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April in Carneros

This coming weekend (April 19-20) it’s “April in Carneros” time, a two-day event featuring food and wine at 20 Carneros wineries.

Carneros is unique among wine regions in these woods in that it straddles two counties, Napa and Sonoma. It’s also special in that both cool weather varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as warm weather varietals like Merlot, can thrive here. Carneros has hot inland days but gets very cool and foggy in the evening from the Pacific Ocean by way of the San Pablo Bay.

Carneros also has its share of boutique wineries, many of which are only open to the public on these event weekends. Tin Barn and Talisman are a couple boutique must stops on the Sonoma side, and on the Napa side, check out Ceja, Etude, and Truchard, which has a warm spot in my hears as one of my most memorable tasting experiences more than 10 years ago and before I lived in Wine Country. As a bubblehead I’m sad to see that none of the sparkling wine houses are participating, but make Gloria Ferrer or Domaine Carneros your last stop as they are after the event ends at 4pm.

Wineries from both sides of the divide participate in Carneros’ two major annual events (April in Carneros and Holiday in Carneros). A 2-day pass to the event is $40 and includes loads of food, wine and a souvenir logo glass.