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A Day in Napa Valley, Part Three

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Parts one and two of “A Day in Napa Valley” covered how to spend your morning and lunchtime while you traverse Highway 29 in Napa Valley’s wine country region. You’ve had breakfast, you’ve gone to wineries, eaten lunch, and been a tourist. It’s now time to complete your day in Napa Valley by visiting two more wineries.

Afternoon

Stop #6 – Charles Krug

After your lunch break you’ll continue your wine education by visiting the first winery in Napa Valley, Charles Krug Winery. Even though it’s the first winery in Napa Valley it never gets too crowded. The winery has an intimate tasting center hosted by a knowledgeable staff. You can expect great service while drinking fantastic red wines. As you sip away remember that you are drinking wine with its roots from the first winery in Napa Valley. This is where it all started.

Stop #7 – Sterling Vineyards

As your day exploring wine country comes to end why not finish as you started, soaking in the scenery. Enter Sterling Vineyards by heading along a driveway lined on both sides by vines and trees. After parking you’ll need to take Sterling’s aerial tramcars to access their tasting center. The tram offers views of Sterling’s grounds, including the vineyard and a pond. Sterling’s tasting center offers an outdoor terrace where you’ll be able to sit outside while tasting and enjoy views of Napa Valley. Use Sterling’s serene location to wrap up your day of wine tasting. Relax and take the time to absorb what you’ve experienced today.

 

Closing Thoughts

If you’ve never traveled to Napa Valley before then visiting the wineries listed in this three-part series gives you the chance at a unique opportunity. You’ll experience history and education as well as taste a variety of wines offered from the valley. Keep in mind though that the best part of Napa Valley is the sheer number of wineries in one location. This itinerary is in no way exhaustive of the opportunities available in Napa Valley. This itinerary allows you to have a guide for your first visit to Napa Valley.

After you are no longer a wine tasting rookie which winery to go to may still appear daunting but it’s part of the fun. If you drive by a winery that looks interesting to you just pull over for a visit. You’ll never go wrong because each visit to a winery is a chance for you to figure out what types of wines you enjoy and which you don’t.  Everyone’s tastes differ so to find out which wines you enjoy you just have to keep trying different wines. Remember to keep a list of the wines you do enjoy. Having a list allows you to notice trends in your wine preference as well as help you order wines at restaurants. Plus, you never know, you may find your favorite bottle of wine at a local supermarket back home.

Earlier Stops

Your day in Napa Valley is now complete. Read our related articles for more information on what else to do in Napa Valley. Click below to access the other articles in this series.

A Day in Napa Valley, Part One

A Day in Napa Valley, Part Two

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Bouchon Bakery: 38.402422, -122.361802
PlumpJack Winery: 38.455471, -122.374091
St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery: 38.455262, -122.414318
V. Sattui Winery: 38.488610, -122.448717
Napa Valley Sign: 38.427534, -122.394365
Charles Krug Winery : 38.518744, -122.480955
Sterling Vineyards: 38.569816, -122.545443
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Bouchon Bakery
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Bouchon Bakery, Washington Street, Yountville, CA, United States
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PlumpJack Winery
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PlumpJack Winery, Oakville Cross Road, Napa, CA, United States
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St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery
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V. Sattui Winery
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V. Sattui Winery, White Lane, Saint Helena, CA, United States
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Napa Valley Sign
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7610 St Helena Hwy, Napa, California, United States
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Charles Krug Winery
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Charles Krug Winery, Main Street, Saint Helena, CA, United States
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Sterling Vineyards
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Sterling Winery, Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga, CA, United States

 

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