OK, my blogging has been significantly weak the last 6 months. What happened? Not sure.. Doing too many things at once perhaps. Trying to do two jobs and have a social life made me have to make some priorities. And I have so much I want to share! Sigh….
So this Saturday night, as I am staying in(yeah, part of a 90 day challenge that I will tell you about one of these days) I figured I could share one of my thousand stories.
I want to take you back to March – I had just gotten back to DC from Norway. Barely had enough time to find an apartment and move my stuff over to it. Then I went on vacation for 3 weeks! Gotta love that.. Hey let’s work for 4 weeks, then take 3 weeks off..
So anyways, my sister Eli and I went over to the West Coast for a little adventure/road trip. She flew in from Norway and I flew in from DC. We met at SFO(San Fran Airport) and started our trip with 4-5 days in San Fran… I could aay a lot about this but tonight I want to tell you about our trip up to Napa Valley!
Here we are fresh off the plane. Jet lagged level 1 and 2
So neither me or Eli knows a whole lot about wine. We know what tastes good and what taste meh.. Usually our preference is Savignon Blanc from Marlborough(thats a white wine from New Zealand). Maybe we like this wine cause our oldest sister liked it so much and introduced it.. who knows.. all I know is it’s my favorite and I can’t stand anything Chardonnayish.
Since we had three full weeks to do whatever we wanted to do, go where we wanted to go and just enjoy life and explore California(awesome state btw), we decided to go up to Napa Valley and check out what wine was all about.
We borrowed some friends’ car(Thank you Kathy and Thue), and drove up early one Monday morning. Took about an hour from San Francisco to get to Napa Valley. We had time to get to our incredibly adorable B&B(http://www.cedargablesinn.com). Ken and Susie(the owners of the B&B) met us at the door, helped us with our bags, gave us a cup of coffee and signed us in. Even though they were in the middle of making breakfast for their guests, they took their time to talk to us.. they even took a photo of us by their very very cool fireplace(photo below)!
Then our tour guide showed up. Bruce! We found him through a very quick Trip Advisor search and he came with outstanding reviews. Prices may sound higher than the regular “we pick you up in a limo and you get some drinks”- tours, but Bruce was amazing. He came right on time and picked us up in his nice minivan/bus, – he was the designated driver for us all day long. We toured together with a very nice couple who had actually done tours with Bruce before(he is that good).
Just got picked up by Bruce – ready to learn about wine!
It was a beautiful day.. Just look here:
The first vineyard we visited, Robert Biale
First vineyard we visited, Robert Biale
another vineyard. Eli and Bruce
We learnt to stir/shake our wine on this tour(sorry Bruce, I don’t remember exactly what you call it), air that wine!
The whole crew(minus Bruce)
Eli and I, happy wine tasters
Delgadillo vineyard was our very last stop and also the favorite
Delgadillo wines: got a very warm welcome at this spot
I could have gone on about this all day and I have a TON of photos and videos. I’m thinking less is more though, so this is what you get. You just have to go see it(and taste it!) for yourselves! (P.S. I learnt that Zinfandel is DELICIOUS on this tour)
We enjoyed a nice dinner in Napa that night. Then got up early so we could have time for Susie’s World Famous French Toast Suffle. Honestly, that thing is out of this world. I’m not sure it is possible to describe it in words and still do it justice.
Susie’s world famous French Toast Suffle(seriously awesome)
Me and suffle!
Enjoying Susie’s World Famous French Toast Suffle
And then we drove all day down California 1 to Los Angeles! More on that later..
Considering a trip to Napa Valley?
Check out Bruce and his Wine Country Safari HERE
Check out Susie and Ken’s adorable, warm and welcoming Cedar Gables Inn B&B HERE