If you’ve ever been interested in finding out more about how wine is made and what the grapevine life cycle role is, you’re in the right place! Find out exactly how the grapevine changes throughout the seasons. And if you want to tell others about what you’ve learned, just say you “heard it through the grapevine.”
Napa Valley is famous for its wines and wineries. We love highlighting some of our favorite wineries in our Napa Valley Winery spotlights. This week, we’re featuring V. Sattui Winery.
Although Winter in the Wineries started in December, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the deals. Napa Valley is naturally a great environment for vineyards, and produces many globally recognized wines. From now until February 3, sip your way through Calistoga with the Winter in the Wineries Passport. Continue reading “Winter in the Wineries Passport”
Most of us associate Napa with luxury and wine. But at its heart, this is a beautiful and natural region, that even those minding their budget can enjoy. We just want everyone to have a good time!
First things first: Where will you be sleeping?
Most Napa Valley hotels start at around $250 per night. Our rooms at El Bonita start at $139.99. We’re just being honest: the Napa area attracts a lot of tourists who want luxury. But maybe you just love wine, or want to take in the beauty of the region, or want to take a cozy cultured weekend trip. And we’re here in St. Helena to make that possible.
Plan where to eat according to your budget.
Vacations almost always involve “indulging” and many restaurant meals. When you’re tight on time and unfamiliar with the area, you might just walk into the first place you see. This is never a good idea! (Unless it’s an ice cream shop with a line out the door. Then you know it’s good.)
Bike around, where you can.
It’s fun, we promise. This should feel good before or after that heavy meal. And we’ll lend you the bike, no charge.
Alternatively, grab a Lyft. You don’t need to rent a car here.
Hit the tasting rooms!
They’re less expensive than you’d think, and you get to sample so many more wines than you would at an expensive dinner out.
Remember that the big-ticket items aren’t going anywhere.
If you wish you could partake in some of the relatively extravagant tourist attractions while in Napa, just know that you’re not alone. The world-class restaurants and wine train of the Valley aren’t going anywhere. Neither are the spas and the Michelin-starred chefs teaching cooking classes at the CIA Copia. There are plenty of activities to get to, and you’ve got plenty of time — now or later.
So, will we see you soon?
What do you like to do in St. Helena and Napa? Budget friendly and otherwise?
The American era of Prohibition followed the success of the Temperance movement, and we’ve all seen and heard the stories of bootleggers, bathtub gin, and moonshine. But what about the wine? What about those Napa Valley Prohibition days? Continue reading “The History of Prohibition in Napa Valley: a Lot of Raisins & Grape Juice”
This week, we’re coming to you with your Napa date night plans. Fret not about restaurants and choosing from menus like grocery lists, or deciding on which bar to end up at. We’ve got you covered. Continue reading “Napa Date Night: Here’s Your Easy, Casual Fall Itinerary”
Harvest season is upon us!
This week, we’re taking a look at one of the most renowned wineries in St. Helena and all of Napa Valley.
For this round of recommendations, we check out Ristorante Allegria for you. Pasta lovers, this one is for you! Continue reading “Where to Eat in Napa Valley: Ristorante Allegria”