Friday, July 1, 2011


Our trip to Napa Valley was amazing.  The weather was perfect, the scenery gorgeous, the food was wonderful, of of course the wineries were a highlight of the trip.
The first winery we visited was Robert Mondavi, which was perfect because they give a great tour which includes learning about wine and winemaking.

Our next stop was Rutherford Hill, for a picnic on their beautiful grounds.

We purchased a lovely Malbec for our picnic and enjoyed the view from the hill.
Then we had a tour of their caves which are built into the side of the hill.  Here is the entrance to the caves:
Enjoying more wine in the caves.

The next day we toured the Culinary Institute of America Greystone campus.

When she finishes college, the family chef may want to attend the school here.

We had a wonderful lunch at the Wine Spectator Restaurant here prepared by CIA chefs.

We also went to Sterling Vineyards
where we took an aerial tramway up to the vineyard on the hill

another lovely view

And inspiration for a doll!
Some of our favorite visits were to the Champagne Houses

Champagne and Caviar tasting at Domaine Chandon

tastings at Domaine Carneros

We said farewell to the good life and made the trip back to San Francisco for the flight home.  But we had one more stop to make:

The Trumer Brewery in Berkley, CA. 

Bob got a tour and a tasting of his favorite beer.

Simply Live!
We did a lot of that - it was a great trip!

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