Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Birthday Weekend Recap + 4 Amazing Napa Wineries


Sweater: Express One Eleven | Shoes: Target | Sunglasses: Ray-ban 62 mm Aviator 

For my 32nd birthday we decided a little trip up to Northern Cali would be the perfect getaway. I love visiting San Francisco. It's like a mini New York and I love city life. We arrived to SF on Friday and spent the day walking around Union Square and went to an amazing dinner that night at Hops & Hominy. Definitely check out this restaurant if you are ever in SF. Really great food and drinks and our waiter was so nice and attentive. We tried almost everything on the appetizer menu. The mac and cheese, smoked alligator sausage, charred octopus and the spicy chicken wings were all DELICIOUS.
Saturday morning we woke up and drove about an hour away to Napa where we checked into the Andaz Napa Hotel. What a gorgeous hotel!
We ordered a car service to drive us around for the day since we knew we'd be wine tasting at 4 different wineries. It was such a fun day and Napa itself was just stunning! Even though it was a little rainy the day we were there, you could still enjoy and see how beautiful this city is.
I thought it'd be helpful to link the 4 wineries we visited in case any readers are planning a visit soon.

Sterling Vineyards: This winery is very appealing because they have a gondola ride that takes you up the hill to the winery. You get gorgeous views of the vineyard while on the gondola ride and also when you reach the winery itself. We walked around and they have the wine tasting at different stations throughout.

Castello Di Amorosa: Oh my goodness. This winery is a MUST see. As soon as I started researching wineries in Napa and came across this one, I knew we had to go see it. Castello Di Amorsa is a gorgeous castle which took over 10 years to build.  Once you arrive, you suddenly feel like you have stepped out of the states, and have entered Europe in the medieval times. The history of it is pretty amazing. I wish I had done the tour when I was there, and I definitely plan to when we go back in the future.

Mumm Napa: I am more of a champagne drinker than a wine drinker so when my husband mentioned there were some champagne focused wineries (do you still call them wineries? lol), I knew we had to visit them. Our first champagne winery was Mumm Napa. We sat out on their cute patio and did a champagne tasting. They gave us 5 full glasses to try, and I can assure you, this is the place that will get you the biggest buzz. lol Sure, you don't have to drink the entire glass, and you could just take a sip to taste and try it, but who does that?? This is definitely a fun place to go if you are having a girls trip or with a big party. Everyone will have a great time here!

Domaine Chandon California: This was our last winery of the day. This was another beautiful and fun winery where we got to taste different champagnes. There's a beautiful outdoor area where you can sit and have lunch or snacks while you champagne taste. And the food was delicious.

      My bff and I doing a little photo sesh in the city :)

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