Depending on how much time you have to spend, a Napa or Sonoma weekend getaway versus a week’s vacation in Wine Country – it’s important to know the lay of the land so you can maximize your time here.

Oakville Grocery - Booker and Butler ConciergesIt’s easy to think of Napa and Sonoma as one. But while they are next to each other and share the wine thing, they differ dramatically in how they feel and what they have to offer. Napa Valley is small, flat and bracketed by two major roads. It’s easy to get around and you are never far from your next glass of wine. But with notoriety comes popularity; it can get crowed in the valley. Sonoma County, by contrast, is more than twice the size of Napa. While there are a number of well-travelled wine trails, so much of it is off the beaten path. You can get lost in Sonoma. Some people move here to do just that. Separating the two is the Mayacamas Mountain range. The roads that cross it are few and tortuous. Driving them is far from carefree. While you need not choose between one region and the other, geography should definitely play a role in planning your wine country vacation.

woman in car image for booker and butlerAnother consideration for wine enthusiasts is varietal specialization and how much time you have to sample everything available. In Napa Valley Cabernet is king and the quality of Cabernet from Napa is arguably the best in world. Fans of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are better served in Sonoma County, which has the greatest diversity of wines of any region in California.

And of course, you will want to balance how much time you spend on other Napa, Sonoma highlights such as the restaurants, shopping and spas. There are gems to be found in both Napa and Sonoma on all these fronts. Really, the only thing that Sonoma has that Napa doesn’t is a coastline so if that’s something you think you might enjoy, you should also plan around that.

Whatever time you have to spend in Napa and Sonoma, California’s Wine Country will not disappoint you. We promise you that!

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