Napa Valley Wine Country :: Travel Guide


One of the perks of living in San Francisco is the short drive to wine country. I took a road trip with Kelly (@Asideofsweet) in our cute Fiat for a girl's get-away weekend in Napa Valley. Here's a 48 hour travel guide to my favorite wineries and restaurants to grab a bite between each tasting, and where to stay in Napa. Please enjoy the photography by Kelly!

Hotel White House Inn

_KEH4684Chic, modern and sophisticated! The White House Inn has well-thought-out design elements throughout each room. Every inch of the space is photogenic and nothing short of a spectacle. I would highly recommend this boutique inn as a posh place to stay in Napa. _KEH4599fabulous breakfast in bed with beautifully crafted small plates and baked goods. And they had a variety of healthy options too! Yes please!_KEH9994

Favorite Restaurants 1. Sunflower Caffe _MG_0079_MG_0072Sunflower Caffe is a true Californian cafe that serves vibrant and colorful foods! A must-try if you're in the area looking for a delicious lunch spot.

2. Crisp Bake Shop _KEH2472_KEH2482Crisp Bake Shop has the most heavenly fresh-baked chocolate chip sea salt cookies you will ever taste. Period.

3. El Molino Central IMG_3724I had a craving for tacos before I stumbled upon this cute Mexican restaurant. I enjoyed the outdoor seating and whimsical green wooden picnic tables. Try their tostadas, tacos, and basically anything with avocado. :) Photo credit: Ryan Chua

Favorite Wineries Some of my favorite wineries include:

1. Domaine CarnerosIMG_3685Domaine Carneros is best known for their award-winning sparkling wines and Pinot Noir. See the menu here. I personally enjoyed the 2012 Brut Rosé among the three styles of sparkling wines. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys bubbles! Daily tastings start at $30. 2. Patz & Hall _KEH2377Patz & Hall is truly a winery that feels although you are at a home away from home. What elevates this winery is the sommelier, who will teach you about the wines (which is perfect for someone who is new to wine). In celebration of National Pinot Noir Day which is on August 18, we focused on Pinot Noir. I enjoyed the Chenoweth Ranch, a 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that is oaky, medium-body, and full of lush fruit flavors.

3. Viansa Sonoma Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 6.52.23 PMViansa Sonoma is a gorgeous winery where you can enjoy a private tasting of reserve wines while overlooking the vineyards. Accompanying the wines, is a charcuterie board with delicious cheeses. The private tastings cost $75 per person and can seat from 2-6 guests.

What are your favorite types of wines? Good luck and don't hesitate to ask any questions! Follow on Instagram & Snapchat @FashionbyAlly for live updates.

Photography by AsideofSweet and Ryan Chua AllyChen_Signature