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Just before entering the city of Napa, you’ll come to a major intersection, where Highway 29 meets Highway 12/121. Turn left onto Highway 12/121; turn right onto California 116/Arnold Drive. When the road forks, veer right onto Adobe road. Turn left on East Washington Street, merge onto Highway 101 north when you see the onramp, and exit at the town of your choice. 5 Getting Around With hundreds of wineries scattered amid Napa’s 43,000 acres and Sonoma’s 60,302 acres of vineyards (including Sonoma Valley and Northern Sonoma), it’s virtually impossible to explore the Wine Country without wheels.
114, 158, and 191 for recommendations. • Most wineries are open from 10am to 4:30 or 5pm and are closed on major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Many also have restricted hours during the off season, so call ahead if there’s a winery you don’t want to miss. • Fine wine is a temperamental beast that hates to be mistreated. If you let that $60 bottle of merlot cook in the back seat of your car all day, you’ll probably be surprised at the new taste it has acquired. —you have a portable wine cellar.
Despite all the ambiguity in wine descriptors, the words aroma and bouquet do possess widely recognized, distinct meanings (though on the street we use them almost interchangeably). Aroma points to the characteristic smell of the various grape varieties, which can be quite distinct. Just as you would probably not confuse a pippin apple with a golden delicious, when you are familiar with sauvignon blanc, it will not remind you of chardonnay. Bouquet, in the academy of wine, refers to fragrances that come from sources other than the grapes, such as the vanillalike fragrance of French oak.