Wine Country Living
I was 8 years old the first time I remember wanting to go to Napa. I saw Parent Trap at the movie theater with my mom and sister, and ever since then I have been hung up on Napa and Dennis Quaid.
I have been to Northern California a handful of times, but somehow never made it out to wine country. We all know Cali is beautiful, but the wine country is visually BREATHTAKING! Literally everything is gorgeous there.
I stayed with 4 friends in a guest house we booked through AirBnb. The property was meticulously landscaped and serene, nested in the hills. One evening we watched a mountain lion coming down the ridge at the edge of the property. Kind of scary, but pretty awesome. As much as I love wine, I think I was more impressed by the natural beauty of the place.
Another thing I appreciated about Napa was how casual it is. I expected a little more pretense, but for the most part it is very laid back. You can go to dinner in jeans and linen shirt and be perfectly acceptable. After all, it is the country.
My favorite meal of the trip was a dinner we had in Historic Sonoma at Della Santina's. I had a mushroom tortellini dish that was so delicious my mouth is watering as I type! It's a quaint restaurant with a charming patio, and the wine country locals love it too.
CAUTION: This can happen after 10 wine tastings. You'll check your iPhone in a hungover stupor the next morning and find out you thought you were Nicki Minaj. You're not, but you thought you were. Not only is the evidence in your camera roll, but you posted it to your public Instagram page too. But I know Jesus, he drank wine, and I bet he'd understand a heart like mine.
Every vineyard we stopped at was unique and special. You will want to rent a car, because you'll be driving a lot. Make sure you designate a driver; the roads are winding, and the individual vineyards and wineries are miles apart from each other.