Travel // Napa & Sonoma Winery Recommendations

This was my second time wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. While I love wine, I'm definitely not an expert on the topic, and we were a little lost choosing which vineyards to visit. There are so. many. wineries out there. With the help of  recommendations from friends, a little research online, and serendipitously sharing an uber with someone who works at a winery, I think we made great choices.

I would highly recommend all of these places to anyone visiting the area. My list includes a range of options... a private vineyard that you have to make reservations for, a very popular sparking wine spot, a rustic 'hipster' option, and one that feels like you hopped the Atlantic to France.

Scribe Winery was our favorite. It's very small and has more of a rustic 'hipster' vibe than the other places we visited. It was a nice change! Scribe is a members only winery, but you can pay to make a reservation to visit. The location is absolutely gorgeous, perched on a hill overlooking rows of grape vines. The vineyard offers something called 'bottles and blankets' where they give you a couple blankets to sprawl out on while you order bottles to drink off their wine list. We had an amazing Riesling that was very unique and not sweet, and a light Pinot Noir. [Fun fact, my boyfriend ended up sharing an uber with a person who does sales for Scribe, that's how we found out about it!]

Ram's Gate was another favorite stop. This winery is private and members only, but they offer tastings to the public. We reserved a private tasting that included a little tour of the grounds and facilities. The grounds and tasting room were absolutely gorgeous and the staff was so knowledgeable. We sat overlooking the sprawling vineyards as we tasted their selection. Ram's Gate offered some really interesting reds (my favorite). 

Gloria Ferrer and Domaine Carneros are two larger wineries we visited. They're both similar in that they feature sparkling wines, are larger and more popular (aka more crowded) and have gorgeous porches with fabulous views. Domaine Carneros was especially stunning, the building and gardens looked like a French chateau. Both wineries were a fun stop to sample some bubbly and relax outside.


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