Kevin and I recently traveled to Northern California visiting San Francisco, Carmel, and our last stop was Napa Valley! Visiting Napa and Sonoma was an absolute must for me … wine is kind of a BIG DEAL! If you have been following our journey through San Francisco and Carmel you probably noticed that we took a ton of photos and we had so many is was hard for me to narrow it down for the blog! Well, you are going to notice this post is much shorter and not because it was not absolutely gorgeous … but for very good reason, we were drinking wine! If you missed our San Francisco post click here and to check out our Carmel post click here!
So let me start by telling you there are a ton and I mean a ton of wineries. And not only do they probably have amazing wine but the buildings and grounds are gorgeous. So I am sad that I was not able to visit all of them but we definitely had some FAVORITES. So I am going to start with our favorite Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (not to be confused w/Stag’s Leap Winery which is completely different). This was one of the few wineries we knew we had to visit. We were introduced to their wine on our honeymoon in Hawaii and fell in love, amazing wine! So we made sure we booked a cave tour and tasting here which was fantastic. If you are visiting Napa or Sonoma I highly recommend taking at least one behind-the-scenes tour to learn some of the history and what goes into making the wine … you might even learn a few tasting skills!
Some other favorite wineries we visited were Robert Mondavi (our wedding wine!), Cairdean Estate (love their decor and their logo is awesome), Buena Vista Winery (the oldest commercial winery in CA), and Cakebread Cellars! We had a great experience at all of these wineries and the wine was delicious! And if wine isn’t your thing Napa and Sonoma is a foodies paradise, luckily we like both! But I made the mistake of picking a noodle house that Kevin fell in love with … so needless to say we had noodles two nights in a row lol.
I hope you enjoy the last post from our California vacation and check back for more future travel adventures!
Castello di Amorosa