Trinitas Cellars Blog
Welcome to the Trinitas Cellars Blog! We hope you join us for frequent updates on our vineyards, production, tasting room and wine education.
We first planted our Estate Vineyard, located at the Meritage Resort, back in 2005. The grape growing business is not an easy one and we have had a lot of struggles along the way and challenges to get this vineyard to mature. Usually from planting to first high quality and quantity harvest it can take up 7 years. Up until recently, we have bottled very small quantities of our Estate Vineyard (2008 and 2009). Most of the fruit from 2010 – 2012 we used to blend into our Napa Valley Meritage.
We are very excited to announce our 2013 Estate Meritage, which has been a long time coming. We will be releasing this wine in November and hope you are excited to try the fruit of our labor on this hillside property.
We are also very excited about the upcoming vintages from this vineyard. We have our 2014 fruit still in barrel and our 2015 will be a great harvest. Over the weekend, we harvested the Merlot and Malbec blocks. The 2015 vintage will be an interesting one for our estate vineyard because we will be picking in 3 picks and the picks span over about 2-2.5 weeks. Historically we have mostly picked in 2 picks on back to back days. This vintage caused the different varietals to ripen at different rates and to make the best wine we want to pick at the peak of ripeness for each grapevarietal. The Merlot and Malbec came in first, we anticipate to pick the Petite Verdot next about a week behind the first pick, and we may pick the Cabernet Franc at the same time if it catches up. Then last but not least we will pick the Cabernet Sauvignon block which is the later ripening grape, although much earlier than usual this year. Overall the harvest has been early in 2015 and this vineyard is about 3 weeks ahead of our previous earliest harvest, this early ripening definitely is the cause for the uneven ripening in the different blocks.
Amazingly, we believe that we will likely finish harvesting all of our grapes before October begins, this will be a first at Trinitas Cellars as we usually go on picking our big reds in Napa through the 3rd week in October if not later. Guess that means our winemaker, Kevin, is going to have a pretty relaxing November and December!
Part V: New Orleans continued and Lafayette
This morning we woke up to the sound of rain… a sound that Garrett and I are all too unfamiliar with out in Napa. It was coming down and the weather forecast said that it was not going to let up anytime soon. Thank goodness I brought my rain coat… I haven’t had a chance to wear it in years, so I was maybe secretly excited to have rain!
First thing, we met with Tommy from Paul Bologna Wines in the morning and he took us over to Swirl Sensational Wines, where we had had our Friday night tasting event. It was fun to return to a familiar spot and get to explore the shop a little more with less of a crowd.
One of the owners there, Beth, had been out of town for our event so we were eager to meet her and share some of our new releases with her. While we were tasting through the wines, the power went out! I can’t say that we have ever done a tasting in the dark before, but hey, at least we don’t need electricity to drink wine!
Luckily, the power outage only lasted a few minutes and we enjoyed talking shop with Beth and checking out her collection of wines! We even saw some familiar names from the Valpolicella region, quite the selection.
Since we had a little bit of a late start, our next stop was lunch. Just a few blocks away we stopped at Toups Meatery.
Needless to say, Garrett loved the name and the concept: all things meat. I wasn’t super hungry, so I actually settled on a shrimp salad (feeling a little guilty for not getting one of the delicious meat entrees here) that was quite delicious! We wanted to taste the wines with the owner there but due to the lunch hour timing we decided to come back later.
Next we headed back down to the French Quarter and went to the Pelican Club. A great spot right in the heart of it with some amazing items on their menu and a really neat bar.
Next we headed over to Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar. This was a fun stop for me as their business model is a little different than most restaurants we had been to. Rather than having a wine list at the restaurant, wine is on display all over the restaurant and you are welcome to walk around, explore the selection and pick out wine for your table at a great price!
Our last stop for the day in New Orleans was Mr. John’s Steakhouse. Now we all know Garrett loves a good steak, so what’s not to love about pairing Trinitas with steak, especially U.S. Prime Beef!
