Friday, June 30, 2017

After the trip...

For our 40th, Hubby decided we needed a trip...so, we went to Sonoma and Napa. We stayed at the Fairmont Mission Inn in Sonoma and had a glorious time!


We originally were in a smaller room, which was nice, but there were problems they couldn't resolve with the phone and the TV, so they upgraded us to a suite!
It was huge! A one bedroom apartment, without a kitchen....and there were two TVs for Hubby to play with.....
Our visit was  lovely, although there were three days of heat, and one day was 107!
Other than that we ate at lovely restaurants, and shopped and of course you can't go there and not wine taste....which we did and joined two more clubs! Sometimes, you just gotta.....
 These garden pictures are from Mustard's...a lovely restaurant in Napa that we went to for lunch...when it was about 98 degrees...These pictures do nothing to show you the size and amazing place that it is. They grow almost all their food they use...More importantly, they are always busy...and the food is simply amazing!

 This was the first winery on the tour we went on. A family run business...and has been for 130 years! We joined their club!
 This was another winery we went to...and where our tour bus served us lunch. The weather was cooler this day and we ate outside amongst the flowers....

 Our wine tour bus....Nate was the driver that day with GrapeLine (office based in Temecula), but they are great because the will not have more than 8 people. On our tour there were 6...quite lovely!
 Here I am at Cafe La Haye where we had an amazing dinner!
 This is my stuffed quail....superb! All the bones were removed except the legs and wings.....
 This is in the town square....
 Quaint building....
 This is Jarvis...and winery extraordinaire that is completely in the mountain. It is family owned and operated and not one wine is bad...all extraordinary.....and expensive.....
At the end of our trip, I found a Scala hat that I adored(at the Beringer Estate)...too late for the heat though....but all the same Hubby bought it for me as it was quite, quite affordable....
This was dessert from Sante, inside the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa...it has notable write ups in Conde Nast and other top publications for their food.
Other restaurants included in our trip....
Sonoma Grill
The Girl&the Fig
The Sunflower Cafe
and we also ate a picnic that we bought at the Oakville Grocer in Healdsburg.
All in all...and fantastic trip...
Note to those who have never done wine tasting....
Don't drink every drop of what they pour. Swirl, smell, swirl, taste....then pour out. Don't feel the need to drink it all! Especially if it is hot out. And if you are driving.
That one ruins your palate to all the lovely nuances of the wines you taste, but also makes for dangerous driving and could make you sick!
We knew this already and taught the others on our tour about it.
Wineries know this, it is not bad or looked at as rude if you pour wine in the buckets.
True wine tasting is just that.....tasting.
There are so very many wineries in Sonoma and Napa.....
Also, the great ones, need reservations!
Wineries such as Cakebread, Jarvis, and several others need to have reservations...so call ahead and make a plan.
Also, don't plan on more than 4-5 in a day...
I know it seems like so little, but just your palette alone cannot discern between the wines after so many.....
And, be sure to drink lots of water all day and eat three meals! Yes, food is important...even with just sipping, with no food it could be deadly.
Not all wineries in the area serve food. Some have cheese and crackers to offer for a small picnic, but do not count on wineries for food. Take a picnic with you!
Where to buy picnic stuff?? Dean & Deluca in Napa....Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg....heck even a regular grocery store....
Enjoy!!


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