HIDDEN GEM Elizabeth Spencer Winery

Just returned from a whirlwind trip to Napa Valley with my daughter, and wanted to be sure to share a fave spot of mine I’m so happy I got to visit again in my brief time there. I’ve mentioned before that my dad works in the wine industry, so I’m very fortunate that he introduces me to new and perhaps lesser known wineries every time I come up. Elizabeth Spencer may be small in size, but believe me, big in flavor and ambiance! The unassuming brick facade across from Rutherford Grill hides an intimate, vineyard-side outdoor courtyard that you’ll never want to leave. I highly recommend you make a reservation the next time you’re in town…

(Me in a Beyond Vintage maxi dress, my daughter in a c/o Rikshaw Design cap sleeve top)


My “must have” pick: their Rosé, a perfect warm weather wine! (The Spring Mountain Cab is also amazing!)

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

More Napa Valley recommendations here >

Photos by Erika Brechtel
Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

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Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. How lovely! And you two look like little models in that garden! It looks like you has a wonderful time.

  2. Ah, I am so happy that you shared! We will be headed to Napa for the first time this fall and I am adding this to my list for planning. What a beautiful weekend and place. xo

  3. oh i want to be back there right this minute! this is truly one of the most magical little courtyards i’ve ever been in, and the wine is just spectacular. we bought a rather pricey bottle when there last november and are saving it for a special occasion (maybe when Baby arrives and mommy can indulge again? ha!)

  4. Darn it all! So sorry I mised that! But so happy I got to see you guys — such a great weekend! Very happy to have some time with the two of you — and to finally see (most of) Tangled! : )

    Love you guys, Aunt Mary

  5. Ohh I’ll add it to our next trip. You know I miss me some napa. Btw – did leighton just hit a growth spurt? She looks so much bigger than when I saw her last September!


  6. This place sounds just perfect! Adding to my list for our return trip. Napa is one of my favorite places on Earth. Also bookmarked your links from the earlier post. I tend to get stuck in a rut and visit my favorites again and again. I’d love to visit some new ones!