Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wine Country, Baby!

Last week sweet man had a conference in San Francisco, so we grabbed a couple of friends and flew out ahead of snowlapalooza. We decided to stop in Napa before heading to the city. This is one of our favorite destinations, if you've never been, put it on your list!

We stayed at this darling B & B called, "Old World Inn".
{Just a quick warning, this is a long post, so go grab a glass of wine!}

All the rooms are themed, we stayed in "A Night In Paris"

It was dreamy

We started at the Oakville Grocery and grabbed some bread, cheese and of course these cookies. The size of a baby's head. Really.

Since we had several days, and stopped at many wineries, {and things get a little fuzzy after several days of wine tasting! } i'll just hi-lite some of my favorites. K? K.

My favorite stop for Chardonnay is William Hill. Love me a good buttery Chardonnay. The view from here is spectacular.
And boy, can they make an amazing Chardonnay!

We paired it with this yummy white cheddar. Heaven.

A peek into their storage area. needless to say, i signed up for their wine club. Bring it on!

Sweet man and i enjoying the day.

Sweet man with our friends, Scott and Kristen.

This is the time of year when they grow mustard flowers under the vines to fortify the soil. It's a beautiful sea of yellow everywhere you look.

This is the entrance to Rubicon Estates. It's owned by Francis Coppola, and houses some really awesome movie props. Think 'God Father' and 'Apocalypse Now'. Very. Cool.

They make a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon. One of sweet mans fav's.

The last one is Fisher Winery. Way off the beaten path, but so worth the trip. This winery belongs to one of the Fisher families, who use to own Fisher Body in Detroit. Couldn't help but feel a little home town pride : )
They are a wonderful family run business that carries the 'Coach Insignia' label. This is one of the wine caves that run under the property.

Boozie, the families little labradoodle, led our tour. Such a cutie!

My favorite wine here is 'Cameron', a delicious Cabernet named after one of the daughters that gave us our tour.

Here's where things get fuzzy, i love this giant crown, but i can't remember if i saw it at Louis Martini winery or somewhere else. Hmmm. Love it...didn't fit in my purse.

We also made a stop at Michael Chiarello's store, 'Napa Style'. All kinds of wonderful things you never knew you needed! { i did pick up some grey salt- didn't even know i liked grey salt!}

Just look at this spoon chandy!

And look at this one! Sorry for the bad photo's- i used my iphone. Blah.


Wish i needed one of those instead of grey salt! Oh well.

We spent three lovely days in Napa and then a week in San Fran. Enjoyed great weather, good food and escaped lots of snow!

Getting away is great, but coming home is the best!


  1. Looks like you had a super wonderful time. And heck yeah, I'm all for that cozy little B & B. It reminds me of the one I stayed at in Hannibal, MO - except I think mine was haunted!! =)


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  3. AHHH, William Hill is by far my favorite place in Napa! I love nothing more than to take a picnic out there and drink wine and enjoy the view. You won't be disappointed with any wine you get from them (if you do have a problem, they will gladly replace it). Lois Martini is my 2nd favorite wine. I have never had a bottle of theirs that wasn't fabulous. I've never been to Fisher or Rubicon, I'll have to check them out next time I'm there. Thanks for sharing!


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