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Wine Tasting Without Driving in Napa
Visiting Napa: Walking the Mile of Wineries in Yountville
What do you do when you're in Napa and you don't have a car, can't afford a driver or tour, but still a day of wine tasting? Simple. You put on your sneakers and and visit the tasting rooms of Yountville, Napa Valley’s quaintest little town. That's right, no driving, no risk of getting pulled over, it’s a great solution for getting a taste of Napa without driving.
Park your car at the southern tip of Yountville in the morning and then put those keys away. The entire walk is about a mile with plenty of stops along the way for wine and food. And don't think that this walking agenda is only for those without a car. It's a great introduction to the delights of Napa and perfect for your first day or afternoon in town.
I’ll mark the wineries that are on the Priority Wine Pass that offer two for one tastings, too. You do have a Wine Pass, right??
Do I Really Need a Wine Pass if I Am Only Here a Day?
Short answer, maybe. The Priority Wine Pass offers a full year of discounts in Napa and Sonoma, mainly two for one deals, so you save $25 or more every time you stop. Drink more wine, save more money. If you live in the Bay Area or nearby you should get one for sure but if you are coming from out of town you need to do the math. The pass is $39.99 but you only need one for every two people. Pick your wineries and add up your savings before you buy. You really only need to hit two wineries on the pass to more than break even.
Follow this agenda stop by stop for the Yountville “Mile of Wineries” walking and tasting experience!
Stop 1: Bouchon Bakery
Start the Day with Coffee and Pastries - then wine!
Start your day early with a good cup of coffee and exceptional pastries from Bouchon Bakery, one of Thomas Keller's establishments. You know Keller, he's the chef responsible for The French Laundry located down the street, often considered the best restaurant - in the world. The baked goods will more than exceed your expectations - get some macaroons!
Stop 2: V Marketplace (and V Wine Cellars)
Sorry guys but I would be in big trouble with the wives if I didn’t mention that across the street is V Marketplace, an old winery that’s been converted into boutique shopping. Here is where you will also find your first sip of wine at V Wine Cellar - show your Priority WIne Pass and get two for one tastings, save $25.
Stop 3: Priest Ranch Tasting Room
It’s still morning if you’re staying on track so what could be better than a Bacon and WIne tasting experience? WTH? Plenty of other tasting experiences as well including wine and food pairing and even a blending class. Make reservations.
Stop 4: Silver Trident Winery
I'm telling you, this is one of the strangest yet appealing wine tasting experiences in Napa. Silver Trident Winery looks a bit like a high end furniture store decked out with Ralph Lauren everything. But make a reservation and you'll be invited into one of the various rooms to taste some of Napa's finest wines. Sit back on the soft, relax in a leather clad dining room chair, ahhh, how I wish this was my actual life! And yes, you can actually buy that sofa to go with your wine.
Stop 5: Addendum Ad Hoc
I know you are thinking I might be a bit obsessed with Thomas Keller and it's probably true. After all, he does make some of the best food in the world, including some awesome fried chicken and BBQ. For those of you who can't afford a $1,000 tab at The French Laundry there is Addendum, a tiny food shack located behind the Ad Hoc restaurant. Open seasonally, it's an ultra casual eatery where you order at the window and grab a seat at a picnic table.
Check ahead to make sure they are open and if they are you must not miss this opportunity to sample some of the Keller magic. This really is the best fried chicken I have ever had.
Stop 5: Hill Family Estate Wines
What do you do when your significant other wants to shop and you want to taste wine? You go to Hill Family Estates, a stop that's part antique store and part winery. It's a cool setting and the experience made all the better by their enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. A place at the back kitchen table will make you think you're at an old friends house as the wines pour and the time slips away. Wine Pass members get a 2 for 1 tasting, save $35. No reservations required.
Stop 6: JCB Tasting Salon
More shopping! More tasting!! JCB Tasting Salon combines a boutique store filled with everything from home furnishings to jewelry with a fun wine tasting experience. You can even get a sparkling wine flight.
Stop 7: hope & grace Winery
Derived from a dream over two decades ago to a thriving artisan winery and Yountville tasting room in Napa Valley … hope & grace began its journey as a winery in 2001 with a small production of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Today they are a modest producer of 3,000 cases annually; focusing on limited production, single vineyard, 100% varietal Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Semillon, Chardonnay & Dry Riesling. Walk in and taste or make a reservation for a wine and cheese pairing.
Stop 8: Heston Estate WInes
Cooking enthusiasts will love this one, a cookware store paired with wine tasting. The winery owner pioneered hard-anodized cookware in the ‘70’s before turning his passion to wine making and excels at both.
Stop 8: The French Laundry
No, no, no, I’m not telling you to pop into TFL for lunch. Well, not unless you have reservations and can afford to drop a thousand bucks for two. I’m telling you to go to the front of the building and take your photo in front of their brass logo sign and in front of the door. Instagam this and all of your friends will be so impressed when you post “Stopped by The French Laundry today…”.
If you just can’t get enough of Thomas Keller head over to Finesse, his store that sells lots of kitchen goodies as well as branded items with TFL logo.
Stop 9: Stewart Cellars Tasting Room
It’s such a beautiful setting, how can you resist stopping in at Stewart Cellars for a tasting? A small winery that sources only the best grapes from Napa and Sonoma, a labor of love you can taste in every bottle.
Stop 6: Jessup Cellars
Another interesting setting for a great wine tasting experience, Jessup Cellars is a mix of art gallery, sculpture art, and serious wine, all wrapped up in a casually lively setting. Browse the art and photography and then setting into a tasting that pairs a bit of cheese, nuts and chocolates with their wines.
White wine lovers should make Jessup Cellars an essential stop, their Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are stellar examples of their wine making skills. Reds equally impressive, Jessup is a family winery makes ultra premium wines served in one of Napa's friendliest tasting rooms. Bring your Wine Pass as you get a two for one here, save $30.
All This Wine Tasting is Making Me Hungry!
Yountville is home to many, many good restaurants. The restaurants are concentrated at both ends of Napa. If you walk back towards V Marketplace you’ll find some of my favorites - Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon, Ad Hoc, Bottega. All excellent. But since I took you on this journey from one end to the other you might want to grab a bite at restaurants close to your last wine stop and here are your best options.
A local favorite, Redd Wood is a casual Italian inspired eatery with everything from great wood fired pizzas to my favorite rib eye steak, all at prices that are moderate for Napa. You can each cheap here if you choose wisely.
RH Yountville Restaurant
Restoration Hardware took over the eclectic M(a)isonary location and turned it into an eclectic shopping, wine tasting and dining experience. It’s crazy cool. You really have to at least see this one even if you don’t dine here.
Like Rutherford Grill, R+D Kitchen is a chain owned by Hillstone Restaurant Group. This should take it out of the running for best Napa food but trust me, this is no Applebee’s. R+D Kitchen somehow becomes Napa in this location and the food is just excellent, from sushi to ribs.
Locals love Ciccio, an Italian eatery that features a nightly prix fixe dinner at $55 per person as well as a full standard menu. Wood fired pizzas, cozy interior, no reservations unless you opt for the $95 per person Chef’s Dinner so come early or be prepared to wait - but it will be worth it!