We were sad to leave New Orleans and all of the beautiful architecture, history and amazing cuisine, but the road was calling us and we rushed to get out before the rush hour traffic. This time we were heading west! Time to head to Lafayette! We made great time and made it to Lafayette in just under 3 hours, you know how Garrett drives!
We arrived at the beautiful home of our friends, Rusty and Bonnie. Unfortunately due to a last minute work trip, Rusty was out of town, but we were excited to get to spend some time with Bonnie. We were immediately greeted by Buddy, a sweet, fluffy 2-year-old labradoodle!
We spent some time hanging around the kitchen counter, enjoying some Trinitas Pinot Noir, and sharing stories with Bonnie. Garrett was particularly excited to learn that Rusty and Bonnie’s son, Will, also loves Legos. Instant friends! As if the amazing Southern hospitality wasn’t enough, Bonnie gave Garrett and I each a gift.
We had a great laugh when we opened the package to find a few t-shirts each with classic Louisiana expressions and images! I particularly loved the t-shirt that says “I-10” on it… as Garrett and I have spent some serious time this week driving back and forth on Interstate 10! I also love the shirt that says “Cher Bebe” since I am learning my Cajun French! Can’t wait to wear these back in Napa! Thank you, Bonnie!
After some appetizers and wine, we were joined by Bonnie’s friend, Ruthie and we headed over to the restaurant, Ruffino’s on the River, where we were joined by two more friends, Lisa and Scott, who actually have visited us out in Napa before! We enjoyed a round of delicious appetizers including the Crab Cheesecake (yes that actually exists), BBQ shrimp and tuna which we paired with some special wines that Garrett brought with, the 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and the 2012 Family Collection Chardonnay! We probably could have stopped there but of course we didn’t! For my entrée I tried the red snapper after being inspired by learning about the local fishing scene in the gulf and Scott showed me pictures of his own successful spearfishing adventures. The fish was delicious and I also stole a few bites of Garrett’s steak to pair perfectly with the 2009 Meritage and 2012 Martin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that we brought with! The grand finale was the cotton candy that the waitress brought to the table to end the night… a most unique pairing with the wine!
We realized that we were out of wine and decided it was time to head back to the house for a night cap, or two, or three… We had been talking at dinner about Scott’s favorite type of wine, single varietal Cabernet Francs, and so of course we had to share some Cabernet Francis with the group! Luckily Garrett still had one bottle in his bag so we opened that up and also pulled out our new 2012 Merlot, why not?!
Needless to say, we had a fun night with great friends in Lafayette! I can’t wait to come back!
Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Day 3: Lettsworth to Cajun Country
Waking up this morning was tough… we slept a little too well after such a fun day with Brandy and Kevin! These Louisiana folk sure know how to throw a party!
We loaded up our car and started the drive down to Larose, which we were informed is officially “Cajun country”. Larose is about an hour south of New Orleans and out on the Bayou. We were excited to head out that way to be reunited with our friends Karrie and Todd who we had the pleasure of meeting at Masters & Makers in Napa in February 2014 and seeing again at this year’s Masters & Makers with many of their friends.
The drive wasn’t too bad and we fueled up on coffee and headed South, keeping an eye out for gators and other swamp creatures as we headed down to the south end of the state. Once again, we learned that Google Maps does not know where things are in Louisiana and we drove a little too far, ending up in Cutoff, Louisiana and having to turn around to find Karrie and Todd’s house.
We arrived to a beautiful house that Todd and Karrie built themselves… talk about the most amazing wood work and crown molding and attention to detail! We also quickly saw that Karrie and Todd were ready to give the Meritage banquets team a run for their money in terms of hospitality and entertaining! Karrie had hot gumbo on the stove waiting for us and wow was that a treat!
