A wine-tasting trip to California’s Napa Valley is a popular escape, but B.C.’s Okanagan Valley (aka “Napa North”) triumphs when it comes to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. According to one carbon-footprint calculator, the 2.5-hour flight from Vancouver to San Francisco (return trip for two people), plus the round-trip 144-km drive from San Francisco to Napa, uses about 0.94 metric tonnes of CO2e (C02e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, is the internationally recognized measure of greenhouse-gas emissions). Compare that to driving a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, for example, for the 780-km return trip from Vancouver to Kelowna: it generates 0.13 metric tonnes of CO2e. Going electric? A 2016 Chevrolet Volt produces 0.10 metric tonnes of CO2e. Find DC fast-charging stations in communities along the way such as Chilliwack and Hope.