Napa Valley is a bucket list destination of mine, as I’m sure it is for a lot of fellow wine lovers! I am thrilled Michael suggested a day trip to Napa while on our San Francisco trip. We planned to drive to Napa Valley to do some wine tasting on the Saturday that we were visiting, and to stop at the Muir Woods on the way to see the trees.
First, we got lost on the way there. Our GPS did not have a clue how to get us there. Then, when we actually got to the right place, we got there too late (which FYI is apparently like 10AM on Saturday) and parking was completely full. If we were going to go, we would have had to walk at least a mile. My footwear choice was poor for any sort of long walk because I wore boots with heels (file this under a tag called “poor footwear choices”). We went to Napa instead of trying to fight the crowds.
Castello di Amorosa
Our first stop was Castello di Amorosa. Pulling up to it is like a DREAM!! It is so incredibly gorgeous!! It stopped raining on us right as we pulled up. We decided we wanted to go on a quick tour before we went to a wine tasting on the lower level.
We walked around and I just can’t even describe to you how beautiful it is! The creator, Dario Sattui, was inspired by 13th century Tuscany when designing the winery. It truly felt like we were walking around a castle in a foreign land, not California. AND we saw a rainbow! After exploring a bit, we headed down to our wine tasting.
Folks, they are not playing games in Napa Valley! They have some of the best wine I’ve ever had. There are several different tasting areas at the Castello, but the one we went to was on a lower level. There were a few rows of wine barrels near it. We had a great host and tasted wines with a few other couples. He up-sold us on the wine tasting with chocolate (because YOLO!) and it was AMAZING! I 10/10 recommend doing the chocolate tasting here. It really does bring out all sorts of flavors in the wine that we didn’t get just by tasting it.
Del Dotto Estate
For our next stop, we went to Del Dotto Estate. Reservations are required to do a wine tasting here. We called on our way, and got a very last minute one. We had time to take photos outside and then we headed inside. You cannot take photos inside, but I did sneak a photo of the ceiling. Absolutely breathtaking!
Once again, amazing wines!! The cheese and crackers at this tasting were very good. This winery is also like some place out of a dream!! It was so incredibly beautiful.
We had such an amazing day in Napa. It lived up to my expectations and was even better. I definitely had a moment when we were in Del Dotto, realizing how blessed I was to be there. I really never thought I would get to visit.