Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meandering through Napa Valley

Miles of vineyards along Hwy 128/29 in Napa Valley (Julianne G. Crane)

If you occasionally prefer the slow lane, rather than speeding along on the interstates--consider State Hwy. 128/29 in iconic Napa-Sonoma Wine Country.

Scenic Highway 128 north of Calistoga. 
 We began our drifting early one morning after camping at the Corps of Engineers Lake Sonoma Liberty Glen Campground off Pacific Coast  Hwy. 101 near Geyserville, Calif.

Traveling south on Hwy 128, this two-lane country road winds its way through hundreds of vineyards--many with tasting rooms including Meeker Wines in Geyserville.

Reflection (Julianne G. Crane)
For the Meekers, "wine means family." They started home winemaking in a basement in the early 1970s, and in 1977 they bought their first vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. "And now we’re into the second generation of Meekers focused on creating and sharing wines with character. We’d love it if you tried our wines and got to know our family." Their downtown tasting room was closed when we drove past their storefront, however, we did catch our reflection in their window.

The 23-mile stretch between Geyserville and Calistoga was a bit curvy in sections, however we didn’t mind and simply pulled over whenever anyone was bunching up behind us.

One of many vineyards open to public. (Julianne G. Crane)
After Hwy 128 joins Hwy 29 in Calistoga, the road straightens out some, but the remaining half of the journey is no less scenic because of the rolling hillsides and hundreds of historic vineyards and wineries, many of which are open to the public. For shopping and walking, there are also the picturesque towns of St. Helens, Rutherford, Yountville and, of course, Napa.

Family vineyards. (Julianne G. Crane)
"More than 400 wineries dot the fertile soils of Napa Valley, one of the world’s premier viticultural regions," states the Napa Valley.com.

For more information online:
- Napa Valley.com
- Visit Napa Valley
- Napa Wine Train

-- Julianne G. Crane

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