Napa Valley, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco, is one of the greatest wine regions in the United States, if not the world. If you are a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, which I am, then you will love wine tasting in Napa. Unfortunately, there are many people who also feel this way, so Napa can be very crowded during the peak seasons. But, if you are a wine lover, you must visit Napa at least once. There are truly amazing wines made in this area by extremely talented wine makers. There is something really special about being a visitor here, too. For the most part everyone I have encountered in my tasting travels is so polite and friendly and enthusiastic about the area that it really makes visiting here a pleasure. I have not had the negative experiences that some have had thankfully, but I believe that those experiences stem from annoying people who are visiting and not those living and working in Napa.
Below is a list of wineries and tasting rooms that I have visited along with my experiences as best as I can recollect. I strongly recommend taking notes when you visit because if you are fortunate enough to visit a lot of wineries over the years, it may become difficult to keep them all straight.
There are more wineries in this region than I will be able to visit, so this list just includes my experiences. I tend to prefer smaller, family owned wineries that make smaller production wines.