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Top 10 Gourmet Winery Experiences

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Springtime weather is sublime, grape buds breaking, gentle breezes blowing and the mild sun shining.  It’s time to get outdoors to enjoy this natural setting and an afternoon of gourmet goodies on the grounds of a beautiful winery. Whether for a full picnic or a little cheese and wine, WineCountry.com recommends spending an afternoon at these wineries.  


1. Chalk Hill Winery, Alexander Valley: At Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, spend the day with the winemaker for fundamentals of wine tasting, a wine blending seminar and barrel tasting as well as lunch 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.  This excursion is included for you in WineCountry.com’s Exclusive Experience.
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2. V. Sattui Winery, St. Helena: Thousands of wine travel enthusiasts stop each month to relax on the tree shaded winery grounds, bring their dogs, taste wine and shop at the deli. This winery boasts a large gourmet deli & cheese board, gift shop, barrel aging cellars, museum & beautiful outdoor picnic area. 
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3. Artesa Winery, Carneros: Guests reach Artesa Winery by sweeping up a staircase bordered by cascading waterfalls. The stairs ascend past beautiful fountains, reflecting pools and sculpture. At the top, be struck by the panoramic vistas of Napa Valley, Carneros and the San Francisco Bay.   A catered champagne tasting and hors'deurves with the winery’s infamous artist Gordon Huether awaits you in the WineCountry.com Exclusive Experience.
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4. Franciscan Winery, Oakville: Look for the flowing fountain stands in front of Franciscan’s winery property in Oakville, Napa Valley.  Sip wine in the sun-lit tasting room, or step outside and relax in the shade on the patio. We recommend to grab a gourmet sandwich with brie or goat cheese at the infamous nearby Oakville Grocery.
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5. Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves: Take in the awe-inspiring views as you enjoy a glass of wine on our Vista Terrace. Regardless of the season you'll find the ambiance is welcoming, gracious and unhurried. Cheese goodies are sold inside the tasting room to pair with your bubbly.
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