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How to Throw a Badass Bachelorette Party in Napa Valley

Our recommendations for a weekend of wine, fun, and more wine.

 

Beautiful settings, prime photo ops, tons of pampering, and endless drinking—Napa Valley is an obvious destination for a bachelerette party. Yet many wineries will shun your perfectly worthy group. What gives? We don’t judge—and neither do these wineries.

On the way to Napa Valley, start with bubbles at Domaine Carneros, where the sparkling wine is the ideal start to a celebratory weekend. Get your photos taken while you’re still put together at its grand French-style chateau while toasting with complex wines that are as eco-friendly as they are tasty.

If you want to keep the bubbles flowing, hop next door to Liana Estates, and Domaine Chandon, JCB Tasting Salon, or Mumm. (Plenty of still wine at these places, too.)

Raymond Vineyards in Rutherford is just as wild and sexy as infamous its velvet-wearing owner Jean Charles Boisset. Just show up and this sophisticated—but sassy—winery will show your group a good time. Or book ahead for a tasting in the Crystal Cellar, a wild winemaking experience under black lights, or a private tasting in the all-white JCB bubble room next to the pool (don’t fall in!).

Long Meadow Ranch is an obvious target thanks to its 4x4 off-road tours in backcountry tank-style vehicles. Think of the photos! It also has a tasting room in St. Helena right next to its restaurant Farmstead, one of the most exciting bars and eateries in the valley. There’s also a big lawn for messing around and a beautiful private event space if you want to keep things classy—or at least hidden from the public.

Off the beaten path in St. Helena, Tres Sabores features picnic table tastings in casual country style and an iconic location at the base of mountain surrounded by biodynamic vineyards. Their wines are unpretentious and delicious, and founder Julie Johnson is welcoming, kind, a whole lot of fun with big groups.

Speaking of big groups, Jam Cellars features live music on Thursday and Friday nights, pours wine of all kinds, and is well versed at hosting you and a dozen of your closest friends. You can rent this space out or join the parties that go down Thursday through Sunday nights. Right downtown and open until 1am, it is a perfect place to end your night within walking distance from hotels like the Archer or Andaz.

 

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