K. Reka Badger is a freelance writer who writes weekly wine, food, and gardening columns. She is a regular contributor to numerous publications, including Destination Wine Country and Santa Barbara Seasons. Badger is based near Paso Robles, CA.
Marty Olmstead is an award-winning author who has covered the California wine country for numerous national and regional publications including Travel + Leisure, Wine Adventure, Wine Country Living, and the Marin Independent Journal. Olmstead is based in Sonoma, CA.
Robert Holmes is widely acknowledged as one of the worlds finest travel photographers. His photographs have appeared in virtually every major travel magazine, including National Geographic and Departures. He lives in Marin County, CA.
The essential guide to both glamorous estates and intimate, family-owned vineyards, The California Directory of Fine Wineries is an indispensible travel companion to the Golden States world-renowned wine country. Scenic back roads meander past Napas elegant tasting rooms, through Sonoma's premier wineries, and into laid-back Mendocino, where the winemakers themselves will pour visitors a glass of their specialty. Profiles cover 68 of Northern Californias wineries, describing their striking architecture, bountiful gardens, and distinctive features, from 100-year-old wine caves and museum-quality art exhibitions to bocce ball courts and tastings of local olive oils and other gourmet foods. Also included are more than 200 color images, full-page maps, and sidebars listing directions, vineyard tours, wine tastings, special culinary events, and nearby attractions.