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15 Sep On a Wine Country Tour from a Vintner’s View

Before your wine tour, you may not know that wine-making is an ancient craft, seriously begun before any historical records were kept in a part of the world that has our attention even today. . . yes, the mid-east. Although China “brewed” the first wine almost 7,000 years ago, it wasn’t the serious undertaking it became in ancient Babylon and subsequently Rome. We get a close look at the process with a visit to one of California’s renowned wineries, courtesy of a Wine Country Tour from San Francisco. The modern version of the craft is performed by individuals who...

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13 Sep Explore the Mysterious Orient: Visit San Francisco

Despite China’s economic explosion across the world, it remains fairly remote to the international traveler. However, you can still visit its best, well-known representative settlement here in this country. Many guides in San Francisco say that Chinatown is the go-to visit San Francisco destination on their itinerary. Spending the day will surely leave you with a delightful sense of its ancient heritage, venerable social and complex community traditions that are still in effect in this fascinating citadel. Moreover, if visitors are looking to discover the dramatically unique against their American ways and traditions, this is the place! It’s all fun to...

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16 Aug Biodynamic Wine Tour from San Francisco

With a charming welcome sign and a gorgeous outdoor introduction, theBenziger Family Winerybestows a rich experience on their guests who have taken the wine tour from San Francisco. When the weather is lovely (which it often is) guests can make their selections in the very serious wine tasting room and wander to the scenic gardens that share the land with the notable vineyard. The winery was founded in 1980, when Bob and Joe Benziger put their upscale New York wine shop up for sale and moved to California, where the brothers joined their brother Mike and his wife in...

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06 Aug Visit San Francisco: Fisherman’s Wharf

Occupying the top of the itinerary for every visit San Francisco tour, its history, development and culture are deeply ingrained in the piers of Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s all about the water. There it is today, founded in 1891 and waiting for those who visit San Francisco to take full advantage of the heritage architecture, museums, restaurants, markets and seafood that have become the stars of this lively setting. One of the few visitors’ destinations that has grown up more naturally than most, the Wharf’s original authenticity speaks volumes about its genuine reality. Look there on the corner,...

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19 Jul San Francisco City Tour – The Palace

A San Francisco city tour would not be complete without visiting the Palace of Fine Arts. Of course, there’s no royalty in residence. However, the architecture is fit for a monarchy, with a style that borrows freely from Bernini’s (1598-1680) neoclassical Saint Peter’s Square. The Palace is introduced with a lagoon, fountains, swans and a processional colonnade, in a generous welcome to visitors. The rotunda was inspired by a Piranesi engraving that featured a Roman ruin reflected in a pool. According to Bernard Maybeck, the architect who designed it in 1915, this ruin existed not for its own sake but...

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18 Jul Napa Wine Country Winery

Some wineries are “barn conversions” that fortify and add onto the original structure, which makes for an interesting setting for a Napa Wine Country winery. There are other wineries that start from the ground up, with a unique design that seems almost to have always been there. . . Topping the first hill inNapa wine countrya chorus of soft “Oh’s!” escapes from travelers taking in the panorama of graceful hills and valleys blanketed with neat rows of trellised grapes, running in uncooperative directions, that define one vineyard from another. “So serene,” said one of the women, sighing, “I could die here.” “But full...

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11 Jul Napa Wine Country

The San Francisco wine tour that follows the scenic drive through the hills of Napa Wine Country, is simply Old World charming and the first winery tour is an experience that goes up in the not-to-be-forgotten list. The aging caves are the best thing on the tour, where you are stunned by the sight of so-many-to-count barrels of wine as they line the walls, appearing as though they go on forever. The caves really are caves, hollowed out of the hillside and lined with gunite, the same material used to form swimming pools. The cave-room you share with A Taste of...

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07 Jul Napa Wine Country Tour

Journey with us on one of our wine tours San Francisco through a landscape that begs to be captured for posterity on your trip. The hills appear around the road one by one as the sun burns off the highest fog. Driving through the Napa wine country hills and into the valleys is a magical experience. It is a kingdom unto itself with rows and rows of vines growing across the slopes, not perpendicular as you might imagine. From the air it’s as if Prometheus’ comb has run its teeth through the ground making rows so perfect, with...

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20 Jun Alcatraz San Francisco tour lands tourist in prison!

Taking the Alcatraz San Francisco tour won’t really land you in prison. You will, however, enter the mammoth building through its “impressive gate system.” The feeling of confinement is almost overwhelming. “Escape from Alcatraz” was said to be impossible. Even so, its history is rife with fabulous escape attempts by daring prisoners. Average success was something like 0 for 14 attempts. Numbers 4-14 had to have been a little slow in the brains department. It’s role as a prison began somewhere in the 1850’s, as a military prison. Stands to reason that as a military...

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05 Jun Tour de Forest

I’m closing my eyes, as our guide talks and picturing Muir Woods as they might have looked, smelled and sounded thousands of years ago. Brighter or darker? Darker, I think. They would have been more dense. A “something-saurus” trumpets her presence, perhaps calling her babies and shaking the ground as she hunts for them. Breath-stopping odors! Eeue! Disgusting! (Nothing like today with the clean, delicious scent of green and sequoia wafting around.) And the humidity back then was dreadful. 24 hour-a-day sauna! No wonder nostrils were so big around here. You would have needed a nose-full to get oxygen...

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