Almost one year ago I promised my dad to take him to the States, that day came and we just came back from a 3 week holiday cruising all over the country . Oh my god is that country big, especially the parking spots !!! We loved everything, the cities, the road trips through the desert the craziness of Vegas and much more… but what I want to share with you today is my experience in Napa Valley.
Beeing born and raised in France and having organised wine tours in Spain for the last 4 years i was very excited about getting to know the famous Napa Valley. How did the Napa Valley became so famous?
California has made wine since the ninteenth century but premium wine production dates back only to the 1960s. It all started with The Paris Wine Competition of 1976 or the Judgment of Paris. In that wine tasting, 2 French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red wines (Bordeaux wines from France and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California). A California wine rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines. Nobody thought that the Californin wines would win, especially not the French! California came to be seen as capable of producing the best quality wine – equal to that of Old World wine regions.
Now on to my experience – Napa Valley reminded me a lot of the D.O.Ca. Rioja, but smaller! I really enjoyed every wine I was fortunate enough to taste. For many years my only wine experience was with wines from France, especially wine from the Bordeaux region, but I have to say that the wines from Napa Valley can be compared to the finest wines in Bordeaux. While it was hard to pick which wineries to visit, we decided on Duckhorn Vineyards and the Pine Ridge Winery.
Our guides were knowledgeable, very professional and made the visits very interesting, educational and fun! Exactly what we are trying to achieve with Niso Wine Tours. Comparing our experience with the spanish wine regions Niso Wine Tours covers, I would recommend La Rioja for the Napa Valley lovers. You want something different? A bit wilder and Old World ? Then you need to come and discover Priorat!
Enjoy the pictures, they telling more of a story than I could write…that journey was one of the best thanks to all the very special people we met on our way!
Un abrazo a todos
Sophie / Niso Wine Tours Spain