California Wine Country
Posted on 22 July 2016
I’m a little late on this, as I was in Napa three or four months ago, but this was too great of a trip to not share.
We flew into San Francisco from New Orleans super early on a Thursday. My friend that we went with has a friend that works at Square, the credit card processing company, and he invited us to come visit the office. Now I love my job but wow does he have a cool career. He travels around promoting the company and attends events like Coachella which he was leaving for shortly when we met. The company has an approach like google to the work environment. If you don’t know what I’m talking about it means that they don’t have designated offices but instead large open areas, they have a restaurant that serves employees breakfast lunch and dinner free of charge, pool tables, smoothie counter, couches everywhere, and even a kegerator! …But as cool as that was back to wine country!
Second day we drove to Napa and first stop was Buoncristiani winery. What an experience! The winery is owned by four brothers and definitely has a home-like family feel to it. We received such a personalized tour and were offered some of their best quality wine straight from the barrel. A must visit when touring California’s wine country.
We stayed in Napa for 3 nights so we were able to visit so many wineries- I can’t go into every one of them without writing a novel so here are a couple more of my favorites. Newton Vineyard – I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful the grounds are at this winery. It’s at the top of a mountain with the most exquisite landscaping I’ve ever seen. I was truly inspired to start a gardening hobby at that moment. It is also owned by LVMH, which is a French luxury goods conglomerate company that I have been fascinated with, so I thought that was really neat. Mumm Napa completed changed my view on champagne. I’ve always loved champagne and it is my go too but now my first choice when shopping for the sparkly is Mumm champagne. The tour was detailed in how they make it and I thought it was interesting to learn all the steps and see it on such a large scale as they do. Next on my list of favorites was Ehlers Winery. Their wine making centers around leaving the smallest environmental footprint by growing organic ingredient all within the grounds. They even raise livestock and had names for all the animals! The whole experience had an old world charm and the service was so pleasant.
I could go on and on about the trip but they take away is everyone should visit Napa, Sonoma, or the surrounding areas once in their life. I personally could make a trip out there once a year and can’t wait for the next visit.
PS- If you ever spend time in San Francisco, you must go the Smuggler’s Cove bar. You will thank me later.
XO | JM