Are you planning a trip to wine country anytime soon? A pour of Pinot Noir here, a sip of Chardonnay there and after about five wineries you may have a pounding headache and a serious craving for some H2O. Or at least I did the last time I went wine tasting in Napa Valley. I caught a glimpse of myself before heading to the last winery and my eyes were bloodshot, my teeth were stained purple and I looked like I hadn’t slept in three days. It was a long day. I also had no idea what to wear so I was in jeans which was too casual for the occasion. I’ve learned some wine tasting survivor tips since then and hopefully they’ll help whether you’re in Napa Valley or anywhere else in the world. And if you’re going to Napa, don’t hesitate to venture farther down the road to a little gem of a city called Calistoga, California.
What to wear?
I recommend dressing up a bit and you can’t go wrong with a sundress paired with
wedges or comfy heels. Maxi’s, florals, color blocking & neutrals are all IN right now.
Nice pants and a cute top work too.
Don’t Forget Your Shades
Whether you’re taking an outdoor tour of a winery or feeling a buzz
after your 2nd tasting room, sunglasses always make a nice difference. Also…
Rohto eye drops are super strong and work wonders, (ask any highschool stoner).
Don’t worry about wine stained teeth after sipping reds all day. Carry a travel
toothbrush or Colgate Wisps and you’re good to go!
I’m wearing: Dress-Forever 21, Heels-Steve Madden, Purse-TopShop, Pearls-Gifted from Greece
Pics taken in Mendocino County, CA
Kinda Obvious, But…
1. Always have a sober driver!
2. Drink water during the day so you don’t have a splitting headache.
3. It’s ok not to finish wine. Just pour it out if you don’t want to drink it (wish I knew earlier)
Whether you’re heading to Napa Valley on vacation or have lived in NorCal your entire life, Calistoga is definitely worth a visit. You can explore the town and pop into tasting rooms along Lincoln Avenue. If you make it into Envy Wine’s tasting room, ask for Phil.
Here’s a few places to GO:
The Calistoga Inn serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a relaxing patio and some of the most affordable room rates in the area starting at $49-$119 a night.
Chateau Montelena is a unique winery famous for its Chardonnay winning a blind taste test in Paris in 1976. You can read more here. It was also featured in the film “Bottle Shock.” I just want to go here because it looks like a castle.
Solage Calistoga is a high end resort and one of the top rated Spas in the World. It may be out of my budget, but it doesn’t mean I can’t have lunch at the Solage’s Solbar.
For all Calistoga info about shopping, wine tasting etc. visit Facebook.com/Calistoga or click here
Finally, do you ever feel overwhelmed by a restaurant’s wine list? From fine wine to Franzia, I’m pretty clueless which is why I love having my friend Gianna around when it’s time to order a red, white or sparkling wine. Her beautiful blog, Decantress Wine Diary, is topped off with fantastic photos, valuable vino factoids and gives you an insider look at Napa Valley’s most amazing wineries.
You can tour Gianna’s rich reserve of posts here :)
So, where is your favorite area to go wine tasting AND do you prefer a glass of red or white wine?