Oct 24

The Best Napa Valley Wineries

Are you traveling to Napa Valley? With hundreds of wineries to choose from, how do you choose the best? Check out my list of the best wineries to visit in Napa Valley!

The Best Napa Valley Wineries

With literally hundreds of wineries in Napa Valley, which ones do you choose to visit? From the ten or so wineries that we visited on our recent trip to Napa Valley, I included four of the best Napa Valley wineries. As a bonus I’ve included an additional winery in Sonoma Valley which is just a short drive from Napa Valley. The wineries I included in this list are in no particular order. They are all exceptional wineries that must not be missed. I judged the wineries not just on their wine, but also the people, scenery and history. I love wine, but we also love fun people, beautiful scenery and rich history.

(1) Round Pond

After attending an olive oil tour and tasting at their olive mill, we headed across the street to Round Pond‘s winery for an Estate Tasting on the terrace. I had high expectations for Round Pond because I heard great things about their wine tastings. Our actual experience exceeded all expectations. After touring the gardens and meeting their winemaker, Muiris Griffin, we headed to the terrace for a beautiful tasting.

Round Pond is a Rutherford farm and winery with 362 acres of vineyards, 5 acres of biodynamic gardens, 12 acres of olive orchards and one of only two olive mills in the region. The property is gorgeous and the tasting room and terrace is one of the most beautiful in the valley. Driving up the palm tree lined driveway, you know that you are visiting a special place.

Round Pond Estate Wine Tasting One thing that I noticed about Round Pond was that everyone was so friendly. The winery is one of those places where you get the feeling that everyone loves their job. I felt a real sense of family at Round Pond. One of the owners was dining on the terrace with her family and stopped to welcome us to the winery. Everyone is welcoming, kind and personable which really helps make the entire experience top-notch. Not only were the location and grounds beautiful, but the wine is quite exceptional as well.

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One of the highlights of my trip to Napa Valley was tasting wine from an actual barrel and meeting a wine maker. It was my first time doing both and it was such an awesome experience. More wine, please!

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Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best wines that Rutherford Valley has to offer. Don’t miss Round Pond Estate on your next trip to Napa Valley!

(2) Frog’s Leap

Frog’s Leap is another one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley. It is located in Rutherford, only a short drive from Round Pond. We opted for a garden tasting and were able to casually sip our wine while walking around the property. With Adirondack chairs scattered throughout the property and a beautiful garden to stroll through, Frog’s Leap is a great place to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery and great wine.

Frog's Leap Wine Tasting

Frog’s Leap is well known for the advancement of organic grape growing and dry farming. They have been farming organically since 1988 and strongly believe that their growing practices lead to higher quality wine. After a visit, you can clearly see that they take pride in their farming practices. By tasting a few sips of their Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and others, you can taste the high quality of the grapes grown on their property.

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Frog’s Leap is one of those places where you can truly kick back, relax and enjoy the day. Our time at Frog’s Leap was some of our most relaxing time spent in Napa Valley. Sip some wine, walk around their gardens and learn all about the winery!

(3) Chase Cellars

As a small winery located in St Helena, Chase Cellars is a quiet and charming place nestled in a beautiful location. Head over to Chase Cellars and spend the afternoon tasting wine made from the grapes grown right in front of your tasting table. Chase Cellars has been growing grapes for over 100 years and you can still see the older grape wines producing exceptional grapes. Chase Cellars has amazing Zinfandel that should not be missed.

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Make an appointment for a tasting at Chase Cellars to taste some exceptional wine and learn all about Hayne Vineyards and their highly rated Zinfandel!

(4) Mumm Napa

Do you love sparkling wine? If so, I’m sure that you have tried Mumm Napa wine or at least seen it readily available in wine shops. Mumm Napa is a large scale, well-known winery with exceptional grapes and even better wine. I love Mumm Napa because you can almost always just stop in for a visit and grab a seat on the patio overlooking the vineyards. Take a tour, taste some wine and visit the fine art photography gallery located on the property. Mumm Napa also has a nice gift shop to browse while you continue to sip your wine.

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Grab a seat on the patio, relax a little and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Mumm Napa located in the heart of Napa Valley!

(5) Scribe

Even though Scribe is actually located in Sonoma Valley, it is only a short drive from Napa Valley and is a winery that should not be missed. Make an appointment and you will be treated to a beautiful tasting at a picnic table located at the top of a hill overlooking the valley. They provide a few treats to snack on while you enjoy your wine. The people at Scribe are really fun people to talk to. We learned so much about the history of the land and how the current owners decided to purchase the property. The hacienda, or historical home, located on the property is currently undergoing renovations. I am sure it will be an amazing historical place once the renovations are complete.

Scribe was one of my personal favorites during my visit to Napa and Sonoma Valley. It is a unique winery with beautiful views, interesting people and the best wine. I highly recommend that you add it to you list of must-visit wineries. Try all the wines, but my personal favorites are the Riesling and Estate Chardonnay.

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OVERVIEW:

Round Pond: Beautiful gardens, friendly people and a beautiful tasting room and terrace. Make an appointment for both the Estate wine tasting and olive oil mill tour and tasting for the full experience.

