San Francisco may fit into 7 square miles, but the tiny city has a huge backyard. Just north of San Pablo Bay is Napa Valley, whose fertile soils and Mediterranean climate have contributed to its reputation as one of the premier wine regions in the world. Free tastings and tours through grape-studded vineyards await those who make the short journey to Napa, but you don’t even have to venture that far for a glass of fine wine. San Francisco’s own wine bars pair bottles from Napa and other heavyweight exporters with a rustic ambiance and laid-back attitude.
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