Wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma

Recently I flew out to San Francisco for work, but headed out a day early to have a day to spend in the Bay Area. When I landed, my friend Shea texted me and said, “Hey, are you down to go to Napa for the day? I rented a car.” Ummm, yes.

Our first stop? Ledson Winery and Vineyard, a beautiful castle-esque estate. I’m no wine expert, but everything we tasted here was delicious.

Next? Stag’s Leap, the historic vineyard that won the 1976 Judgement of Paris. At Stag’s Leap we met up with German, Shea’s Argentine friend who works as an intern there. Apparently there are a ton of Argentine wine interns in Napa – who knew?

As we tasted cab after cab, I had a blast practicing my Spanish with German. I was surprised to see I had lost almost none of it and was still fluent. Booze helps.

Finally, we capped off the day with a champagne flight at Mumm. Yaaas. Have I mentioned recently how much I love champagne? I believe in drinking it all the time, not just for celebration.

Overall the day was absolutely perfect and fulfilled my Parent Trap fantasy.

If only every Monday could be spent wine tasting in Napa… sigh.

Important info: 

If you’re heading to Napa and Sonoma to taste wine, I would highly recommend renting a car. I don’t know how you would get around without one!

Also I would highly recommend all of the vineyards we visited: Ledson, Stag’s Leap, and Mumm. They all provided a lot of wine education and were located on beautiful estates.

Have you ever been to Napa?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

14 thoughts on “Wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma”

  1. Glad you got a taste of California wine country. We have many areas throughout the state with great wine estates although Napa valley is the granddaddy.
    BTW, there is now UBER WINE available to make wine tasting and indulging easier. Just click on the app and you can get a driver for easy access to tasting rooms around the the valley and then back to your digs once tanked!

  2. Next time you are in Napa check out Frogs Leap winery. Beautiful place, pretty gardens and has organic wine

  3. Thanks Ashley for this lovely post. I have never testing wine in the vineyard before. But this would be a fascinating idea. Thanks for bringing it up in my head! very excellent photography as usual. Loved it:)

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