Visit the original Del Dotto off The Silverado Trail (also a Del Dotto in St. Helena, but we recommend the original) for a barrel tasting through the winery’s caves. Lit only by candlelight, you'll enjoy 70’s music and generous pours as you learn about the impact that different woods have on the wine. Along the way, you can taste and taste and taste, tossing your leftover wine on the stone walls and grabbing the labels of the ones you might want to purchase later. Be forewarned - the wine is not inexpensive, so it’s quite possible to toss a few sips from a $100 bottle - it may be better to savor each one as you go.
Del Dotto Winery
1055 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa, CA (707) 963-2134
Cost: $30 tastings, or $60 for wine cave tour with barrel tastings
Pick-up Lunch @ Soda Canyon Store
Stop in at Soda Canyon store (also on the Silverado Trail) to pick up a delicious box lunch (which comes with a specialty sandwich, homemade salad, cookie and fresh fruit). They also have espresso and fruit smoothies, and everything is made to order.
4006 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 707-252-0285
6am to 6pm Mon-Sat, 7:30am to 5pm Sunday
Clos du Val - Picnic and Taste
Clos du Val was part of the famous 1976 Paris wine tastings. But don't worry, there's no wine snobbery here. In fact, Clos du Val is one of the friendliest wineries to visit, especially for wine newbies. Some wineries are more interested in educating you on their wine clubs, but at Clos du Val, they actually teach you about wines, and do so in a very unassuming manner.
5330 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA (707) 259-2200
Cost: $15 for basic tasting
After lunch, the fun can continue. See our blog on Silverado Trail Part 1 or hit up one of the hundreds of others along your way!