Top: Banana Republic (old, similar here) / Skirt: Anthropologie Capelli Tulle (on sale and avail in store!) / 
Necklace: BR Tutti FruttiBag: J.Crew Tillary Purse (Similar here) / Shoes: Nine West / Sunglasses: Isaac Mizrahi

This weekend was simply wonderful. One of my besties, who I've known since tweens, planned a day trip to Napa for my birthday!! Wine country is about 30 miles away from home and usually has warmer temperature. I was surprised and super happy to find mid 70 degree weather! We couldn't have picked a better day for a wine country outing ;-)

We visited three different wineries, the first having champagne tastings; Domain Carneros!! This winery was very welcoming. As soon as you enter the black iron gates, there is an open courtyard with cute little bistro tables and outdoor lounge dining tables in the garden for large parties. They also have seating indoors... but why would anyone do that??! Of all the sparkling wines, my favorite was the Vermeil Demi-Sec. It was very crisp and I'm drawn to floral notes (even in perfumes, candles and clothes) so this champagne was a perfect match!

Second stop, Clos Du Val. Now this winery was a real treat. As you turn into the driveway of Clos Du Val, you're guided by the plush and perfectly sculpted columnar evergreens. From there, a row of outside cabanas nested in front of the actual vineyard leads you right into the tasting room. This would be my favorite place of all to return to with a larger group. Think the green outdoors and a vineyard surrounding you, sun keeping you cozy in a plush cabana all the while having bottle service! Next time I hope to do that plus the tour. Inside the tasting room there are two double doors with an open view of the wine room. I highly recommend this winery...and it was the only place where I purchased wine.

Next, Inglenook! By the time we got to Inglenook it was about 4pm and the sun was beginning to set. This set the tone, my gf said it best, "I feel like we're walking on the set of a scary movie!". It could have been the dozens of trees once luxurious now barren surrounding the winery and still water fountain. Or all of the unoccupied outside tables lingering while the front door waiting for us girls to enter. It was dark, windy yet quiet and a bit eerie...and I liked it!! ;-) The estate even houses the first home built in Napa. We had a reservation to the last tasting so we had the place practically all to ourselves! If you're into history, you'd really enjoy this location. There's a story behind the family, Coppola more widely known and the Inglenook name. I'll spare you the details but you can get a little history lesson here! It's very compelling! The Chateau  has a grande stairway upon entry and an upstairs museum. I only wish we had more time in the day to explore. Even more reason to return :-)

Here are a few pics from our expedition:

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