Anyone who is a fanatic of wine like I am knows that Napa Valley is one of the world’s most ideal places to visit. For my birthday this year, I ventured the long and sleepless flight to San Francisco with a girlfriend. Let me tell you what, it’s worth it just for the stunning mountain views!
*disclaimer* there was a designated driver toting us around. No drunk driving!
Ideally, start either at the bottom of Napa or more north and work your way down the windy mountain. My girlfriend and I choose bottom to top.
First off is Silverado Vineyard. Silverado Vineyard was potentially my favorite our entire three-day trip to Napa Valley. The staff was phenomenal. They helped to inform us of how wine ferments and how a true tasting will show the grapes full flavor. The staff at Silverado went above and beyond to give us an amazing experience.
Also, we met the owner (unknowingly) apparently Walt Disney’s late daughter and her husband established Silverado Vineyards. I highly recommend for the stucco and old-style Italian villa style.
Next, we went up the trail a little to Frog’s Leap. I wasn’t sure about Frog’s Leap vineyard because it professed a farm like atmosphere. I may be from the South, but farms have never grabbed my excitement levels. However, I was very wrong in my assumptions and was so delighted at this vineyard! You should believe they saying assumptions make an ass out of you. The landscape was in a valley of a mountainside. There were farm animals but the lawn chairs and fountains really took you to a relaxing state.
We took a little bit of a break from the heat and ventured to a smaller vineyard that is mentioned because of the drier wine selections that they carried. This vineyard is great for individuals that truly like that oak or smoky finish in their red wines. I prefer more sweet selections. But, this location is a great pit stop if the heat of the day is getting to you.
*Disclaimer* I highly suggest you drink water in-between tastings. That heat will catch up to you! The poor passed out old man is a good demonstration of this.
At this point, you’re probably getting a bit tipsy (I certainly was) so lastly we took a suggestion from one of the staff at Silverado Vineyards and finished up the day with Champagne or bubbly! Mumm Vineyard was a great final touch to our day in Napa Valley. After drinking different variations of wine both sweet and dry, finishing off with a light and refreshing variations of champagne really helped to clear the pallet.
Napa Valley easily became one of my favorite destinations. As I still was unemployed during this trip, all the vineyard suggestions are on the cheaper side. However, they do not lack in taste!
Comment below some of your favorite vineyards in Napa Valley for my next visit!