California Wine Country and National Parks: The Perfect Summer Travel Pairing

May 31, 2012, 05:20 ET from Wine Institute

SAN FRANCISCO, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aside from good food, nothing pairs with wine better than spectacular scenery.  Wine lovers will get that perfect pairing this summer when they combine one of California's 25 beautiful national parks with a nearby iconic wine country experience.

With dozens of diverse wine regions and even more grape varieties across the Golden State, wine lovers can savor their favorite wines and explore new ones on their way to and from great parks from Yosemite in the High Sierra down to Joshua Tree in the desert.  Like the stewards of California's unique national parks, winemakers and growers also feel a deep connection to the land, making California a world leader in sustainable winegrowing – and making it easy for eco-minded travelers to find the perfect wine to complement their journey.

While in wine country, outdoor enthusiasts should make time to add an inspiring hike, bike ride or picnic in a stunning vineyard or valley. Or take it all in with a bird's eye view on a sunrise hot air balloon ride followed by brunch with your favorite local wines.  Check out these great wine regions that pair perfectly with some of California's leading national parks.

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