Ann and I planned a trip to the Napa Valley area a couple of months ago, and we dragged Gloria and David along with us. Good thing we picked this past weekend because the weather was perfect – nice and warm!
First stop was one of David’s coworker’s picks – Sterling Vineyards. I hadn’t tried their wine prior to our visit, so I was excited to sample an array of their wine. To start your wine tasting experience, you have to ride a gondola to the top of the hillside. It’s a few minutes to get to the top, but the views of the vineyards are beautiful. Once you’re at the top, you walk around on a self-guided tour where you explore their premises (while tasting some of their wines, of course). Here are some captures from this vineyard:
I have always been partial to the whites, so I was fan of their Chardonnay. I also enjoyed their Merlot.
Next stop on our daytrip was Castello di Amorosa. This place is definitely worth seeing because it’s a vineyard and a castle! We walked around and explored some of the rooms and corridors, and it totally reminded me of something from a Disney movie. The wine tasting is actually located in the cellar below the castle, so that was pretty neat.
While the grounds of this castle/vineyard are beautiful and their wines are delicious, I felt their service could have been better. Maybe it was just our experience…? On another note, their sweet wines are a must try/buy! I especially loved their Moscato and Gewurztraminer. I can’t wait to pair it with a delicious dessert. Mmm!
After tasting wine after wine, our next stop had to be lunch at Cindy Pawlcyn’s. I, unfortunately, forgot to take pictures of the food, but it’s definitely worth trying their eggplant fries. If you like eggplant, I recommend ordering that appetizer. (The wait for food was exceptionally long, so beware!)
Our last stop was Clos Du Val. Gloria and I have visited this vineyard before, but we had never tasted their wine, so this time we tasted five from their Reserve Collection. …and my-oh my, it was so good!
…and yeah, we definitely came home with a reserve bottle of Pinot Noir from this vineyard. Mmm! Looking forward to opening that bottle and pairing it with a delicious home cooked dinner.
After only a few vineyards, we called it a day. There are hundreds of vineyards to stop and see (and many of which I still need to visit), but we were pretty much wine’d out at that point.
I guess there’s always a next time. *wink*