A couple weeks ago I drove to Napa Valley to see my best friend and attend Auction Napa Valley with her! It was pretty much a darn shame we have been such great friends since we were just teenagers and I hadn't been up to wine taste at her family's winery! We had to end that dry spell and what better weekend for girls time than ANV? Here are some snaps from that weekend and a little guide through the places we ate (and drank) that came highly recommended from Reagan (who grew up right there in St. Helena) that surely did not disappoint!
I was fortunate enough to be included in Rombauer's pre Auction Napa Valley private patio dinner for wine club members, long-time Rombauer lovers and industry partners! It was just a beautiful evening, delicious menu and incredible people to enjoy Rombauer wines with! If you plan to sip your way through the valley at some point, definitely add it to your list. They have recently renovated their caves to make them accessible to the public to tour and you'll enjoy walking around their gardens, not to mention the views from the tasting room are unbeatable! You can check out their tasting room information here and learn about how wine runs deeeeep in their amazing and visionary family here.
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The next day we attended the ANV Barrel Auction together at Inglenook! Even though it was a bit toasty it was so much fun! I didn't know much about this auction but ended up being brought up to speed and wow they raise so much money for so many wonderful organizations! Each participating winery auctions off a barrel of wine to be bottled and the top 10 bidders are sent a case. Getting to taste your way through the caves, seeing people bid all afternoon (and wanting to knock others out of the top 10) for their favorite wines was so fun!
ST HELENA FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS
Breakfast: The Model Bakery | Fresh baked everything, Oprah loves it & we loved it so much we went twice!
Lunch: Farmstead | Charming insta-worthy patio, best BBQ eats in town, The Magnolia Silos of Norther CA
Dinner: Goose & Gander | Craft cocktails, great vibes and noteworthy entrees.
I had so much fun! Thanks again to the Rombauer family for welcoming me to such an eventful weekend! Can't wait to go back!