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Wine Tasting in Napa
Wine tasting in Napa is a unique experience in my list of favorite places. Napa brings together so many beautiful things that I love, from good food and wine to gorgeous landscapes and a relaxing environment to disconnect from the day to day.
Our favorite time to go wine tasting in Napa is in September. The first reason is because of the weather. The mornings and evenings are crisp and the days are warm, but not too hot. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors and breathtaking landscapes. It’s still summer and not quite fall so you can wear shorts and dresses and still be comfortable.
The second reason, September is Peter’s birthday month and we love wine which makes it the perfect pre-birthday getaway.
With more than 400 wineries (600+ if you count Sonoma) you are sure to find a wine that you’ll love while wine tasting in Napa. You are limited though, at most you’d be able to visit 15 wineries during a weekend, well maybe you could do more but I wouldn’t advise it because you’ll get too tired or too drunk.
My advice is to do some research ahead of time and make a list of the wineries you want to visit. There are the popular locations like Sterling Vineyards, Beringer Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard, and Castello di Amorosa. But there are smaller gems where you can maybe find the best Merlot you’ve ever had.
The style of trip wish to experience should help determine the tasting rooms you visit. If you want an intimate visit where you get to talk to the wine makers and learn insights into what makes their wine special than I would look for smaller tasting rooms.
If you’re looking to see castles, take a ride at Sterlings ariel tram and see where the most famous wines from Napa come from then I would organize a route for the larger vineyards.
Peter and I have visited the popular wineries and the smaller ones during our wine tasting trips in Napa. This September we made an effort to visit smaller vineyards with cozier atmospheres but we deviate by visiting Beringer Vineyards to have a tasting of there reserve wine and of course a cheese plate.
We tend to plan ahead, but if you’re wine tasting without any specific plan that works too. You can just start driving and stop at the first place that looks appealing.
Looking Stylish in Napa
For my final look in this what to wear wine tasting series I wanted to wear a shirtdress.
This gorgeous blue and white striped dress is the perfect item to wear wine tasting. I know what some of you might be thinking, “you’ll spill red wine on the white,” but take it from someone that spills a lot, you can wear white wine tasting. As you can see in the photos, I’m drinking red wine and there isn’t a red spot on the dress.
This shirtdress is both stylish and comfortable. All you need is a few accessories and a cute pair of shoes.
Have you been wine tasting in Napa before? If so, I’d love to know what wineries you visited and any wines you suggest we try next time.
P.S. I wrote a super comprehensive travel guide about traveling to Napa Valley, so make sure you check it out before your trip!