Last week, H and I were in Sonoma and Napa Valley for a wedding and then tacked on a few days for vacay. It was so nice to be in the California sunshine with no humidity, celebrating one of our favorites couples and having lots of wine!
We stopped in the cute little town of Tiburon on our way from the airport to Sonoma for lunch at Sam’s Anchor Cafe, which did not disappoint. We sat out on the deck overlooking the San Francisco Bay and over at Angel Island. It was the perfect half-way point to Sonoma.
Saturday morning before the wedding we had to sneak in a winery tour. We chose to go to Gundlach Bundschu, because it is a family friend’s wine account. We have heard so many amazing things, and have had the wine on several occasions. We did the wine tour through their famous caves followed by some cheese and wine at their picnic tables.
Later that evening was the wedding at The General’s Daughter which was so romantic and beautiful. It was so special seeing people we love get married in their favorite place!
Sunday we headed to Napa where our first stop was to Domaine Carneros and had some sparkling wine flights and snacks on their outdoor patio. The winery itself is such an ionic building in Napa and the views are spectacular from the balcony.
We stayed at the Westin, which was fantastic. It had a beautiful pool and outdoor space where we enjoyed wine by the fire pits. Our room was gigantic. We had our own kitchen and living room with a balcony, it was really like a mini apartment.
This evening we went for drinks at Mercantile Social, the outdoor bar at the Andaz hotel downtown, followed by Oenotri for dinner. This is the best Italian spot in downtown Napa. We had pizza and pastas and were much too full after.
Monday was a wine tasting, vineyard-visiting day all day and I was so excited to go to some of our favorites! We started the day with some cheese parings and wine at Beringer. The buildings on property were so iconic. I have to say I could live on cheese and wine, so I was such a happy girl to be feasting on wine, cheeses and dips all week (who needs breakfast or lunch, right?!)
We left Beringer and headed to my FAVORITE, Cakebread Cellars. Their chardonnay is my absolute favorite wine of all time. We did a tour there and had the best tour guide, Greg. He informed us that Cakebread is the 29th oldest winery in Napa and there are now over 600! We also tried some reds produced at their vineyard that I would not have necessarily ever tried (a lot are not in distribution), and they were goooooood!
We left Cakebread and went to Opus One. Opus One’s vineyard is a very iconic, modern structure engulfed by the greenest grass. It was beautiful and much different from the other wineries.
I loved each and every experience we had in Napa. I tasted wines I would not have necessarily ever tried and also had some spectacular favorites (the Opus One 2013 Cab – amazing!) It was such an amazing experience and one that I am glad we did as it was different from our usual beach summer getaways.
Our last evening in Napa, we went to the Auberge du Soliel resort where we ate dinner at their restaurant on property. We walked around and saw the property. The pool area was beautiful and you could not beat the romantic ambiance of the restaurant. It was the perfect way to end our last dinner in Napa with the most incredible views.
On Tuesday, before heading to the airport we had to eat at Gott’s Roadside. Haley had been wanting to eat there all week. It’s a renowned roadside restaurant where the menu boasts all kind of burgers, chicken sandwiches and they are known for their onion rings (sign me up!) We ate burgers and milk shakes (and rosé, me) before heading to the airport. We kept joking that we ended Napa on a bang because we were so full!
It was such an amazing week and wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back!