Since I first had an interest in wine, I’ve been itching to visit Napa Valley. Being in SoCal, the only thing keeping me from wine paradise was a six hour drive. Over time other things got in the way. Children, bills, responsibilities. That wasn’t going to stop me! I’m all about crossing things off my bucket list. Anything is possible! So that’s just what I did. I made a trip to Napa Valley possible. The funny thing? Since first visiting in August 2015, I’ve gone back for another trip in October 2015. Go figure! You wait years to do something, then once you find out how easy it is you end up trying to do it all the time.
I have to say Napa Valley isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Besides rolling hills topped with grape vines, I envisioned a quaint little town bustling with tipsy tourists on their popular limo tours. There was a quaint little town. A couple actually but none of them were bustling. The Boof suggested that all of the tourists are probably at the wineries. Duh! I should know that! Maybe the wine had already fogged my brain at that point. Who knows.
On a couple occasions we were able to pick grapes right from the vine. It’s amazing how those little purple orbs create such delicious wine. A great side benefit of visiting the actual vineyard was all the crunchy leafs. I love the sound of stepping on a crunchy leaf and that was exactly what we heard as we walked down the rows of grape vines.
Before we planned to cross “Visit Napa Valley” off our bucket list, The Boof read about the Judgment of Paris. The winner of the red division was Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. So when it came to planning our visit to Napa Valley, we knew that was going to be our first stop. Let me just say…
“It was love at first sip!”
We were able to take the “Fire and Water” tour. Man, what an amazing tour?! The detail and thought put into that winery was far beyond anything I’d ever conceived possible. Added bonus, the tour ends with wine and food pairings. Oh and did I mention one of the tastings was their 2012 Cask 23 which is sold for $243 a bottle and rated a perfect 100 points. Fancy, huh?!
During our visit we stopped at a number of wineries, one I actually had the opportunity to interview the winery owner, Cecilia Enriquez. Overall, I still feel overwhelmed about the famous wine region. We didn’t even scratch the surface. There are over 400 wineries in the area. It would be great to spend an entire week there, just exploring.