Garrett and I had shipped some wine ahead of time and Karrie and Todd had invited many of their friends over for a little wine and cheese party at 2 o'clock! We were awed by the beautiful presentation of cheeses and snacks and the most delicious Brie cheese covered with homemade pecan praline preserves and fig preserves. Talk about an amazing pairing!
Right on time, guests started arriving and we met some new friends and saw some familiar faces, including Wayne and Jerrie, who also had visited us back in February in Napa! What a joy to be reunited and share some laughs over our last adventure together.
Garrett and I had a lot of fun introducing everyone to Trinitas wines and poured quite the spread, although still only a small sampling of our 24+ wine portfolio! We poured the 2008 BB, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Carneros Chardonnay, 2011 Pinot Noir, 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011 Mysteriama, 2009 Meritage, 2012 Martin Vineyard Cabernet, 2012 Malbec, 2012 Merlot and 2012 Cabernet Francis! I don’t think that anyone went home thirsty!
The weather got a little rainy outside, but nobody seemed to notice because were having too much fun sipping and chatting away inside. While I am still working on my Cajun accent, I learned that Cajun French is a little bit different than the French that I learned back in high school in California, so Karrie shared her Cajun dictionary with me so that I can study up!
After the “wine tasting” portion of the evening ended, we shared a wonderful dinner with Karrie, Todd, Wayne and Jerrie and of course, drank out of our Riedel glasses that we learned about at the Shape of the Glass tasting at Masters and Makers! The glass matters! So proud to see the influence that Napa has had on how people across the country enjoy their wine!
After maybe too much wine… we decided to call it a night.
Too much fun tonight… this trip just keeps getting better!
Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Day 1: Napa to New Orleans
Garrett and I left California bright and early to make it out to New Orleans by afternoon. We were so excited for this adventure as neither of us have ever set foot inside the state of Louisiana! It’s about time!
As we walked off the plane, we immediately knew we were far from home when that wave of humidity hit us! Wow, it’s warm here! We headed down to baggage claim and our new Trinitas Wine Check bag was waiting for us, safe and sound! Good news, Louisiana friends, the wine made it!
We headed to downtown New Orleans to check into our hotel on the Riverwalk and immediately noticed how many people were walking around and flocking towards the Riverwalk... Hmm, must be something going on here! We checked into our room, freshened up and headed back out to go to our event!
Turns out that the reason there were so many people flocking to the Riverwalk is that this weekend is French Quarter Fest in New Orleans and the Riverwalk is one of the many concert venues and we are right in the heart of the celebration! Apparently French Quarter Fest has a pretty good draw because we asked 3 different cabs if they would take us to our wine event across town and they all said no, too much traffic, too hard to get to, will take forever, etc… shoot!
Finally we found a cab to take us across town and we arrived at Swirl Wine Bar and Market on Ponce de Leon Street. What a great spot! We walked in to find a bustling little shop with an incredible selection of wines from all over the world! We had a Trinitas table set up at the back of the shop and customers could come try a flight of five different Trinitas wines.
It was so great to get our first taste of Louisiana with great wine and great people! Thank you to everyone at Swirl Wine Bar who welcomed us with open arms and showed us such great hospitality at the event. We were also very excited to not only meet some new friends but also see some of our club members attend the event! We loved catching up with our Trinitas Wine Society members, Anne and Carl!
Our friend, Kevin, joined us to explore New Orleans a little after the wine tasting event. Kevin is a resident of Louisiana (up in Shriveport at the other end of the state) and is a Trinitas Wine Society member, so naturally he travelled all the way to New Orleans to taste some wine and explore with us! We walked down to Bourbon Street to get a small sample of the craziness and stopped at Bourbon House to eat some delicious seafood!
We didn’t get to explore too much because it was so late and we are heading out to Lettsworth tomorrow, so we will have to explore New Orleans more when we come back on Monday! Until then…
Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Excited to share this great feature from the Notre Dame Alumni Magazine:
A Napa Love Story
By Julie Sobel
It's easy enough to spot Garrett and Betsy Busch at tailgates: They're the ones who bring wine.
