Come spring, Napa Valley is overrun with visitors and if you’re planning a visit in the coming months, time to start planning now. If you're an app addict, you might be tempted by the iPhone and iPad app Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley 2012 edition.
Readers, I bought it and downloaded it, and there’s just not very much there for $6.99. It’s basically an address book with no particular critical voice to direct you toward this or another restaurant, this or another winery visit. Strange, because the long-running wine magazine (founded in 1976) has ample archives of articles on Napa Valley to draw on.
It does, however, allow you to browse 280 top-scoring Cabernets and filter the list by price, score or vintage, should you be tucking into a steak at Press restaurant in St. Helena. The valley's four other major grape varietals are folded into a 160 bottle list.
The map is useful, though, showing restaurants, hotels, wineries and attractions distributed over the valley as different colored pins. If you have an iPad, you’re in business.