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You bury your head in books on wine appellations, spend hours researching the perfect bottle for Friday night’s dinner, wait impatiently for your wine club arrival, daydream of your perfect cellar and drink a glass or two just about daily. No longer an amateur and almost a connoisseur, you won’t settle for just the average visit to wine country this spring. recommends some upcoming wine obsessed experiences that will be sure to satiate your palette.

1. Private Sommelier Style Wine Tasting: Gain private access to HALL Rutherford’s stunning hilltop winery with an intimate tour and sommelier wine tasting for two - which includes an exclusive barrel tasting of their rarest red wines. HALL, a boutique winery, showcases numerous works of contemporary art in a modern winery that balances history, vanguard winemaking technology and gorgeous vistas. Read More

2. Insider Tasting & Tour with Family Winery: Experience a Napa Valley family winery where the art and passion of fine wine is combined with personal attention and wine education. This personalized tour with our Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch, is designed to give you an inside look at all the aspects of winegrowing from the vineyard to the bottle. Read More

3. Fundamentals of Wine and Pairing: As part of your 3 day stay in Sonoma, spend the day with Chalk Hill Estates Winemaker Steven Leveque and the winemaking team. Includes fundamentals of wine tasting, a wine blending seminar and barrel tasting. Your lunch will be prepared by Chalk Hill Executive Chef Didier Ageorges, each course paired with a different wine and served in the Estate's Pavilion featuring panoramic views of Chalk Hill Valley. Read more

4. Wine Seminars at Wineries: In Napa Valley, you can expand your wine knowledge and book a private tasting seminar with Franciscan winery or ZD Wines. Learn the art that goes into producing blends or explore how your sense of smell affects your wine tasting experience. Discounts on these seminars are found on

5. Barrel Tasting Russian River: Clear your calendars for the Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekends on March 2-4 and 9-11, 2007! Sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. Over 100 wineries opening their cellars for your tasting pleasure. Read More

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