Author and influencer Christina Najjar – known to her more than two million social media followers as Tinx – spent eight formative years in the Bay Area of Northern California, attending Stanford University , where she majored in English, and working in San Francisco for the Gap, Poshmark and other companies. While in the region, she frequently decamped to wine country in search of revelry and respite.
“I’m a huge Napa fan,” she said in a recent phone interview. Ms. Najjar, who lives in Los Angeles, had just come from BottleRock, an annual music festival held at the Napa Valley Expo. “I have my old favorites, but I’m always on the hunt for the next big thing. Right now, for me, it’s Realm Cellars, this premier cabernet producer that’s renovating their tasting rooms and reopening this fall. She’s also excited about NOMA, a cafe, market and gathering place opening next month in downtown St. Helena. “It’s Napa’s version of Erewhon,” she said. said, referring to the high-end organic supermarket, “and you know we love Erewhon”.
For Ms. Najjar, the well-heeled hauntings of Napa Valley exude a “rich mom” energy – Ms. Najjar, 32, is famous on the internet for satirizing wealthy mothers in various parts of the world; her Rich Mom sweatshirts are selling out steadily. But you don’t need to empty your bank account to get the most out of a ride on the Silverado Trail, the 29-mile road that hugs the eastern edge of the valley. “You can keep it casual, ride your bike, or cram into a party bus with a bunch of your friends and split the cost,” she said. “You want to think about transportation if you’re going to have more than a few drinks.”
Ms. Najjar’s first book, “The Shift,” a guide to dating and empowerment, was published in May and debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. (“BottleRock was my way of celebrating,” she said.)
Here are five of his favorite places to visit in Napa.
This beloved Cabernet Sauvignon producer’s tasting room occupies a Victorian house built in 1878 — locals call it Faust Haus — and each room features a unique style of art and decor. “It’s one of the coolest places to sample in wine country, period,” Ms. Najjar said. “The setting is reason enough to go, but on top of that, there’s their cab,” which hails from Coombsville, an area of Napa Valley known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon with rich fruit flavor and refreshing acidity. “It’s the best,” she said.
2. Carneros Resort and Spa
“This place feels like a Nancy Meyers dream come true,” Ms. Najjar said. Indeed, Carneros Resort and Spa fits right in with the aesthetic pioneered by the director and author of ‘quiet luxury’ known for films like ‘Something’s Gotta Give’. Surrounded by rolling vineyards, the resort spans 28 acres. Rooms are in self-contained cottages (some with outdoor tubs), and there’s a farmhouse, a spa that uses local lavender and sage, and a hilltop pool that’s “Instagram-friendly.” “said Ms Najjar.
Off Highway 29, on a stone estate in the Oakville District, Cardinale produces and serves some of Napa Valley’s most prized Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc: they make just one version of each varietal per year. “Their wine has some serious rich mom vibes,” Ms. Najjar said. Cardinale’s tasting room, lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooks Atlas Peak, one of Napa Valley’s preeminent wine regions; weather permitting, you can enjoy your wine tasting on the outdoor terrace.
Owned by two women, this downtown Napa wine bar kicks into high gear at night, when most wineries have closed. “It’s the perfect place to go if you’ve done a few tastings in the valley and want the party to go on,” Ms. Najjar said. Along with a plethora of wines from around the world, Cadet serves a variety of beers, teas, and snacks like trout roe chips, whose crunch and saltiness pair well with a glass of champagne. This summer, the owners of Cadet plan to open Chispa, a tequila bar, across the street.
When hunger (fueled by wine or otherwise) inevitably strikes, few places curb the appetite quite like Torc, a farm-to-table mainstay in downtown Napa where chef Sean O’Toole reinterprets American classics. with European techniques, said Ms Najjar. Homemade pasta and a rotating cast of seasonal specialties like tempura squash blossoms dominate the menu, but the movement, according to Ms. Najjar, is grilled cheese topped with smooth curls of black truffle. “Pair it with a glass of Realm’s the Bard,” a Shakespeare-inspired red blend, “and you’re doing Napa like a pro,” she said.