California spans across 840 miles of stunning coastline. And all along that beautiful stretch (and further inland) are countless ways to enjoy one of the Golden State’s most infamous treasures: its wine. The area’s legendary winemakers are known around the globe for their varietals. The best part: anyone can enjoy these delicious nectars on the regular. From Mendocino all the way down to LA, we’ve created your perfect wine tasting trip, guaranteed to leave you satiated, relaxed, and undoubtedly a little bit tipsy.
Set among the Redwoods, Mendocino is host to over 100 wineries. We love the picturesque FEL Wines and Navarro Vineyards. At the former, you can sip the region’s finest single-vineyard Pinot Noirs while taking in the rolling hills and misty mountaintops that surround you at every angle. At Navarro, try their exceptional Rieslings with a pairing of buttery goats milk cheese straight from sister farm in Boonville.
Robert Mondavi essentially put Napa on the map. The legendary vineyard hosts a range of tastings, from impromptu walk-ins, a tour suitable for children, and an in-depth 90 minute twilight tour—if you’re feeling romantic. If you’re tasting during the day, round your trip off with a stop at gourmet food haven Oxbow Public Market. Keep drinking at Napa Valley Distillery, and feast on savory seafood from Hog Island Oyster Bar all located within the market.
Oakland isn’t often associated with stellar Zinfandels, but Dashe Cellars is a game changer. Set in the vibrant 4th Street area that’s bustling with other artisanal shops and restaurants, this is an all-star urban tasting experience. For dinner (and more drinking) head over to world-renowned Chez Panisse whose wine list matches its unparalleled slow food menu. Local labels rub elbows with wines from Spain and Italy that go great with delicacies like Waters’ Yellowtail jack tartare.
If you want to relive your best day ever, visit Semler Malibu Family Wines regularly. High above the ocean in Malibu, with some of best scenery in Southern California, you’ll never want to leave. And with live music and tastings of some of the region’s best wines there’s no reason to. Elsewhere in LA, award-winning chef José Andrés encourages guests to experiment with The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Beverly Hills‘ stellar wine menu. Whether your palate favors “Complex and Nutty,” “Rich and Sweet” or anything in between, there are flight options for all. Be sure to ask for the restaurant’s stellar sommelier and tell her we sent you!