After our wedding, David and I headed to Napa for a mini honeymoon. We stayed for two nights at the Archer Hotel in Downtown Napa. The hotel was beautiful with great attention to detail. We even had a balcony with a fireplace. The hotel was also nice enough to send up a delicious cheese plate and champagne.
We Only had one full day in Napa and spent it visiting several vineyards. We started at V. Sattui and did a full tasting. V. Sattui is over 130 years old and we were told one of the only vineyards that also serves food. We grabbed some food at their Italian deli and had a nice little picnic outside. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was perfect. The food and wine were both pretty good and we got a couple bottles to bring home.
After our picnic lunch, we headed to Corison Winery. It’s a smaller winery that V. Sattui and we were able to have a private tasting. I really enjoyed the wine at Corison and we brought back a couple bottles
It was getting late in the afternoon by the time we got done at Corison, and we had just enough time for one more stop before the wineries started to close. We decided to check out an interesting looking winery we’d passed earlier in the day – Opus One. Once we walked up, we realized we were very under dressed in jeans and that the wine was going to be way outside our price range.
The entrance to Opus One was opulent and we were greeted by a serious English concierge. He said they were fully booked for tastings but that he would squeeze us in. David and I followed him through the beautiful courtyard to the tasting room. We looked incredibly out of place in the lavish tasting room surrounded by other guests that exuded wealth. We sat next to two men from Hong Kong that could have been characters in Crazy Rich Asians and they recommend which wines we should taste. Tastings ranged from $55-$65 for one glass and bottles started at $800. We did one tasting, and while the wine was delicious, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between it or wine from a $60 bottle. I obviously don’t have a refined pallet. We enjoyed the wine on a beautiful terrace taking in the views of the valley. The two guys we befriended ended up buying 10 bottles. We didn’t buy any.
Looking at the website now, it seems their currently available wines are all under $600, so maybe there was a special release or they only had rare vintage wines when we visited.
When we left Opus One, most of the wineries in the area had closed so we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We went to a steak house and had a nice evening walking around the downtown area. We finished off the night relaxing on our balcony in front of the fireplace with a nice glass of wine.
The net day we had time to grab lunch. We headed to Gott’s on the recommendation of one of David’s groomsmen. It’s a great little burger spot in the Oxbow Public Market. That area had a really cool vibe with lots of interesting shops and restaurants. I wish we’d had more time to explore.
After lunch, we packed up and headed back to San Francisco to catch a flight back to Atlanta. Our little mini-moon in Napa was the perfect end to our wedding trip and it gave us some extra time to soak in the wedding and our new marriage before returning back to the real world.