Santa Ynez Valley. Goldsmith and Cervin offer great trip ideas, including Weekend Wine Warriors, Understanding California through Wine, and Highway Hugging. Whether you're planning on doing some serious wine-tasting or simply taking a leisurely trip through some of California's most beautiful areas, Moon California Wine Country gives you the tools you need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
The Wine Seeker's Guide to Livermore Valley by Thomas C. Wilmer
The Wine Seekers' Guide to the Livermore Valley is the first exclusive guide to this little-known wine region, introducing adventurous wine lovers to more than forty wineries, the owners and winemakers, and their superb wines. The guide provides directions, operating hours, and contact information for each winery, a map of the region, recommendations for where to stay, and a detailed restaurant guide. The Wine Seekers' guides lead readers to delight-filled locales where exceptional but perhaps unheralded wines are produced with old-world quality by families eager to share not only their award-winning products but also their harmonious lifestyle and welcoming communities with visitors.