Wanderlust Wednesday: Wine Country Wanderings

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



Robert Sinskey Vineyards



Oakville Grocery – stop for lunch provisions and picnic at Alpha Omega.



Alpha Omega Winery


Frog’s Leap 





Girard Winery


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:

@theenglishroom chk out Colgin Vineyards…..Ann Colgin

@theenglishroomOakville Grocery for sandwiches, Bouchon Bakery for Breakfast, Continuum and Chateau Boswell for wineries!

Stop in VGS Chateau Potelle! I did the interior. Text me and I will make an appointment for you all!

Rubicon 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.

Oh yes, and the Girl and The Fig in Sonoma for lunch if it’s still there!

@theenglishroomI adore @gundachbundshu Jamieson, Schramsberg, silver Oak. Have the best time!!! ?

HESS the art collection is incredible!!!!! @theenglishroom ?

Oh and Sinskey gives a great tour w/house-made nibbles. Also Dariousch and Castello di Amorosso for the spectacle of the buildings (good wine too). Have the best time @theenglishroom!

Stop by Frias Family Vineyard and ask for Manny one of owners.. You won’t be disappointed!

Swing through Ma(i)sonry in Yountville for a quick tasting on the back patio!

@theericahanksJoseph Phelps!

Auberge du Soleil for sunset cocktails

And yes Hess for the architecture and the modern art collection

Chateau 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

Domaine Carneros!!!!! ???

Lancaster 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!!

Auberge for drink. Private tastings at quintessa and Swanson are amazing!!!!!

Healdsburg is awesome if you have the time to drive there and walk around and scopa restaurant there is to die for

@theenglishroomHolly, look up my Napa posts on the blog. I will not steer you wrong, my friend! Napa is my jam! ??

Off to my next adventure tomorrow in Charleston for the Garden & Gun Jubilee…yippee! 

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  • December 2, 2015

    Can we please go back! Loved the post. Loved the post and love even more that you were there to make such wonderful memories with me!!

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