Exploring Napa, what is considered the North Coast Region of California Wine Country which encompasses, Napa, Sonoma, Lake County, Los Carneros, Solano County and Mendocino. Join us as we delve into some of the best wine experiences in and around Napa for the Wine Adventurer. There is a lot to explore, we just made a trip to Napa and we will be adding much more of our Adventures, as we Chronicle our Adventures across wine Country.
With any trip into Napa, a destination at the top of your list needs to be Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. Yountville is a glorious place to start the day and a Café au Lait and a Pain au Chocolat eaten on a bench outside Bouchon Bakery is the way to go. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful Yountville where there is art around every corner. The French Laundry Gardens are open to explore and entice you into see what they were growing.
We had not set appointments ahead of time and wanted to do a bit of driving and sightseeing, so we got back on Highway 29 and stopped for photo ops at Opus 1, Robert Mondavi, Gott’s Roadside (where you really have to have lunch), and Chateau Montelena. The drive through Calistoga and into Northern Sonoma on Rt 128 is stunning with Spanish moss dripping from the canopy of the trees over the road and the smell of cedar in the air. The roads here are curvy, so it’s best if you have not overindulged in tastings before making the drive, but the slower driving allows you to roll the windows down and soak in the air. The North Coast is noted for it’s redwoods and cool climate.