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!

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

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

Some quick shopping in Saint Helena is required.

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

Or more wine..

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

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

 

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Picnic fun at V. Sattui

Celebrating our 25th Wedding anniversary!

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Anniversary desert at SolBar-25 years!
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