My husband Tait and I lived in California for 6 years. And a weekend trip to Napa Valley, Sonoma or the surrounding vineyards was kind of, dare I say, a regular thing? I had no clue how young and spoiled I was and while I never took the sea of perfection that is Wine Country for granted, I didn’t know that one day, I would miss it just as much as most people miss being near the ocean. So when Jessica Beltran of Moira Events sent over this little Napa weekend excursion, well, I fell hopelessly in love all over again. Click here to see the whole spread.
From Jessica…Whenever we have a long weekend (or get a touch of wanderlust), my hubby and I hop on a quick flight to Napa. Being from San Diego, its a perfect weekend getaway. To most people, the Napa/Sonoma valley area is where wine grows…what they aren’t familiar with is the valley’s completely bewitching beauty. Gnarled trees covered with moss, rolling hills, tree lines, old fences, farm houses and jersey cows dot the landscape. Little mini villages, clustered together wit artisan chocolate shops, coffee houses, boutiques, antique stores and Michelin Star restaurants with brick lined sidewalks and quaint B&Bs….and to top it all off, there’s wineries around every corner and bend in the road.
On this particular trip, we did our usual round of wine tasting, including Nickel & Nickel, Far Niete, Schramsberg, Hall and White Hall Lane. We particularly enjoyed watching the hand riddling they have perfected at Schramsberg; and old and traditional way of turning champagne bottles that requires speed, accuracy and even more patience.
We also had the privilege of a cooking lesson with the Executive Chef at White Hall Lane. Their kitchen facility is sparkling new and beautiful, with a second floor patio overlooking their vineyards.
LODGING & FOOD
We stayed locally and were able to walk to the cafe for our morning cup of coffee as well as the most darling restaurant ever, The French Blue. The restaurant is arranged with long family style tables, with 4 top sections broken up with table top lamps and rosemary plants. The bright, white open space was gorgeous and relaxing. All the servers had the most amazing aprons (which are sold along with other products and items used in the restaurant. Check out their salt and pepper shakers and cast iron!).
All in all, a perfect trip. Head up to Napa if you ever have the opportunity, and remember that you’ll find beauty in far more places than the bottom of your wine glass!