It may not be the typical drink choice for tailgating, but not much about the Busches’ lives is typical. Together, the husband and wife team run a small Napa Valley winery called Trinitas Cellars.
The two Notre Dame alums met the first week of Betsy’s freshman year. She attended a dorm party that Garrett, a sophomore, was hosting. "I liked to host parties at school,” he says, “and now I do it for my job.”
Betsy went on to major in accounting, and graduated in 2010. She earned a master’s in accounting from Notre Dame the following year. Garrett graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship, and earned his M.B.A. in 2010.
Garrett’s parents, Tim and Steph Busch, founded Trinitas in 2002. The Busches started taking trips to Napa from their Orange County home in the 1980s, and fell in love with the area and the wine business. Garrett hadn’t planned on going into the wine business after school. But after getting his M.B.A., his parents hired him to help with the winery, which was struggling financially.
He made a business plan and ultimately agreed to manage Trinitas on an interim basis. He ended up staying on as manager – and the winery hasturned around with him at the helm.
"I've been learning everything I can about it, kind of on the job training since then,” says Garrett, who is now focused on growing the business and getting more exposure. “We’re doing some fun stuff, some unique stuff, we’re making good wine, and we’re having fun doing it.”
Meanwhile, Garrett and Betsy got engaged, and she started working at the winery full-time last year. "We came to the conclusion that there's a lot of work to do up here and a lot of my skills are definitely relevant to the needs that we had," she says. The transition was a big adjustment for Betsy, who had never worked for a small business before – or a winery. She took some wine classes and learned, as Garrett had, on the job. “I drank a lot of wine in the process," she laughs.
When the couple got married in June, they held their wedding reception at the Meritage Resort & Spa, the Busch property where the Trinitas tasting room is located. And Garrett had a wine-related surprise for Betsy at the wedding. It was the first time Trinitas had made a sparkling wine, which they were releasing the same month. They were calling the wine “BB,” short for “Busch Bubbles.” But at the wedding, Garrett made a toast where he dedicated the wine to Betsy, welcoming her to the family as “Betsy Busch.”
It wasn’t the first time Trinitas used wordplay in a wine name – though the names are usually of a religious nature. Trinitas is the Latin word for Trinity, and the Busches have integrated Catholicism into their business. “There's a strong faith-based thread through the winery,” says Garrett. They make a rose wine called "Rose’ary," and a white blend called "Psalms." They have particularly gotten some attention for their pope-specific wines, a tradition they started in 2006 with a zinfandel called "RatZINger" for Pope Benedict XVI. Tim and Steph Busch presented the wine to the Pope during their annual April trip to Rome.
Garrett recalls his father calling him shortly after Pope Benedict retired in February 2013, reminding him that they’d need a new wine for the new Pope, whom he and his wife would see on their April trip.
"I'm like dad, you own this winery, you understand how this works,” Garrett recalled. “I can't invent a wine in 30 days." But Garrett did already have a wine in mind for Pope Francis – a Cabernet Franc called CABERNET FRANCis.
"That was even easier than RatZINger to come up with," he says. The wine was still in barrel this April, but Trinitas’ winemaker and Garrett went and hand-bottled a case for his parents’ trip to Italy. “I was sitting there at my kitchen table hand-labeling bottles, and then it hit me, ‘This is really weird, I’m making something at my kitchen table that’s going to end up in the Pope’s hands next week.’”
Just another day in the wine business for Garrett and Betsy.
Running a company (and sharing an office) as a couple has its challenges – but Garrett and Betsy agree it’s working well for them. "I think originally Betsy was a little nervous," Garrett ventures. "We do things differently, but I think we're very cognizant of the ways that we differ," adds Betsy. "We're not afraid to play devil's advocate with each other," and push each other, she says. Garrett also notes that working in the family business is very consuming, and that they’d see much less of each other if Betsy were working elsewhere.
