Growing up in the Bay Area we were lucky to be just a short 45 minute drive from the Wine Country. Three years ago my sister started the tradition that the day after Christmas we’d go wine tasting in the Sonoma and Napa. We visit new wineries every year and explore all over the wine country. Take a tour through my favorite wineries below.
Robledo Family Vineyards: A Mexican family owned business started with one migrant worker creating the “American Dream” for his family. Robledo has amazing reds and dessert wines! I LOVE their Temparnillo, it’s hands down my favorite wine in Sonoma. This year I tried their Mama Mia Dessert Port that was just released. When it goes down it tastes like liquid crème brulee and finishes off with a hazelnut finish. It’s delicious!
Buena Vista Winery: Gosh where to start? The wines are yummy and the tasting room is pretty exquisite. I highly recommend a wine tour through the property. Sip on their cabernet and walk through the peacock room, or their gorgeous barrel room, pass the all white room (it’s spectacular), and walk inside the armory room.
Cline Cellars: A charming winery on a Mom and Pop estate with a lovely pond out back. A great place to grab a tasty glass of their Cashmere wine and sit outside by the pond.
Scribe Winery: Pack a picnic basket, blanket, and enjoy a cold class of wine on Scribe Hill. Perfect for family, friends, and even a first date. Endless picnic tables for the perfect summer day. Tastings are appt only.
Del Dotto Vineyards: My favorite cave tour in all the Wine Country. Grab a delicious glass of pinot noir and enjoy the wine tour through the romantic wine caves. It’s an experience to remember.
Larson Family Winery: A great spot for a birthday party. Grab a big group of friends and enjoy a glass of vino on the lawn while playing corn hole, bocce, and ladder golf.
Ledson Winery & Vineyards: A gorgeous castle in the center on 17 acres is a sight to see. The grounds are unbelievable with lovely gardens and fountains. Did I mention castle? Who doesn’t want to drink in a castle?
Domaine Carneros: You can’t miss this stunning vineyard when you drive into Napa. I highly recommend the sparkling wine sampler. If you do not feel like committing to the full sampler grab a glass of rose and enjoy the sun on their patio overlooking endless hills of vineyards.
Chimney Rock: An adorable venue with a charming outdoor patio. I love their cabs.
Clos Du Val Winery: A gorgeous property with friendly service. Grab a bottle of cabernet and enjoy a long stroll around the property.Nickel & Nickel: This winery is one of my favorite properties. Sitting on farmland with windmills, a large red barn, and horses. They have an indoor private tasting rooms that are rustic and cozy with a lot of charm. This winery is very unique and a must visit.
There you have it, just a few of my favorite vineyards and tasting rooms in the wine country. This is now one of my favorite traditions over the holidays. I always look forward to wearing my best “wine tasting” outfit. It was a bit chilly this winter so I made sure to wear my new faux fur trimmed cape over a white turtleneck. Paired with my favorite shift skirt and goto OTK’s I was ready to explore and sip away. I can’t wait until next year to see what new vineyards we discover. Looking for recommendations and invitations…the Romero Family would love to come visit. Cheers!