Recently I flew out to San Francisco for work, but headed out a day early to have a day to spend in the Bay Area. When I landed, my friend Shea texted me and said, “Hey, are you down to go to Napa for the day? I rented a car.” Ummm, yes.

Our first stop? Ledson Winery and Vineyard, a beautiful castle-esque estate. I’m no wine expert, but everything we tasted here was delicious.

Next? Stag’s Leap, the historic vineyard that won the 1976 Judgement of Paris. At Stag’s Leap we met up with German, Shea’s Argentine friend who works as an intern there. Apparently there are a ton of Argentine wine interns in Napa – who knew?

As we tasted cab after cab, I had a blast practicing my Spanish with German. I was surprised to see I had lost almost none of it and was still fluent. Booze helps.

Finally, we capped off the day with a champagne flight at Mumm. Yaaas. Have I mentioned recently how much I love champagne? I believe in drinking it all the time, not just for celebration.

Overall the day was absolutely perfect and fulfilled my Parent Trap fantasy.

If only every Monday could be spent wine tasting in Napa… sigh.

Important info: 

If you’re heading to Napa and Sonoma to taste wine, I would highly recommend renting a car. I don’t know how you would get around without one!

Also I would highly recommend all of the vineyards we visited: Ledson, Stag’s Leap, and Mumm. They all provided a lot of wine education and were located on beautiful estates.

Have you ever been to Napa?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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