Last week, I went to some Napa valley wineries with Jeff and his friends. Its our first time there and we were just tagging along to see how its always done haha. And maybe get some ideas for bringing my parents over when they come in October. We set off around 12pm and reached there at about 2pm I think. We hit traffic near Napa where the traffic lights are really slow. Other than that it was ok. The weather there was really hot. I think it was in the high 80s and it actually felt hotter than when I was in Brunei because in Brunei we have air-conditioner everywhere but not in Napa.
Because we got there kinda late, we only went to 2 wineries. The first one we went to was Domaine Chandon. There was no entrance fee for this place. All you have to do is pay a tasting fee if you want to try out the wines. We decided to get the classic tasting which cost $18 per person but with a foursquare or yelp check-in, you can get a 50% discount. So make sure you check-in whenever you go there!
The classic tasting comes with the Brut Classic, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé and the extra-dry Riche. Plus you get to keep the logo flute glass. With the 50% discount, it comes out to only $9 per person. Not bad!
We got too excited and just chug down everything really quick so we can try the next one on the list lol. After finishing all out 4 tastings, we walked around for a bit and left for the V. Sattui Winery.
I like the V. Sattui more. There’s a big shaded picnic area outside and you can buy food and wine and have a picnic there. It was packed! We didn’t manage to get any seats. But they do sell picnic packs which includes a small plastic blanket to sit on, plates, cups and utensils.
Besides food and wine, this place sells a lot of cheese! From what I can see, there’s like more than 100 different types and they do hand out free samples also.
The wine tasting was $10 per person (I think) and with a Yelp check-in, you get 50% off for the premium wine tasting for two. We didn’t pay at this place because Jeff’s friend had a membership with comes with free wine tasting for 3 friends. So I got to try it for free hehe.
We got to taste a total of 6 different wines and I tried the 2011 Dry Riesling, 2011 Gamay Rogue, 2009 35th Anniversary Zin, 2008 Carbernet, Preston Vineyard, 2011 Muscat, Angelica and the 100 years Madeira.
I have to say my favorite among all those was the Angelica and the Madeira. The Angelica was sweet because its a dessert wine and the Madeira tasted like alcoholic plum juice. In the end, we bought a bottle of Angelica because I felt like everyone at home would enjoy that more.
It was a really nice experience and the next time I go, I would want to go to the Castle where they sell a very nice grape juice lol. We wanted to go there to get it but it was kinda far and we were running out of time because we had dinner plans. The next time I go to Napa though, I’ll make sure to go there.