weekend tidbits | Boyfriend and I spent the weekend in Napa after we managed to throw together a last-minute trip to celebrate our fourth anniversary. We didn’t even really start planning until Friday during lunch, but everything worked out and came together well. We walked through all the teeny towns, obviously tasted some wine, and did a few of the bigger touristy things (like the trams at Sterling Vineyards and the tour of Castello di Amorosa – a medieval-style castle.) It was the perfect way to spend the first sunny and semi-warm weekend we’ve had in awhile!
I promised to start throwing recommendations at the bottom of posts like this, so here goes!
food + coffee:
Sogni Di Dolci | LOVE. I always stop in for coffee, but now they’ve expanded and serve Italian food and have a little bar. We happened to go during happy hour, and the prices were stupid good and the food was even better.
Cook St. Helena | Pricey, but everything we ate was exceptional. Their sister restaurant, Cook Tavern, is more affordable and also has rave reviews.
Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co. | All I had was a soy latte, but it was great and the atmosphere was lovely. Seems like the perfect place to sit and read a morning paper.
V. Sattui | If you’ve been to Napa, you’ve probably visited this lovely winery with a huge fantastic deli-style market inside. We stopped for lunch on our way out of town and were happy to find they had a little pop-up pizza oven outside. Delish.
Olivier | This is actually just a store, but a lovely gourmet store with more samples than you can imagine. Oils, vinegars, mustards, sauces, rubs, caramels. Holy goodness.
Sterling Vineyards | I somehow had written this place off as too expensive. And it IS expensive, but my parents recently told me it’s worth it and they were right. We paid just under $80 which covered the super fun tram ride up the hill to the winery, a small reserve tasting sitting on their gorg patio, and then a self-guided tour around the breath-taking winery. BUT there are little wine-tasting stations on the tour so you get to sip more wine as you go. The wine was quite good, the views were AMAZING, and it was a really fun experience.
Castello di Amorosa | It’s a huge medieval-style castle, built out of authentic materials in the authentic manner. You go for the experience of walking around the castle, not the wine. (Which did not impress me.)
Heitz | A free tasting in Napa?!? Cool beans. They had just four wines out for the tasting, but wound up pouring us seven. All the wine was good. The people were awesome. And they make a real Port with Portuguese varietals (otherwise you can’t call it a Port) that was phenomenal.
Bonus recommendations | I thought I’d add a few extra winery recs here since I’ve never done a post of Napa recommendations. But let’s be real – taste in wine is so subjective. So my recommendations are just the few places I can guarantee you I WILL visit again:
- The reserve tasting at Beaulieu Vineyards (the only Napa wine that totally blew me away and made me understand the crazy high Napa prices)
- Peju (it’s been a few years but I remember loving this place)
- V. Sattui
- Regusci (I tried to find this place over the weekend, but searching on my phone just didn’t work and I didn’t remember the name. I found it in thirty seconds once I had a computer in front of me and now I’m bummed I didn’t take P there this weekend.)
- Mumm Napa (they’re famous for their sparkling wine, which makes for such a fun tasting! Plus the view and atmosphere are both lovely.)