A few years ago on our travel down the PCH, we visited Sonoma but I didn’t realize I had also been to Napa. My mom told me we went when we were kids and visiting SF many years ago. Even before we planned to move to SF I always dreamed of visiting Napa – basically since seeing The Parent Trap and wanting to live vicariously through Hallie Parker. It always seemed so picturesque and the people that live there are just so cool without trying oh and um, wine. Yes, all the wine. We planned a day trip to Napa a few weeks ago and stopped at a couple vineyards and restaurants.
I had been excited to hit up Gott’s Roadside in Napa! They also have a location in the Ferry Building but I was excited to get the authentic Gott’s experience! We stopped here on our way into Napa for some burgers and fries- holy mollyyyy this place is good. Delicious, fresh burgers with amazing toppings and fun sides like garlic fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings. Two thumbs up for Gott’s.
Right next door to Gott’s is the Oxbow Public Market, which is an awesome place to spend some time! There are about a dozen restaurants where you can either sit at the bar or order counter service and grab a picnic table outside. It reminded me a bit of Boston Public Market but with more sit-in dining options. They had a meat purveyor, high end florist, fresh produce, oyster bar, and cupcake shop just to name a few.
With our bellies full, we got in the car ready to drink some vino!! Our first stop was the Clos Du Val vineyard located in the Stags Leap district. We had planned on bringing our pup and knew this place was dog friendly but our plans changed so we went sans dog and had the best time! The vineyard is SO beautiful. It is definitely a much smaller scale vineyard, with an adorable tasting room, and beautiful grounds. We did a tasting flight and strolled the grounds. My favorite was the ivy covered building and the olive grove. We loved the Pinot Noir so much we bought a bottle to take home. I was supposed to save it for Thanksgiving but I “accidentally” opened it early ; ) They have these awesome cabanas in the front of the vineyard that you can reserve for a private party with your friends and bring some charcuterie snacks and bottles of wine. We are looking forward to doing this in the future!
The next stop was probably my favorite of the day- the Chandon winery! Bottles of champs and charcuterie is kind of our thing and this place hit the nail on the head. The grounds are beautiful but a bit more industrial than Clos du Val. There is a beautiful tasting room and terrace where you can do a tasting flight or buy a bottle. We bought a bottle of sparkling rosé, which at $30 is pretty affordable for a vineyard. There is not a full restaurant but a decent menu of snacks and plates to share. We ordered the meat and cheese plate and were happy as clams in low tide. There are plenty of dogs on the grounds which we played with while we strolled the grounds.
I chose to wear a wine colored suede A-line Free People dress that was comfortable without feeling like a slob kabob. I told you I was obsessed with this slouchy denim jacket so it paired perfectly with this dress. I threw on a pair of nude espadrille flats and was good to go. It was important to not wear anything too fussy as I knew I would be walking the grounds and drinking wine all day : )
Napa was an unreal day trip and we can’t wait to head back! There are plenty of vineyards and restaurants that are on my list! Have you been to Napa or Sonoma before? What are your favorite vineyards?