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California Wine Country

Venture along Highway 29.

Vineyards cover less than 1% of California terrain, yet the state is a leading global wine producer. North of San Francisco, Napa Valley’s rolling hills give way to wineries along Highway 29. See them by land, air or even water: “Sterling Vineyards boasts a gondola ride up to the wine-tasting rooms,” says Deal Expert Melissa Stroud.

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Coastal & vineyard views.

Blessed with a rugged Pacific coastline and towering redwood forests, Sonoma County’s picturesque setting lures travelers year-round. With more than 400 wineries in 13 regions, Sonoma County -- in particular the Sonoma Coast -- is noted on Travel + Leisure's wine destination bucket list for 2015.

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Base yourself by a beach.

Spend an afternoon sipping chardonnays and pinot noirs at family-owned wineries in the Carmel and Salinas valleys, or at the tasting rooms in downtown Monterey. "A visit here is also all about the visuals, with stunning landscapes compliments of Big Sur and the legendary 17-Mile Drive along Highway 1," says Deal Expert Gabe Saglie.

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Go beyond Santa Barbara.

Made famous in the film "Sideways," the laid-back wineries of California's Central Coast include Paso Robles, Solvang and Santa Barbara. Says Deal Expert Lily Fu: "Sample top-notch pours at small producers in the lesser visited area of the Santa Ynez Valley, Wine Ghetto in Lompoc."

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Between LA & San Diego.

Hit the wine trails of Temecula County when visiting LA or San Diego -- it's less than a two-hour drive from both cities. Explore its 35 wineries over a long weekend. "Take a private tour of South Coast Winery, or get a bird's eye view of the vineyards with a hot air balloon ride," suggests Deal Expert Blaire Constantinou.

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