Napa: Part 2

Thursday, September 12

As I mentioned yesterday we spent our Labor Day weekend in Napa, California. It was our second trip to wine country and this time confirmed that we really love this city. So. Much. Fun. If you are looking for a quick and easy getaway for a long weekend – this is it.

Our only set plans were winery reservations and restaurant reservations, so we basically ate and drank all day long. We spent Friday and Sunday in the Napa region and ventured up to Sonoma on Saturday. At night, we ate at some amazing restaurants {2 of which we had been to previously and 1 new one}. After dinner we would walk back to our hotel and sip a glass of wine on the porch or read our books before bed. 10 hours of sleep each night too? Such a treat.

Here are a few of our top recommendations for wine and food. If you have more specific questions, please shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to answer!
Barnett/Pride – These are beautiful wineries up on Spring Mountain with stunning views for pictures.  Just be aware that it takes a while to make it up the mountain so allow plenty of time in your schedule. Dave and I grabbed sammies at Oakville Grocery and ate our lunch on the Pride picnic tables {you need to let them know beforehand}.
Pine Ridge – This was our most informative tour; from looking around the grape fields, tasting in their famous caves and even getting to try some wine straight from the barrel. Plus, they give you tons of wine along the way which is always a plus. They are known for their fabulous reds ;)
Schramsberg – This is a must! Make sure to secure reservations because the cave tours are super small and intimate. Since they only serve bubbles it is a great place to start in the morning. We joined their wine club because we enjoyed it so much. And who doesn’t love receiving a few bottles of champs in the mail throughout the year?! ;)
Cakebread/Caymus/Joseph Phelps/Frank Family – These are some of our favorite wineries to stop in for a tasting. It’s always best to make a reservation but most of these you can just stop in if your schedule permits. The wines are amazing of course too!

Far Niente – This winery is a must for the food pairing and tour. They pair their wines perfectly with fabulous cheeses and the tour goes into great detail about the wine making process.
Martinelli Winery – This was our first stop in Sonoma. It is a low key tasting; but the pinot noir will blow you away! No reservations are required here.
Lynmar Estate – Our favorite winery in Sonoma! The grounds are breathtaking and the wine is even better. Stop here mid-day for a fabulous lunch break – their picnic pairing is a must.
REDD – our favorite!
I would use Yelp to read up on these restaurants; but trust me when I say that you won’t have a bad meal in Napa!
{Did I mention that my college friend, Katie, was also in town from NYC? We got to see her for hot minute on Sunday. What a small world, huh? So fun!}

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