Insta-wine and Insta-food in Napa Valley

Insta-wine and Insta-food in Napa Valley

Some of the best parts of any trip, in my opinion, are the food and the wine experiences. Our Bloggers in Napa Valley trip was certainly no exception to that.

Since Napa Valley is famous for some of the world’s best food and wine, we five bloggers had a feeling we’d indulge in some pretty spectacular meals and vino, and we were right!

Being bloggers who aren’t shy about sharing our experiences on social media, it was only natural we’d want to Instagram our indulgences.

Today, I have picked out my favorite food and wine photos from our Bloggers in Napa Valley trip, both mine and others.

I’m calling it Insta-wine and Insta-food in Napa Valley and I’ve marked all the photos with their designated Instagram account names.

Our first sip of wine together as a group happened at Redd in Yountville. The food is amazing, the service impeccable and the atmosphere relaxing and chic.

Kim of Northern California Style asked our server to snap a quick photo with her phone, the first of several photos of the five of us enjoying what Napa Valley does best: food and wine!

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Jennifer of A Well Styled Life ordered a flavorful sunchoke soup and a gruyere panini that I wouldn’t mind eating every day for lunch. It would never get tiresome.

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Heather of StyleMindChic Life snapped this cheery Instagram picture while we discussed the day’s plans.

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After shopping and a bit of sightseeing, we checked into our rooms at Andaz Napa. We enjoyed cocktails and conversation, and later dinner, at their outdoor bar and restaurant.

The next morning, we awoke knowing we had a fun-filled but long day ahead. Best to start off by getting sufficiently caffeinated.

 

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And I always advise people planning to wine taste for most of the day to eat a hearty breakfast like Tamera Beardsely very wisely did. 

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But I don’t always take my own advice and could only manage a few bites of oatmeal in my room and a green smoothie in the Andaz Napa lobby. I’ve never been much of a morning eater.

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Mike, the “Napa Chauffeur” of Napa Valley Tours and Transportation picked us up after breakfast and took us to our first stop on our day of wine touring. It’s the only way to go wine tasting for the day – safely and in style!

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We arrived at our first destination, Domaine Carneros a short while later and were treated to a sit-down sparkling wine and Pinot Noir tasting on the terrace of the chateau.

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We learned so much about sparkling wine that morning. We’re all quite well-versed in the field of bubbles!

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Our next stop was Pine Ridge Winery. We took a lovely and interesting tour and tasted their superb wines. My favorite was the Encantado Rosé. Doesn’t rosé photograph nicely?

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Next, we traveled to St. Helena and visited the first winery built after the repeal of prohibition. Merryvale Vineyards has a long and intriguing history in Napa Valley and makes wonderful wines.

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We were treated to lunch on their veranda: burgers, fries and fish tacos from world-famous Gott’s Roadside paired with legendary Merryvale wines. It was one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had!

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After our bellies were full, we headed to Bolen Family Estates, a very small production winery specializing in fine merlots. We learned more about wines and winemaking from owner Mike Bolen in an hour than I have learned in years living in Wine Country. He’s not only full of knowledge that he loves to impart, but he is hilarious!

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We enjoyed his many stories while tasting his hand-crafted wines right from the barrel. Another unforgettable Napa Valley experience shared on Instagram.

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Our last meal as a group was at Archetype, formerly known as French Blue in St. Helena. I can’t decide what I like more about Archetype – the food or the atmosphere. They are both pretty fantastic and so are these fantastic women!

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Are you like me and consider food and/or wine favorite highlights of your travels?

Make it a rich day!

XO,

Adrienne

Disclosure: Our rooms at Andaz Napa and our car service from Napa Valley Tours and Transportation were both complimentary, as were our tastings at Domaine Carneros, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Merryvale Vineyards, Bolen Family Estates and our lunch at Merryvale which was provided by C. Milan Communications. 

15 Comments

  1. Kathy
    May 15, 2014 / 7:44 am

    Love reading about this trip as we’ll be taking a similar one in June. A big part of the fun of traveling for me is food and wine (for better and for worse) – So many of my trip memories are of restaurants and special dining experiences. I’ll have to think about that hearty breakfast thing though before our wine tasting trip as I’m not much of a breakfast eater either. Hmmmm….

  2. May 15, 2014 / 8:13 am

    I just love Napa. Your food looks delicious! I’m happy to have found your blog…I love to live a life of luxury on a BUDGET! 🙂

  3. May 15, 2014 / 8:19 am

    A lady after my own desires… food & wine! Looking forward to following your #IGTravelThursday adventures!

  4. May 15, 2014 / 9:00 am

    I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s angle ( literally) on that trip! Looked great fun and would make a great photobook!

  5. May 15, 2014 / 9:11 am

    Gorgeous ladies, fabulous wine, great photos – I can literally feel the amazing atmosphere!
    I love these travel and lifestyle posts, Adrienne (as much as your other posts of course).

    Annette | Lady of Style

  6. May 15, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Thanks Adrienne for sharing our photos in this unique way. Really cute seeing everyone’s perspective! I loved it. Wish we could do it all again!! Fun linking up today. I’m off to read the others in this link up travel posts too.

    x Kim

  7. May 15, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Looks like foodie and wine heaven. I was salivating just reading.

  8. May 15, 2014 / 11:50 am

    This was such a great trip, and I wish I had been there, too. And yes, the Rose does photograph nicely. Everything did. Especially that burger.

    Love the fonts you put on the photos. That was a lot of work. 🙂 Kudos to you.

    Thanks for linking up with us this week.

  9. May 15, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    This WILL be my holiday one day! There isn’t a thing I’d change…including the yoga not documented in this post! Ah, it all sounds so heavenly Adrienne, and I could look at all of your photos endlessly.

  10. May 15, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    What a fun-looking, super stylish day you had. Wish I had been there too. Trips to Napa and Sonoma is what I miss the most about not living in California!

  11. May 15, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Hi Adrienne-I love your spin on the individual IG views of our trip. What a fun and unique glimpse you put together here. Great post! Thank you for creating the trip and encouraging us to do this link up. Though my first post basically disappeared I was more pleased with my second so it turned out for the best. I loved reliving our trip together as I looked at all the photos.
    Miss you girlfriend!
    xx, Heather

  12. May 16, 2014 / 1:04 am

    Gorgeous!! The food and wine was exemplary, but the company was what made this trip so memorable for me. Thanks for arranging this amazing adventure for us, my friend.
    XOJennifer

  13. May 18, 2014 / 7:53 am

    I love this post!! My hubby and I are considering taking a trip to San Fran and Napa this fall. We both love wine and your wine and food pictures look amazing. I also love the scenery you are showing. It must have been a blast!
    Please drop by
    jess
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  14. May 19, 2014 / 2:20 am

    Gnammy, you tried such amazing food and wine!!
    It’d be an amazing trip!
    We discover your blog thanks at lescahirsfm.com ranking and we like it so much!

    XOXO

    Cami&Marci

    Paillettes&Champagne

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