Napa Valley :: Part 2

Newton Vineyard

 

Holy wow!  When we arrived at the top of the massive hill to Newton Vineyard the views just took our breath away.  Completely.  It was like we had left California and entered France!  The gardens, landscaping, perfectly manicured trees and lawns… OH MY, IT WAS GORGEOUS!  There are no words to describe the beauty, I’ll just let the readers admire the pics…

P.S. this was the only winery we purchased a bottle of Chardonnay from.  I’m not much of a white wine drinker, but it was by far their best wine from the tasting.

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For the Foodies

I didn’t take a bunch of pictures of food on this trip.  But I do have plenty of recommendations for those who may be visiting the wine country in the near future!

Great breakfast spot:

The Boon Fly Cafe

Lunch date:

Mustards

Dinner dates:

The Girl and The Fig

Auberge du Soleil

The runner ups:

Bouchon

Bottega

Cole’s Chop House

All of the restaurants were fantastic!  Just some were pretty exceptional in comparison, that’s why some are just runner ups…  I should mention that the service at all of the restaurants was superb and truly an experience all in itself.

Bon appetite!


Napa Valley :: Part 1

Spottswoode Winery

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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

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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!

 

 


we heart wine. yes we do.

It was a gorgeous evening in Central Florida for a wine festival! Hundreds of people came out to sample the tasty grape juice, munch on some finger foods, and boogie down to some hometown entertainment.  Needless to say we had a great time with our peeps…. ;)

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Then a jumping photo shoot happened…

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Obviously we need some practice. Ha ha ha!  What a blast!


Slightly obsessed with Olivia Rae James.

ah-maze-ing.

Husband & I are heading down to St. Pete beach today for a little R&R and of course the Rays game… should be a great day/ night!  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

:)

Inspiration Memo.