Napa and Sonoma Valley

Lady Egg and I have not been back to Napa Valley for over 10 years.  We decided to do a quick trip up to Northern California for the weekend.  Napa Valley history was made by John Patchett, who gets credit for creating the first official vineyard and winery in the Napa Valley. John Patchett began planting vines in 1854 and started producing wine just three years later in 1857.

Day 1:

Before we did our first tasting, we got some coffee and food at Bouchon Bakery from Thomas Keller.  I got a parfait for breakfast while Lady Egg got a chocolate croissant.

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Yogurt Parfait
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Bakery
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Macaroons on Display

The first winery was Frog’s Leap Winery in Napa.   Our tasting was at the outside covered patio with heaters and blankets.  We sat outside and got educated on some amazing wines while we enjoyed the views.

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Outdoor patio where the wine tasting happens
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Cellar

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Glasses for the wine tasting

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View from the outdoor patio
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Walking to the chicken coop

Lunch was at Rutherford Grill down the street.  Lady Egg ordered the Pork Ribs and I ordered the Rotisserie Chicken.  I recommend reservations on weekends because it got busy fast

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After Lunch, we went to Silver Oak.  It’s been a favorite of mine for over 15 years.  We got to go on a tour and see the barrel room and the special collection bottles

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Early wine saplings
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Collection Room on Display

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Grape vines outside the winery

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We decided to drive up and over the mountain to Sonoma to see the lavender fields at Matanzas Creek Winery.  Little did we know that the lavender does not bloom until May.  2017.04.08-542017.04.08-58

Dinner was at ZuZu in downtown Napa.  It’s a tapas restaurant that we were lucky enough to table and only wait 30 min.  Other places were packed with diners.

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Braised Pork Cheeks Served with a Black Radish Salad and Sherry Gastrique
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Colorado Lamb Chops with Moroccan Barbeque Glaze, Mint & Curry Oil
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Flat-Iron Steak from Niman Ranch with Roasted Jalapeño Chimichurri
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Grilled Octupus
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Ceviche del Dia; Citrus Marinated Seafood with Jicama, and Avocado
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Grill Squid with Sausage

 

Day 2

We headed to Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma the next day.  The wine club was a great value and I ended up joining that day2017.04.08-722017.04.08-762017.04.08-77

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One of the worlds largest wine barrels

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Vines for the Cherryblock wines

The second winery was Bartholomew Winery  which is nestled up at a 300 acre park which is run by the Bartholomew Park Foundation, a non-profit entity whose mission is to preserve and protect this historic site.

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Brunch and the Road Back.  It was finally time to head back to Southern California but we grabbed a quick meal at the The Girl and the Fig restaurant.  We checked out a cheese shop and then grabbed a couple of slices of pizza at the Slice Shack by Mary for the road back home.  We made it back in 6 hours thanks to some speedy driving my Lady Egg and fewer stops

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Sonama State Park right in the middle of Downtown

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Ham Hash with two eggs and potatoes

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Margarita and Mushroom and Sausage Pizza

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Cheese Shop
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Olives at the Cheese Shop

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