Napa 2016

Napa advice:

  1. Don’t come to Napa to lose weight.
  2. Bring your own bottle of water with you-always. Many of the wineries don’t offer even a glass of water.
  3. Leave your kids with grandma. Some wineries have a grape juice tasting, but the experience is best saved for adults.
  4. Bring your $$$. Everything is expensive. (Wine tastings ranged from $25-$40 per person for 4-5 tastes)
  5. Plan a nap in the afternoon! …Or a massage/mud bath.
  6. Warm days and chilly nights…bring a wrap
  7. Walking shoes ✔︎ (and bandaids)
  8. Great complimentary breakfast at EuroSpa in Calistoga
  9. La Fantasia is a great “breakfast” wine.
  10. Check in 24 hours in advance for your flight for a better chance of upgrade, which I didn’t get, but was generously offered by my husband! Go Ross!

How to get a French Laundry reservation….you can’t. Let it go. We chose Bouchon instead. It was phenomenal! Highly recommend the pasta with shaved truffles!

The French Laundry
Bouchon Bakery-After a lunch of bread vines, cheese plates, French Onion soup, and sole with brown butter sauce and of course, wine
Bouchon-lunch and wine-bread vines-Di Costanzo

First stop after lunch…Castello Di Amorosa (This was my favorite winery) By some mistake, we were sent to the club room. Ample pours and engaging Sommelier..Maria.

The decanting cradle was pricey, but you can get wine shipped just about anywhere.
Choosing is hard
This was describe as an all day drinking wine. SanGiovese 2012

Some quick shopping in Saint Helena is required.

Bison carries St. James brand
The red and white stripe is me!

Or more wine..

Tasting menu at SolBar for dinner…about 200 per person. Did I mention expensive?

Robert Mondavi
La Fantasia…breakfast never tasted better
V. Sattui Go Big!


Picnic fun at V. Sattui

Celebrating our 25th Wedding anniversary!

Anniversary desert at SolBar-25 years!