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Eat, drink and be merry pretty much sums up what California wine country (or any wine region for that matter) is all about. The only thing left to think about is what to pack and we’re taking care of that for you.

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Sterling Plaid Poncho (Sterling, $195)

Whether you’re in Napa or Yountville, mornings and nights range from chilly to downright cold. Sweaters can be bulky, so keep your packing concise with one heavy, versatile item. I love a poncho because it’s like a glorified blanket. You can wear it multiple ways such as layering it over a shirt and leggings, or wrapping it around your arms and shoulders so it functions like outerwear. When pickinga poncho, opt for a neutral color palette that will go with everything. Splendid’s Sterling Plaid Poncho is a perfect example with its classic pattern in black and white.

Bonham Boot (Madewell, $218)

Wine country and walking go hand in hand. The most comfortable way to tour vineyards in style is to ditch the heels. Especially if you’ll be tasting a lot of vino, you’ll want to be surefooted with shoes such as wedges, booties or sneakers. The Madewell Bonham Boot has a streamlined design with a low heel to give you height without breaking your back and easily slips on and off.

Asha Sunglasses (Quay Australia, $50)

With an average of 260 sunny days per year, a trip to Napa requires sunnies. Mirrored lenses like these Quay Australia Asha sunglasses will not only prevent squinting, they’ll reflect the beautiful surrounding vistas to make your selfies extra special.

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Cornejo Cese Swimsuit (Zero + Maria, $340)

In between sips, you may want to take a dip in one of the many hotel pools or Jacuzzis. A one-piece like this Zero + Maria Cornejo Cese Swimsuit, which happens to come in a gorgeous wine hue, is practical and stylish for a splash.

Modern Skinny Jeans in Dark Indigo Wash (Ann Taylor Loft, $79.50)

Wine country life has a similar vibe to wine – it’s relaxed and refined. For pants, all you need is one pair of fitted, dark jeans like these Ann Taylor Loft Modern Skinny Jeans in Dark Indigo Wash. The dark wash and slim fit gives them a polished look, so they’ll take you everywhere, whether it’s biking to a winery or dining at a fine restaurant.

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Nicole Pearl

Nicole Pearl

Nicole Pearl is the founder of She also appears on local and national TV as a beauty expert and has worked at or written for national magazines such as Marie Claire, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Self, Allure and more.
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