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…
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!
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…
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!
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…
They are known for their DIVINE Cab Sauvignon – especially their Tomahawk!
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.
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
Delicious Brunch location!
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: napavalley.com
Storytelling of the magnificent people behind the food and wine in Napa: thewinesiren.com
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!
Drew and I stayed here for an anniversary. The location and staff exceeded our expectations!
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!)
Serious CAVE experience here! Lots of comfy couches to taste, sip and savor.
The farming style is organic and biodynamic.
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.
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
**This post is a work in progress… and will be frequently updated!