Being a wine writer is a little like being a doctor: People ask you for advice at parties. The difference is that doctors get asked things such as, "My toe's been swollen like a grapefruit for two weeks—what's going on there?" whereas I get asked, "I'm going to Napa Valley in a few months—what wineries do you think I should visit?" I'm not surprised by the question. There are more than 400 wineries in Napa Valley; figuring out which ones to visit is definitely tough.
Here are my suggestions for mapping out a winery itinerary:
- 10 Vintages of One of Napa Valley's Greatest Cabernets
- Why You Should Rediscover Napa Now
- 8 Wine-Friendly Recipes from Napa Valley Chefs
Visit at least one 19th-century property, such as Spottswoode, Beringer, Schramsberg or Inglenook (owner Francis Ford Coppola restored the property's iconic name in 2011).