After finally recovering from the time change (both fall back and west coast), I feel prepared to sit down and tell you just how absolutely wonderful Napa was. It. was. just plain. wonderful. I firmly believe that everyone should visit this region of the country to take in the landscape, the sights, the food, and of course, the wine. Brace yourself for a ton of pictures...
We started our trip with a visit to Larkmead in Calistoga. The Larkmead property was actually owned by Lillie Hitchcock Coit (of the famous Coit Tower in San Fran) and later became a vineyard. How cool is it that the history of the vineyard dates back to 1851?! I just love that. We had a private tasting in a heated sunroom and started strong by finding perhaps our favorite cabernet of the trip.
Our next stop was in Yountville to check into our hotel and pick up a sandwich at Bouchon Bakery. Of course I had to grab a snickerdoodle macaron for the road!
Next we found ourselves at Gargiulo in Oakville. The vineyard was one of the most breathtaking properties we visited, but I have to say that our tasting left much to be desired...mostly because our guide was just a wee bit pretentious. It didn't stop us from enjoying the views and the wine though!
Finally, we ventured to Frog's Leap in Rutherford. One of my favorite things about visiting Napa was learning about the different regions of the valley and the different grape growing methods. Frog's Leap doesn't irrigate their grapes, and they are big on sustainability. It was a lovely, casual way to end our day. We did a semi-private tasting and leisurely strolled through the grounds wine in hand.
Our hotel room was absolutely gorgeous, and I would venture to say it's the best room we've ever stayed in. It felt more like a cabin than a hotel, and I loved feeling as though I was coming "home" at the end of a long day. Plus the room had a fireplace in it...you had me at hello, fireplace. We turned this bad boy on at every chance we got. It was romantic and heavenly! I even told Hunter that I wanted our eventual addition to resemble the room. Needless to say, we took a lot of pictures!
We ended our day at Bottega, Michael Chiarello's famous Italian eatery. It was fantastic, but sadly, no food pictures. We were too busy gorging ourselves with bread and pasta...in case you were wondering, it was a success!
Stay tuned for day 2!