Finally made it back from Napa!

We had a great two days in Napa. Unfortunately our two days of travel were terrible. Delays added 6+ hours to our departure and 3+ hours to our return flight. Although that taints the mood a bit, the time we spent in California Wine Country was amazing. I only revisited two wineries. Everywhere else we went was entirely new. We only joined one wine club, but when all is said and done, we brought back 22 bottles with us. I’ll write more later.

Napa Valley next week

Looks like we’re a week away from leaving for SFO and Napa Valley.  Finally heard back from Ferrari-Carano, so we have tours there, Newton, and Artesa.  That should be plenty of scheduled stops, and includes two I’ve never visited before.  I’ve heard good things about Artesa and Ferrari-Carano, but have never even tried their wines.

I found myself trying to figure out if we’d have time to swing over to Tahoe while we’re out there, but it’s probably best to leave things simple.  Besides, there are a lot of wineries to visit.  I typically try to cram in as much as possible on a trip, and have been told on numerous occasions that my schedule wasn’t even possible.  No sense messing up this trip, although usually I manage to work everything out.

Almost time to put on my wine tasting hat!

Continued planning of Napa Valley trip

In just a couple of weeks, we are heading back out to Napa.  Hoping to recreate the fantastic voyage that was LAST February’s trip out there.  The missus was annoyed because she stayed home while I went with the guys.  Yes, we took a guy’s trip to Napa Valley, and we had a blast.

So far, we have scheduled tours/tastings at my favorite, Newton Vineyard, and a new one, Artesa, and I’ve never had their wine.  Newton usually does a great food pairing with their tasting session, and the property is just breathtaking.  Artesa is going to let us drink straight from a barrel.  Hopefully using a straw.  The pictures of that winery look fantastic.

I’m waiting to hear back from another beautiful estate, Ferrari-Carano, to see if we get to tour there as well.

Other wineries we hope to stop at are Merryvale, Jessup, Inglenook (formerly Rubicon—the Coppola Estate), and Castello di Amorosa among many others.

Will keep this place updated as we go along, although my typing might become slurred after the first hour or two.  Napa Rule #1:  You don’t have to drink every drop from every glass they give you.  The first day of tastings is usually the most fun though, up until you learn that rule.