Northern California, Travel

Best Kept Secrets in Napa

About two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Flavor! Napa Valley Festival, a week long festival in Napa with over forty events hosted by local wineries and caterers/restaurants. These events ranged from private wine tours, banquets, brunches, and much more. I attended two of the many events: a private Napa Valley wine tour and a brunch party. Both of these events were spectacular, especially the food- both on the wine tour and at the brunch party. But the wine tour was the event that stole my heart.

I’ll take you inside some of the best wineries I have ever been to…

1. Spring Mountain Vineyard: This place is magical. From the original old architecture to the abundance of plants engulfing the property, it really and truly was my favorite winery I have been to in Napa yet. Oh, and the wine is good too.

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2. Rudd Oakville Estate: From the expansive fields of wine and crops to the underground cave, this winery will make you never want to leave. There was something new around every corner at this winery- when you think you have seen it all, you really haven’t. I suggest taking a tour downstairs to the private dining room underground if you can! Their Samantha’s Cabernet Sauvignon is incredible.

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3. Nichelini Family Winery: This winery is very family driven, and very welcoming because of it. They have a great selection of red wines, be sure to try Red Reserve if you do a tasting here.

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4. Goosecross Cellars: I will one hundred percent go back to this winery purely for the company. Our hosts were fantastic, primarily for their sense of humor. The back patio is a great place to do a tasting and there was a very accepting, laid back and young vibe at this winery. Also, their new 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is to die for.

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If any of you have any recommendations for Napa I would love to hear them!

Definitely consider trying out these wineries next time you are in Napa.


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  • Reply Maggie

    Gorgeous!! I have been to Sonoma but not Napa, so it’s still on my list 🙂

    March 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    Ugh, I JUST got back from Napa – would’ve loved to visit these while there! My favorites are Frog’s Leap, Mumm (do the Oak Terrace tasting!), and Plumpjack. I actually did a Napa Valley Travel Guide after my last visit – OH and PS you MUSTTTTT go to Bouchon. It’s incredible.

    XO Amanda |

    April 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm
    • Reply

      Hi Amanda,

      OMG I’ve been wanting to try Frog’s Leap and Bouchon so bad!! Thanks for the recs, I’ll most definitely have to check them out next time I’m there. I love trips to Napa 🙂


      April 2, 2016 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply jessica meizlish

    Where did you stay? Looking for a great boho style hotel for under $400 a night. Is this possible?

    April 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Rhianon

    Beautiful photos! I love Napa- it’s just full of beautiful, hidden gems. If you’ve never taken a kayaking tour down the Napa River, I really recommend it It’s really fun, and you get to see Napa from a totally different perspective.

    November 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply

      Thank you for the idea! You’re right, Napa is full of hidden gems. I’ll definitely have to take you up on the kayaking tour, that’s such a great idea. I just moved to LA, but I’ll be back up North soon I’m sure!


      November 23, 2016 at 4:05 am

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