Debra’s Napa and Sonoma Faves!

I am often asked what my favorite wineries are in Napa and Sonoma…  This is an IMPOSSIBLE question to answer, so here are a few of my favorite experiences along the way!  This post will change and grow, over the years…







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Their gorgeous patio area is right out of Tuscany and their paired tastings use their own fresh pressed olive oil! The blood orange is to die for… WOW.  Don’t miss the photo ops around the property, including this giant fireplace!


Lava Vine

GenX musician hipsters run this winery. You will likely see and experience instruments (including a rad bango) making an appearance!

Bring a snack and grab a spot at the big, family-style picnic tables.  Be sure to say hello to the crazy goose they rescued and the ooodles  of chickens!

Don’t miss the barrel top trays…

Tres Sabores
Amazing tour, great place for a picnic, and the winemaker (a woman) is sooooo passionate about the story of her wine – it takes your breath away!! Oh, and they have SHEEP!


Chimney Rock Party RoomChimney Rock
The tour is phenomenal and super informative.  If Matt is there on the day you visit – request him!

If not, be sure to give yourself a self-guided tour and check out this magnificent property.  The room pictured here is where they host fab private events…

Chimney Rock - Tomahawk Cabernet

They are known for their DIVINE Cab Sauvignon – especially their Tomahawk!



Darioush - Winemaker Room
EXQUISITE experience.

Schedule a private wine tasting and pairing… it is worth every penny!  Depending on the number of people in your group, you may be able to reserve the winemakers room – pictured here.



Raymond Vineyards
Bubbles and Reds are their SPECIALTY!  They also have the most AMAZING grounds. Be sure to tour the red room, see the crystal, walk thru the gardens, meet the animals and experience the Corridor of Senses!  One of our Women On Wine TV Adventure stops was here, read more on that in this post…



Napa Valley Restaurants

Bouchon Bistro

Delicious Brunch location!

French Laundry

SPECIAL OCCASION meal – totally worth every penny – must have a reservation!


One of the best meals I have ever had in Napa! Perfectly timed, 4-hour experience!


Some of the better resources I have used, along the way:

Storytelling of the magnificent people behind the food and wine in Napa:



Casual, scrumptious wood-fired pizzas and Italian eats!

Cornerstone Napa (winery)
Their Cab Franc and Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon are +11!

One of the most efficient ways to taste wine in the Valley… *wink*  They have oooooodles of boutique wines to sip and exquisite art throughout the building!

Bardessano (HOTEL)
Drew and I stayed here for an anniversary. The location and staff exceeded our expectations!




Buena VistaBuena Vista Welcome Bubbly

Their gorgeous grounds and original buildings have had extensive renovation.

They have a WHITE BUBBLE ROOM – do not miss this (or the fun props they have!)


Deerfield Ranch

Serious CAVE experience here! Lots of comfy couches to taste, sip and savor.

The farming style is organic and biodynamic.


GunBun Chocolate PairingsGundlach Bundschu

Gorgeous views. The Cab Franc is stellar. Do a chocolate pairing here… They also have picnic snacks you can purchase!

Iron Horse Vineyards (off the beaten path!)

Another amazing view… bubbly, romance, pinot noir and chardonnay.

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Champagne Caves and nibbles on the patio with a stellar view. Enough said.

Sonoma Restaurants

Cafe Citti - KenwoodCafe Citti

A little hole in the wall (in Kenwood) with some of the BEST Caprese Salad and Polenta I have ever tasted. They do “TO GO” food, as well as casual dining inside and on the patio.

the girl and the fig

Fabulous and French. If you are a Francophile – this place is for you! 🙂

El Dorado Kitchen

Carneros Bistro




**This post is a work in progress… and will be frequently updated!

About Debra Trappen

Debra is the Co-Founder of Women On Wine TV.

Her Purpose: To fire people up and into their greatness…

Debra's daily mission: "To ignite passion, infuse purpose, and inspire progress by connecting, engaging, elevating and empowering amazing relationships and brilliant ideas."

A dynamic, professional educator, speaker, and Chief of Sass and Moxie of d11, Debra Trappen fires up leaders, sales professionals, and growth-minded organizations. She inspires individuals to define and design a personal brand that helps them build a life and business that fires them UP. Debra also enjoys working with executive teams to guide them through the process to build a MAGNETIC company culture through conscious, values-based leadership!

Prior to launching d11, she was the Chief Experience Officer for Coldwell Banker in Washington and Oregon where she led the programs focused on recruiting, training, and motivating 1,100+ real estate agents (aka solopreneurs) as well as the social media education and strategy for the organization.

Debra's background includes executive recruiting, sales management and various entrepreneurial ventures along the way.

Debra is also a co-founder of an online show - WomenOnWine.TV - an entertaining show celebrating wine and life. Each episode is filled with juicy lifestyle and business chats with fabulous tastemakers from all walks of life. This passion project definitely fills her soultank!

Her first book Fire Up! Taking Your Life and Business to 11 is available on Amazon and various books stores across North America. She is vision-casting an entire series, focused on niche audiences - so get ready to be inspired and motivated into taking action towards building your best life!

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