Hiking and Drinking: Central California

I like to celebrate post-trail with a few high-quality adult beverages. Where would you recommend for an avid hiker who’s also a beer nut, a wine lover, and a liquor snob?

Jun 13, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Napa and Sonoma are California’s most famous wine-producing counties, but there are wineries throughout much of the rest of the state as well. The abundant San Joaquin valley runs parallel to Yosemite National Park from Bakersfield to Modesto, and is known for its production of zinfandel grapes and the goes-down-easy rosé, white zinfandel.

Madera, just south of the Yosemite gateway town of Merced, is a winery hub, with more than 12 growing outfits nearby. Summer Peck Ranch, Fasi Estate Winery, Ficklin Vineyards and Cru Wine Company offer daily tours. In the Valley, day hikes include the moderate Valley Floor Loop, more demanding ascents like Four Mile Trail and Upper Yosemite Fall, and the classic Half Dome hike.