“We’re glad we’re a team, and doing this together,” he says.
What in the world is a California wine producer doing importing and selling Italian wines? I know, it sounds crazy, and maybe it is, but there is something about these incredible Amarone wines from Italy that we cannot get enough of and just had to share with our friends and Trinitas family!
The quest to make Amarone and sell it as part of the Trinitas portfolio came from the beginning. Our founders, Tim and Steph Busch, had always had a love for Amarone and at the beginning, Tim went in search of someone who could produce a wine here in Napa that would stand up to some of his favorites from Valpolicella Classico, the area in Italy near Verona that is known for producing Amarone. After being called crazy a few times and failed attempts to find someone willing to help take on this new challenge, Tim changed gears and decided to go straight to the source: to Italy!
Nothing is by accident and it seemed meant to be that Tim met Armando Fumanelli and became fast friends. Armando and his family live in the area of Verona called “Valpolicella Classico”. The family is the largest land owners of that region of Italy and has over 120 acres of Amarone vineyards (of the 3 varietals that they use in their Amarone) and have been growing grapes and producing wines since the 15th century!
After meeting and due to his love of the wine, Tim was able to work out a deal with Armando to introduce the Fumanelli's Amarone to the Trinitas porfolio of wines and Trinitas officially released the 2006 Amarone, bringing this incredibly complex and sophisticated wine to share with our friends here in Napa. Fascinated by this wine? Besides the incredible taste and quality of the wine, the winemaking process is very interesting and we enjoy learning more and more about it, while drinking it, of course!
When picking, the Fumanelli family uses a double selection method and picks only the best grapes off the vine and then sorts them on a sorting table and picks out the best of the best. By law, the Amarone grapes have a minimum of 2 months drying time; however, typically the Fumanelli Amarone grapes are dried for 90-120 days which means they typically do not destem and press the grapes until mid-January. This extended drying period leads to losing about 50% of the volume while drying, meaning it takes 5 pounds of grapes to get enough juice to fill one 750 ml bottle.
Amarone is a traditional product in Italy, meaning that there are various rules that apply to the winemaking process. In addition to the grapes needing to be dried for at least two months, the wine must also spend a minimum of 2 years in barrel and a minimum of 5 months in bottle. Since these are the minimum requirements, they are actually quite different from the aging process Fumanelli uses. The Fumanelli’s typically age the wine for 3-5 years in barrel. During this time it is extremely important to not oxidize the wine as you have 700-800 bottles of wine per barrel so temperature control and security of the barrels is very important; however, the Fumanelli cellar was built in 1600 and is in limestone so it stays naturally cool. They do not have any heaters, coolers or humidifiers.
Additionally, the minimum alcohol percentage on an Amarone wine is 15% and 16% for a “Riserva”. This high alcohol requirement ensures that no one is watering back their Amarone.
The Fumanelli family uses only French oak and they use 500L barrels, which are just over double the size of the barrels we use on most of our wines here in Napa (typically our barrels are 225L). The Fumanelli’s use their barrles once and then sell them after one use because one use is typically about 4 years.
The corks used on the Amarone are Portugese corks that are hand selected and the cost of this raw material alone is $2.00 per cork.
While we know many of you would prefer to travel to Italy and try the wine direct from the source, we know that's not always possible. If you are looking for an adventure and want to learn more about this incredible wine and how we found it and taste through a vertical of Italian wines, join us for our Taste of Italy experience at the Trinitas Library. More information available here.
In 2013 Trinitas added Amarone to its portfolio by working with the Fumanelli family in Verona, Italy. This year, Trinitas is taking it to the next level and bringing you another unique and exquisite wine from the North Central region of Italy. This new wine is a Franciacorta Sparkling wine and we call ours "BB" short for "Busch Bubbles".
