napa valley

Last week, I had the pleasure of going to Napa Valley, California for a work trip. This was my second time to Napa Valley and it gets better every time. Before work had officially began, we were able to spend some time around the city exploring new places.



Before all of the wine, we headed to Napa Smith Brewery for an Irish band and early St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, where I also bought that little “growlette” to somehow turn into a vase for my faux bar cart.


St. Patty’s Day started with an “Irish” breakfast at Downtown Joe’s. All the corned beef hash and green beer you can drink (also pancake shots!) Then after a little bit of work, I decided to get rid of the hombre with some box color – and who would have thought one of the guys from IT can do hair! Looks like I now have my personal stylist on the road. We ended the night back at Downtown Joe’s then to Bilco’s for some pool.




More food, of course. During the week we had one of our dinners at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Their avocado and crab citrus salad is out of this world. We were also able to celebrate Joe’s (IT/my new stylist) birthday!


Now on to the fun part…

Friday, after our event was over, we were ready to just relax (and drink!) We had a tour set up with Platypus Tours in Napa. If you are ever in Napa, I highly reccomend you look them up for a tour! They pick you up at your hotel and set up 4 wine tastings for you all over Northern and Southern of Napa Valley. What’s nice about the tour is they take you to small wineries that you might not have found on your own. And make sure you request Sue as your driver (another fellow Ohio girl!)





First stop on the tour was Merryvale Winery in St. Helena. Inside they had this gorgeous cask room (pictured middle left) that would be such an amazing place to hold an event or private dinner. We were given a tour and even able to taste their wine right out of their barrel.

My favorite: Merryvale Chardonnay and Starmont Rose’



Next stop on the tour was David Fulton Winery in St. Helena. (A little history.. David Fulton actually invented the one horse plow.) We were given a little tour in the vines and then served a delicious lunch right on the patio.

My favorite: the Petite Sirah (which is their estate wine)




Our third stop was Casa Nuestra, which happens to be featured in The New York Times 36 Hours in the United States and Canada (a book Steve got me for my birthday). It had a very laid-back, hippy feel and I could have sat outside there all day.

My favorite: Chenin Blanc




Last but not least what Tedeschi Family Winery in Calistoga. Tedeschi was a very small winery, just owned by a father and his two sons. It was hard to chose a favorite from this winery, they were all outstanding (maybe that’s because it was the last winery too..)

My favorite: Pinot Noir and Semillon


Napa Valley has to be one of my favorite places I have ever been to. Besides the wine, the scenery is gorgeous and every one there is so nice. Hopefully my next trip there will include family and be non-work related.


Since this year I wasn’t able to spend any time in San Francisco I was able to at least get my two favorite things at the airport:


 Clam Chowder in a bread bowl from Boudin Bakery & A famous Irish Coffee from The Buena Vista Cafe.


Then after a 6 hour flight across the country I was surprised with a special treat when I walked in the door:

Flowers, candlelight, a cheese plate. mussels and more wine! I hope Steve knows this is how I expect it to be after every time I get home…


Linking up with Helene in Between for Travel Tuesdays!



  1. March 26, 2013 / 1:09 pm

    what a fabulous trip! and that's great that you got to have so much fun even on a work trip!! i have never been to Napa Valley but after your post it is on my list!

    • March 27, 2013 / 12:52 am

      I definitely reccomend it! Thanks for hosting such a great link up!

  2. March 26, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    What a great trip! 🙂 Looks like you had a great time! I've always wanted to go there!


  3. March 26, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    I've always wanted to go to Napa, it looks beautiful! Looks like you had a great time!

    • March 27, 2013 / 12:54 am

      SO beautiful there, if you ever get a chance to go, it's a must! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. March 26, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Wow- this looks amazing. The weather seems perfect. And that crab and citrus salad looks really interesting! I wish I could go here just to eat and drink and drink and eat 😉

    My Travel Tuesday Post

    • March 27, 2013 / 12:56 am

      I dream of that salad – hopefully I can find a recipe soon and post it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. March 26, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Your work trips are so much better than mine! I've been dying to go to Napa.

  6. March 27, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Napa Valley is somewhere I have always wanted to go. I've recently visited some east coast wineries, but I would love, love, love to visit Napa Valley! And yay for the surprise when you arrived home…can't beat that!


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