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Paperback Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination Book

ISBN: 1581571364

ISBN13: 9781581571363

Explorer's Guide Napa & Sonoma: A Great Destination

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"This marvelous book, splendidly researched, packed with terrific advice and considerable insider information, is essential reading for any visitor."' --Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate "Consistently... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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5 ratings

A Good Review of Napa / Sonoma

The Great Destination books have their good and bad points, much like any other book series. On one hand, they're written by someone in the area they write about. These people supposedly know the best local spots, can give you insider information and an unbiased look at the region. On the downside, many of the books I've read in the series are written by `nearby people' - who really don't know the region well, who don't keep the entries up to date, and have their own pet areas they play up while neglecting others. The Napa & Sonoma Book is better than most. The couple lives in the center of Sonoma, and the husband writes about wine for WineToday. Seventy or so pages (about 1/5th of the book) is dedicated to the wineries in this area. The two area maps are a good way of quickly identifying which wineries are in a certain area, so you can plan the order of visition. However, for a book in its fifth edition, put out quite recently, there are a large number of missing wineries, wineries that are listed and have gone out of business, and incorrect information. Many of the changes happened over five years ago. While I used those maps as starting points to get an idea of what to do, I then went to actual web pages to get reliable information and brought those pages with me. To me, the restaurant list was the second most important thing. You need to eat while you taste - drinking a lot of wine on an empty stomach isn't a good idea! The restaurant list in this book, though, ranged from pretty expensive to ludicrously expensive. Many people we met while touring were in jeans and tshirts, and would never have been allowed into the restaurants suggested. While it's a good place to look for a very special meal for the last night of a honeymoon, it wasn't much help for places to eat on a multi-day visit. A large chunk of the book was taken up by lodging information, and again, at least a portion was out of date. Again, this is an area that the web is so much more helpful - with current prices and availability, color pictures and more, I'd trust the web to find somewhere to stay over a one-paragraph blurb in a book. The rest of the information was interesting for a quick read - the history of the area, the museums, the parks, shopping, hikes, and more. I would really have liked to see much more of this sort of thing - which playhouses tended to put on good plays, where the best bike trails were, that sort of thing. It's not a bad book to take out of the library, to get a rough idea of what you want to see and do in the area. To really plan your trip, though, the book has too little in some areas, and too out of date in others to be relied on.

All You Need for a Day in Napa/Sonoma

This book is the best. Simple, concise, and informative. If planning a trip to Napa, this is all you need.

Best book on Napa (and I bought a ton!)

This was the most useful book I purchased before my trip to Napa (and I purchased quite a few) their descriptions of the Vinyards and restaurants were perfect, and it is easy to navigate. The prices were sometimes a little under-estimated some of the restaurant costs... but they were still closer to the mark than the other books.

Still the best

This book has always been helpful in my many trips to California wine country. It has a real insider feel to it that works for me. It's a must-have. I wish the authors did an Oregon edition.

Great inside guide to the wine country

Tim Fish has written a great guide that even Sonoma and Napa residents use to find their way to the best wineries, tasting rooms, and scenic byways in Northern California. I enjoyed his pace and personal style of commentary on the different wine types you will find, even though I sometimes disagreed with his taste. A great book to have with you as you drive around Sonoma and Napa.
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