Travel Outfits: Walking and Wine Tasting 🍷

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age near vineyard.

We’ve been having a wonderful time so far! Lots of food, lots of wine, and absolutely gorgeous scenery!

Above: Scarf (c/o)| Jacket | Tee | Jeans | Shoes (similar)

(Scarf is currently 20% off with code CW20)

Autumn vineyard near Russian River. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

My travel wardrobe has worked out well so far. Mornings have been quite chilly, and both the scarf and lightweight down jacket have been earning their keep!

What To Wear For Winery Tours And Tastings

Susan B tasting wine at Dry Creek Vineyard. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The scarf also came in handy for a tasting in the cool barrel room at Dry Creek Vineyard. (I’ll be sharing our favorite wineries, restaurants, and accommodations in a special Wine Country Guide for email subscribers. If you haven’t already subscribed, just use the form at the bottom of this post.)

If you’re planning to do winery tours and tastings, here are a few wardrobe suggestions:

  • Unless it’s a special event, you don’t need to dress up more than “smart casual.” (But be neat.)
  • Bring layers: on winery tours you may move between vineyards or other warm outdoor locations to cool caves, cellars, or barrel rooms. I’ve found that either a wrap or lightweight sweater should be sufficient in warmer months.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that can accommodate walking on dirt/gravel surfaces.
  • For outdoor tours and tastings, you may want a brimmed hat for sun protection.
Susan B. in Armstrong Woods near Guernville, CA. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Putting the jacket and scarf to good use again, this time for a chilly morning walk in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Shirt is this one.

Armstrong Woods redwood preserve near Guernville, CA. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

We’ve moved over to Napa Valley side now for a couple more days. We’ve lucked out so far, and haven’t been impacted by power outages. It’s very hot, dry, and windy though, so I definitely understand the danger and the need for caution.

I’ll share some Out To Dinner outfits an an upcoming post.

Updated to add: I’m seeing there’s now a major fire burning a few miles north of where we were staying earlier in the week. We’re currently safe and some distance from it, but my thoughts go out to those impacted and all of the courageous first responders.

Stay in touch.

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18 Comments

  1. October 24, 2019 / 4:40 am

    What a beautiful photos! I love wine tasting in a Vinyard!

  2. October 24, 2019 / 5:04 am

    Looking good, Susan. I love how you’ve turned your wardrobe around, colour-wise. I have a similar Uniqlo jacket which I purchased after I bought their down vest… thanks to you. I’m thinking that bronzey vest you had a year or so ago must have been a prescient purchase… a harbinger of a whole new colour scheme. 🙂

  3. Sally
    October 24, 2019 / 5:17 am

    I love Armstrong. Glad you’re having fun in my neighborhood! It such a wonderful place on this earth. Your outfits look great—perfect for being out and about in the wine country. I’ve been wearing my jeans or AG Camden trousers, running shoes, stripped Tee from Madewell, rain jacket from J Crew and puffer from North Face. For nice dinner out I’ve got my EF crepe pants, her arnica colored tee and a light sweater jacket that survived the fire in 2017 because I took it traveling to Sicily! Have fun Susan!

    • Ann
      October 24, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you for your mention about the current wildfire. It has been a difficult day for so many people here is Sonoma County. We live in a beautiful place, but our collective trauma from the wildfires 2 years ago has everyone on edge. Please hold a good thought for the folks of Sonoma County who are in shelters tonight.
      Ann

  4. Linda Auble
    October 24, 2019 / 5:22 am

    I love Napa Valley! Our favorite wine tasting was at VGS Potelle in St Helena. We did a wine and food tasting (reservation only), fabulous! Our favorite dining experiences were at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch and Brasswood Restaurant both in St Helena. Another great tour was at Schramsberg in Calistoga. You tour their historic caves and learn about how they make sparkling wine. It was the best wine tour I have ever taken. Enjoy your trip!

  5. Jan Whichard
    October 24, 2019 / 7:29 am

    If you can, go to Vine Cliff off of the Silverado Trail. Was just there Saturday as a family member is their marketing person and also does tours and tastings. Can give you more info via email. Wonderful venue and some mighty tasty vino! Also, stop at Don Giovanni on highway 29 for a meal and their special Cosmopolitan! Have fun!

  6. Joan
    October 24, 2019 / 7:46 am

    First — Paul Green sneaks have a zipper? Wha….? No need to tie those dang shoelaces every time? (asks the woman with the stretchy easy-on shoelaces). Second…THAT….FOREST……PHOTO… Wow….I gasped. What beauty! Third — that purse provokes envy in me. It is perfect size and color for you Let’s banish all those HUGE bags I see everywhere! And fourth — down jacket vs down vest? Gosh, I don’t wanna second-guess my travel down vest……

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      October 24, 2019 / 8:13 am

      The vest would have worked too, especially over a sweater.

  7. Marie
    October 24, 2019 / 8:48 am

    Just heard the update on the Kincaid fire. Stay safe Susan!
    Love the combos. Chic yet practical. Perfect!

  8. Mary
    October 24, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    Let us know if you are safe – fire news is worrying.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      October 24, 2019 / 12:24 pm

      Yes, we’re good. The fire is some distance from where we are. Thanks!

  9. Henny
    October 24, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    Glad to hear you are O.K., Susan!

  10. October 24, 2019 / 3:35 pm

    Welcome to our neighborhood! You’re hitting all the best spots! Let’s hope the fires get contained quickly and the air stays OK.

    You sure know how to rock a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers. Your colors are really coming together.

  11. Maite
    October 24, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    Stay safe! I thought I recognized Armstrong Woods. Enjoy your trip.

  12. Cheryl Owens
    October 25, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    Reading about the fires. Hope you are safe.

  13. Elizabeth
    October 25, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    What lovely photos, Susan! The forest brings back wonderful memories of our visit to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park in your home state. We were also in awe of Yosemite Nat. Park. California offers so much more than “swimming pools and movie stars”!
    You must visit Canada sometime because if you enjoy winery tours, you would love the Niagara area which is about a 2 hour drive from Toronto.
    Love your new look and colour scheme. I’m a big fan of Paul Green footwear & bought 2 pairs of the side zip walking shoes in Austria last October.

  14. Kathleen Lamb
    October 29, 2019 / 5:39 am

    New to your site and just love it! You are delightful and insightful! Have subscribed and also follow you on Instagram.

    We are planning a trip to Sonoma and Napa. Could you please send a guide to your favorite inns, restaurants, wineries, etc. to us as soon as you are able? Thank you! Gratefully yours, Kathleen

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