Travel Log: Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Saturday morning, we grabbed coffee at Philz and then headed out of SF via the 101 over the Golden Gate bridge.  We had to stop and take a couple of photos on the way out of the city.

J Crew Cropped Safari Jacket (old), similar at Nordstrom here
Abercrombie "Codie" tee in white and navy stripe, on sale for $9.95 here
J Brand Skinny Stretch Jeans in Northern Lights, exact at Nordstrom for $178 here
J Crew "Suede Lace-Up Wedge" boots in dune (on clearance via factory) $148 here
Wanderlust & Co Hook and Leather Bracelet in navy/gold, exact here
 Cartier Love bracelet, MK gold Watch, similar MK "Runway" at Nordstrom for $250 here


 <3 him!

After a quick photo stop, we headed out to Napa.  Our first stop was Artesa Winery off of Old Sonoma Road.  Owned by a Spanish family, Artesa's name comes from the Catalon word form "handcrafted."  They are known for their chardonney, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet, and their unique structure was built into the hillside covered with grass to blend into the surrounding landscape.  Around the winery are a series of pools and fountains, and there is an expansive deck off the tasting room with gorgeous views of the surrounding area.  I could have sat out on the deck here all day!  Since it was 85 degrees in Napa (compared to 65 degrees in SF), I ditched my J Crew safari jacket and wedge boots, and slipped on my Nine West Clarence white flats.

 Abercrombie "Codie" tee in white and navy stripe, on sale for $9.95 here
J Brand Skinny Stretch Jeans in Northern Lights, exact at Nordstrom for $178 here
Nine West "Clarence" in white, $34.99 on 6pm.com here
Wanderlust & Co Hook and Leather Bracelet in navy/gold, exact here
Cartier Love bracelet, MK gold Watch, similar MK "Runway" at Nordstrom for $250 here

 One of the pools near the entrance to the winery - so cool!

Winery entrance covered in earth and grass.

 The view from Artesa's tasting room deck - gorgeous.

Artesa's website if you are interested in learning more:  http://www.artesawinery.com/

The next stop was Trefethen Family Vineyards off of the St. Helena Highway.  Their building was undergoing construction on the exterior, so we took a couple of pics in the vineyard on the way out instead.  Trefethen had some amazing cabernets - we tasted both a 2007 and a 2008 and both were memorable.  You can't quite tell from this photo, but I changed into shorts at this point...it was getting hot!

Abercrombie "Codie" tee in white and navy stripe, on sale for $9.95 here
Banana Republic navy cotton shorts, purchased at the BR Outlet, similar J Crew 3" chino short here 
Nine West "Clarence" in white, $34.99 on 6pm.com here
Wanderlust & Co Hook and Leather Bracelet in navy/gold, exact here
Cartier Love bracelet, MK gold Watch, similar MK "Runway" at Nordstrom for $250 here

Juicy grapes almost ready to be made into delicious wine! 
Trefethen Family Vineyards' website if you are interested in learning more: http://www.trefethen.com/

Our third winery of the afternoon was Round Pond in Rutherford.  I hold a membership to this winery, and it was a wonderful treat to be able to visit for one of their food and wine pairings.  Round Pond has a fantastic outdoor patio overlooking their vineyard, and it was a wonderful way to wrap up our afternoon wine tasting.

Round Pond's sun-filled outdoor patio.

Food and wine pairing:  2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc paired with a radish, cucumber, and apple with cheese on toast, 2009 Estate Syrah paired with a deep-fried olive and salami, and 2009 Estate Cabernet paired with a crepe filled with beef and a delicious tomato sauce.  I wish I had saved the menu so that I could describe the food exactly as they did.  They all were tasty and paired perfectly with their respective wines!

 Another photo of the tasty bites.

 Photo in front of Round Pond's iconic round window overlooking the tree-lined driveway.

 One last goofy shot before we left Round Pond and headed back to the hotel to change for dinner.
Round Pond's website if you are interested in learning more:  http://www.roundpond.com/

Saturday night, we took a recommendation from our friends at Round Pond and dined at The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma.  Their motto is "country food with a french passion," and it was wonderful!  For dinner, I chose to pair my Equipment blouse with a polka dotted skirt and heels for a simple and elegant outfit.  Here I am forcing my sweetheart to take a couple of quick pics before we ran back out the door... =)

 Equipment "Signature" blouse in nature white, same at Nordstrom for $208 here or similar "Sheer Studded Collar" shirt in sandshell at Forever21 for $19.80 here
 Forever 21 polka dot pencil skirt, similar at Piperlime here
Another Line Faux Leather Belt in soft taupe, exact at Nordstrom here
J Crew "Mona" pumps in nude patent in warm bisque, sold out online but similar Vince Camuto "Desti" in blush patent at Nordstrom here
Ring:  H&M, Bracelet: Cartier Love, Watch: MK, similar MK "Runway" at Nordstrom for $250 here  
Bag:  Tory Burch, similar Tory Burch "Amanda" crossbody at Nordstrom here 


Thanks for reading!  Next up, Sunday wine tasting and dinner at French Laundry!

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