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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Easily the pre-eminent American wine region, the Napa Valley is indeed a world-class producer of fine wines. It has a well-deserved reputation for serving up some of the best vintages in both red and white varietals, and is famous for besting France's most impressive producers in the notorious Judgment of Paris in 1976.

Although the western side of the Valley, along Highway 29, is the most popular, populated and therefore heavily trafficked by tourists, the eastern side, known as the Silverado Trail, boasts many excellent vineyards without as much in the way of traveling crowds. 

When we visit, it is the Silverado Trail which provides the greatest pleasure and relaxation, but for a full experience I would spend a minimum of two days traversing both sides of the valley floor.

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