Now, on to the wine. Lots of pictures, probably should have split it into two posts. :)
Like I posted earlier, my wife and I spent the last two days tasting wine in Napa, CA trying to pretend like we both knew what we were talking about. We visited 7 vineyards over the two days and tasted at 6 of them. Here is my non-holistic photo journal play-by-play of our experience.
The trip actually started out a little frustrating. As it turns out, the San Fran airport engineers decided to take people renting a car on a (seemingly) 4 hour monorail tour of South San Fran. Of course, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but I was sure ready to get my drink on after the ride:
Once we finally got there
The best part about Silver Oak was that in between the rows of vines, they had wild flowers planted. Pretty, but not tasty.
While we did have incredible weather for the time of year, the one thing that was sort of a bummer was that none of the vines had any grapes on them....or leaves...or anything that made them look like they were alive. I guess that just means that a trip back is a must during the summer/fall.
The next stop was to Opus One - a very small, very boutique vineyard whose wines cost $200 / bottle. Let me tell you, if something costs $200 a bottle it had better make certain parts of my body VERY large*. I will likely never buy a bottle, so it was fun to spend "only" $30 to taste. Unfortunately, it was incredibly good. I was hoping that it would taste like crap and I wouldn't ever want to buy it.
On Sunday, my wife "the concierge" had us scheduled to take a number of tours. The first was to the Sterling Vineyard. The best part about this one is that you ride a small gondola up to the main building. My wife is pretty terrified of heights, so I had a good time freaking her out by swaying the gondola car/box/thing. Once she got a little wine in her she was fine (aren't we all?):
Unfortunately though, wine makes me sleepy:
Probably the most fun experience was the tour of the Castello Di Amorosa castle. This is the same castle where the Bachelor was filmed. I don't pretend to watch the show, so I have no idea how many seasons ago it was, but I feel like it was pretty recent**. Hopefully that little Jeff Probst host got to drink some wine while everyone else was sucking face***.
We got the 'extended' tour and toured all 4 levels above and 4 levels below ground. I was continuously on the lookout for vampires, however all that I found were some high school kids wearing white powder makeup. Strange.
Do I even need to caption this one? I think not.
One of the most fun things (for the wine dork in me....and really for ALL of the dorks in me) was being able to do some barrel tasting. As you can see, barrel tasting requires sucking out the wine with some sort of wiener shaped device. Gross.
Castello Di Amorosa holds back a number of bottles of their wine each year. They have them stacked up all over the place - very cool but very dangerous for someone who was named 'most similar to a bull in a china shop' in high school****. I'm thinking of having this one blown up poster size.
Finally, we finished off the trip with a little bubbly, a nice sunset, and a case of dehydration that Dean Karnasas would be proud of.
**Asked my wife, it was this past season w/ Vienna & Gia
***Or getting herps vaccines
****No, not really