Maid of Honor duty is no joke, you guys. I'm a million percent happy to be my sisters MOH and planning her bachelorette party was really fun, but also really stressful. Though that's probably because I'm the type of person who wakes up at night going through a list of things I have to do in my head. I can't even imagine the stress that goes into planning an actual wedding.
When I first started planning, we had toyed with the idea of taking a trip somewhere—Vegas, San Diego, etc.—but since her wedding is destination (Mexico) we decided to keep it local to San Francisco with a day trip to Napa included and it ended up being perfect.
Honestly, a lot of my initial stress came from figuring out the best way to get to Napa from SF, which wineries we'd go to, how many, where for lunch...and so on. I ended up coming across Beau Wine Tours and reached out to them and I'm so, so happy I did. Honestly, they took so much of my planning stress off the table and pretty much took care of everything.
I knew we had to get a group of 11 girls to Napa from San Francisco and that a private tour would feel a little more special, so I booked a 12 passenger Executive Van which picked us up in San Francisco and took us to Napa and back. They emailed me the day before to let me know our driver was James, who then called me to make sure we had our itinerary squared away. He was great and made sure we knew everywhere we needed to be, when we had to leave each winery, etc.
I worked with Rose and Lauren at Beau who were both so helpful providing tips and recommendations for the best wineries for our group. They helped with every little detail. I mentioned I wanted to keep it as economical as possible, since all the girls are already spending money to fly to Mexico for the wedding and they were really receptive to that, but still found us some amazing wineries. They booked everything we needed and we ended up going to three wineries.
Our first stop was Domaine Chandon and we ended up buying two bottles of rosé and then heading outside to the patio to have our own little tasting. Beau Wine Tours provided an ice bucket and plastic champagne flutes on the van, so we were already champagned up (making up words, but I think it might be a thing), so continuing with a champagne (err, sparkling wine) tasting was the perfect way to start.
The grounds at Domaine Chandon were STUNNING. I want to live there. Not kidding. All the girls had a mini photo session with this vine wall as the perfect backdrop. This is me so happy, because I really love my sister and rosé. But my sister more, I swear. (Blog post on this dress coming soon, but you can find it here and my sisters (aka also mine) here). These pictures make me laugh, because we're SO in unison, which is our life and I like that.
I think we could have stayed at Domaine Chandon all day, but James picked us up and we headed to our next appointment, which was scheduled for noon.
Our next stop was Whitehall Lane Winery in St. Helena. Beau recommended I pre-order sandwiches from Yountville Deli, which James picked up for us while we were tasting at Domaine Chandon. When we arrived at Whitehall Lane we had a picnic lunch at this farm table and our sandwiches were all laid out and waiting for us. I was honestly blown away. I don't know why I wasn't expecting that, but it was so, so appreciated and was the perfect touch to make the day feel special. We had our tasting as we ate lunch.
Whitehall Lane was by far my favorite winery for the atmosphere. It was the prettiest setting and we had this whole backyard to ourselves, which made the day feel a bit more special and unique. We walked through a cellar, picked our own grape (yes, one) to taste, laughed like crazy and all in all had a really great time. The staff was really nice and didn't mind when we got up to take 500 photos either.
Our last stop of the day was at V. Sattui, which was really cool and casual and one of the wineries at the lower end of price. We didn't make an appointment at this one, which was perfect because not everyone ended up tasting. We paid $15 for a six glass tasting, which was very reasonable and I loved the wine. There were plenty of tables outside to relax on where a bunch of the girls snacked on treats we picked up from DEAN & DELUCA, which I'm obsessed with. You may have seen my snap about the bacon spread. Oh my god, the bacon spread.
Overall, I'd say it was the perfect Napa bachelorette party experience. My sister (and probably everyone) was good and wined up, Beau Wine Tours took care of everything and I could enjoy the day without having to think about the schedule and itinerary. If you're ever planning a trip to Napa, I highly recommend scheduling a tour and having someone take care of all the details—at least once! It really makes all the difference.
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*I received a discount from Beau Wine Tours in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.