When we woke up on Monday it seemed all of the partying finally caught up with us. It was a struggle to get out of bed, but we had wine touring to do! We started the day with breakfast at a little off road diner. I ate another huge omelette and was ready to go.
Our first stop was Silver Oak Winery. It was absolutely gorgeous. We shared a tasting flight and sat outside in the sun admiring the scenery. I have nothing inspiring to say about the wine except that it tasted good :) Here are some photos:
Next stop was V. Sattui Winery, another gorgeous place.
Not gonna lie, we were there for the food! They had an amazing tap room and deli area.
Check out our picnic spread:
Our next stop was Alpha Omega Winery, which came recommended from a few friends. The winery had a more modern feel, and I think had the best tasting wine we tried. Another flight enjoyed in the sun with a beautiful view:
I was surprised how much time we spent at each winery. By the time we finished at Alpha Omega it was after 5 pm and almost every winery was closed for the day. We took the ride back to our house and made one more stop for a photo:
At the house we spent a few minutes snuggling with Sophie and then got ready for dinner. GAH! She is just too frickin' cute.
I was hellbent on eating at a Thomas Keller restaurant in Napa but had a feeling the extremely expensive tasting menu at the French Laundry wouldn't fly with Sara. One day I shall return with my rich foodie husband.
Instead, I made us a reservation at Bouchon, which is, "where Thomas Keller likes to eat after a long night at TFL." Works for me! Bouchon was super cute -- I really felt like I was walking into a true French cafe.
We started with some warm pistachios and fresh bread straight from the Bouchon Bakery next door.
We also ordered AMAZING deviled eggs and Sara ordered the french onion soup. You know I snuck a few spoonfuls of that cheesey goodness.
For our entrees, Sara ordered the moules-frites, and I ordered a riccota gnudi special that came topped with bacon and fried brussels sprouts. It was so rich and delicious -- I loved every single bite.
Such a great way to end the trip to Napa!
When we got back to the house we attempted to finish the growlers we bought from Russian River but fell asleep. Looks like we'd be drinking them in the morning at the airport! We had a surprisingly easy ride back to San Francisco and I had an eventful time in the airport -- I somehow lost my license and was neurotically searching for it for about 20 minutes until I stumbled upon a guy yelling, "Julie!". My flight back to Boston was fine -- I managed to hop on an earlier flight but had to sit in the middle seat. Yuck.
That's all for the California updates! Now, when can I go back??
PS, I knocked off THREE things from my Life List on this trip!!!