Napa – Top 3 Recommended Wineries

Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Beautiful. Gratifying. Delicious. These are the first three words that come to mind when I reflect on our trip to Napa/Sonoma valley. As Angelenos, my husband and I have always wanted to come up to visit, but more often than not, we get sidetracked and end up traveling to other destinations. We are so glad we finally made the trip as it was everything that we had hoped it would be. Only downside was there were so many wineries, we couldn’t hit up all the places we wanted to visit {even on a 4 day trip}.

Here are my picks for the top 3 wineries to check out in Napa Valley…

~DuckHorn Vineyards~

One of the more beautiful and large estates, a visit to Duckhorn Vineyards is a must. For $30, visitors can partake in their “Portfolio Tasting”, which features a flight of five of their more current release wines. We lucked out with the gorgeous sunny weather and got to enjoy our flight out on their lovely patio deck. Don’t forget to make reservations if you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday!

Wine Recommendation: 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

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~ Grgich Hills Estate ~

We took advantage of a 2-for-1 deal using the WineryFinderTastingApp and got to experience Grgich Hills Estate tour and tasting package. It was such a relaxing and fun experience as we tasted different wines while touring their beautiful vineyard and barrel room {not to mention the nicest tour guide}. Please note of their specific tour times.

Wine Recommendations: 2009 Zinfandel and 2012 Fumé Blanc.

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~ Hendry Vineyard and Winery ~

Though Hendry is a small mom-and-pop winery, of the three recommended it is perhaps the most unique, informative, and refreshingly personal wine tasting tour I have ever experienced. George Hendry was fortunately our tour guide that day and naturally, he was very knowledgeable about everything he discussed with the group. He led an in-depth rundown of the winery’s history, operation, optimal vine pruning techniques, and so much more. The highlight of the tour would have to be the actual sit-down wine tasting, which comes after exploring the grounds of their well-manicured vineyard. He really goes through the process of how to really enjoy the wine – what the ideal food pairing is, a crash course on tannins and how they affect our taste buds, and lastly, a fun scientific taste test.

The tour does run a little long, but it is so worth the money and time. You don’t want to miss this unique and enlightening wine tasting experience.

Wine Recommendation: 2012 Chardonnay {my favorite}. If you’re not a big tannins fan, I would suggest their 2009 Pinot Noir, 2010 Primitivo, or 2008 Petit Verdot. If you prefer high tannins {which pairs well with fatty foods}, I recommend their 2008 Red and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

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