Rebecca Minkoff’s adventures always make Chic a wee envious, but her trip to Napa Valley, California made us tipsy.
“Happy New Year! What an unbelievable year 2010 has been. From being inducted into the CFDA to showing at my first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I had so many reasons to raise my glass. Despite so many professional strides, I want to share a fond memory you didn’t read about in the Daily— my bestie Ilaria [Urbinati]’s bachelorette party. We pulled her away from the go-go world of running my fave place to shop in LA, Confederacy, to enjoy some fresh air and full-bodied beverages.
The setting: The Carneros Inn along the Sonoma Highway in the one-and-only Napa, Nor-Cal. The diet: a steady river of red, red wine. The dress code: plush robes and cowboy boots. Why do I recommend this place? Let me count the ways. Within minutes of check-in, the most divine cheese plate of dairy indulgences is delivered to your room. There is no substitute for farm-fresh, locally-churned, deliciously smelly cheese. And the wine…oh, the wine…Since the calories don’t count at bachelorette parties (not unlike Thanksgiving and Sundays), we carbo-loaded before our 10 a.m. wine tour. Necessary for 3 wineries in 4 hours! It was Stealing Beauty meets Sideways, eleven gals with their bride-to-be in tow, playing wino for the weekend. I can swirl my wine and sniff a cork like a real pro!
Opting out of some of the normal bachelorette-themed activities (you know what I’m talking about, Chippendale’s), the trip was all about laying in the grass, tear-inducing fits of laughter, and boozy horseback rides (don’t try this at home). There is no better way to relax, recharge, and let the realization of married life slowly sink in. Napa, I love you, but you nearly ruined my taste for 2-buck chuck!