It's not smart to plan a wine tasting tour where each day is packed with back-to-back tastings. It wears out the palate or leads to further bad decisions. Three wineries per day is a good maximum number for the amateur wine aficionado. And what should you do with the rest of the time? More than dining and napping, if you choose.
From film festivals to art museums and architectural districts, the wine regions in this story are on the map as cultural hot spots as well. Belly up to the tasting bar, certainly...but then, hit a theater, an art walk or an open-air festival. Many will even let you go glass-in-hand.
-- Lena Katz