We planned to drive to Napa Valley on the Saturday that we were visiting San Francisco and to stop at the Muir Woods on the way to see the trees.
Our visit to the Muir Woods, well, it didn’t happen. First, we got lost on the way there because apparently, the GPS did not have a clue where we were trying to get. Then, when we actually got to the right place, we got there too late (which is apparently like 10AM on Saturday) and parking was full. Then the entire road along the park was full of cars parked also. 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 of someone who hasn’t traveled in a while”). So after getting incredibly car sick going around and around and AROUND all the crazy curves to get there, we headed to Napa. 😀
Castello di Amorosa
Our first stop was Castello di Amorosa. Pulling up to it was like a DREAM!! It was so incredibly gorgeous!! It stopped raining on us right as we pulled up. We got our rental car parked and decided we wanted to go on a quick tour of the place before we went to a tasting.
We walked around and I just can’t even describe to you how beautiful it was! The creator, Dario Sattui, was inspired by 13th century Tuscany, and he nailed it. 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 (I do NOT recommend wearing heeled boots here as your heel WILL get stuck in the castle flooring – learn from me and wear flats!), we headed down to the tasting.
Folks, they are not playing games in Napa Valley. They have some of the best wine I’ve ever had. There were several different tasting areas but the one we went to was by these awesome wine barrels. 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! 10/10 recommend doing the chocolate tasting here because it really did bring out all sorts of flavors in the wine we didn’t get just by tasting it.
Del Dotto Estate
For our next stop, we went to Del Dotto Estate. You have to have a reservation, but we called on our way there and got a very last minute one. By the time we got there, we had time to take photos and then we headed inside. You’re not allowed to take photos inside but I did sneak a photo of the ceiling. Absolutely breathtaking!
Once again, amazing wines!! They had cheese and crackers at this tasting. So, so good. This winery was also out of a dream!! It was so incredibly beautiful, BUT we weren’t allowed to take photos inside. So all I have for you is a few photos I took before I knew this information.
We had an amazing day in Napa and I definitely had a moment when we were in Del Dotto, realizing how blessed I was to be there in Napa when I never thought I would get to visit it.
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