Holiday Gift Guide: Wine Country Getaways

Written by Barbara Barrielle

November 26, 2017
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Our five-part series on the ultimate guide to wine country gifts for the holiday shopping season explores ways to find California wine country gifts for everyone on your shopping list. There's no better wine country celebration than escaping to wine country. Here are some of our favorite wine country getaways that will make a perfect holiday gift.

In celebration of the beloved wine country following the recent wildfire devastation, many local companies are pledging to do what it takes to help their communities rebound. In this fun series, we cover:

The Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino areas rely heavily on tourism and, despite recent wildfires, the region remains beautiful. One of the best ways to support wine country is to visit! Visit the tasting rooms, order wines, eat at the region’s restaurants, stay at hotels and shop. This guide to wine country gifts offers some ideas for visiting and gift giving, and many are available for purchase online if your plans won't be taking you to wine country before the holidays.

Be sure to check here for more great wine country gifts and—as always—Wander offers even more suggestions for what to see and do in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

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Wine Country Getaways that Make a Perfect Holiday Gift

There are a lot of wine country gifts, but now you can plan wine country getaways as perfect gifts for the holidays. A great solution for those hard-to-shop-for folks on your list is to purchase gift certificates now and they will have a chance to capture the romance later by heading to wine country later.

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We suggest exploring Mendocino’s wild coast for a nature, food and wine experience. Stay at the #1 rated Mendocino County Glendeven Inn or the inn’s sister property Cobbler’s Walk for the perfect decadent weekend in an oversized room complete with fireplaces, ocean views and a room-delivered breakfast of specialties made with the farm’s eggs and fresh squeezed juice every morning. Visit the llamas or feed the chickens before you head off on a chauffeur-driven tour of the Anderson Valley wine country, including such wineries as Witching Stick, Roederer Estate, Navarro, Scharffenberger Estates, Smith and Story and Lazy Creek.

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The Number One Rated Inn in Mendocino, Glendeven Inn, is a respite of elegance and sophistication. Photo courtesy Glendeven Inn

The highlight of the weekend will be the unique Shared Table dinner offered only on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Tailored to what is fresh in the market and customized to guests’ preferences, the Shared Table allows up to 12 people to enjoy a four-course meal and meeting other diners with like interests. Truly a unique and memorable wine country experience.

Sunset in Mendocino. Photo courtesy Mendocino County Tourism

Sunset in Mendocino. Photo courtesy Mendocino County Tourism

There's nothing better than wine and a gourmet meal on a train through your favorite wine valley. The Napa Valley Wine Train is what you want it to be—romance, girls' weekend, wine education….something for everyone.

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Throughout the year, the Wine Road hosts events that traverse three valleys—Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River—and combine food tastings, barrel samples, chats with winemakers and more. Winter Wineland in January is the perfect chaser to the winter blues, Barrel Tasting kicks off the spring in March and Food and Wine Affair is the fall favorite the first weekend of November. A gift certificate now will earn thanks later.

With all of these options for great wine country getaways—many of which give back to wine country after the tragic October wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties—your holiday shopping will be easy and you will be giving back to some great causes.

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Be sure to check out the other ideas on Wander for wine country gifts and explore Wander for more of our favorites on what to see and do in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Written by Barbara Barrielle

Barbara is a long-time publicist who began writing four years ago with a specialty in food, wine, travel, and entertainment. Barbara also acts and produces films and has a feature film "Veracruz" releasing in early 2017. She also has two documentaries in production, including one on motorcycle road trips and another with a wine angle on the harvest. Barbara worked in the wine business for years and owns a small vineyard in Sonoma County. She loves to cook and bake and try foods from around the world. Extensive travel throughout the world, especially as a single mother, has been formative for Barbara and Charlotte, her incredibly savvy college student daughter. She lives in Healdsburg and Los Angeles.

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