Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Glimpse Of Napa

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 :)
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14 comments:

Kelli @Kellibeans said...

I'm still upset the lottery didn't buy me an ocean front house, boo!

I think following what the locals do is the way to go, sooner or later you'll feel a local too!

Stephanie Wilhite said...

I have been to Napa Valley on vacation before and can't wait to go back! Your pictures are stunning!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I'm pretty sure that I would be up in Napa every single weekend if I lived in San Francisco! Chris and I are already talking about if it would be feasible for us to do a weekend trip there this year! My parents actually did a NoCal trip last year, and when they went to Napa they visited Artesa, and loved it! The winery is just so gorgeous!

BLovedBoston said...

What a fabulous escape so close to where you live! We went to Napa when we stopped in San Fran on our honeymoon and kept saying how much we couldn't wait to go back...now I need to plan a trip and go to this vineyard! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Pat Hatt said...

Such a beautiful spot indeed. But yeah, sure the dough would rack up going there every weekend. Sure you'll get them all in soon enough though.

Andrea Nine said...

Oh my goodness how beautiful! This is on mine and my husbands bucket list and I think it's gonna move near the top! What a dream, looks absolutely lovely!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

So lovely to live near such a beautiful place.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i do remember that line from that post, and i love it! because one day i will visit and i will have soaked up all the knowledge.
i'm glad you all could go for a quick visit, i totally get that overwhelmed feeling of wanting to do it all or trying to figure out the best way to do it, especially with so many amazing options. i hope you are able to get away to visit many more wineries :)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Super jealous that you guys are sooooo close to Napa and Sonoma! Nothing beats good wine and those gorgeous views! I'll take that kind of February day anytime, just so beautiful! *Cheers* <3
Green Fashionista

Emily said...

So gorgeous there! When I was there last year some friends that live in the city drove us out to Sonoma on a Sunday for winery action and lunch before walking around the town and heading back to the city. What we didn't know was that you had to make an appointment at these wineries so we got turned down from the first one and then found one that was open to the public which we really enjoyed. If we went to Napa we would have been turned down by all and that would have been a huge disappointment. Lesson learned!

Karrine Beasley said...

Wow! Gorgeous location (and people!). I'd love to visit Napa one day but mostly for my Parent Trap loving inner child (the wine would be nice too) :)

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

So jealous...!! Would love to live close by to Napa and totally indulge myself with delicious wines... Esp since wine in Singapore is so.damn.expensive. Sigh. Send me a crate or two, please? Thanks xx :)

Lauren said...

I just visited Napa for the first time in the fall and my lottery dream was a house there, too! SO much to see and do but I can see how the proximity is almost problematic! Please go on my behalf and take pictures of everything!

The Siberian American said...

Love that you are so close to Napa and Sonoma (and those views! Swoon.) I agree the choices are super overwhelming. It took us forever to pick when we went last March.