I went to Napa Valley this weekend with my good friends David, Renee and Alex and had so much fun! We visited 10+ wineries over 2 days.
Before I get into all the details and pictures from my trip, thank you so much David and Renee for planning this trip for me! You guys are simply amazing!
I’m only going to give you guys the highlights today so this can be more of a picture-blog. Looking at pictures of vineyards should be more fun than wishing you went wine-tasting with us ;D As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
Joseph Phelps is the second winery we went to on Friday. All the wine-tasting took place on a beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyard.
What a great view just from the parking lot!
The terrace was gorgeous!
Aren't we a photogenic bunch?
The view from the terrace was so beautiful!
Another memorable winery we visited Friday was Beringer. Check out their website for recipes and wine-pairing tips! The barista(?) who poured our wine here was so friendly and the grounds were absolutely gorgeous.
Did I mention there was a castle?
... and a fountain too!
Beringer's legendary dessert wine, Nightingale, has a beautiful color!
Those two think they're so cool!
On Saturday, our second day, we went to Santa Rosa to get away from the more touristy places. We visited several great places Saturday but the 2 most memorable were Williamson and Valdez. Williamson had a small tasting room where we were served a small bite to eat with each wine. We had things like chocolate cake, blue cheese, and candied walnuts with honey (yum!)
I don’t have pictures from this winery and it’s not very well-known, but I highly recommend anyone who loves wine and food visit! The pairings were amazing and brought out wonderful tastes we didn’t expect. I know next to nothing about wine but even I could tell this was something special. They also only make as little as 300 cases of many of their wines, so don’t wait too long!
This last set of pictures is from a wonderful winery called Valdez. This is a smaller vineyard which is not very famous yet, but several wine magazines have been writing great reviews for a few years now (and their wines were served at the White House in 2008!)so it won’t be long before recognition and prices go up.
The owner, Ulises Valdez, was fantastic. He was laidback, down to earth, and immensely kind. He took us to look at the vines at his St. Peters lot (the vines grow right behind a church!), something no other winery did. Thank you for being so kind and generous with your time Ulises–I really appreciated it! This winery was worth going out of our way much more than I can explain with my limited knowledge! Enjoy the pictures =]
The vines were so beautiful!
These grapes reminded me of stained glass
The owner took us on a private tour and taught us about his Zinfandel grapes.
His oldest vines are a whopping 130 years old!
I had fun playing hide and go seek in the vines
All of these wineries were wonderful and the scenery was amazing! I had such a great weekend–Thank you so much for planning this trip for me David and Renee!! ❤