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August 26, 2016
I have a confession to make: I ordered this maxi specifically for my Napa trip. I’ve been to Napa before and while it is warm in the daytime, it also gets pretty chilly at night. Like in the 50s. Maxis are perfect for that transition. Just throw on a jacket (I want with a faux leather moto jacket) for dinner and you’re good to go. And that’s exactly what I did on day 2 in Napa. p.s. get the shoes here.
We started the morning off with breakfast in bed and by 10:30am our driver from Perata Luxury was downstairs and we were ready to go. Ok, so maybe we were running a little bit late (sorry, Todd!). We later found out being late is just being on “Napa time” so we were right at home. I can’t recommend getting a car service–especially Perata Luxury–enough. It made our experience 10 times better.
Our first stop was Hall Wines in St. Helena. The grounds were stunning, but since we were late, we missed the tour. I was a little bummed, but it was our own fault and at least we got to taste the wines on the outside deck area near the upstairs bar. They were super tasty!
Next up was Rombauer. Rombauer is a winery I went to last time I was in Napa and my favorite wine, so I knew I had to take my friends there for their first time in Napa. I usually drink red wine, but their chardonnay is seriously the best. I ended up ordering a subscription and so did my friend! The view there is stunning – almost as amazing as the wine. There’s a garden and lots of little sitting areas where you can enjoy your wine. The tastings here are super casual, which is totally my style. I really didn’t want to leave since we were having such a blast, but oh man, am I so glad we ended up at Somerston.
Somerston wasn’t supposed to be our last stop of the day, but we were having such an incredible time that we simply couldn’t leave. Our experience at Somerston was by far the most exceptional. We were the only people there besides Kristopher, the estate ambassador. He welcomed us inside where there was a large table full ready for tastings. But first, we went on a tour.
Somerston has over 1,600 acres of land and by the time this next round is ready, there will be over 150 personalities of wine. Pretty huge, right?! But what I found really amazing is that the whole experience felt very personal. Kris showed so much passion for the wine and at the same time, you could tell he was having the time of his life showing us around. I felt like I was visiting a friend that makes wine. Along the path, we stopped to pick blackberries, drank naturally sparkling water from a gorgeous spring, relaxed in a stunning garden by the water, and went all the way to the top of a hill for the most breathtaking views.
When we got back to the tasting room, we were ready for some wine. Kris chatted with us about the friendly culture in Napa, along with the unique traits of each wine as we sipped. If I didn’t already want to move to Napa (I did), I certainly do after this most recent trip. I can’t believe I’ve been so fortunate to visit Napa twice in the past couple years and I truly can’t wait to go back. I’ll be sure to share my full travel guide next week.
What would you wear for day to night in Napa?
Photos by Meghann Quinlan.