North Coast – Napa to Sonoma then the Livermore Valley
Exploring Napa, what is considered the North Coast Region of California Wine Country which encompasses, Napa, Sonoma, Lake County, Los Carneros, Solano County and Mendocino. Join us as we delve into some of the best wine experiences in and around Napa for the Wine Adventurer. There is a lot to explore, we just made a trip to Napa and we will be adding much more of our Adventures, as we Chronicle our Adventures across wine Country.
With any trip into Napa, a destination at the top of your list needs to be Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. Yountville is a glorious place to start the day and a Café au Lait and a Pain au Chocolat eaten on a bench outside Bouchon Bakery is the way to go. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful Yountville where there is art around every corner. The French Laundry Gardens are open to explore and entice you into see what they were growing.
We had not set appointments ahead of time and wanted to do a bit of driving and sightseeing, so we got back on Highway 29 and stopped for photo ops at Opus 1, Robert Mondavi, Gott’s Roadside (where you really have to have lunch), and Chateau Montelena. The drive through Calistoga and into Northern Sonoma on Rt 128 is stunning with Spanish moss dripping from the canopy of the trees over the road and the smell of cedar in the air. The roads here are curvy, so it’s best if you have not overindulged in tastings before making the drive, but the slower driving allows you to roll the windows down and soak in the air. The North Coast is noted for it’s redwoods and cool climate.
Napa Blog Posts
Celebrating Merlot Day with Silverado Vineyards 2018 Mt. George Merlot
We’ve been celebrating Merlot for the past month with #MerlotMe. Today is the culmination of the celebration, Merlot Day. We celebrate with the last of the sample bottles that arrived for our #MerlotMe tastings, a bottle of Silverado Vineyards 2018 [...]
Celebrating Sauvignon Blanc Day at the table with St. Supéry and easy Middle Eastern Dishes #WinePW
Celebrating St. Supéry on Sauvignon Blanc Day Today, May 7th is Sauvignon Blanc Day. We have enjoyed quite a bit of Sauvignon blanc in our glasses this spring. This one from St. Supéry in the Napa Valley comes with a [...]
Groth 2019 Estate White – This Beautiful Inaugural Vintage Kicks it off in Style
Cabernet has always drawn people to the Napa Valley. Dennis and Judy Groth were no exception. They visited the area in the 1960s at the beginnings of the Napa Valley and by 1985 had decided to move there and make [...]
The French Laundry Culinary Gardens
I remember first reading about Thomas Keller in Michael Ruhlman’s “The Soul of a Chef”. Ruhlman describes his first visit to the French Laundry and the out of body experience that it was. He includes the story that is included […]
Coffee, Art and a Morning Stroll in Yountville
When in Napa, the best place to spend your morning, before heading out for wine tasting, is Yountville. Bouchon Bakery….Ahh… I live in Vegas and there are two Bouchon Bakeries at the Venetian, so I am luckier than most to […]
Flash tour Central Coast Wine Country and beyond – Day 3 – North Coast
The flash tour continues! Day 3 finds us Exploring Napa, more of Sonoma and then making the trip a little south to the Livermore Valley. Much of this day takes us out of the Central Coast region and into what […]
Wine pairings at a burger joint?
Wine & Burgers? You find wine pairings for all kinds of crazy things these days, girl scout cookies, junk food and yes cheese fries. I live in Vegas and it is an amazing town. I’m lucky enough to work near […]
Shopping for wine…..
I spent the afternoon at Total Wine. I know…it’s a big corporate wine store. But I find I am lacking on small wine shops on my side of the valley. Khoury’s, you know I love you, but you are on […]
Gravity flow wineries. Isn’t this just common sense?
Gravity flow wineries. Lately it’s a high tech term, but really it seems like common sense doesn’t it? In Bordeaux Chateau Lynch-Bages built a tank house that employed a railed gravity flow system in 1850. The lower level held the […]
The Poppy Den – Angelo Sosa’s Eclectic and Amazing Creation
We are Top Chef watchers here. Kinda fans of the show. Enough so that when Kristen was knocked off this past season we went online to complain. We were not giant fans of Angelo Sosa when he was on top […]
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