If going wine tasting in Napa Valley is considered swimming, then on Valentine's Day- you could say that Jay and I just got our feet wet.
We are fully aware of our close proximity to Napa Valley. I mean, let's face it, we are wine lovers. And if we had won any of those many, stupid, rude, unfair, misleading Powerballs that were in the trillions, we'd probably be installing a wine cellar in our mansion right now as we speak. So being less than an hour from the best wine country in the US ain't lost on us at all. But it was perhaps a bit intimidating as a resident vs someone on vacation (like we both have done before separately in Napa Valley) when you have to balance the semantics of your real life.
^2/14/16 in Napa
First there's the transportation issue and the fact that a full day of imbibing at wineries requires a designated driver. And then if we were to hire one, which wineries would be best to visit and in what order? And we'd probably like to stay overnight in the area for the whole experience. We found a few places to stay in Sonoma that allows dogs but would we be close to anything? How should we stagger our appointments at the wineries? Help us Rhonda, help, help us Rhonda. So in lieu of actually making decisions about any of this, we've just backburnered it and kept ourselves plenty happy exploring the city itself while figuring we'd do the whole Napa/Sonoma wine tasting charade in Spring (which apparently starts this month as the sun has pelted me in the face like a jerk every morning as I emerge from my building to catch the bus to work at the crack of dawn).
But on the Sunday of Valentine's Day (one day after our bike excursion- post here), we decided to do like the locals do and just drive up for a quick visit to one winery before coming back. And honestly, the knowledge of how seamless, easy and beautiful it was to head there on a random Sunday is pretty bad news bears as tasting fees in Napa would easily add up and I just want to go back again this instant.
^This is February in California apparently.
^I love how wine glasses capture whatever is shining through.
So the BREAKING NEWS is that Napa is stunning and we can quickly jaunt their for the afternoon at will. And in other news, do you remember my very first going out post in San Francisco where we went to The Mission District? The first line of that post was pretty dead-on for my blog and I'm happy to see I knew myself so well.
Have a good one :)