What would a trip to Yountville be without a stop at the famous sparkling wine house? Right across the highway from adorable downtown Yountville sits the impressive Domaine Chandon. It’s sparkling wine bottles are popped all over the world.
The tasting room was packed, but we managed to find a spot at the bar as we worked our way through the different flavors of bubbly. The domed cave feel was offset by the windows everywhere tempting us out onto the lawn, so we opted to take our tasting on the move.
The expansive lawn was perfect for lounging under the trees while sipping wine and looking out at the vineyards. The whole area was family friendly so kids played on the grass while parents sipped. There is nothing quite like laying under a big oak tree with the warm sun filtering through while sipping sparkling wine. I am so lucky that this getaway is so close to home!
After visiting Domaine Chandon we headed back to downtown Yountville in search of some dinner, with our fingers crossed for a table at Redd Wood, an adorable Italian eatery from famed chef Richard Reddington, on Main Street that we’d seen serving up wood fired pizzas and tapas earlier. Luckily, we were able to put our name on the list and head next door to Girad for a tasting while we waited.
The tasting room had a nice patio with misters (very welcome on such a warm afternoon). We sampled local wines from a friendly server and soaked up the last rays of sunlight before heading back to Redd Wood. The wines were good, but not quite as good as the Cult Wine Tasting Experience we’d enjoyed over at V Wine Cellar. Don’t forget to check out IfOnly for your own amazing experiences and use the code SWEETTEA for $50 until June 30, 2016.
Walking in to Redd Wood, I knew I was going to love this place. The generous wine list offered many options from the area & everyone at the bar was enjoying watching craft cocktails get made.
We started with the grilled artichoke with a lemon butter sauce (off menu & served seasonally, I recommend asking for it!).
Then we moved on to these gorgeous wood fired pizzas!
The Prosciutto Crudo with fontina, arugula, and grana padano jumped out at me. It was salty and peppery and so fresh!
We also couldn’t pass up the chance to sample asparagus and onion option as well! Both were SO good!
After all of that pizza, we opted to take a long walk around the neighborhood. As a Parks & Rec girl, I was totally in love with their beautiful park and playground.
It was sad to leave beautiful Yountville, but the setting sun gave us a gorgeous send off!
Next week I will be sharing Yountville’s charming neighbor, St. Helena and some delicious wine country inspired recipes!