All in Wine Country
Wine snobs are the at the top of the totem pole of snobbery. Wine tasting is about the wine AND the experience. Why go somewhere where you're scrutinized for your wine-ducation and treated poorly?
I'm an huge fan of Dutch Henry and Lava Vines, which are Calistoga wineries that don't have the chillest attitude and great wine.
When you go to Napa, it's overwhelming.
There are so many vineyards that are priced differently AND have different wines AND have different ambiances AND are different distances apart.
Needless to say, it's hard to put together an itinerary. This itinerary is a suggestion for what can be done in a day in magical, snobby Napa Valley.
This is the first of many Napa Valley wine tours. So here's a little bit of an intro to the wine tasting experience.
Wine tasting is subjective and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. You like what you like. And some people can't tell the difference between red wine and vinegar.
Also keep in mind that vineyards generally don't serve their best wines in tastings.
All this being said, wine snobs are the snobbiest of the snobs. And sometimes they'll make you feel dumb for not knowing what you like. So come in with a preference. Here are some go-to lines you can use:
What is Sonoma?
Sonoma is part of California's wine country. It's right next to Napa (a more familiar name). The tastings in Sonoma are generally less expensive because it's not as well known.
In Napa, you can't get by without spending at least $20/person. In Sonoma, you can get away with free wine tastings (Whaat!?).
Wine country is not all about wine (Whaat!?) - it's actually quite beautiful. Here's a day in Sonoma County.