Over the Golden Gate Bridge to Wine Country: Cheat-sheet for a first time British couple

Here are my recommendations for your trip to San Francisco Bay Area’s Wine Country.


Mumm Napa – the US outlet of the French champagne maker. Has “champagne” tastings, a great tour, nice surroundings and sun decks for relaxing on.

Kaz – small, family run winery. Mainly selling reds, you can “bottle your own” which is fun.

Hop Kiln – bigger but still local-ish winery. Out of the way country setting. Fruity whites.

Casa Nuestra – another small, local family run winery. Whites and reds are both good.


Gott’s, St Helena – old fashioned burgers and shakes. They have locations in Napa county and SF. This is the oldest one. All are recommended.

Oxbow Market, Napa – nice food stalls. Try Kara’s Cupcakes, Hog Island Oysters and Gott’s.

Morimoto Napa – Japanese restaurant owned by a US TV chef. It has a chic calming atmosphere if you get a seat away from the bar.


Sonoma State Historic Park – historic buildings in Sonoma. A little quaint with the usual themed guides but nice for a quick visit to get a feel for the old country.

As you travel to/from San Francisco over the Golden Gate bridge I recommend a few stops.

Muir Woods – a redwood filled National Monument. Cool, quiet and the location of Caesar’s final home in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Muir Beach – nice beach close to the woods. There is an unexpected English pub named after Sir Francis Drake’s ship by the carpark to the beach.

Fish, Sausalito – great harbour side fish restaurant en route to/from Muir Woods/Sonoma in Sausalito. Outside seats are best so bring a jumper if you are heading there in the evening.


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