Throwback Thursday: Fall at Robert Mondavi Winery
Last Fall, my good friend Connie was in town for a conference, so I decided to take her on a Wine Country rendezvous prior to her conference days. It rained as her plane landed at Sacramento International 1, but on our way to Wine Country, the sun beautifully appeared and blessed us with a gorgeous Napa Valley Visit. It was her first time in Wine Country, and I was so happy that it turned out to be such a beautiful day.
A photo by the Napa Valley sign is a must, especially for first time visitors. One must pay homage to this iconic sign on his or her first visit to this legendary Wine Country. It’s such a picturesque spot, and an almost inevitable social media moment declaring that you have arrived.
After a few minutes drive from the Napa Valley sign, you will arrive at Robert Mondavi Winery. Mondavi boasts of year-round scenic beauty that transcends each and every season. The summers are naturally, spectacular, as flowers are still in bloom and the vineyards are lush and abundant with fruit. Fall is glorious, not only because of harvest festivities, but also because of the dramatic change of colors. In Northern California, we are blessed to see the gift of color transition that East Coast or northern state vineyards enjoy.
My classic welcome to my visiting family and friends is a comparative tasting of Mondavi’s Oaked and Unoaked Chardonnay. I always begin with this, as I believe it is a great introduction to the marvelous taste profile Mondavi offers.
For first time guests, I highly recommend going on the Signature Tour. It is a fascinating 90-minute tour that takes you through Mondavi’s history and different stages of wine making. The tour takes you through areas of the winery normally inaccessible to non-touring visitors, provides you with background knowledge that makes you appreciate the wines even more, and it concludes with an elegant seated guided tasting and mini-food pairing.
- Sacramento International Airport (SMF), in my opinion, is the best airport for Northern California Wine Country destinations. It is a beautiful airport and so much less busier than San Francisco (SFO). Traffic will be better, too, if you’re headed to Wine Country from SMF vs. SFO. It is also about 25 minutes away from Clarksburg Wine Country and centrally situated from other Northern California Wine Countries – Lodi, Amador, El Dorado, Murphys, and Livermore, among others.