Napa Valley in January
It was the first year Peter, and I had the pleasure of visiting Napa Valley in January. We had traveled to Napa Valley in the Spring and Fall, but this was our first visit in the Winter.
Last year one of our good friends visited from Italy, so we visited Napa Valley in the Spring and took him to all the best Napa Valley wineries for first-time visitors. Napa Valley in January is a little cooler, but it was just as enjoyable as any other time of the year. The biggest difference was the crowds.
If you’ve visited Napa Valley in the busy months, you know what I’m referring to regarding the crowds. The bar at wineries is ten people deep, and you have to make your way to the counter. In the winter Napa has an entirely different feel, it’s peaceful, quiet and you have some places all to yourself.
In terms of weather, it gets pretty chilly in the evenings. Temperatures go down into the high 30’s in the evenings and during the day are in the mid to high 50’s. I would pack plenty of layers because it can get warm in wineries.
Stylish Winter Outfit to Wear Wine Tasting
If you’re planning on going wine tasting in the winter here are a few things to consider.
Just like any other time of year, wear comfortable footwear. You’ll be walking and on your feet, a lot so wear flat shoes or shoes with a thick stacked heel. This type of shoe is best for days filled with wine tasting and tours. In this outfit, I’m wearing black flat suede boots. They are comfortable, stylish, and also, keep my feet warm. I wore them all day without a problem.
Make sure to bring a comfortable and warm sweater. If you decide to wear a thinner sweater, then layer on a coat. In this winter outfit, I wore wine tasting I didn’t want to lug around a coat if I got warm. Instead, I wore a thick turtleneck sweater in olive green. I love the oversized collar and distinct fabric patterns; it brings texture and dimensions to an otherwise plain outfit.
With the large sweater and high black boots, I wore light colored skinny jeans. Remember; balance is key. The boots are thick and heavy looking so to balance them I wore jeans on the lighter side instead of charcoal or black. I also wanted the boots to stand out, and if I had worn black jeans, you wouldn’t have even noticed the boots.
It’s best to wear thinner skinny jeans with high boots such as the one’s I’m wearing because you want the boots to fit snugly around your calves. The last thing you want it your jeans bunching up around your ankles.
You might have noticed a theme in the notes I mentioned. Comfort is key. You can be stylish and comfortable; you don’t have to sacrifice one or the other.
We took these photos at Starmont Winery on a gorgeous Sunday evening.
Starmont Winery and Vineyards is a great place to hang out and relax. They have two great fire pits outside with comfortable seating. It has a hip city feel, unlike many other wineries in Napa.
Peter and I enjoyed the guilty pleasures tasting. We loved this tasting because it’s not the typical wine or chocolate pairings. You get to try fun and unexpected pairings like Chardonnay and caramel popcorn. We had four wines with four food pairings; Pinot Gris paired with wine snap cookie, Chardonnay paired with sweet buttery caramel corn, Pinot Noir paired with savory herb potatoes chips and Syrah paired with locally made beef jerky from Sonoma.
Yes, they all tasted as amazing as they sound. Personally, I loved the Syrah and the beef jerky, but the Chardonnay was pretty fantastic as well. I usually don’t love Chardonnay because they overly but their Chardonnay was crisp and not at all overly buttery. We liked it so much we bought a bottle to bring home.
Starmont Winery is tucked away from street view. If you think you are going into a private you’re going the right way.
Have you visited Napa Valley in January before? I would love to hear your experience. Which wineries did you visit and what did you wear?