Last week, I traveled to Napa Valley, CA, for the first time. I ended up having one of the most enriching wine experiences of my life. Not only did I have an amazing time tasting all kinds of wine, but I learned a great deal about wine and wine tasting, which made the experience so much more enjoyable.
But the thing that made my trip to Napa the most memorable was the opportunity to have a personalized tour from someone in the wine industry. This friend-of-a-friend drove us around Napa for 7 hours, taking us on private and semi-private wine tastings of small to medium size vineyards. This personal guide to Napa also allowed me to experience many of the little things that most Napa visitors can only dream about…
5 Things I Did in Napa
- Ate grapes right from the vine – shh…don’t tell, it’s supposed to be a secret!
- Tasted several varieties of wine right from the barrel
- Enjoyed a wine and prosciutto tasting in a 100 year old wine cellar
- Chatted with an enologist about the process of wine making and sampled the first wine that she ever made
- Learned the meaning of MOG – materials other than grapes
The whole trip, from Sonoma to Napa, was like a dream come true. I only wish now that I didn’t have to wake up.