The Franciacorta region is attracting quite a bit of attention as it was the first Italian region to specify that the sparkling wines here must be made in the method champenoise. This is the traditional method used in Champagne in France and is known for producing the finest sparkling wines. Like Champagne, the name “Franciacorta” refers to both a geographic area as well as the sparkling wine. Awarded the prestigious DOCG designation in 1995. It is a small area with relatively low production compared to the Champagne region of France, and sized about one-tenth of Champagne's growing region. Its total annual output of about 13 million bottles is minor compared to Champagne's annual production of some 320 million bottles, with 90% of the wine never leaving the country.
Earlier this year, Garrett and I visited Franciacorta and explored this lesser known wine region and fell in love with the quality of wines made there. We knew we had to bring these wines to Trinitas to share with our friends and family. Because our family loves a little sparkling to celebrate not only special occassions but our daily blessings, we named the wine "BB", short for "Busch Bubbles". The sparkling that we chose to bring back to the Trinitas portfolio is a 2008 Brut Rose, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and I even got to help riddle some of the bottles at the winery!
Unbeknownst to me, Garrett dedicated this wine to me as he and his family offiically welcomed me to the family as "Betsy Busch" in June. When the first bottles arrived from Italy, Garrett announced it at our wedding, with quite a special showing by using a saber to open it!
We are more than excited to share this wine with all of you and hope that you will come try a taste as part of our Archive tasting at the Trinitas Library or grab a bottle to share with your friends and family. Cheers!
Check out this great little blurb and picture from last weekend's Auction Napa Valley.
That's right, winemaker, Kevin Mills and Proprietor, Garrett Busch pouring our 2012 Martin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon barrel at Barrel Auction! Looking good guys!
May is BBQ Month at Trinitas Cellars! We plan to enjoy this warm weather by grilling all month long!
In honor of our love for a good old fashioned backyard barbeque, we are offering some great deals on our favorite BBQ wines:
Always a favorite!
Discontinued and almost gone!
Mix and match any of these 3 wines and receive 15% off your purchase! Use code MayBBQ at checkout.
Wine Society members, receive 25% off your purchase of 3 or more of these wines, use code BBQ14 at checkout!
Shop online NOW or call or email Lucy, our Wine Society Manager, to place your order: 707.251.3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring has sprung in Napa and while many parts of the country are still trying to thaw out, Napa is ready to greet you to warm up and wine down! As the vines are just starting to turn green and bud, what better time to grab your best girl friends and treat yourself?
To help make this much needed girls weekend even easier, we already did the planning for you!
Flights: If you are flying, you have quite a variety of options for airports. Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco are all within about an hour of Napa and can be reached by bus or car. For a shuttle, visit the Evans shuttle website for a full schedule.
Cars: While many people choose to rent a car and tour Napa on their own, there is also a great option to hire a private driver while in Napa. We highly recommend the paying a little bit more to have a driver and not risk any type of drinking and driving. Plus, you will find the sightseeing to be a lot more relaxing when you don’t have to navigate! We recommend using Royal Coach.
Accommodations: This one is a no brainer... where else can you stay that has a spa in a cave, a tasting room on property, vineyards to explore, a bowling alley and so much more! The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558
Arrive in Napa around 3 pm, check into your room and mentally prepare for a weekend of amazing wine, food, laughter and fun!
Head straight to the pool area of the Meritage where you can grab a glass of Chardonnay, take in the fresh Napa Valley air and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Trinitas Estate Vineyard while soaking up a little afternoon sunshine.
Now that you have relaxed your mind and focused on your new surroundings, it’s time to start your adventure! Wander back into the Estate Cave, located below the Estate vineyard. Here you will find the entrance to the Trinitas Tasting Room and the Spa Terra. If you are ready to get serious about wine tasting, jump right in! With over 17 varieties of wine currently released, Trinitas is excited to help you pick your favorites and create your own custom flight. Or for the chocolate lovers, try the wine and chocolate pairing with exquisite chocolates by local chocolatier, Kollar Chocolates.
