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Wine Lover's Travel Quiz


California's "wine country" once referred exclusively to Napa and Sonoma, but now it extends all over the state! This quiz will help you choose among the top destinations and pinpoint the region that best fits your wine personality.

Part 1: Overall Travel Style 

Which best describes you? 
a) You love a crowd -- that's where the action is.
b) You avoid crowds whenever you can.

If you were going to New York City, which would likely be on your itinerary? 
a) The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Broadway show
b) Offbeat galleries and an edgy performance art piece

Women: Which Hollywood icon best reflects your style?
a) Grace Kelly: Classy, sophisticated, and cool
b) Elizabeth Taylor: Fiery, passionate, and willing to take risks

Men: Which contemporary movie star best reflects your style?
a) George Clooney: Gregarious
b) Sam Shepard: Enigmatic

When it comes to dining, what are you into? 
a) Legendary citadels of celebrity chefs
b) Undiscovered gems

When you tour wine country, what are you most excited about? 
a) Visiting famous wineries that produce wines you already know and love
b) Discovering wines from small, up-and-coming wineries you've never heard of, even if it means tasting through a few glasses before you find your new true loves

Tally your responses:

If you answered "a" to most of the questions, then consider a romp through glamorous Napa and Sonoma. These immensely popular areas brim with the most famous wineries in the business, along with smart shops, lavish hotels, and world-renown restaurants.

If you answered "b" to most of the questions, then you'll likely prefer more adventuresome, off-the-beaten path destinations. Take a look at Paso Robles, Mendocino and Santa Barbara County. While some well-known wineries dot the areas, the real kick is to taste tomorrow's finds. Part 2 of this quiz will help you further narrow your selection.

 Part 2: Mendocino, Santa Barbara County or Paso Robles 

Which activities would you most like to combine with your wine-country getaway?
a) Hiking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits
b) Beach time and shopping
c) Golfing and/or a visit to the Hearst castle in San Simeon

When it comes to wine, which interests you the most? 
a) Organic and biodynamic winemaking
b) Pinot Noir
c) Zinfandel and/or Rhône Varietals, such as Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne

As a jumping-off point for your wine-country trip, the following city interests you most? 
a) San Francisco
b) Los Angeles
c) You’d like to fly into one and leave from the other.

Which best describes the town you'd like to stay in?
a) Romantic
b) Cosmopolitan
c) Reminiscent of the Old West, but with plenty of modern conveniences

Tallying your responses: 

If you answered "a" to most questions, check out Northern California’s Mendocino wine country, with its hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, a rugged coastline to explore, and the charming town of Mendocino, overlooking ocean vistas. Winemakers here lead the country in organic wine production.

If you answered "b" to most questions, check out Santa Barbara Wine Country. Stay and play in sophisticated Santa Barbara, known for swanky shopping, world-class dining and plenty of beachside fun, then head inland to the county's wineries, most famous for Pinot Noirs.

If you answered "c" to most questions, Paso Robles deserves your attention. With its mix of ranchlands, orchards, and vineyards, the area successfully melds cowboy ruggedness with lots of pockets of chic. Look for luscious Zins and Rhône varietals here, and play on some serious golf courses. San Simeon is a short drive away.


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