First Stop: Fremont Diner
Next Stop: Domaine CarnerosThird Stop: Cline CellersFourth Stop: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Fifth Stop: MUMM
Last Stop: Wine Stomp at Grgich Hills
There is no better place to spend a weekend with your girls than Napa. Since I have been in California I have gone to Napa almost every weekend and it never gets old. There are about 400 wineries with tasting rooms in Napa Valley alone, and 600+ if you include Sonoma too. Every time you go there is always a new winery to be visited and new wine to be tasted.
To start your day off you have to make a stop at the famous Fremont Diner. The diner doesn’t look like much from the outside but the atmosphere of the outdoor patio, amazing view and home-style cooking are what makes this spot so popular. Before a full day of drinking in Napa it is necessary to load up on the carbs in order to survive. You have to order the bucket of biscuits and homemade apple butter to start (my mouth is watering just thinking about it.) For my meal I got the fried egg breakfast sandwich and it was so good. This was my first visit to the Fremont Diner but it is definitely going to become my regular spot any time I’m in Napa/Sonoma.
After you’ve loaded up on the carbs at the Fremont Diner, head 5 miles down Sonoma Highway to the Domaine Carneros. The Domaine Carneros is one of my favorite places in Napa and is the perfect place to start the day. They specialize in sparkling wine and have an amazing 30$ tasting option. If you want to know a little more about the Domaine Carneros here is a link to one of my older posts where I go more in depth about my experience at Domaine Carneros.
Next stop is Cline Cellars. One thing that is awesome about Cline is they have complimentary tasting. I’m not kidding… It is really free! With the complimentary tasting you get to try 5 wines of your choice. The atmosphere at Cline is totally different from the Domaine Carneros. Cline is a lot more laid back; they have picnic tables everywhere and you are even allowed to bring your dogs!! We really enjoyed our time at Cline and I mean who could pass up free wine??
Right across the street from Cline is Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Jacuzzi also offers complimentary tasting and the wine is really good! Since the tasting was complimentary we bought a bottle and we also did a wine shot out of a chocolate shot glass! You throw the whole shot and chocolate in your mouth at the same time! It was so good and a fun little thing to do that most wineries don’t offer.
Next on our agenda was Mumm. Mumm specializes in sparking wine as well and is also one of my favorite places along with the Domaine Carneros. One thing that is really cool about Mumm is you can buy their wine in pretty much any grocery store across the U.S. Before I had gone to Mumm I had never noticed it in stores but now that I have been there I see it everywhere!
Our last stop of the day was Grgich Hills Estate to do a wine stomp. Wine stomping had always been on my bucket list and this is one of the only wineries in Napa that does it daily. The wine stomp costs 30$ a person and includes a glass of wine, a tee shirt and the stomp. It was definitely a cool experience but not something I will probably do again. I was only able to snag this one picture because they rushed us to get out of the bucket after we had only been stomping for 1o minutes. I thought it was very rude that they rushed us after we had paid 30$ to do it but we got a glass of wine a tee shirt and got to check something off our bucket list that we have always wanted to do so I would say it was mostly a success!
Thanks for reading and I hope this makes planning your trip to Napa a little easier!!