We woke up Sunday morning (Halloween!) to a gorgeous day. The sun was shining!
After we hugged and kissed the parents goodbye after breakfast, the two of us headed off to hit the last few wineries that were on the suggested lists from some of our wine-industry contacts back in North Carolina.
Since it was so beautiful out, and all the other pictures are of the crummy overcast weather, we got a little picture-happy.
After a short 15 minute drive from St. Helena to the Carneros region, we pulled into the entrance of Domaine Carneros.
After we got to the main level, we walked around the patio area. I can’t believe how picturesque everything is.
We sat down and were handed this menu by one of the hostesses.
I loved these columns.
Next, a true Frenchwoman came out and asked us about our “tasting preferences.” Her name was Nicole. She had the most beautiful French accent, which perfectly rounded out the whole sparkling wine tasting experience.
And now, a never-before scene posted on the build site….
And then, of course, I reverted back to landscapes.
After finishing our tasting and heading inside to the cashier (to buy a few bottles), we headed off to the industrial district of Napa (one of the actual cities in Napa Valley).
Hey look! It’s Falcor.
This place was awesome. These guys were very generous with their pours, they had football on the big screen, and there were two dogs playing in the foyer. Way to steal our hearts, Falcor.
They basically made us try everything they had. Here are the nine (what I’ll call “standard”) wines. After these nine, he busted out the zin port.
The two dogs.
Umm. I think this is the “Welcome to Napa” (the city) sign. Later on, I think I grabbed a picture of the “Welcome to Napa” (the valley) sign. That’s the famous one.
The guys at Falcor highly recommended the Rutherford Grill.
Whoa. I think this was the best food of the whole trip.
So all weekend we kept seeing the Napa Valley Wine Train. I guess it starts in San Francisco and stops at all of the little downs up and down the valley. I really wanted a picture of it, so I was going to get up and go frame it really well.
Then I saw this awesome chick standing on the wall doing some weird interpretive dance thing as a pose in front of the train.
Yup. I’ll take a picture of that too.
Oh. I almost forgot. I wanted to take some picture of the beautiful landscape in case you hadn’t seen any yet.
Now we are on our way to Plumpjack. Cool place, but our mouths were ruined from Lunch (tasting wise…lunch was awesome, but way flavorful).
We didn’t really have a good experience there. The guys were busy, and basically didn’t tell us anything about the wines.
Finally, our last winery of the trip…Silver Oak.
Inside, we had a couple tastings of magnificant wine, but all the bottles for sale were upwards of $70 and $100. It was good wine, but we found bottles that knocked our socks off elsewhere for $30 and $40.
I bet I could fit this wine cellar in my house.
Here’s the tasting bar.
I just deleted a whole bunch of pictures of me in the hot tub. You guys didn’t want to see that.
Tomorrow, we head home, but I still got some cool pictures of the drive back (not as many landscapes, I promise.)