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California Wineries Are Pulling out All the Stops with Unique Tasting Experiences

There are myriad options to enjoy wine in new ways ahead of harvest season, from art in Napa to sports in Sonoma. A flight over vineyards? Check. Meet-and-greet with falcons? Check. A game of shuffleboard? Got that, too.

While some wine tasting experiences offer an intimate encounter for a handful of people, others can be shared among a larger group.

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Cruise high above Napa Valley during this 20-minute open cockpit flight in a Boeing PT-17 Stearman before heading to Brasswood to sip Aileron Estates sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon.

Meet the falcons that mitigate damage from birds and rodents at Bouchaine’s Napa Valley vineyards before a glass of wine. Kate Marden, a master falconer with West Coast Falconry, leads the demonstrations for both small groups and private events.

Abbot’s Passage Winery and Mercantile launched a Shuffleboard Social Club where guests can rent a court among the Sonoma Valley vineyards accompanied by a seasonal grazing board and a bottle of wine.

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