On Saturday, we all piled into the car and headed to Napa for wine tasting. Our first stop was at Elyse, an intimate winery tucked away in Napa that served simply delicious wines.
Immediately upon arrival, we were greeted with the enticing fragrance of fermenting grapes. It’s harvest season! Grapes in all stages of production were held in large vats outside of the winery. This was the first time that I’d seen the wine making process at this stage, and it was fascinating.
A few of the containers were overflowing with dry ice, which is used for preservation.
We headed inside, to be greeted by two articulate, friendly hosts, who provided us with a tasting menu.
The first time I went wine tasting, I remember feeling totally lost. The flavors all blended together in one juicy symphony. It was a bit overwhelming.
Many thanks to Tim’s sweet parents for teaching me so much!
On the way out, I stopped for a few snapshots of the vines. They’re better than runway models– a photographer’s heaven.
Aren’t they beautiful? Of course, they’re likely to taste bitter if I were to snag one off of the vine. These grapes are riddled with seeds and have a particularly thick skin.
It was time for the next winery! No rest for the wicked.
Mumm! A family favorite, if you will. I’m always game for a little sparkling wine.
The vineyard is incredibly scenic, so I snuck a few pictures before heading inside.
Our waitress had perfected the champagne pour. Just look at that! She did each flute in two, simple swoops. No hesitation. And every time (mind you– seven tasting glasses!) it bubbled over, then sank back into the glass just in time.
After our second tasting, we were starving. We visited Farmstead — a cozy, farm-to-table restaurant that was just my style. The decor was spot-on, with cheerful neon lights outside and rustic, comfortable furnishings within.
Their doorman was especially handsome. I think he may have had a thing for me? ;)
We ended our tasting journey at Naked Wines, which sells wines from a variety of independent winemakers.
Though the wines they gave us weren’t as much to my taste as those I’d tried at Elyse, it was really fun to try wines from around the world. Winemaking is such a passion project for many people, and it’s awesome that Naked Wines gives them funding for support!
Have you been wine tasting in Napa? I can’t recommend it enough. It was such a relaxing, delectable day.