California is one of the best places to visit in summer; the weather is nice, the food is delicious, and the places to visit are endless. No matter which part of California you visit, there is bound to be a winery nearby that a California native will tell you to visit. Here are the top wineries in a few counties you might be already visiting this summer.

 

Wine Tasting with a view (atasteofmonterey.com)

Monterey — A Taste of Monterey: This winery is perfect for the tasting veteran and the beginner alike. This winery is located on Cannery Row, right next to the ever-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, loads of salt water taffy establishments, as well as some delicious eats like Bubba Gump (think Forrest Gump!).

 

A Taste of Monterey features the offerings of over 85 local wineries and local craft beers in a bar-type setting–and you are guaranteed a gorgeous view!

 

Geyserville — Trentadue Winery: Of all the flashy wineries you might find in a 40 miles radius of Napa County, Trentadue is still a small hidden gem with the best tasting wine around — particularly their sparkling wine.

 

This is also a perfect last stop in your trip around Sonoma County, as it is close enough to Healdsburg to stop at some great restaurants. Be forewarned, though: this winery is second to none, so be ready to buy plenty of wine and possibly a membership.

 

Malibu Wines (malibuwines.com)

Los Angeles County — Malibu Wines: Although there are more wineries than one might originally think, the one with the highest praise would have to be, hands down, Malibu Wines.

 

This is one of the most laid-back wineries in the area, and hosts live music in their outdoor seating area every weekend, so be sure to check their Event Calendar to see what they are up to.

 

Sonoma County — J’s Winery: There are countless places in the Sonoma County that everyone visiting should try, but for anyone–veteran, foodie, and beginners alike–it is J’s Winery. They have a special eight course menu in which they pair eight different wines with eight different high-quality and exceptional food courses.

 

This delicacy is taken place in the Bubble room — and it is a food and wine experience to die for that anyone can appreciate. Not to mention, the glorious view and the luxurious setting make it perfect for an anniversary, date, or celebration.

(Related: Food and Wine Pairings for the Thoughtful Hostess)

San Francisco — Wattle Creek Winery: Winner of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2014, Wattle Creek is a local treasure that is sure to be perfect for the visitors of San Francisco. With some heavily impressive wines (poured liberally), $10 flights, and an inexpensive membership, you will be a fan in no time.

 

Located near Fisherman’s Wharf, it is a perfect stop along some of the top spots to visit like Pier 39, 7D Experience, The Exploritorium and a handful of museums and attractions.

 

What do you think of these picks for wineries? What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!