I’m a sucker for sparkling wine. My friend Marjorie and I were in the mood for a good girls’ weekend, so we decided to abscond to Napa (I’m easily convinced when it comes to wine weekends) for a sparkling wine themed weekend. We booked a hotel in the heart of downtown Napa and planned out an itinerary to visit several sparkling wineries.
The highlight of the trip was our tour of Schramsberg’s wine caves. Schramsberg is a fantastic sparkling winery with a deeply rooted history. They are one of the few large-scale wineries outside of champagne that make their sparkling wine in the “méthode traditionelle” rather than by adding carbon dioxide. We also visited Mumm Napa and Domain Chandon, but found Domain Chandon very touristy and chaotic. Mumm Napa had a lovely patio, just perfect for tasting quietly and enjoying the view.
The patio at Mumm. Photo credit: Lisette
We decided that we wanted an extraordinary dinner, but of course The French Laundry was a bit out of our budget (and impossible to reserve), so we opted for Bouchon. Bouchon offered all the gluten free savvy I needed, without the prices. I ordered one of the most delicious pork chops I’ve ever eaten. Overall the trip was a wonderful combination of great food, great wine and great company.