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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere in Yountville, [but go early for a foodie day]

23 Jun
It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere in Yountville,  [but go early for a foodie day]

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Enjoyed a getaway vacation last week with my girlfriend Cathy. I decided it was time to show her around the Napa Valley. Today’s blog will be all about our adventures wine tasting and eating our way through the vineyards. It truly is my “happy place.”
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What a day it was. Cathy and I started out touring her own vegetable garden in Alamo. I was impressed by her ability to make every space a pleasure to look at. Cathy is an interior decorator by trade. She had her own successful business for many years in the Bay Area. Her and her husband raised their kids in Alamo and we met while our boys were in Junior High at Stone Valley Middle School. And she is a chef and foodie like me, so it is awesome that we’ve stayed in touch over the years.

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Back to the adventure…First we stumbled upon Saintsbury located in the Carneros Valley. We learned that the tasting fee was $35.00 each and would take an hour. We had big plans for the day and couldn’t spare the time, so onward we went.

Around the corner was Etude Winery. They are also a bit on the snobby side trying to charge us for the one person tasting fee even though Cathy was purchasing two bottles of their 2016 Chardonnay. After I explained that I was a food blogger, our pourer graciously took off the $25.00 fee. It was a beautiful day and we were very surprised to see a huge spread of salads, various cheeses, bread, and an enormous meat platter for very hungry Backroads bicyclists. These people come from all over the world to experience what the wine country has to offer. Great fun!


After tasting at Etude (I had a couple of sips cause I was the designated driver), and seeing their glorious wild poppy garden and listening to the swallows nesting in their mud houses, we stopped off at Bistro Don Giovnanni. There we imbibed in glasses of pinot grigio from luna vineyards in Napa, and their Fritto Misto w calamari, rock shrimp, fennel, onions green beans w a spicy aioli. We had a big day planned, so we opted to save our appetite for later. Cathy had never been to this restaurant and she was delighted by our Italian server and their generous hospitality. They even offered us coupons for tastings at the new winery nextdoor!


After our luxurious break, we went on ahead to the cute town of Yountville. After parking in the shade, we walked along the main street where we talked to the women at the information center. They had lots of ideas for us of wineries to drive to, but I was content to show Cathy what Yountville had to offer. First we checked out The Spa at the Estate Villagio Inn where we were offered a tour of the spa. It was fun smelling their lotions and seeing what spa packages they had to offer. We learned they are currently under renovations to upgrade their accommodations.

Next we stepped into the extraordinary JCB Tasting Salon . Jean-Charles Boisset’s tasting experience was over the top. They offered us a Gala Brut Champagne and the No 50 Brut Blanc de Blanc, Burgundy and a $200 bottle of wine tasting since it was already open. Fabulous! We were spoiled rotten by Daniela who also took us on a private tour of the luxury JCB Salon Prive’ located next door. It has an opulence about it that the decorator in Cathy adored.

Onward to Bardessono Hotel and Lucy Restaurant . It’s normally a $50.00 charge to open a bottle of wine from home, but our generous waiter erased that fee and allowed me to bring in a picnic. The wine, cheese, nuts and fruit were just what we needed to relax in the outdoor patio. Cathy was ready for their cosmopolitan cocktail to make a splash and bring on the warm Yountville evening. She liked it so much, she ordered a second!

A walk through the gardens at The French Laundry was our last stop. Here we spotted a few butterflies, artichoke plants, strawberry plants and rows and rows of glorious organic greens. I would love to enjoy a meal there someday since Thomas Keller the owner and Executive chef of tfl is my idol.

 

It was a day to remember for sure, and I can’t wait to experience Napa and St Helena again soon. You should too. Is there a secret get away place you want to tell me about? I want to hear all about it in the comments below. Sign up for my blog by including your email, and I promise to never leave you out of my upcoming food and travel blogs. Here’s my latest on Carmel California.

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8 responses to “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere in Yountville, [but go early for a foodie day]

  1. Cathy De Palma

    June 23, 2018 at 1:23 am

    What a great blog, what a great post, thank you! Incredible day with Incredible company. Cannot wait for our next adventure!

     
    • terismyth

      June 23, 2018 at 1:39 am

      Thanks Cathy. Yes. Fun day for sure. Where should we go next?

       
  2. King Ben's Grandma

    June 23, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I’ve always preferred beer over wine. Luckily, I live in the part of our beautiful state where all the beer is😉
    I’ve never been to Napa valley. I’ve seen just about every other part of the state. From your pictures and descriptions, I think I need to see it.

     
    • terismyth

      June 23, 2018 at 5:21 am

      Yes you should. Many restaurants serve beer 🍺. Go to OxBow Public Market in Napa. Great brewery tasting there, plus cheese, coffee, spices, etc… Not sure which part of Calif you live, but I could meet you there… always up for a fun day. Ben’s welcome too! He’d love the creamery. Here’s my most recent blog on it. My son Andrew is the guy holding the beer. Cheers!

       
      • King Ben's Grandma

        June 23, 2018 at 5:25 am

        I’m in the San Diego area. The girls and I have talked about taking a weekend trip up to see the Redwoods. When/if that ever happens, I’d love to meet up with you somewhere.

         
      • terismyth

        June 23, 2018 at 5:36 am

        Here’s the blog. https://letsmakemudpies.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/a-foodie-day-at-oxbow-public-market-during-the-holidays/
        Ooohh. Yes. Great beer in San Diego. How fun.
        Muir woods has beautiful redwoods. Look up Bootjack Trail. Free parking along the street and there’s a beautiful creek and waterfalls along the hike. My husband’s favorite. It would be nice to meet👟🧢🐸

         
      • King Ben's Grandma

        June 23, 2018 at 5:50 am

        He looks a lot different than the pic on the cover of your husband’s book😆
        They grow too fast! And sometimes not fast enough 😜💌

         

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