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8 Sparkling Wineries in Napa and Sonoma

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It’s the Holiday season, which means over the next several weeks, we’ll all be popping lots of sparkling, clinking glasses with our loved ones and eventually, ringing in a new year. It’s a celebratory period of reflection—upon the last year and then our hopes, dreams and goals for the next.

Such a special time demands a special kind of wine, and in wine country, we understand better than anyone why bubbly is the drink of choice. We can’t think of a better time to explore the champagne of Napa Valley and Sonoma than sparkling season, so we’ve rounded up seven sparkling wineries spread across both regions for you to consider on a winter wine country vacation.

But we also know that sparkling warrants more than the standard wine tasting experience. Something this special deserves VIP treatment, and that’s exactly what Booker & Butler can give you when planning your trip.

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Why You Should Hire a Concierge for Your Next Trip to Wine Country

There is no shortage of ideas on “What To Do in Wine Country.”  Thousands of articles have been written on the subject. Half a million instagrams have a #winecountry tag. And Facebook posts . . . there isn’t enough time in a day. What could a concierge possibly tell you about Wine Country that all these other sources might have missed?

Therein lies the rub. Because everyone who writes or posts or tweets about Wine Country does so from their own perspective. As inspiring as their personal adventures might be – as constructive as their must-sees might seem – they’re all particular to that person. No more useful to planning a trip around your needs and desires than if you simply Googled it. To wit: Google yields 19,200,000 results on the subject.

That’s where working with a concierge comes in. Not a hotel concierge – though they can certainly be of help if you’re staying at their hotel – but a private concierge who can plan an itinerary for specifically for you. Someone local who knows the lay of the land, who has connections and, most importantly, who listens to what you want. Read on…

What’s a Boutique Winery?

As a Wine Country concierge, it’s my job to match clients with the best wineries for their palate and their purse. It’s no easy task. There are literally hundreds of wineries — 390 in Napa and 450 in Sonoma — with new brands popping up all the time. Way more than you could visit in a year’s worth of weekends. While I am actively trying to see them all, I don’t foresee the day when I will have every last one crossed off my list. Read on…

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

I love Rosé. I love everything it stands for, everything it reminds me of. I love how it tastes. I love how it pairs. I love how uncomplicated it makes things.

So it was with great anticipation that my husband and I took a Sunday drive to Healdsburg for their first annual Pink Party. (OK, the anticipation obviously wasn’t that great because I never got the hint to dress in pink. However, I was sporting some spring pastels on this unseasonably warm day.)

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Napa Valley Winery Standouts: Part II

Thought I’d dial up the status factor and visit four of Napa Valley, CA top-tier wine producers – Staglin, Rudd, Quintessa and Corison. Needless to say, the quality of the wines at all of these wine country icons is beyond the beyond. But what make these wine country destinations interesting places to visit are the personal stories behind them. Read on…

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Napa Valley Winery Standouts: Part I

Does anybody really need to hear my two cents about a bunch of Napa Valley wineries that are right along the highway and are open to the general public? Probably not. On the other hand, part of what Booker & Butler does is edit the universe of wine country experiences down to the handful of places you might want to see. So even though these Napa California wine destinations are easy to get access to, I’m writing to tell you that they are also very much worth the trip . . . Read on…

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