Today I leave for a two week wine country escapade in California with my husband.  We both used to live in California in our early twenties, but never really spent time in wine country.  I was in art school and he was traveling the country with a band, so wine tastings weren’t really on our agenda. I was drinking “two buck Chuck” at art openings, and didn’t know the slightest thing about wine outside of Trader Joe’s finest.  We both used to live in Santa Cruz before we started dating, and myself in San Francisco.  Now with a huge passion for wine, we return to our younger roots for our 11th anniversary and both of our birthdays. (Yay Scorpio season!) 

We are renting a car in San Francisco and slowing making our way to Los Angeles via Napa Valley and the Pacific Coast Highway.  The weather is going to be warm during the day, and cool at night.  I am packing layers, sweaters, comfortable shoes and lots of sunnies.

Follow our travel on Instagram at @amongthecolors and  @laurakrudener.  I will be sharing favorite vineyards, restaurants, and other favorite moments of our California Wine trip adventure!

What I am packing for Fall in California Wine Country

Mara Hoffman dress, Vince Scuba leather jacket, Fringe bucket bag by Loeffler Randall.

Mara Hoffman dress, Vince Scuba leather jacket, Fringe bucket bag by Loeffler Randall.

1. Printed Dresses

I am bringing dresses that work for day or night, with or without a sweater or jacket over them.

Isabel Marant Etolie wedge sport sneakers, converse, Rose gold birks, and Isabel Marant Etoile scalloped-edge sneakers.

Isabel Marant Etolie wedge sport sneakers, converse, Rose gold birks, and Isabel Marant Etoile scalloped-edge sneakers.

2.  Comfy Shoes

Rose gold birks, converse and western booties.  We are going to be doing alot of walking and I want my feet to be comfortable.  I am throwing in a pair of knee high boots and heels for night.  I want to have heels to go with the printed dresses for our nicer dinners out, and knee high boots with dresses and jeans for casual evening adventures.

3. Sweaters

I am bringing a few crop top sweaters to wear with flare denim, as well as my favorite new poncho and fringe cardigan.

Clover Canyon top, Joie blouse.

Clover Canyon top, Joie blouse.

4. Printed Silk tops

I am a huge fan of printed silk tops because they last forever and are super versatile.  For wine tastings I will be wearing them with jeans, and for dinners out with black leather pants and heels.

Kate Spade journal, Karen Walker sunnies.

Kate Spade journal, Karen Walker sunnies.

5.  Sunnies & Journal

One thing you can count on in California is lots of sunshine, (except in San Francisco)  so I am bringing my several options for wine tastings, long car drives, and beach trips in LA.

6.  Across the body Handbags

Traveling light when you are on your feet walking around most of the day is important.  So when I go on trips I try to just bring one or two across the body handbags in leui of a larger tote.  Trust me, you back will thank you.

7. Books

Because even through there is alot to see and do (aka. drink) quiet mornings reading while sipping tea is going down in a big way.

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