Our first stop early in the morning was to Chateau Montelena in St. Helen. We didn't necessarily want to drink in the morning, but had heard that their stone castle built into a hill overlooking a lake and Chinese garden would be lovely. With the sun shining, we were not disappointed.
The black swan with red beak was beautiful:
Our next stop was to Swanson Vineyards. You may recognize the name as the family who was responsible for the frozen TV dinners. Their wine tasting room, decorated by socialite and creative director Alexis Swanson, was like being in a circus tent, and was by far my favorite from an interior design standpoint.
Our last stop of the day was the famous Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. I was excited to go here as Stag's Leap is one of my favorite wineries. I was particularly impressed when we were offered a taste of their Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon.
We saw some wild turkeys on the road out:
The scenery of the entire Napa Valley region is just stunning, and I definitely recommend a trip here if you are a wine lover or just want to relax in a beautiful setting. Only an hour's drive from San Francisco, the region is very easily accessible and could even be a day trip destination ... just bring a designated driver!