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Best Kid-Friendly Wineries in Northern California Wine Country

Ciao Bambino
May 2016
By Dana Rebmann

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There was a time when visiting Northern California’s wine country meant leaving your kids at home. It was a long time ago, but the bad reputation has been hard to kick. While wine country is certainly famous for wine, it’s important not to forget that many of those award-winning winemakers are also parents themselves. The key to success: picking and choosing the right wineries to visit with kids. Northern California wine country enjoys mild weather year-round, so kids can spend time outside even in winter, exploring vineyards, playing backyard lawn games or simply running around in the grass — all of which have become standard amenities at many wineries. Between Napa Valley and Sonoma County, there are plenty to choose from, and your first trip to wine country won’t be your last.

Inman Family Wines
Bubbles, Pinot Noir, sunshine and cornhole await at Inman Family Wines. Families can get comfy on the patio, just steps from the vineyard and a grassy space reserved for friendly games of cornhole. Kathleen Inman (mother of two) is a bit of a one-woman show — grape grower, winemaker and tasting room pourer — so there’s a good chance you’ll meet her during your visit. Tastings are by appointment only and are available Thursday through Monday.