Sunday, May 1, 2011

Napa Valley - Day 1

Our first stop of the day, brunch at Alexis Baking Cafe in Napa.

I had the breakfast burger and D had the Huevos Rancheros.  We also shared a morning bun - how piggy are we.

I enjoyed the burger tremendously - so juicy but I also liked the Huevos Rancheros as the tortillas were crispy :)

Next stop Wine Tasting:  D organizes all the wine stops.  I just follow but I do like my wines :)

Chateau Montelana

Have you watched Bottle Shock?  I haven't but apparently it is based on a True Story that happened in 1976.  Steven Spurrier who owns a wine shop in Paris and was constantly by the French oenophile establishment for stocking wines from other counrties.  He set out to prove that wine from other countries were just as good.   He organized a blind tasting and is now called the "Judgement of Paris" pitting Californian wines against French wines.  The 9 judges were all french.  To cut a long story short, Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay beat out the french wines.

Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena
The chateau was undergoing a bit of a renovation when we visited.  There are nice grounds to picnic on and a view of the pond as well as 2 pavilions.

Whitehall Lane
Whitehall Lane
Reserve Tasting at Whitehall Lane
I hardly drink reds but I did like the reds here. 

We did one normal tasting and a reserve tasting.  I drank most of the bubbly here cos D was driving.  BB helped too.  I was getting peckish even though we had such a big brekkie and ordered some finger foods that Chandon offers to pair with their bubbly.  They have a lovely patio to sit out on a sunny day.
Chandon Croque Monsieur
Croque Monsieur
2nd visit for BB to Chandon.  He loves his bubbly.

Grigich Hills
Grigich Hills 

Grand Entrance to Dharioush
They have very good pistachios here.  I really recommend that you grab a bag.  

To cap off our day we headed to the Napa Premium Outlet for some shopping - Yay!!! I headed straight to the MaxStudio shop as I can't get that in Vancouver.

Had a late dinner at Ad Hoc.  


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