Northern California Sees a Surge in Wine Tasting Room Openings

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Northern California is known for its wine country, but establishments selling wine in the Napa and Sonoma counties have to abide by strict regulations prior to opening.

With that being said, tasting room openings aren't happening every week.

But this year, the area saw a spike in these openings.

Some of the new Napa tasting rooms include Rebel Vintners, which is located downtown and features wines from Holman Cellars, Leaf & Vine and Cadle Family Wines; Signorello, which has opened a temporary space after its previous one was burned down in the 2017 wildfires, and Keplinger, which opened in August and offers an array of Rhone-style wines.

In Sonoma Country, the winery known for its fresh Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays Lioco opened its tasting room over labor day weekend; Abbot's Passage is now open offering wine tastings from a new wine label by Gundlach Bundschu; and then there's Small Vines, a vineyard operated by two former farmers that now has a tasting room in a converted apple barn in Sebastopol.

But wait there's more. In the Santa Cruz, there were two new tasting room openings.

Long Meadow Ranch, which just purchased the Stony Hill Vineyard, opened its tasting room in July where they serve Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris wines. Mount Eden is now allowing visitors to tour the historic property if they make an appointment for a seated tasting of a selection of six Mount Eden and Domaine Eden Wines.

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