While there may be abundant great skiing in Ketchum and the Sun Valley, where Hemingway is buried, the state is also home to cross-country, Nordic skiing, shoe-shoeing trails, and an up-and-coming food and wine scene.
One of the most relaxed and still relatively rural places in the Napa Valley has long been Calistoga. At the top of this narrow valley, the charming town has long been a refuge for long weekends, wine tasting and mud baths (both traditional and cutting edge).
I adore Carmel because it is so walkable. You can park the car and part ways with it for much of the weekend. It is in some ways the jewel of Monterey County. The downtown is full of tasting rooms, it is easy to get to the beach and there are some great restaurants. And the hiking at Pt. Lobos State Park offers some astounding views.
The term "ice wine" is an anglicized form of the German word "eiswein." It is a rich and sweet dessert wine made from the juice of grapes frozen on the vine. Water crystals are still in the juice when it is pressed so the sugar content is higher in these wines. Canada, along the Niagara Peninsula outside of Toronto, is probably the most famous place it is produced. However these sweet, ice wines are also made in Austria, Luxemburg and Oregon on the West Coast of the United States.
This island off the coast of Italy, and north of Sardinia, is the forth biggest in the Mediterranean. It is often best known for being Napoléon’s birthplace and not far from Elba where he was exiled. The island has been ruled by everyone from the Genovese Republic to the Italians and is now—somewhat begrudgingly—part of France.
Tiny bubbles: in the wine. They do make all the difference. Leslie Caron sang about it — and love — in the late 1950s in the film Gigi. It made her ebullient in the movie and seems to have had the same effect on many of the rest of us. It is great if you can get to the source to experience it. However, you can enjoy the romanticism and some of the buzz of Champagne almost anywhere.