Napa Favorites

Napa is perhaps the most famous wine region in the U.S. 

Shot to fame in 1976 after the Judgement of Paris, it's  now largely known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The Napa region is broken into 16 "nested" AVAs that each have their own unique strengths, soil types, microclimates, and cultures. Napa is especially unique in that it has a wide range of producers; there you'll find everything from grocery store super stars to whispered cult favorites to small family-owned producers. Below are some of my favorite spots that I'd love for you to visit!

Memento Mori - Napa

The first time I visited Memento Mori, I instantly fell in love. It was the perfect day to visit their cozy, chic tasting room: rain was pouring outside, thrumming on the tin roof, the stormy grey lighting outside set a romantic atmosphere and paired perfectly with the deep blue velvet furniture, the slight chill in the early spring air made Cabernet Sauvignon the ideal drink of choice. All this was complimented perfectly by their smart attention to detail in their decorating, stunning art work, and of course, our hostess, Emily, and her friendly demeanor. By the time I left, I felt like I had just had a drink and caught up with my best friend in her home.  I was immediately enamored by everything surrounding their wine and branding.

Memento Mori wine is named for the life-embracing  philosophy held by its three founders:  Hayes Drumwright, Adriel Lares, & Adam Craun, who each have an impressive history in terms of overcoming adversity and becoming extremely successful in their lives and careers. The story behind the brand is inspiring, and the thought and attention they put into everything to do makes this group one to watch. They currently produce three stunning Napa Cabs sourced from highly-coveted vineyards and crafted by their well-esteemed wine-maker, Sam Kaplan. Visits are highly personalized and are for serious wine collectors and enthusiasts, with a price tag to match. 

68 Coombs Street
Napa,   CA 94559

Charles Krug - St. Helena

Charles Krug is Napa Valley's oldest winery and is truly a historic icon. Its founder and namesake, Charles Krug, introduced countless innovative ideas to Napa's wine industry and was a key player in the region's rise in fame and quality. In fact, he was Napa Valley’s first hired winemaker and made the region’s first commercial wine. To this day, Charles Krug remains family owned & operated; now on the third generation, brothers Marc & Peter Mondavi Jr. lead the way. 

As you arrive to the property, it’s clear that this is a place with history and prestige. A long, tree-lined driveway leads to vineyards and a beautiful stone tasting room. Inside, you are greeted by a gorgeous and stately tasting room, all set up to evoke a feeling of luxury and timelessness.   

There is a wide range of wines crafted by Charles Krug, some available only in their tasting room while others are a familiar face found at most wine merchants. Across the lineup, it’s hard to choose a favorite, and none will disappoint. There’s sure to be something for everyone. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the tasting was the charcuterie board, which featured meat & cheese infused with their own wines. You can't get a better pairing than that! A visit here is well-worth your time, not only for the wine, but also for the historical importance of this great place. 

2800 Main St
St Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2229

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