Our lovely Divas! You know how much we love a getaway! Our L.A.-based Diva Patrice took a 72-hour jaunt to Napa Valley – where wine is queen!
Napa Valley is just north of San Francisco, however, unless you have a private plane, you can not fly directly into Napa. So, I flew into San Francisco.
Once in San Francisco, you can either drive into Napa (duh!), taxi, take a shuttle or an hour-long Ferry ride, which will drop you off in Vajello and Napa, your choice. I opted for the San Francisco Bay Ferry into Vajello. The ride was great! The dock is downtown San Fran so you can easily walk to a coffee shop for coffee or a light snack before boarding but there are snack and drinks options for sale on the ferry as well, with plenty of space, outlets to charge your devices and lots of beautiful views from the water to take pictures and video.
Once my Ferry docked in Vajello, I was met by a lovely driver with Platypus Tours, a wonderful touring company that provides transportation for guests and groups, taking them to four different wineries for tastings and tours. He and I drove about 30 minutes into Sonoma to meet with the other tourists that I would be with who were already on their second winery of the day, Homewood Winery. They were about midway through the tasting once I arrived, so I had quite a bit of catching up to do. My group consisted of six people including myself. Everyone was great and had fun and welcoming personalities. There’s nothing worse than touring with people who are dull, boring and non-engaging!
At Nicholson Ranch, I learned that this time of the year the grapes are just beginning to grow so they are very small. Stomping season is closer to the end of the summer when the grapes are fully formed.
Our second stop Peter Cellars, was a casual and relaxing tasting by the fire.
The weather was a bit chilly so this was perfect!
The group and I had lunch and took our first group picture! As you can see, we’re an interesting and diverse bunch, all from different parts of the country, with one thing in common for sure; great wine!
Visit Napa Valley to relax, enjoy amazing wine and food and meet some fabulous people along the way.
Tune in Wednesday for Day 2!