I’m just getting back from the most lovely weekend. Beyond lovely really… I always love my vacations and this one was incredible. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a ton of pics from the weekend already and here is the story behind the weekend.
As someone who travels quite a bit, the fact that I haven’t traveled since Christmas is a little shocking. In addition, I haven’t had a day off since late February. All this added up to me desperately needing a getaway, and I couldn’t have planned a better vacation.
My friend Crystal and I have been talking about a girls trip to Napa for some time. Teaming up with our friend Janet and her sister-in-law Diane, we made it a trip to remember.
Janet and I coordinated our flights so that our arrivals from Phoenix and Denver had matching arrival times on Thursday. We quickly grabbed our luggage and dashed from Oakland en route to the rest of our party in wine country!
First stop was Diane’s house in Sonoma County. Crystal’s sister-in-law welcomed us into her beautiful home and had cheese and champagne awaiting her out of town guests – – so sweet!
Diane works in the wine industry was our gracious hostess, helping us to select which wineries to visit, where to get an impromptu beet salad and pizza when we’d had too much wine, and surprising us with snacks and treats along the way. And, she also served as our 4th partner-in-crime and kind chauffeur. Loved getting to know this lady!
Quickly after we arrived, we headed out to explore. First stop: The beautiful Geyser Peak tasting room.
The wines were delicious, the tasting room was beautiful, and the service was impeccable – – Thanks, John!
Second stop was Trentadue Winery. It was here that I tasted my new favorite bubbly. It was so delightful that we all ended up buying a bottle of this tasty sparkling wine. I’m hosting a brunch at my home in July, and we’re going to be enjoying this bubbly then!
After Trentadue, we had to make a quick pitstop for a snack. As someone who rarely enjoys wine anymore, I needed food in a serious way as did the rest of my crew. We split a small pizza and an amazing beet-quinoa salad and were quickly back on the road!
We next stopped at Clos du Bois where we enjoyed more tastings and a quick sign-related photo shoot.
Our last stop of the day was at the stunning Coppola Winery. This place was gorgeous! I’d read an online story about it being a must-see in Sonoma County, and they were so right!
Not only were the wines amazing, but the experience was just lovely. You can sit outside by the pool and enjoy a bottle of wine (which we did!) and shop their gift store and swoon over fun accessories (which I’m still doing!)
We ended the night with an amazing dinner at the restaurant on property – Rustic – where my wine-soaked self enjoyed a delicious rigatoni dish. It tasted just like someone’s Nonna made it. Definitely a splurge, and definitely needed after a day in wine country.
Lots of shenanigans on day one…
To be continued…