The Super Bowl of Wine Tasting - Napa vs. Sonoma

Super Bowl 50’s tailgate party doesn’t have to begin and end on Super Bowl Sunday.  Championship football deserves championship food and drink.  No better place to extend the party than California’s Wine Country.  Only an hour’s drive from San Francisco or 90 minutes from Levi’s Stadium, two world-renowned wine regions await—Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley.    Punch your ticket today with Bin 415 for a private Napa and/or Sonoma Wine Country Tour.  A certified sommelier will host and customize your itinerary with the perfect balance of fine wine, unforgettable ambiance, and attentive hospitality.


Napa Valley is the closest thing to the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ perfect undefeated season, clearly over-the-top and unprecedented.  Known for its big reds, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, with over 500 wineries, there’s something for everybody.  A visit to some of the more iconic labels like Robert Mondavi, Silver Oak, Opus One, and Caymus can provide historical significance and familiarity.  While on the flipside, for a sense of adventure and more intimate hospitality, the family-owned smaller boutique wineries such as Amizetta, James Cole, and Saintbury offer private wine tasting off the beaten path. 


Wining leads to dining and once again the spectrum of fine choices accommodates the diversity of visitors.  Whether seeking Michelin star restaurants like Thomas Keller’s French Laundry and Auberge du Soleil or a big-game-like-bite at Gott’s Roadside Grill, there are plenty of options to soak up a day’s worth of sipping. 


Right next door to Napa Valley, the tailgate party continues in the more rustic Sonoma Valley.  Triple the size of Napa with more land devoted to farming grapes, Sonoma’s 300+ wineries are most known for their Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.  Above all though, it’s Pinot paradise here, home to the likes of Kosta Browne, Williams Selyem, Kistler, and Rochioli.  These wineries have helped set the bar for other up-and-coming smaller Pinot houses—Donum Estate, Dutton-Goldfield, and Copain. 


Pair up the wine with a bite to eat.  Step back in time and stroll through the historic town squares of Healdsburg or downtown Sonoma.  Each is bustling with small town charm and farm-to-table restaurants, from the Girl and the Fig to Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar. 


Bin 415 has your all access pass to Napa and Sonoma.  Check out our reviews on Trip Advisor and give us a call today. You’ll speak to a certified sommelier who will put together a private intimate day analogous to the NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, January 30th to February 7th. Only difference, no football, all wine, but feel free to wear your team jersey.

Visit Napa Valley and Sonoma during your Super Bowl trip.

Visit Napa Valley and Sonoma during your Super Bowl trip.

Wine tasting at the finest boutique wineries and vineyards.