When fire threatened, how a Napa wine writer chose which bottles to save

“Do we have room for any of the wine?” It was early evening on Aug. 18 when my husband and I received a mandatory evacuation order due to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. The cars were packed with our most important belongings, the cat was in her carrier, and the fire was still burning many miles away. So, knowing we weren’t in immediate danger, my husband and I headed for the wine cellar, set in the back of our landlord’s garage.

Scott's Cheap Flights Napa Valley Guide

Where farming traditions live on, hot springs bubble up from the ground, and the wine is bottled poetry... The most famous wine region in North America, Napa Valley produces wines that rival those from the Old World’s most revered regions—but that’s not all it has going for it. This 30-mile stretch of Northern California has also proven to be one of the most beautiful to visit, with year-round sunshine and pleasing temps.

Must see Napa and Sonoma wineries: Five new visitor centres

With roughly 1,000 wineries between Napa and Sonoma, the pressure to stand out and outdo one another is on. This is good news for visitors, for wineries are in turn building stunning, state-of-the-art hospitality centers that offer a host of unique and luxurious tasting experiences. Here are five new spots—from old wine country favourites—to get the all-star treatment on your next trip to Napa and Sonoma.