These are our favorite wines. The ones we’ve made a point to remember. More importantly, they are the ones we want to share with you. If we see these wines on a menu, we know their quality will exceed their price and bring back great memories for us. We’ve had these wines for 60th birthdays as well as Tuesday nights.
There are a ton of places to taste wine in Napa & Sonoma & Paso & Santa Barbara, but these select wineries are our favorites. In order to be a favorite, the wines have to be great (no sense in visiting a place just for a view), the service should leave a lasting impression (friendly servers who answer your questions, ask about your day, talk about sports or shopping…maybe?), and the setting should stop you to just enjoy (gardens, comfy chairs, free snacks never hurt either). All these wineries do that for us and are our recommendations for people traveling to California wine country.