Napa’s Wine Train: Not just for tourists

Having lived in Napa a year and a half I thought it was definitely time I tried it out the Wine Train for myself.  This is afterall, a huge attraction in the Valley and something that us locals hear several times a day coming into town with at least two services a day.  The Wine Train […]

A visit to Signorello Estate

Signorello Estate on Napa’s Silverado Trail has earned an excellent reputation for superb wines over the past 25 years, and now the jewel in its crown is its ‘Enoteca’, a 4-course lunch paired with estate wines. It may be one of rare plated lunch experiences you can have at a Napa winery but be prepared […]

Best Napa Valley wineries for Bordeaux wine lovers

There’s no need to travel all the way to Bordeaux when you can have some fabulous Bordeaux-style blends Stateside. Napa Valley is certainly home to Cabernet in this country, but keep in mind that most Cabernet you’ll taste is really a blend, often involving some of the other four Bordeaux varietals.  I selected these wineries […]

Best wineries in the Napa Valley for architecture and design lovers

One important thing to remember when visiting the Napa Valley is that it’s not just about the wine. All of the wineries have premium quality wines, but what really sets some apart is their impressive architecture and design. With about 400 wineries in the Napa Valley it is worth making the time to visit some […]

A visit to HALL St. Helena

One winery I can’t stop talking about is HALL St. Helena. Unveiled late last year, the “reimagined” winery and Visitor’s Center combines both the old and the new; a sophisticated tasting room, a historic Napa Valley building dating back to 1885, a modern art collection both inside and out, and, of course exquisite wines. The […]

A visit to Elizabeth Spencer

If I have a “house palate” for any winery, it is Elizabeth Spencer in Rutherford.  Seriously, from the Cabernets, to the Grenache and Pinot Noir, I found myself wowed by every sip among their range of 30 remarkably different wines. The winery produces two labels: E x S (a hearts and swords logo) and Elizabeth […]

A visit to Artesa Vineyards & Winery

From its unique building design, to its spectacular 360-degree views, extensive pairings and excellent wines, Artesa Vineyards & Winery should be on your list for a special day out in wine country.  This really is a wow-factor winery, from the building design, to the incredible views from the hilltop – you can even see the […]

A visit to Beaulieu Vineyards

You may well recognize Beaulieu Vineyards, or BV.  With a wide distribution, well-known brand name, and prominent position on Napa Valley’s Highway 29, this is a popular stop for many people. However, be prepared for possibly a chaotic experience.  The tasting room is naturally very busy and not as big as many other tasting rooms […]

A visit to Robert Mondavi Winery

Many people stop by Robert Mondavi Winery and never really experience the winery the way Mr. Mondavi intended.  It is an impressive place, especially on a first visit to the Napa Valley, but to get a better experience, try pre-booking one of their tastings, or one of their food and wine experiences as I did […]

A visit to Franciscan Estate

Most people have never tasted 100% of the same varietal.  It might sound strange but despite the label, MOST wines are really blends.  Take a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for instance, unless it says it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is not. When you see Cabernet Sauvignon on the label it means it has to […]