Napa, CA, United States for wine, food & olive oil tasting!

Los Angeles, United States
http://www.lifeinwanderlust.com
Travel Instagrammer & Blogger in sunny Los Angeles! I left my Director of Sales & Marketing job in 2015 to travel!

Napa is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s a quick flight from Los Angeles and some airlines have amazing deals up to Sacramento or Oakland! I go up to Napa at least 2-3 times a year to pick up my wine club shipments.

Here’s a short and sweet guide of my favorite places in Napa Valley! 

Stay:

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Napa – This brand new property is located in downtown Napa. Such a convenient spot for walking around the downtown area and for driving out towards all the wineries. The rooms are obviously very nice since it’s only been open for a few months but the service is friendly as well. I didn’t go for the free breakfast there since it seems silly to miss out on food in Napa! 

Eat: 

Brix – Best. Sunday. Brunch. Ever. That is all. Trust me and thank me later. 

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
– Favorite place to go for dinner. Farm to table restaurant, great country chic atmosphere. Amazing cocktails and the best pork chop you’ll ever eat in your life! 

Wineries: 

Robert Biale Vineyards – If you’re a fan of Zinfandels, make yourself an appointment at Biale and you’ll find yourself going back with a case of their famous Black Chicken Zinfandel. Ask for Tom to be your guide, he’s amazing! 

Mumm
– If you’re in the mood for Champagne, Mumm is a great spot. Fun Fact: They were the champagne sponsors for the San Francisco Giants when they won the world series! Delicious champagnes and stunning property! 

Ram’s Gate
– All around great wines, both red and wine. Their property is quiet, requires a reservation and absolutely beautiful. You can get food pairings as well as a private session with one of their Sommeliers. Oh, they are located in Sonoma but not very far at all! 

Hall Wines –
Going down the 29, you can’t miss the big ol’ silver bunny in the middle of their entrance! One of the only LEED certified properties, it’s a very eclectic, nontraditional type of winery. A lot of unique art pieces and a very modern vibe. They focus on Cabernet Sauvignons and they’re very good at it! 

Activities: 

Olive Oil Tasting at Round Pound
– Reservations required at this olive oil tasting as each session only holds about 8 people. Very intimate experience at a tasting table. You’re taught the correct way to taste olive oil, vinegar and some fruit syrups. You’ll get some delicious finger foods to pair with the oils, vinegar and syrups too! Definitely worth going at least once. 

That’s all for now but I have some more suggestions up on my blog, click right here to see more! 

Insider Tip

If you want quality experience, not quick experience of Napa, go to wineries that are by appointment only.

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