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Top 5 Girly Wine Holidays in Sonoma and Napa

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Ladies, how do you feel at the thought of planning a girly weekend? It definitely sounds fun - deciding where to go over a bottle of wine and good conversation…

Anyone who’s planned a girly weekend will know that it’s not always as easy as that. Firstly, you’ve got to decide on a destination; finding somewhere everyone’s happy with can leave you not wanting to go at all. Next comes the frustrating task of going through your diaries trying to fit everyone’s hectic schedules together. It’s hard work!

At Winerist we believe that travel should be fun and simple, so to help you along we’ve picked our favourite US wine destinations - California’s Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley.

Sonoma is thought of as the birthplace of winemaking in California, so it has to be on every wine lover’s bucket list. And Napa, with its grand estates, boutique wineries, and quaint, cosy establishments, is one of the most popular wine and food destinations in the world.

Here are our top 5 wine tours and hotels in Sonoma and Napa, especially chosen for you and the girls.

Things to Do

Sonoma Food And Wine Lover’s Walking Tour

The charming town of Healdsburg is ranked as one of Sonoma’s best destinations for its beauty, character, and world-class food and wine. Visit six one-of-a-kind tasting destinations and unearth the history and culture that make Healdsburg a food and wine lover’s paradise.

Discover Sonoma Valley on a Trolley 

For a fun way to discover Sonoma’s sights and wines, get the girls and jump aboard a replica of the original Sonoma Trolley. During the day you’ll visit 4 unique wineries where you can enjoy a wine tasting at each.

Napa Valley Wine Tour on a Trolley 

Similar to the Sonoma Trolley Tour, but this time you’ll discover all of Napa’s hidden gems while sampling some of the best wines in the region at local wineries.

Napa Group Wine Tour 

Join a small, sociable group to discover the most spectacular wineries of the Napa valley. Tour local wineries with a knowledgeable guide and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the vineyards.

Napa Valley Private Winery Tour - For a really exclusive and luxury tour of Napa, join our Private Winery Tour. This can be completely customised and our expert guides know Napa inside-out, so let them show you the best of the Valley.

Place to Stay

The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort

If luxury and relaxation are what you and your girlfriends enjoy, stay at The Lodge. Indulge in a variety of beauty treatments at the on-site spa and enjoy fresh, local cuisine and an extensive selection of California wines in the bar and bistro.

Cottage Inn & Spa, Sonoma — Pamper yourselves with deep tissue aromatherapy massages, rejuvenation massages and reflexology treatments at the on-site wellness centre. You’ll also get free wine passes for select Sonoma wineries.

Napa Winery Inn  — In a quiet country atmosphere, this eco-friendly Napa Valley hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool and serves a daily hot breakfast. Numerous Napa Valley wineries are within short driving distance too.

The White House Inn & Spa, Napa 

This beautiful Victorian-style inn is only a short walk from the center of Napa. Relax in the hot tub with the girls or treat yourself to any one of the spa treatments on offer.

The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa 

In Southern Napa Valley, The Meritage Resort is just 10-minutes from downtown Napa. Relax in the outdoor pool or enjoy specialised health treatments at the spa. In the evenings enjoy dinner at the Siena Restaurant and toast to friendship at the Meritage Bar.

Now that you’ve got the fundamentals sorted, the only thing left is to find a date that suits everyone… good luck!

 

Winerist is the largest online wine and food travel marketplace. Our aim is to help create authentic travel experiences for travellers who want to discover the true culture of a place. With off-the-beaten-path tours and gorgeous hotels in over 70 locations worldwide, a trip with Winerist is a trip with the locals. 

corkshrewd:

In a glass, the flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon.

corkshrewd:

In a glass, the flavor profile of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dinner with Viktorija
I had the pleasure of dinner and conversation with a good friend and colleague. She really knows how to set it out.
Full dining table, comfy chairs, serving dishes and an open kitchen for viewing the meal in progress… And if that weren’t enough, an Armagnac tasting and croustade for dessert!! This is how you wine and dine!! Cheers to her and our friendship (and Nice 😉)

Dinner with Viktorija

I had the pleasure of dinner and conversation with a good friend and colleague. She really knows how to set it out.

Full dining table, comfy chairs, serving dishes and an open kitchen for viewing the meal in progress… And if that weren’t enough, an Armagnac tasting and croustade for dessert!! This is how you wine and dine!! Cheers to her and our friendship (and Nice 😉)

This is how you dessert #armagnac #wineanddine #betterwithage #croustade #jaifaimjaisoif

This is how you dessert #armagnac #wineanddine #betterwithage #croustade #jaifaimjaisoif

winepradatv:

THIS. It drives me insane when people pronounce it Mo-a. Learn it. Use it. And once again, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. #LearnItUseIt #WW #Champagne

winepradatv:

THIS. It drives me insane when people pronounce it Mo-a. Learn it. Use it. And once again, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. #LearnItUseIt #WW #Champagne

Wine for a Rainy Day

The clouds are overhead, the sky is gray. What do you drink on a gloomy day??

Bartender’s Choice #anything #novodkaallowed (at Bordel Chicago)

Bartender’s Choice #anything #novodkaallowed (at Bordel Chicago)

During the Wine Bloggers Conference this summer, we took a bit of a side trip and visited the African-American owned vineyard of Rideau. They showed us great hospitality and even greater wines!

Peanut-infused bourbon, horchata, topped w cinnamon. So good on a cold day! #fewspirits #tastetalks #drinklocal (at Open Secret Studios)

Peanut-infused bourbon, horchata, topped w cinnamon. So good on a cold day! #fewspirits #tastetalks #drinklocal (at Open Secret Studios)

What Would Olivia Pope Drink??

In the season premiere of Scandal, Olivia Pope (Julia Baker) is receiving a wine order. What is she drinking?? How can you drink like Olivia Pope? Watch this vid to find out!

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