4 More Reasons to Love California Wine Country - United Hub

4 More Reasons to Love California Wine Country

California wine country is blasting the competition out of the water (wine?) with brand new hotels, out-of-the-ordinary tasting rooms, and beautiful scenery
By Hemispheres Magazine, December 31, 2019

We rounded up some of the best reasons to love California's wine country. The region is blasting the competition out of the water (wine?) with brand new hotels, out-of-the-ordinary tasting room experiences, and movie-worthing settings. Here's why you should love it.

Tired of the same old sip and swirl? We gathered together the best of the Napa Valley wineries that are redefining the tasting room experience for newer, younger varieties of visitors. Whether that means getting the perfect shot for your Instagram or time traveling back to the age of James Dean, there's something for everyone. –Justin Goldman


The wine regions of California and France have been rivals since at least 1976, when Napa wines beat their Old World counterparts in the famous Judgment of Paris tasting. But visitors to Napa Valley can now get the feeling of Bordeaux in the Golden State, thanks to the opening of Francis House. –Justin Goldman

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It's the dream Saturday Night Live fans didn't even know they had: being a fly on the wall when the superheroines of sketch comedy assemble for an off-duty get-together. That scenario is the premise of Amy Poehler's directorial debut, Wine Country (premiering May 10 on Netflix). This girlfriend-getaway romp through Napa Valley boasts a packed roster of SNL royals—Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, and Emmy-winning writers Emily Spivey and Paula Pell—and is loosely based on a real trip they took to celebrate Dratch's 50th birthday. Filming the art-imitates-life comedy, says Dratch (who stars as the birthday girl, Rebecca), “was like an extended sleepover party." –Rachel Mosely

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The Napa Valley Wine Train has been carrying tourists to America's most celebrated wineries in vintage Pullman rail cars since 1989, but over the past three years the company's owners, Noble House Hotels & Resorts and Brooks Street, have expanded tour offerings. A popular choice is the six-hour Legacy Tour ($330), featuring stops at three of the region's most venerable estates (Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug, and V. Sattui) and a four-course meal in the dining car. But perhaps the most fitting tour for this Agatha Christie–esque setting is the three-hour Murder Mystery and Dinner ($250). -Mark Orwoll

Pictured from left to right: Amber Lawson, Claire Young Ando, Bonnie Jean, Stephanie Kutty

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United Awards Free Flights for a Year to Winners of "Your Shot to Fly" Sweepstakes

Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
By United Newsroom, July 29, 2021

CHICAGO, July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the five lucky grand prize winners of its "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes, who will each get to fly anywhere in the world United flies with a companion over the course of the next year. The winners of the "Your Shot to Fly" sweepstakes are:

  • Ashley Cronkhite from Bradenton, FL
  • Robert Simicak from Cleveland, OH
  • Sean Husmoe from Goodyear, AZ
  • Lauren Aldredge from Oakland CA
  • Lauren M. from San Francisco, CA

The sweepstakes was in support of the Biden administration's ongoing national effort to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccination and encouraged United's MileagePlus® loyalty members to upload their vaccine records to United. In less than a month, more than one million MileagePlus members uploaded their vaccine cards to the United app and website for a shot to win one of the grand prizes. In June the airline awarded 30 first prize winners with a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere United flies.

United First U.S. Airline to Offer Economy Customers Option to Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

New pre-order option builds on the airline's contactless payment technology and is another example of the customer experience transformation underway at United
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today on select flights, all United customers – no matter what cabin of service they're flying in – can use the airline's award-winning mobile app and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages up to five days before they're scheduled to travel. United is the first and only U.S. airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages, a reflection of the customer experience transformation underway at the airline.



United Airlines to Operate More than 40 Weekly Flights as England Re-Opens to U.S. Travelers

In August, United is adding a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. to London
By United Newsroom, July 28, 2021

CHICAGO, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's announcement of England reopening to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Aug 2, United Airlines is making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond with the addition of flights to London. In August, United will have six daily flights between the U.S. and London, including a second daily flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily. United looks forward to resuming additional London service in the coming months as well as launching new nonstop service between Boston and London. Customers traveling to England must be fully vaccinated in the U.S. with vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and must take a test before departure as well as a PCR test within the first two days of arrival. Passengers vaccinated in the U.S. will also need to complete a passenger locator form prior to traveling to England and provide proof of U.S. residency.

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