Giddy in Napa Valley

One could say that I’m giddy simply from the effects of wine tasting at 6 wineries today plus a glass of wine at lunch :). In reality, it extends beyond that and I am thankful to be celebrating an early 25 years of marriage with my husband, Dave. We first visited the valley in the summer of 1988 on a road trip from Vancouver, BC to southern California. That was my first introduction to wine tasting and I fell in love with the wineries, process, wine makers stories and the wine. In 1989 we moved to Marin County in northern California and thus began my picnic and wine tasting adventures to Napa and Sonoma Valleys. I have fond memories of dinners at Domaine Chandon, wine tastings and cave adventures at Beringer Brothers and rides up the side of the mountain at Sterling. Picnics at V. Sattui and Rutherford Hill were shared with our family and friends. We had lunch today at TraVigne in St Helena and I have fond memories of taking our daughters there when they were 3.5 and 1. We’re staying at The Vintage Inn in Yountville. We first stayed here about 18 years ago, not long after it opened. We ate that time at The French Laundry, before it became so famous. Now Yountville is full of other beautiful hotels and more of Thomas Kellers restaurants: Bouchon and Ad Hoc. Last night we ate at Bouchon and it was yummy: warm goat cheese salad to start followed by an entree of crispy skin daurade with seasonal roast vegetables. I’m secretly hoping that my wine tasting intake and increase in fish eating, along with no red meat eating, will mystically and magically help strip that cholesterolish build up of plaque off my arteries 🙂 note to my readers: I’m not naive about this but one certainly needs a sense of humor in life while traveling, wine tasting, and dining in Napa Valley. Until the next meal and delicious tasting, Bon Appetit!

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