Vineyards In Napa

I usually try to come up with a cool title to spice up this blog a little. Sometimes it is a pun, sometimes it has nothing to do with the subject and sometimes it has everything to do with the subject. Today is one of those days, my friends. I just can not think of a better title than straight to the point.

Last post, I mentioned that I was going to post on Friday. I spent time editing my pictures, writing up the post and something horrible happened when I clicked the publish button. Everything disappeared. I tried rewriting, but it just was not cutting it. Those pictures will just have to go into the folder and wait for another time. πŸ™‚

My holidays have been amazing so far. I checked off almost everything on my to-do and my NYC trip is almost all planned out (I am just waiting on one more person). What better way to relax than a day in Napa, right?

For everyone that lives under a rock, Napa county is la creme de la creme of producing wine in America. The fact that it is only an hour away from San Francisco confirms that I live in the best city in the whole world.

Taylor’s parents were in town and invited us to go wine-tasting with them. We could not resist.

Napa is usually lush, full of greenery and an amazing place to photograph. In the winter, even though it was pretty warm, the grape vines are barren and looks deserted.

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Our first stop was to Goosecross Winery, which was one of the few open before our lunch reservations.

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There is suppose to be pictures of wine, cellars and more but I think I was too excited and forgot to take pictures. For you, is a picture of Taylor and I before our first tasting.

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We ate lunch at Lucy, restaurant + bar. They pride themselves on their seasonal menu and eco-friendly meats and poultry. Not to toot their horn, but they even have a garden where they grow most of their veggies and herbs.

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An espresso for Taylor

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and a morning Bloody Mary (edit: thank you, Kristina!) for Denise. This one had Sriracha in it, delicious.

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The Reuben sliders, assembled with cured brisket, spicy remoulade, sauerkraut and house-made rye, really caught my eye. I really enjoyed eating this with their handmade potato chips, but wish that there was not that much fat on the burgers. This is saying a lot because I am Chinese and we eat fat in almost every dish.

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Taylor and her mother ordered a Masami Ranch Burger with beef, picked veggies and herb fries. I had a bite and thought that it was delightful, she also had no complaints.

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Denise chose the Don Watson’s Milk-fed Lamb Sandwich with violet mustard, horseradish creme fraiche and sylvetta on an Acme herbed focaccia.

(Btw, if you never had Acme bread before, you never lived life.)
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We did a quick stroll around Yountville and wanted to grab a pastry from Bouchon. This line made us realize our priorities and we booked it straight right to go the next vineyard.

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I am a bad blogger because I can not remember the name of the next winery, but they had the coolest private rooms.

This was a 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, dry with woody hints. If you ask me what that means, I have no idea. I am the worst at detecting aromas and slight tones in wine.

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Just wanted to show you a picture of Tay and her mama.

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Maybe for my next birthday I will class it up and go wine tasting. I am trying to convince Taylor to do it for hers.

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Can we just take a minute and admire this picture? Thanks.

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Happy New Years to everyone near and far. My next post is going to be my favorite post of the year. πŸ™‚

Be safe and I will see you in 2014!

What is a good title for this post?

Do you like wine tasting? Let’s be honest. I love olive oil tasting a little more.

17 thoughts on “Vineyards In Napa

  1. I LOVE wine tasting. That seems like a given though. I haven’t done many tasting’s in Napa though since I’m a firm believer Sonoma is superior… πŸ˜‰

    I don’t know what I would have titled this blog post. Probably Wine Tasting in Napa which is practically the same as what you chose.

  2. That is so cool that you’re so close to Napa! Ha, glad you clarified what it is… πŸ™‚ You and Taylor are so adorable and this looks like such an awesome day.
    I can’t imagine losing a whole post and pictures and everything – I hate when that happens to a COMMENT let alone a whole post… I’d die, for sure. πŸ™‚ That food looks amazing, too, and uh oh, I have never had that Acme bread. Send me some? K thanks! πŸ™‚ HAPPY NEW YEAR to your beautiful self!

  3. Dang it!
    Just when I thought Denver was finally in the running for ‘best city in the whole world’ you had to go and dangle some grapes on a vine and lap me. We got breweries hoppin’ up everywhere – (get it.. hoppin’ = hops, ha!) but our snowflake don’t bring all the vines to the yard.
    Now, wanna throw down on some gamey-meats? All over it. I’ll see your milk-fed lamb and raise you a game-changing a bison burger.

  4. Ahhh! I’ve been to Raymond! Francesco surprised me with a private wine tasting there last June for my 30th, we took a tour and had a great day!

    (Also, I think that was a Bloody Mary with Sriracha, not a Mai-Tai. I can tell you’re not a drinker, haha)

  5. Ah, that sucks that an entire post disappeared after hitting publish! Eessh. I totally understand not wanting to rewrite it.

    Wine tasting is my jam! It looks like you had a fantastic day. I’m excited to see your next post! πŸ™‚

    Best wishes for the new year!

  6. I always check out Bouchon Bakery when in Yountville, the trick is to go super early or on a weekday. But it is always worth the wait! We’re really lucky to be so close to Napa. I’d never heard of Lucy, but looks great. BTW, don’t worry about the titles. I learned awhile back that being creative actually doesn’t help with your SEO optimization. More people will find your post if the title is what they will most likely insert as a search. So most people will probably look up “wine tasting in napa” or something of the sorts. πŸ˜‰

  7. I’ve only been to Napa once but it was SO pretty. And I recall it being unbelievably hot! Glad you got to go in cooler temps.

    Are we going to meet up in NYC? Let me know your plans!

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