Husband and I had reserved some wine tastings to some highly recommended vineyards (via friends & Yelp) for the first few days in Napa. Most of the really good ones require that you have a reservation, pay in advance, and will charge you anyway if you don’t show… If you don’t have a reservation and you just show up, they will turn you away. Which can be quite embarrassing (I heard on yelp). Of course there are tons that do not require an RSVP…
Anyway, Spottswoode was a very charming, family owned winery located in St. Helena, just north of Napa. It’s distinguished by the historic victorian style home (pictured second from top) which is pictured on the labels. There is a quote from a wine critic, Paul Lukacs, on the website that says, “The women of Spottswoode produce an unfailingly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon—the Grace Kelly of Napa Valley wines, conveying an almost aristocratic impression of refinement and class.” Love that! So we bought a bottle… of course. ;)
Scribe was definitely the most laid back, hipster driven, randomly started winery we went to. Oh, and there is NO SIGN to show you where it was, unless you count the hand written one on the side of the road that’s about the size of a sheet of paper. Weird. Here’s the backstory in one sentence: These three dudes decided to purchase a turkey farm in Sonoma Valley and turn it back into the thriving vineyard it once was before prohibition times.
It was such a gorgeous setting. You sit up on a hill overlooking the vineyard and taste the wines in an open setting. They had hippie music playing, people swinging on ropes from trees (and one real swing), and each table had their own personal consultant to tell them about each wine. Most of their wine is produced in another location because their vines are so new, but it was such a cool vibe! I would totally go back again!
Another random thought about this winery… they had a run down hacienda (which looked like it was built over a hundred years ago) as the focal point of the property when you were driving up the dirt road. When Husband & I went inside, which we were instructed to enter at our own risk, it was a crazy party house! String lights, no toilets, random room with a old school radio… it was pretty rad! Wish I could have been invited to one of their fiestas!
Anyway, there will probably be 3 parts to this Napa segment. Hope y’all like wine!
Oh, Carmel by the Sea… even on the coldest of days in the middle of summer, you are still just stunning…
The Paraiso Vineyard
Our friends, Grace & Casey, were such great hosts. They took us to this beautiful vineyard called Paraiso to start our “Week of Wine” off with a bang! The pictures do not do it justice, this place had some incredible views. Oh, and we made a new fur-friend, JD! As long as he wasn’t slobbering all over our wine glasses, or chewing on the cow hide rug, or biting people as the came through the door… he was quite adorable. ;)
**If you are in the Monterey area, we highly recommend having brunch at this truly unique spot called 1833. The chicken and waffles were killer!**
And I want to take a moment to give a much deserved “Thanks” to the entire Merritt family for being so welcoming and hospitable. Playing with all the kiddos and enjoying family time with you guys is always such a treat. We can’t wait to visit again! Here are some photos of their sweet family:
We love you guys!
Yep. My dad’s cooler than yours.
DLD (only insiders know what that stands for…)
And oh my goodness… we had a heck of a time. There’s so much to write about, I really don’t even know where to start… plus I’m kind of in a wine induced coma. Add that to extreme exhaustion from the trip, and you have a girl who’s just ready to pass out and sleep in very late tomorrow morning.
I will organize all the pics and start posting parts of the trip soon! Right now it just feels so good to be home.
P.S. the pic above was taken by my sweet friend, Grace, in Carmel. It was FREEZING!!! But still so, so beautiful. Can’t wait to share the rest!
We are having such a great time in San Francisco!
We have already done so much and seen some of our favorite people including one of Husband’s really good friends from college, Eric, and his adorable son, Christian! We got to spend the whole day on Saturday just being locals with them and eating at a spot called Beach Chalet across from Ocean Beach which was this adorable spot that is perfect for kids and is dog friendly! We had some great food and they brew their own beers, which is always exciting for Husband since he is a beer connoisseur ;).
Yesterday we drove down to the Monterey/ Carmel area and met up with some of my good friends from college and we had the best day. Unfortunately I left my USB cord for my big camera at home… so those pics will have to wait ’til we get home. But we are so lucky to have such wonderful friends who are showing us a really great time with awesome hospitality! Feeling very fortunate right now :)
On our way to Napa for the rest of our vacation! Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday!
happy throwback thursday, y’all! this pic was taken wayyyy back in 2009 (i think… yeah, 2009- look how blonde i was!!) when Husband & I were last spotted in San Francisco. that’s the golden gate bridge in the background… sigh… i just LOVE this picture. tomorrow we are heading to the west coast to spend some (long overdue) time with great friends, eat a ton of yummy food, see some sights (hopefully some that we haven’t already seen), and drink lots and lots of wine. i’m taking my “professional” camera & lens which weighs about 300 lbs… which in turn will be so much fun to lug around the airport, but totally worth it for all the cool shots i’m going to get while being a tourist again :)
tomorrow needs to be here already! i’m so excited! hope everyone has a great weekend!