Now that Napa Valley is in my own backyard (one of the perks of living in San Francisco), I try to visit as often as time permits. So, when my in-laws decided to come for a visit, it was the perfect opportunity to spend a day traipsing through the vineyards.
In terms of getting there, you can either hire a driver or rent a car and drive yourself. Just make sure you have decent insurance. The traffic in Napa and Sonoma can be heavy during the tourist seasons and you know, most are drinking wine.
Our first stop was Peju, which has been on my interest list for awhile now. With over 400 wineries in Napa and Sonoma, I imagine it's quite hard to stand out, but Peju does it with ease. Compared to other wineries I've seen, Peju has a smaller, more boutique feel to it. Even their tasting room, open from 10am-6pm, is geared toward smaller groups.
There's also a very intimate wine and cheese-pairing experience that features local, small-farm cheeses with a selection of Peju's top-selling wines. If you're interested in this tasting, make sure to plan in advance, as it's only offered by reservation on Fridays at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
Perhaps the most unexpected part of Peju is their expertly-curated art gallery. Each piece is part of Peju's Rutherford Estate and, as a whole, really adds to the winery's overall ambiance. Don't leave without seeing the gardens outside. Simply stunning!