On Sunday we headed about an hour and a half north to Napa Valley aka wine country. This area has so many wineries and luckily had a warmer temperature that we finally we were able to break out our maxi skirts and skimp it up a bit. We ended up visiting five wineries and started wine tasting when we got to Napa at 10am. At each winery they give you about 4-6 tasting samples. You get to pick which kinds to try from a menu and then they fill a glass with about an ounce of that kind of wine for you to try. The first winery we visited was called Artesa, this was probably the most up-scale looking one from the outside that we went to and it also had a great view. Next stop was Provence Vineyards where we fell in love with a delicious 2010 Malbec wine (wine purchase #1). Third stop was a winery named Raymond, this winery had a very upscale look with crystal chandeliers on one side and a classic, more distinguished look on the other side. Photo credit: Amanda Smith Photo credit: Amanda Smith
By this point we had enough tastings equal to the equivalent of a few glasses of wine so we decided to take a break and grab some food at a nearby restaurant. We headed over to a place called Redd Wood where we had some delicious salads, a meat and cheese platter and a couple wood fired pizzas.
Onward to winery #4! Here we headed to a little place called Beau Vigne where I found another delicious bottle to purchase, this one is a mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Our fifth and final winery to visit was a nice place called Hestans. This is the only place where we ended up having to pay for our wine tasting. All wineries usually charge $20-$30 for you to do a tasting but luckily for us Amanda’s aunt an uncle are members at 3 of the wineries (members and their guests get to sample wine for free) and the 4th winery waved the fees because we each ended up buying a bottle and the dude serving us was pretty cool.