Frog’s Leap: Relaxed inexpensive garden tasting. Stroll around the property admiring the breathtaking vineyard views. Don’t miss a tour of their organic gardens. For a more formal tasting, book a signature seated tasting.

Chase Cellars: Relaxed and intimate tastings in a beautiful outdoor setting. Make a reservation to learn about the history of the Hayne vineyard and sample some of the best Zinfandel in the valley.

Mumm Napa: Beautiful and casual patio tasting. Take a tour of the winery and browse the fine art photography gallery. One of the most beautiful locations in the valley. Walk-in at your leisure or make a reservations for a terrace tasting to sample a selection of the limited production sparkling wines.

Scribe: Located a short distance from Napa Valley. Fun, relaxed and youthful vibe. Great selection of wines. Make an appointment before you visit.

Whether you chose to visit one winery or all of the wineries on this list, make sure to enjoy the beautiful views, decadent wine and wonderful people in Napa Valley!

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to write this post. I researched and visited all of these wineries on my own. I did receive a free tasting at Round Pond. All opinions are my own. 

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Oct 22

Stitch Fix October 2014 Review


I love all of the feedback I receive from everyone reading my Stitch Fix posts. The number one question I receive about my fixes is how to request a specific item in your fix. I recommend pinning from my Stitch Fix board if you see something that you like. You can also pin from Stitch Fix’s own Pinterest board. One thing that I really love about Stitch Fix is that they are constantly reviewing their policies to benefit us. Did you know that if you see an identical product at another online retailer within 7 days of receiving the item, they will match the lower price for you and for future clients receiving that product? To read more about Stitch Fix FAQ go here. Read on to see what I kept this month.

WHAT IS STITCH FIX?

Stitch Fix reminds me of the personal stylists that they have at Nordstrom or similar stores, except I’ll never actually meet my stylist and all of the items are shipped directly to my door. When you sign up, they ask you to fill out a style profile, where you specify sizes, price ranges, shapes, styles and any colors or patterns that you prefer. You pick a date that you want your fix shipped and they send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items hand-picked based on your style profile. You can schedule one delivery or sign up for automatic monthly deliveries. You pay a $20 styling fee for each box, which also includes delivery. The $20 styling fee is applied as a credit towards anything you keep from your box. If you purchase everything in your box, you receive 25% off the entire purchase.

To learn more about how Stitch Fix works and to read the reviews of my other fixes click below:

Stitch Fix – October 2013 Review
Stitch Fix – November 2013 Review
Stitch Fix – December 2013 Review
Stitch Fix – January 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – February 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – March 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – April 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – May 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – June 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – July 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – August 2014 Review
Stitch Fix – September 2014 Review

MY THIRTEENTH STITCH FIX

So here is my 13th Stitch Fix box:

Stitch Fix October 2014 Review

(1) Gilli Kamile Jersey Ruched Detail Dress – $64

I pinned a similar dress to my Pinterest board. Unfortunately, the dress I pinned was out of stock, but my stylist sent me this dress that is very similar. I love it! The ruched detail is fun and it is very comfortable. The dress can be dressed up or down. The color is gorgeous and is a beautiful, vibrant color for fall.

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(2) 41Hawthorn McQue Solid Lace Sleeve Blouse – $48

When Stitch Fix first started sending 41Hawthorn pieces, they were mostly basic with little details. But they have really expanded their collection with some beautiful pieces. I love this lacy sleeve navy blouse. In fact, it is my favorite piece in this fix. The lace detail on the sleeves is gorgeous and the color is perfect for fall.

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(3) BRIXON IVY Heidi Scallop Hem Pencil Skirt – $64

How fun is this pencil skirt? The color is a beautiful cobalt blue and the scallop detail makes an ordinary pencil skirt really unique. I can never have too many pencil skirts in my closest. The fit is a little big around my waist. I could have sized down in this piece or easily alter it to fit.

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(4) Ellison Davis Leopard Print Button-Up Cardigan – $68

I love leopard accessories like scarfs and ballet flats. I don’t have many leopard pieces in my closest and love this fun cardigan. You can never have too many cardigans and I love the look of this print over the navy blue lace sleeve blouse. I also love that it is long and works well with brown boots.

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(5) Market and Spruce Dash Button-Front Chambray Shirt – $74

A chambray shirt is a wardrobe staple. Even though I already have at least two other chambray shirts in my closet, I don’t think you can ever have enough. Each one is unique and this one is good quality and very comfortable. The scarf in these pictures I received in a previous fix. I am so happy that the weather has cooled down so that I can wear it again.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Stitch Fix October 2014 Review

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Once again, I kept everything! I love that all of the pieces work great for fall. They are all wardrobe staples with fun and unique elements. My fix included a mix of everything I love – fun basic pieces, beautiful colors and unique details. Stitch Fix really makes shopping easy. I just added five new pieces to my wardrobe without ever leaving my house. I also love that many of my previous Stitch Fix pieces go well with all of the new pieces. Stop by again to see what I receive in my next fix!

If you want to try Stitch Fix, go here to sign up!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I signed up for Stitch Fix and purchased the box myself. I’m sharing my opinions because I think they will help others. This post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next box.

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