It is so good to be back in Napa. The first week while Mike attended the seminar for his work, I took the wives on tours of Napa Valley. It was great catching up with women that I don't get to see often enough. On Wednesday, Nov. 18th we began our day at Artesa Winery in the Carnaros region south of Napa. Artesa not only has great wine but an amazing view of the valley and San Pablo Bay. At this time of year the rolling mountains are a patchwork quilt of gold and red. Heading North up St. Helena Highway, we dined at Bouchon Bistro restaurant in the adorable town of Yountville. One of my favorite places in the Valley. Lunch was delicious as one would expect from a Michelin Star restaurant. We later strolled the grounds of mission style winery of Mondavi. Just on the North end of St. Helena sits the Rhine House built by the Beringer family winery. This historic house was renovated to its original grandeur. The stain glass windows alone are worth the a visit. Heading South on Silverado Trail, we stopped at Rombauer winery for a tasting. We each chose a different wine tasting menu so we could share. It's a great way to try more wines without paying the high cost. The following day, we began our tour with Lunch at Goose and Gander in St. Helena. The sunny Autumn day beckoned us to dine on their beautiful patio. The food and service was excellent. Just before entering Calistoga sets Castello Di Amorosa. The castle was built with stones from castle ruins of Europe. The winery tour is very educational if time is allowed. We wondered around the castle and tasted their wines. We drove through Calistoga which is known for the hot springs and mud spas. We turned down Silverado Trail to visit Mumm Vineyard. This winery is a relaxing sit down affair. We ordered different bubbles menus to expand our tasting experience. Mumm has a beautiful art gallery in their warehouse. The sun was setting so we made our way to another spectacular view of the valley at Silverado Winery. We ended our day at Black Stallion Winery which hosts an extensive educational tasting vineyard garden. Unfortunately, we couldn't taste any since we were there after the season had ended but I have been there before when the grapes hung heavy on the vines. Just pick and eat! It is really fun and their wine is very good,too. There so many wineries to choose from in the Valley, so I recommend picking two or three a day to taste and many more to visit. Take at least one winery tour. My favorite tour is Del Dotto winery in Napa. It's barrel tasting of fine wines that winds through hand dug caves.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.