I'm a morning person. I'm that person who is hitting the road to start my days of wine tasting at 10am. But my mouth generally is covered in coffee and needs a bit of a palette cleanse before I get deep in the tasting game.
#1 palette cleanser? BUBBLY! (Well, maybe not number 1, but you know what I mean)
When you are driving into Napa Valley, Domaine Carneros is an easy and charming first stop to get your sparkling sip on.
You can't miss this stunning chateau from the highway.
Personally, I always end up taking in the view on the terrace with the sparkling wine sampler. I love bubbles, but if you are unlike myself, they do have other options with tastes of their red wines. The pours are heavy and always come with little snacks to nibble on. There are even tastings with optional pairings.
On a sunny weekend day, it can be full so if you are paranoid about a wait or not getting in for a tasting, I would recommend getting a reservation. I've never had to get one but for larger groups, do it. They also have indoor seating, but I've never personally gone that route...yet. Maybe this winter.