On Saturday, Stephanie, who was in California for a 5-day getaway with her husband, invited me to come and hang out with them in beautiful Napa Valley for the day. I was so thrilled to get the opportunity to meet up with her. We met up for brunch at the popular ‘Fremont Diner‘, a really quirky little brunch spot between Napa and Sonoma. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and just perfect for a day of great company, good food and wine tasting.
I tried the Ricotta Pancakes with Blood Oranges and Vella Butter. Drinks were, as Stephanie and I instantly noticed, served in Mason jars. How Pinterest-y!
With fully bellies, we headed over to Artesa Vineywards & Winery, set into the top of a hill overlooking beautiful Napa Valley. The grounds were a mix of modern architecture and art and quite beautiful. We oohed and aahed over the beautiful views and enjoyed some really tasty wine (although I have to admit that I was the least experienced wine taster in our group and not quite as sophisticated in my appreciation for the different wines).
We then headed over to the Domaine Carneros Winery with its beautiful French Château and big sun terrace. It’s a well-known winery right off Sonoma/Carneros Highway 12 /121 and easy to spot for visitors.
I immediately had to send this picture to my Dad (who’s a wine enthusiast and completely in love with Napa Valley!) to make him a tad jealous. He recognized the winery, of course, since we had been there together a few years ago, and I know he wants to go back to Napa so bad! I am hoping my parents will come back and visit again soon!
We sat down at a table on the terrace, sunbathed, sipped delicious sparkling wine and munched on some almonds. I also had absolutely fantastic conversations with Stephanie, her husband Andy and their friend Jon. They were super-easy to talk to and so fun to be around.
We finished our wine tasting tour at Cuvaison Winery, a very modern, architecturally almost Scandinavian-looking winery in the Carneros region.
Cu∙vai∙son [koo∙veh∙ZOHN]: “The French term for the period when grape juice is kept in contact with the skins and seeds during both fermentation and maceration. Critical in the making of red wines, cuvaison allows color, tannins, and aroma to be transferred from the skins and seeds to the juice.”*
I read on their website that the winery is solar-powered and that they comply with a bunch of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices. I think that is pretty awesome.
I had an absolutely fantastic day with you, Stephanie, and I hope we can do that again sometime! Maybe we’ll come and visit you in Seattle and you can take us to some of the local breweries!
Other good things this weekend:
an appointment at the hair salon ♥ pizza night ♥ phone calls with my parents ♥ lots of coffee ♥ Facetime with my cousin ♥ hanging out in my PJ’s ♥ reading ♥