Summer is officially here and what better way to experience it in full, then with a glass of wine in hand. If you’re in the bay area, you know that sticking around San Francisco can be a tricky situation; though the sun may be out, the breeze may easily knock you on your feet and send you running for your parka. As Mr. Twain once said, “the coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco” and if you’re looking to ditch the cold in search of real Summer weather, we’ve got just the place.
Only 40 miles north of San Francisco, you’ll stumble into the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Given its close proximity to the city, it still experiences the coastal fog San Francisco is so famous for, yet (and here is the reason for your short trek up) it offers warm summer days that create a picturesque afternoon escape.
Liana Estates is one of the first wineries you’ll come across as you head up and lucky for you, it has just about everything you would need for a one-stop Napa winery destination. For starters, their wine selection is quite possibly, perfection. A mix of Carneros classics, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with the more unique varietals, such as Orange Muscat, Viognier, Vintners Pink Rosé and both Red and White Blends, ensure there is something for everyone with unique tastes to explore without overwhelming the palate. And for those looking to truly toast to Summer, they have sparkling wine offered through their Bubbles Club (which sure beats the heck out of that Book Club you were thinking of joining…)
Now we mentioned Liana is a true destination of which you could stay all day. And while I certainly could make a day of purely wine tasting and basking in the sun on their new deck – and if you time your visit right, you can make it for the Grand Opening of their deck on July 1 – they have tons of unique ‘experiences’ they offer to make your visit incomparable to anything else you’ve seen.
Are you ready for this? We’re all familiar with food and wine pairings but Liana has taken that to a whole new level. If you love sweets and you love wine, you’ve got to experience their one-of-a-kind cupcake pairing. Featuring mini cupcakes from local bakery Kara’s Cupcakes, they have hand-selected four mini cupcakes that complement four Liana Estates wines, creating the ultimate cupcake pairing. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a birthday, romantic getaway, girl’s weekend or just another wonderful day in your life, this tasting is the perfect way to enjoy wine in a whole new way!
Daily | $50 per person | $60 per person for groups of 6+
Local Wine and Culinary Picnic
We personally love this experience for those looking for romantic ideas to impress that special someone. You’ll pick from Liana Estates’ delicious varietals to enjoy alongside a specialty picnic with Carneros-inspired culinary treats. Not sure which wine to select? Liana Estates can guide you with your wine selection to ensure it pairs perfectly with your picnic. And you pick the perfect spot to pop a squat and enjoy your basket of goodies with a bottle of chilled Liana wine.
Daily | $120 per person
Garden Graze Tasting
Kick off the weekend right each Saturday, by enjoying special wine and food selections via the all-new Garden Graze tasting series on the Liana Estates deck (opening this weekend!) With stunning views of the Carneros valley and San Pablo Bay, The Deck – covering 1,300 square feet – is the ultimate place to lounge on long summer afternoons. Challenge your friends to cornhole, horseshoes or bocce and enjoy plates paired with delicious Liana Estates wines. Pick your small plate from a variety of gourmet barbecue-themed Carneros plates from Liana’s culinary team that reflect the essence of Summer (options below) and your glass to create your own unique a la carte pairing!
Wine and Food Pairing Menu:
Mediterranean Chicken Kabob: $15.00
Grilled Prawn and Pineapple Kabobs: $18.00
Slider sampler: $18.00
Veggie grill kabobs: $ 10.00
By the Glass Pairings:
Vintners White, Vintner’s Pink: $10.00 per glass
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Orange Muscat, Viognier, Vintner’s Red: $12.00 per glass
Saturdays | 11:30a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
With so many unique experiences and delicious wine to enjoy, you can come back to Liana Estates throughout the Summer to continuously experience something new. So, ditch your fleece for a tank top and shorts, and head up to Liana Estates to truly enjoy Summer the way it’s meant to be: warm air, cool wine and memorable experiences.