California: Culinary

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Explore Food and Wine in California
Spotlight: San Francisco

In San Francisco, ingredient-driven menus reign supreme. With some of the nation’s best produce at their fingertips, chefs in the City by the Bay create edible magic,...

Dining in Los Angeles
Spotlight: Los Angeles

As the megawatt star when it comes to celebrities, L.A. naturally attracts chefs who want to make a big splash too. Household names like Wolfgang Puck—whose legendary...

Spotlight: San Diego

With the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay at its doorstep, San Diego defines waterfront dining. Travel the coast to get a taste—literally—of what the region has to offer...

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Bracero Cocina de Raiz

For an authentic sampling of Baja-meets-California cuisine, head to this hotspot in San Diego’s Little Italy

One of the hottest reservations in San Diego is at Bracero Cocina de Raiz, where chef Javier Plascencia’s “Baja California” cooking style...

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Great L.A. Food Trucks

Tacos, grilled cheese, and health food all live in harmony on the streets of Los Angeles

From gourmet chefs experimenting with tacos to funky ice cream sandwiches, you might be surprised what you can find on the streets of L.A. Food...

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Inglenook Winery

One of Napa Valley’s most historic properties, restored to perfection by an Oscar-winning filmmaker

As seen on MasterChef Australia.

If the Napa Valley were a kingdom (and some oenophiles might argue that it is...

Atelier Crenn
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Atelier Crenn

Two Michelin stars sparkle at this minimalist gem serving poetry on a plate

For a visual feast that also happens to taste amazing, book a table at Atelier Crenn (as seen on MasterChef Australia this year), where...

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Celebrate the best in Food, Wine, & Beer

A real-life cornucopia, California is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions—for example, we’re by far the country’s top grower of avocados and strawberries. Unofficially, the...

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Sample ultra-fresh, hyper-local, and downright amazing

When you come to California, come hungry. This is a state that seriously knows how to cook. Amazing and innovative chefs sprinkled with Michelin stars work with local farms and artisanal food...

George's at the Cove
Whether it's destiny or fate or whatever, I don't think I could do a French Laundry anywhere else.
Thomas Keller
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Elegant estates, relaxed wineries, urban tasting rooms

 

Elegant estates at the end of country roads lined with vineyards? Yes. Low-key wineries housed in converted barns? Yes again. Urban wine trails with hip in-town...

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Big Sur Dining

Where to eat, drink, and enjoy the view

To fuel your excursions in and around Big Sur, you’d be wise to begin at least one morning with strong coffee, local eggs, and house-made...

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Farm-fresh produce, culinary adventures

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets...

Laura Flippen
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Get the inside scoop on California's most celebrated commodity

With more than 3,000 wineries statewide, California lets you sample award-winning wines almost anywhere you go. These classic and up-and-coming wine roads—some too packed with wineries to tackle...

Temecula Valley by Kodiak Greenwood
Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, was the first winery in California.
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From north to south, beer is booming in California

With nearly 500 breweries statewide (and probably more by the time you read this), it’s safe to say that the craft beer movement isn’t just booming in California, it’s BOOMING—capital letters...

Dave Lauridsen
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Hands-on fun for all at farms, ranches, and fields statewide

Milk cows, wake up to roosters crowing, feast on farm-to-table foods served in the shade of a blooming orchard—California has a bounty of ways to have hands-on fun at a farm or...

Tai Power Seeff
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U-pick Farms

Bountiful harvest, family fun

Apples and berries abound for intrepid travellers willing to pick their own. These farms offer trees and patches for you to...

Laura Flippen

Trip 3-5 days 10 stops

California's Heartland

Pick fresh produce, relax in cool gardens, and learn about local farming heritage
Sundial Bridge

This relaxed city has some secret gems that make a pleasing start to your trip. Start at Sundial Bridge, a functional work of art, the remarkable pedestrian bridge, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, spans the tree-lined, trout-filled Sacramento River in Redding’s Turtle...

Bakersfield

This rapidly growing city in the southern Central Valley is full of pleasant surprises. Once known for oil and agriculture, Bakersfield is morphing into a Central Valley hub for arts, culture, and sports, while still offering a glimpse of the region’s past. One fascinating historical site worth...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for kid-friendly fun zones that...

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I want to make wines that harmonize with food - wines that almost hug your tongue with gentleness.
Robert Mondavi
July

Get the Spanish spirit at this colourful event. Stroll the grounds of Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards with a glass of bubbly, and take in a whirl of passionate music, flamenco dancing, and food...

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Dining and Food
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Dining and Food

Karaoke with ice cream or indulge in a Japanese inspired hot dog

When it comes to food, San José goes global. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of ethnic restaurants, including Ethiopian fare at Zeni (try to sit at one of...

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Enjoy fresh, local food brought directly to your table

Restaurants without walls, California's outdoor farm-to-table experiences bring the freshness of fields, orchards, and artisanal foods directly to your table. Chefs harvest bountiful...

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