Hello, hello! I thought long and hard about how I’d try and recap an amazing weekend out west celebrating Christina, and I figured compartmentalizing things would be best.
So without further ado, here are the wineries Christina, Tiffany, Christina’s sister Kimberly, and I went to: (due to time constraints and so many wineries to choose from, we decided to keep all of our activities in Napa proper for the weekend).
We drove from San Francisco to Napa on Saturday morning.
A sorority sister of mine (and Christina and Tiffany’s) had always suggested we go to the tasting room where she used to work when she lived in Napa. While we never made it to the Gustavo Wine Tasting Room when she was working there, we had our first tasting there of the trip!
We enjoyed all the wines we tasted and ,Amber, who led us through our tasting was great. To top it all off, our tastings were only $7.50 because Christina and I both checked into the tasting room on Facebook. Score!
Much to soon, we had to say good-bye to Amber as we had a wine tour and tasting scheduled at Palmaz Vineyards (where Amber actually used to work!) Kimberly was the only newbie to Palmaz. Christina, Tiffany, and I joined their wine club the last time we were in wine country. And we joined for a reason. Palmaz in one word is fantastic.
From its picturesque property, to the amazing operation and technologically advanced science they apply to their winemaking, to the service you get once you step on the property is all so, so, so wonderful. Disclaimer: unless you are a member (or are touring with a member – a member perk is to have a free tour & tasting yourself and for two guests) the price of a wine tour and tasting is $80 per person, but totally worth it.
Our tour guide and companion wine-taster, Adrian, was pretty stellar as well.
I have not tried a wine I didn’t like at Palmaz, though there is a price for that as their bottles can be a bit pricey.
Everyone’s most favorite part of this wine tour and tasting was when one of the owner’s grandson’s came in to talk to us. He was the inspiration for a non-alcoholic wine Palmaz created so children wouldn’t feel left out! I totally bought a bottle for Ava and some of her friends!
For more in-depth information on Palmaz go here.
Our last winery of the day was Black Stallion. I had never been here, but Tiffany had on a previous trip she and her husband came on, so I was excited to try a new winery. We arrived here at the tail end of the tasting room hours so it was a bit crazy as people were winding down and enjoying their wine!
We managed to snag a server and partake in the 4-wine servings they offered, which we enjoyed outside in the warm weather!
And that concluded our first day in wine country!
The next day we headed to Del Dotto Vineyards. One of the things I love most about wine country is how different each winery/vineyard can be from the next one. One might be very rustic and simple and another one might be ornate and opulent. Del Dotto falls into the latter category. The winery’s decor, inside and out, was definitely inspired by Italian architecture and art.
Another distinguishing factor about Del Dotto was guests did their wine tasting as part of a cave tour on the property, where wine samples were kept in barrels. It was a very cool experience.
This winery is known for their reds. While Kim and I tend to lean towards more white wines (though I’d say I’m more open to reds like a Merlot or Cab Franc), Christina and Tiffany love their reds and kept remarking how good certain pours were. A few purchases were made at the end of the tour as well. 🙂
Our last winery of the trip was Mumm Napa because you can’t have a wine trip without sampling some sparkling wine now can you?
We had tons of fun sipping bubbly and reflecting on our great weekend celebrating Christina. We all agreed that time absolutely flew by.
Stay tuned for a “Where We Dined” recap on Monday!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.