If you ask me whose wines I worship in Napa, Ric Forman is at the top of the list. He's a master of his craft and tremendously humble about it. Nestled at the bottom of a long driveway, amongst a sea of vines and gnarly fairytale-esque trees, you'll never want to leave this intimate and cozy tasting room.
A winery that falls under what I call the "quaint & quality" category. From Sonoma up to Mendocino and down to the Central Coast, Arista makes beautiful wines that wholly represent their respective regions in CA. Their charming garden and picnic area makes a great setting in which to relax and do your own personal food & wine pairing.
The Mauritson family has been growing much sought-after grapes in Dry Creek Valley since the 1860's and have evolved to become one of the area's greatest winemaking families as well. Simply put, they are worthy of a cult following. Come for the incredible wine, stay for the picnic/lawn area & unmatched hospitality. (Pro Tip: Grab some grub at the Dry Creek General Store down the road)
J'adore! A true working urban winery owned by a French woman & Yankee husband. The pair source from organic sites to make balanced, food-friendly wines. Awesome patio w/ food from local vendors (or bring a picnic) . Also, blending seminars! 🙌
Great spot right on Oakland waterfront. Can take the Ferry from SF (aka, no designated driver needed). Offers a range of wines from a seasoned winemaker, small bites, & super fun events like Hey Girl! Bingo! (look it up). Two thumbs up 🤘
I went to Lynmar nearly two years ago and I still daydream about it... the wines & the setting. Do yourself a favor and reserve a lunch & tasting on the patio (or even just a tasting inside). Swoon-worthy to the max.
Oh how I love Whetstone, let me count the ways... they are the whole package. Gorgeous wines from a really cool winemaker (Jamey Whetstone) in a beautiful Napa-meets-French-Chateau setting. Need I say more?? ✨
One of my all-time favorite off-the-beaten-path Napa stops... the wines are as breathtaking as the views from the property. Family-owned, organic, and infused with the utmost quality & care. Tastings are personal & educational.