My Dad came to visit this past weekend and since he has never been to Napa, we did a short day trip up to wine country! I can never say no to wine country. Robin and I have heard about wine passes to Napa and we finally got the Priority Wine Pass after 7 months and 3 trips to the valley. We used the discount code “localwalley” to get our passes for only $40 and it was already paid off for just on this trip. Since most wineries require you to pay for tastings, this pass gives you access to 2-for-1 tastings and sometimes free ones, along with other sweet perks. You can read about the couple of wineries that offer free tastings here in a past post! Continue on for winery reviews and outfit details!
Our first stop was Hagafen Cellars, one of the wineries part of the wine pass program. It was around 11am when we pulled off the Silverado Trail and slowly drove down Hagafen’s long driveway flanked by vines and opened our car door to 90 degrees. Felt wonderful compared to the 65 I’m used to in San Francisco. There was just a couple other people in the tasting room so we had a chance talk with our server and really take in the wine and views. The winery is small, but quaint. They have a small garden off to the side of the tasting room and a cute backyard patio area with tables. My Dad and I walked about the property as we sipped on wine and soaked up the sun. We tried about 7 of their wines. My favorite was their Crescendo, my Dad enjoyed the Merlot and later bought a bottle. I believe they are really known for their Prix, which tasted amazing. Since last time I was up in Napa we started off with Robert Mondavi, which is beautiful but crowded, it was nice to start off with a relaxing, quite winery. I highly recommend checking this place out when you’re in Napa. It’s right along the famous Sliverado Trail so you can easily hop from one vineyard to another.
Our second stop was just down the road at Andretti Winery. There was a few more people here, but it was still peaceful and lovely like Hagafen. I loved the grounds of Andretti – looked vaguely like Italy so I felt at home (I studied abroad in Italy in college). We did a flight of 5 wines and while talking to our server learned that she has family in my hometown and visits often, which is really strange. It’s not everyday you meet someone connected to your small Wisconsin town 2,000+ miles away. We brought each of our glasses outside to sit next to the vines. I pulled a table into the sun so I could work on my tan – I’m 100% serious. I need Vitamin D after living in fog city! I really wanted to try their Barbera wine but it was almost sold out so we didn’t get a taste. My Dad picked up some cards and a jar of beer mustard to take home – hey, we’re from Wisconsin. Beer love is true love.
After Andretti we were starving, so I suggested we go to V. Sattuti for lunch since I knew from last time that they had great food. Since V. Sattuti is right across the road from Sutter Home, I just had to stop by and pick up a bottle of their Port which Robin and I are pretty obsessed with. It’s only sold at the winery, so we pick up a bottle each time we visit. By this time, it was around 4pm (time flies when you’re in Napa!) so we headed home. You can read about V. Sattuti and Sutter Home in a previous post here.
Now, time to talk about the outfit! I knew from experience that it gets hot hot hot! in Napa in the summer, so it’s best to wear as little as possible. I also know comfy shoes are a must since you spend so much time standing and drinking wine, which is why I started with these comfy floral flats from Target (from last season, so similar here). I pulled out this top from the back of my closet and thought it paired well with my high-waisted shorts from Forever21 (similar). I love the pop of color and cut-outs on the side so it kept me really cool. My favorite part of this outfit is the necklace. I just got my first Rocksbox box with this necklace and a couple other pieces and was really excited to wear it out! Rocksbox is a cool monthly jewelry subscription box that allows you to try a bunch of cool pieces that you normally wouldn’t buy. It’s only $19 a month – I highly suggest you check them out! If you do, use code thewhimsysoulxoxo to get a FREE month of Rocksbox!