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?
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.