It’s never a bad idea to visit Napa Valley in February.
Visiting the Bay area with family.....Sign me anytime!! It was my job to put together an itinerary for some of the places we wanted to see. The main goal was to trek over to Napa Valley, after all, who doesn't love wine, seeing exciting views, and having a great time with the family.
Prior to arriving San Francisco, I completed my research on several wineries, and chose to visit the Brown Estate Downtown Winery and Raymond Winery. For me, visiting two to three wineries is a max for me in a day…. Remembering that budget and time were of essence. Before heading out to the Valley, the fam and I indulged in a yummy brunch at PLOW in San Francisco, which is a recommended spot for brunching, and a place that I will definitely visit again when I return. The drive to Napa Valley was splendid. The rolling hills, and vineyards makes you love wine more.
Once we started to navigate our way to the Brown Estate, we found out that the Estate was easily accessible, as it was tucked away right in the heart of downtown. The Estate is in a prime location of Napa, and is surrounded by the cute boutiques and eateries. I suggest starting early, for shopping and eating. The lobby of the Brown Estate Downtown Winery was exquisite, and reminded of a New York City (NYC) chic hotel lobby. The spacious bar and friendly environment allowed for my cousins and I to pick up conversation with guests nearby, to discuss domestic and international traveling experiences.
Next stop, the Raymond Winery, which is about 30 minutes from Brown, and is located in St. Helena. Once we arrived, we felt a special energy, and immediately became overtaken by the absolutely amazing view. The scenery is described as one of the most picturesque views in Napa Valley, and I couldn't agree more. Raymond Winery allows guests to choose what type of experience they would like to have. The room to the left is the light wine experience, and room to the right is the Crystal Cellar experience (gives a vibe from the 50 shades of Grey). Of course we opted for the Crystal Cellar, OMG I was not disappointed with my visit to the Cellar, and the wine was absolutely divine.
My goal is to visit Napa once a year and to add a new vineyard experience each time. I can now say Napa Valley’s Brown Estate and Raymond Winery have been added to the favorites list. Until next time Napa Valley....
After doing a little research, I learned that the Brown Estate Downtown was a little difficult to find, and I determined I needed to make a reservation a few weeks in advance in order to maximize my time spent. The Brown Estate is only 1.5 hours from San Francisco, but when you are with cousins, time just flies by.
The Brown Winery is built on family traditions, community, and love. My family and I started with a beautiful cheese spread along with wine samples. I went for option #2, as it was more of the bold reds that I love. The staff was very knowledgeable of the vineyard’s history, and made sure to create a great experience.