I want to share a long overdue look at my wonderful trip west to the wine country. I went a little over a month ago to Napa for a friends 40th Birthday weekend.
It was perfection from the moment we landed in San Fran. The weekend went so smoothly and without a hitch. I am always the planner of every trip. I was not the planner on this trip. The birthday girl and a few others took the lead and put together what I deam as the perfect trip. We were there Friday to Monday. This was my 3rd trip to the wine country and the best to date.
I am going to share all the stops on our itinerary.
We stayed at an exquisite rental home with a beyond killer view just a few miles from downtown Napa.
arrive in SFO drive via the Golden Gate to Napa / Sonoma
Girl & the Fig – a fabulous lunch spot in Sonoma
Scribe Winery – have a lazy picnic on the hill
Angele Restaurant – beautiful French bistro in Napa
Oakville Grocery – stop for lunch provisions and picnic at Alpha Omega.
Dinner at Redd Wood
Boon Fly Cafe – worth the wait with bacon bloody mary and donuts..enough said
Hess Collection – this was such a treat for the amazing art collection and fab wine…
Opus One Winery – I have lots to share from this beauty
Domaine Chandon – a private tasting and many treats had our heads spinning
Pommes frites, cheese, and champagne… Girl heaven!
The birthday girl- Margaret Fisher Interiors
Dinner @ House w/ Chef – LeeAnn Geneve of the Gilded Grape Catering. It food was so fresh and delicious. It was a marvelous meal to remember.
NOTE: you must get a driver. We LOVED Napa Driver Tours. They will rent a van for you or drive your cars. I highly recommend them. Ryan was the bomb!
Instagram tips from friends:
savageinteriordesignStop in VGS Chateau Potelle! I did the interior. Text me and I will make an appointment for you all!
thecuratedhouseRubicon Estates is lovely – both the experience they create and the wine itself. It is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, and from the red carpet welcome to the rich preservation of history, you can tell.
thecuratedhouseOh yes, and the Girl and The Fig in Sonoma for lunch if it’s still there!
nataliehimmelStop by Frias Family Vineyard and ask for Manny one of owners.. You won’t be disappointed!
helendavisdesignSwing through Ma(i)sonry in Yountville for a quick tasting on the back patio!
ireneturner6Auberge du Soleil for sunset cocktails
ireneturner6And yes Hess for the architecture and the modern art collection
catherinemaustindesignsChateau Potelle is my all time fave and all wineries( esp. Barnett) on Pride Mountain! REDD is amazing for lunch and also adore Ma(i)sonery. Don’t miss Hess art collection
alohamia67Domaine Carneros!!!!! ???
hmacjonasLancaster Vineyard has a beautiful cave tasting room, Jordan is killer, and if you travel to Russian River Road, Arista has the best vino. We still get their club wines every quarter. Also, Dry Creek General Store has amazing sandwiches to munch on between winery tours!!! Have fun!!
whithoekAuberge for drink. Private tastings at quintessa and Swanson are amazing!!!!!
whithoekHealdsburg is awesome if you have the time to drive there and walk around and scopa restaurant there is to die for
Off to my next adventure tomorrow in Charleston for the Garden & Gun Jubilee…yippee!
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