One of the great things about staying at the Meritage Resort is that you have access to a complimentary shuttle to downtown Napa. Hop on the shuttle and head to downtown Napa for dinner.
We recommend reservations at Tarla Grill, for a delicious Mediterranean meal and incredible service, located on 1st street.
After dinner, head just down the street to Empire for a night cap with their selection of great cocktails, fun music and a great vibe before catching the shuttle back to the Meritage.
Start your morning with coffee and a light breakfast at Blend Café.
OPTIONAL: If you are a morning person, take your coffee to go and head to the Estate Vineyard for a morning vineyard hike. Wander the paths of the Trinitas Estate Vineyard and see all 5 Bordeaux varieties of grapes and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of our vineyard rabbits!
Dive head first into a relaxing Saturday with a morning spa treatment at the Spa Terra, the world’s only spa inside of a cave. We recommend a massage, but plan extra time so that you can enjoy the other amenities and relaxation rooms inside of the spa.
Every girls weekend needs to start with bubbly! Luckily, there is some amazing sparkling wine nearby. Make your first stop at Domaine Carneros and enjoy sitting outside at the Chateau with a flight of sparkling.
Getting hungry? Head to the Carneros Inn for lunch at the Boon Fly Cafe. It's a cute little place with a great menu with salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, etc!
Now it’s time to get serious about wine. Visit Etude Winery just down the street in Carneros for a premium or reserve tasting and make a stop at Saintsbury for an afternoon tasting in the English garden.
Take advantage of the Meritage evening shuttle and head downtown for a cocktail, glass of wine or a small appetizer before dinner. If you are looking for a little wine and cheese before dinner, head to the Oxbow Public Market and visit the Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant or if you are looking for Oysters, visit the Hog Island Oyster Company, also inside the Oxbow Market.
For a classy Saturday night dinner, spoil yourself! We recommend making reservations at Cole’s Chop House in downtown Napa. Whether you are in the mood for steak, or something lighter, this menu will not disappoint!
After dinner, wander over to 1313 Main for an impressive selection of wines to choose from and maybe a little dessert before catching the Meritage shuttle back to the Resort.
For breakfast, order room service! You’re on vacation and you deserve it!
Head north and make your first stop at Mumm Napa for some sparkling wine while sitting outside on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.
Without having to travel far, visit ZD Wines, a family owned and operated winery just next door with a wide variety of tasting experiences available.
Grab lunch at Soda Canyon Store right off of Silverado Trail.
For a truly enchanting experience, make your last stop at The Trinitas Library for the 3:30 pm Archive Tasting. While the property is not your typical Napa Valley Estate, this hidden gem will provide you with a unique overview of the Napa Valley from soil types to learning about the life cycle of the vine, you won’t want to miss it.
After your last tasting, head just down the street to the Meritage for a cocktail at the Commons bar, located just off the lobby. We recommend the Lush Crush cocktail, made to order by the wonderful bartender, Gina.
For a delicious dinner, visit Siena for a Napa Valley inspired menu prepared by Executive Chef Krisztian Karkus. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine from your tastings or try a new one from their wine list.
After dinner, head over to Crush Ultra Lounge and trade in those heels for some really classy bowling shoes! Grab a lane and loser has to buy the next round of drinks!
If you are looking for the perfect late night and end to a girls weekend, grab a bottle of wine and head out to one of the cozy fire places on property and gather around with your friends and your wine and share some old and new stories, oh and don’t forget to also decide when your next girls weekend trip will be!
We hate to see you go, but know that many of you will sadly leave Napa after a long weekend and head back to your “real life” elsewhere. Please don’t stay away for too long! We will be here, ready for your return and eager to greet you with open arms and a glass of wine!