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Many wineries now offer tasting experiences paired with food, including specialty tastings such as chocolate, artisan potato chips, cheese and more. Not to mention it can be heavenly to enjoy a leisurely picnic on the grounds of many wineries. But wait! There's more...

Depending upon your tour location, there are numerous activities to enjoy besides wine. Try a falconry and owling experience. (You should see the wingspans...up close! Scroll down to see one in action.) In addition to wine tastings, many offer cave tours, sabrage demonstrations, and vineyard tours. Also some wineries have exceptional art installations or are indoor/outdoor museums.


Cooking lessons, horseback riding and hiking opportunities abound. Although referred to as "wine country," the region sports a number of brewers and distilleries that offer tours. These often make good pairings with walking or Segway tours which may include history tours as well.

When it comes to sports, there are number of outdoor activities that may tickle your fancy: kayaking, canoeing, sailing, golfing, tennis, bocce, petanque, biking and much more.

Just ask me for non-wine tour ideas if you're looking to balance your winery visits with other activities.

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