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Planning a trip to Napa or Sonoma?

As wine merchants we love to travel, it’s how we discover most of the wines you see on our shelves. Reading about wine is fine, but if you really want to understand it, you need to see where it comes from and meet the people who make it. Travelling to California is easy, you can hop on a plane and be smack in the middle of wine country in less than four hours. If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Napa or Sonoma, we’d love to share with you our favourite hotels, restaurants and wineries to visit. Check out our blog and you can see California wine country the J. Webb way.

A visit to Fred Scherrer in Sonoma

By Bleddyn Jones | March 5, 2014

If you’ve already been to Mondavi, Opus One or any of the other super-polished-Disney-esque wineries in the Napa Valley then perhaps it’s time for a visit to Fred Scherrer. Fred is a third generation Italian making wine in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Fred’s wines are phenomenal, polished, sophisticated and delicious – and he accomplishes…

Dining in St Helena

By Bleddyn Jones | March 5, 2014

There are so many great options for eating if you are staying in St Helena, and we have managed to hit most of the top spots. While I have several places to recommend the one I tend to go back to most is Cook. It’s a tiny place, and you’ll probably miss it the first…

Best brisket in the Valley

By Bleddyn Jones | March 5, 2014

When you’re visiting six wineries a day, you really don’t have a lot of time for lunch. But with all that wine swirling around your mouth you can bet you’ll be super hungry (and possible craving a cold beer). My favourite place for a fast, delicious and inexpensive lunch is Busters in Calistoga. Busters is…

Napa’s best value hotel…by far

By Bleddyn Jones | March 5, 2014

We work with lots of great little wineries in Napa, so we try to go there as often as possible. But Napa is not the cheapest place to hang your hat, so whenever possible we try to crash on a couch  at a friends place. But when no couch is available and we have to…

Bocce and Italian dining in Sonoma

By Bleddyn Jones | February 26, 2014

When I travel I love to talk to locals and winemakers to see where they eat. On my last trip to Sonoma I kept hearing about this Italian restaurant called Campo Fina in Healdsburg, so I felt compelled to check it out. Right away I loved the feel of the place, small, intimate with a…