I’ve wanted to go to California to experience wine country for some time now, and over the weekend, my super awesome husband made it happen! The weather was perfect all weekend. It. was. beautiful. Sunny and only 75° with nice clean air! It does get a little chilly in the evening, so I would definitely take a cardigan. We went to several restaurants and some excellent wineries. Below are some of my favorite spots!
Where to Eat
Pacific Catch – This place was SO good! We ordered fish tacos and calamari to share and just thinking about it has my mouth watering! I also enjoyed a margarita that came with a bamboo straw (since plastic straws are now against the law there).
Garré Vineyard and Winery is where we had dinner after a day of wineries! I ordered the Halibut and really enjoyed the nice light flavorful dish. Justin got ribs and, shockingly enough, they don’t make them the same in Cali as in Texas!
What to Do
Livermore – Obviously you have to go to wineries while in Cali! While Napa Valley (I hear) is great, most of the locals suggested going to Livermore. They have a bunch of wineries, but cost less than Napa and still have fantastic wine.
Charles R Vineyards had my faaavooorriitteee wine! They were all light flavors ranging from simi-sweet to dry. A flight was only $10 and you got to try seven of their wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Miners Rose, Bonnie’s Deux Rouges, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah. Most of them had notes of varying fruit, which I really enjoy!
Murrieta’s Well was the most beautiful winery! As you walk up there is a beautiful garden with huge roses. The building housing the barrel room, tasting bar, and patio dates back to the 19th century with a stunning chandelier in the middle. The upstairs is for wine club members and has an exceptional view of the vineyard! While sipping on wine we snacked on an excellent Charcuterie board.
We also went to Winchester Mystery House. This mansion was built by Sarah Winchester beginning in 1884 and was continually worked on until her death on September 5, 1922. Sarah kept working on the house because she believed she was haunted by the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles, and by never finishing construction on her home she would appease the spirits, or so they say. There are also several oddities in the home such as doors that open to a an eight foot drop or stairs that lead straight to the ceiling.
It is a really beautiful home and a very interesting history lesson! The strange features of the house made for a fun afternoon!
If I’m anywhere near one, the beach is always a must for me. So we drove about an hour to get to Davenport, a very, very, very small town (408 people) and hiked down to the beach! While it was pretty, it was also super cold! I was so glad I had a jacket. As we walking along the beach we were running away from the icy water when the waves crashed. Getting to be in beautiful places like that with people you love makes for such an amazing time.
Cali was a fun, beautiful, and relaxing place. If you enjoy wine and food, this is the destination for you! I look forward to getting to go back!
And a HUGE thank you to my amazing husband for arranging the trip!! I had a blast! You’re the best husband I could have asked for ❤