Napa Valley is known for some of the most beautiful wineries and tasting rooms in the world, and when it comes to picnicking and wine tasting, the most beautiful room is one with no walls.
This is the perfect time of year to grab a bottle of wine, some gourmet wine country food and cozy up onto an intimate picnic bench or blanket on the grass. The view is spectacular, with vines and fruit in full bloom stretched across the valley.
Whether you are looking for a wine country picnic for two, or a more festive atmosphere for a group of friends or family, Napa Valley has what you are looking for.
For the romantics out there, who want to snuggle, sip and savor in their own wine country love nest, Rombauer’s garden picnic area is divine. As you meander through the lush gardens, you will marvel at over one hundred varieties of plants and gorgeous flowers and seemingly stumble across a few secretly hidden picnic benches. The perfect spot to to sip a bottle of their delicious Chardonnay and enjoy a quiet picnic for two.
If you forgo the picnic, Rombauer offers a wonderful cheese and wine tasting ($50 per person) in a semi-private atmosphere for up to 8 guests. The classic tasting is $15 per person which encompasses a flight of their current release wines.
If you are a lover of Cabernet and are looking for a fun and festive picnic area, Regusci is the picnic spot of choice. Picnic tables are situated on their patio adjacent to the tasting room which makes it convenient to pop in and grab another bottle of wine. The vibe is chic, social and fun.
If privacy is what you seek, Regusci offers are a few picnic benches on the lawn and a few scattered off under the oak trees.
Reservations for picnic tables are suggested as they are very busy. It’s a vibrant and lively crowd who love the amazing Cabernet produced here.
Regusci’s 2009 Patriarch Proprietary Red is a favorite amongst guests. With a delicious black cherry and currant nose, the palate opens up to red bramble fruit and a hint of red licoriceteasing you with slightly sweet kirsch liqueur finish.
Their current releases include a delicious 2009 Chardonnay (Mary’s Cuvee) with hints of white peach, pear, cantaloupe and oak. Very refreshing and would pair wonderfully with prosciutto, burrata and fresh figs. A wine country picnic basket staple. The 2009 Block 27 Cabernet, 2009 Block 3 Cabernet and of course a Zinfandel and Merlot. Tastings are $25 per person.
Frank Family Vineyards is also another delicious wine producer, having just won Best Napa Valley Winery 2012 and their 2008 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received 93 Points – Wine Advocate. This vintage is a medium bodied dark red fruit Cabernet that throws out a bit of spice and grilled herbs and would pair wonderfully with a grilled pork loin or pulled pork sandwich and spicy German potato salad.
The picnic area, just below the tasting room is surrounded by rows of lush vines and towering oak trees with the perfect amount of shade for hot summer days. The ambiance is quaint and relaxing and the vineyard views are lovely. Classic tasting is $20 per person and the Premium tasting is $30 per person.
Another popular picnic hot spot is V Sattui. They offers a full gourmet deli with an outdoor smoky barbeque featuring tri-tip and chicken. The grounds are quite large, there are numerous picnic tables available and lots of shaded grass to lazily lounge upon. This is an extremely busy picnic spot so be prepared for long lines.
If you are looking for something special, Napa Valley has it all. Here is a sampling of a few more picnic locations:
Alpha Omega, Folie a Deux, Kuleto Estate, Caymus, JAX and Howell at the Moon.
Please be sure to check winery website for food policies and reservation information.
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