Napa Day Trip

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent this weekend laying low and catching up on some much needed rest after a busy week. Though this weekend was a little more low-key, a few weeks ago my girlfriends and I planned a little day trip to Napa to go wine tasting.

Our first stop of the day was to Jessup, where my friend Meghan is a wine club member. Being a member is really the way to go and we were able to have a wonderful private, sit-down tasting.

Next, we headed to Velo Veno aka the Clif Bar Winery. I first heard about this winery in a 7×7 post and given my love for Luna bars and wine, I thought it was the perfect match up. Oh and then there was the bike riding part. Full disclosure here, I haven’t been on a bike since I was probably 12-years-old and even that’s a stretch. The last bike that moved (aka not spin or stationary) had a fabulous Beauty and the Beast motif with purple and pink tassels coming out of the handle bars. Needless to say, it’d been a while. But I figured there is that lovely phrase “it’s just like riding a bike” which means that once you get back on you remember how to do it.

Posing pre-ride in Velo Veno

Well here’s the thing no one really tells you- it’s actually quite hard to get the hang of riding a bike when you haven’t done it in a very long time. Not to mention that the bike I was riding had gear shifts, handlebar breaks and was without any pretty tassels. I soon realized that it was actually quite hard to get the hang of breaking with your hands, versus just putting your feet on the ground… which I proceeded to do about every 5 feet. Luckily, I have some of the greatest friends in the world and despite them being able to ride circles around me, they stayed with me and encouraged me as I struggled along.

Post-lunch and getting ready to get back on the road. We did wear helmets but I didn’t think you needed to see those attractive pics.

Finally, after a few little tumbles and scrapes, I managed to kind of get the hang of it. It wasn’t easy and I wasn’t by any means good, but I was able to ride along and have a conversation at the same time… a victory in my book. And what would riding through wine country be without a few photo pit stops?

Our Brady Bunch/Partridge Family shot

After a day of riding, we made it back to Velo Veno for a tasting. With the intense heat (96 degrees!) we were all ready for some water, snacks and oh ya wine. Each wine at Velo Veno is paired with a special snack blend, such as Toasted Coconut & Cashews, Sundried Berries & Cherries, and my obvious favorite, dark chocolate almonds with sea salt and olive oil… yum!

Post riding treats!

After Velo Veno we began heading back but made one more pit stop to Domaine Carneros just before closing time. It is a gorgeous winery and known for their bubbles… one of my favorite things to drink!

All in all, it was the perfect day with my girlfriends. We’re so lucky to live close to the gorgeous Napa Valley and what better way to spend a summer afternoon? I can’t say that I’ll be back on a bike anytime soon, but despite some intense bruises that lasted almost two weeks, I’m proud that I managed to complete the bike ride and had a wonderful day!

Questions:

-Have you ever been wine tasting?

-Bike riding, yay or nay?

-Favorite summer activity?

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10 thoughts on “Napa Day Trip

  1. How FUN!!!

    I’ve been to a wine tasting … at someone’s home, though. That is so cool!

    And bikes … well, I was contemplating getting one but worried because I haven’t ridden in forever, well, lol, I think I may put it off for a bit now! Hehe.

  2. Oh WOW! Emily, these photos are gorgeous! I’ve only been to CA once but it was nowhere near Napa Valley. Maybe I can get Will to plan us a trip there :D

  3. That looks like so much fun!! And I haven’t been on a bike since I was about 12 either haha I would have been horrible too!

  4. I am so jealous that you live so close to wine country! It’s one of my top 5 favorite places in the United States. Every time I visit, I think, “why don’t I live here?” because it’s truly paradise. Perfect weather (well, maybe not the day you visited!), beautiful countryside and DELICIOUS food and drink (of course!) all in one place? Yes, please. :)

    Your weekend excursion looks like the quintessential girl’s trip! How funny that Clif Bar has their own winery. Did they sample bars with the wine? ;) And oh my goodness, the pairings at Velo Veno sound to-die-for. Dark chocolate almonds with sea salt and olive oil would be right up my alley, as would cashews and coconut. Yum!

  5. This looks like the cutest little trip ever! The riding and the wine tasting sound so fun – and the snacks that paired with the wine sound delish! My favorite summer activity is cooking big meals and eating dinner outside with the family. College sure makes me enjoy those moments :)

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