Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NAPA: GUIDE TO A PERFECT DAY









 DRESS: Lush | FEDORA: BP | SHOES: Tory Burch | CROSSBODY BAG: Sole Society | RING: Kendra Scott | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban 

Who doesn't love a spontaneous trip to Napa?! We are lucky enough to live about an hour and a half from the gorgeous wine country, so it is pretty common to wake up on a Saturday morning and decide to take a quick day trip. Thank you, California, for your diverse scenery and iconic tourist destinations.

Our last trip to wine country was on a whim. Jason and I discussed the idea of it earlier in the week and decided instead of dealing with booking a hotel that we would just make a day trip. Just writing this post makes me want to go back this weekend...Anyways, I love reading about people's recommendations and wanted to share mine!

We left the house at 9:30 and stopped by our favorite coffee shop PHILZ on the way out of town to get extra excited for the drive. Mint mojitos all day! We arrived in Yountville around noon because we took the scenic route and went over the Golden Gate bridge. This route takes slightly longer, but is worth the drive. Our first stop was lunch at Bistro Jeanty. This restaurant screams classic French cuisine and has such a fun vibe to it. We ordered the Creme de Tomate en Croute and the Soup a l'Oignon (aka cream of tomato soup and french onion soup). They were both so decadent and delicious! I highly recommend the tomato soup, it is served in a puff pastry, and you break the top of the pastry off and dip it in the warm soup... YUM. We also tried escargot for the first time, and I was not a fan, just not into it, sorry!

After lunch we headed to our first wine tasting of the day at Silver Oak. This winery should be on everyone's list to visit. They are known for their Cabernet, but honestly every tasting we did was divine. They also have a fun tasting room filled with gifts and tons of cookbooks! I am a sucker for cookbooks, especially ones with gorgeous pictures. I ended up getting Cheese Obsession and The Summer Table. One was a gift and the other is my go-to for fresh summer dishes. I am that strange person, who left a winery with cookbooks and not wine... oops!

Our next stop of the day was at Rombauer winery. They are located right off of the famous Silverado Trail and it is by appointment only (so don't forget to call ahead). I had to go here because they have the best Chardonnay; I think some people might even refer to it as "housewife crack". The tasting room at Rombauer is extremely small, but the good thing is they let you take each wine tasting with you and then you just go back for your next pour when you are finished. We walked through the breathtaking gardens and snagged a table at the very bottom of the property which overlooked the rolling hills. The setting was picturesque, I could have stayed there all day.

After our dreamy visit at Rombauer, we drove over to Opus One winery, but unfortunately they were already closed. The front of the building is breathtaking, it looks like a giant pyramid. I have heard so many great things about the wine here, so I was disappointed that we didn't make it on time. Oh well, this will be the first stop on our next visit!

As the day was coming to an end we decided to drive to downtown Napa for dinner. We actually headed there because a sweet couple that we met at lunch recommended Frati Gelato. The downtown is adorable and is right on the river. We put our names in at the famous Morimoto Napa for dinner for two. Morimoto was named the "Iron Chef" for a reason, and he takes his food and reputation very seriously. His restaurant was exactly how I expected it to be, perfect. OH MY GOODNESS, this was by far, my favorite part of the entire trip. The overall dining experience was actually out of this world. The food there is so fresh and their plating is true art. I highly recommend going there for the "Morimoto Omakase", which is a multi-course tasting menu designed to allow you to experience the essence of Morimoto's cuisine. Seriously, you will thank me later.

Last but not least, we finished the day off with some gelato from Frati Gelato Cafe and enjoyed it down on the dock by the river. There were some baby geese that we sat and watched while we ate and they were oh so adorable.

We spent the drive back laughing and revisiting every moment of the day. I can't wait to go back and do it all over again! Please share your Napa recs here, I would love to hear all of them.

xx

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