Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Road Trip Part VI - Napa Valley, Day 2

The next day, we enjoyed the inn's breakfast, which is served buffet style, and includes an egg dish (different every day), make your own waffles, fruit, muffins, scones, bagels, english muffins, juices, etc. You can sit inside or outside on a patio overlooking the vineyards.

Our first winery of the day was Alpha Omega, with a brand-new luxurious tasting room and a few wines that we liked (although they seemed a little pricy). We bought two bottles of Syrah and before making our way over to to Kelham winery (reservations required), where we did our wine tasting in what looked like someone's living room. The wine maker looked like he was in his mid-30s and model-handsome, but seemed very knowledgeable. We bought two bottles of cab and a chardonnay here.

Mustards Grill was next on the agenda (we seem to always eat here on every trip to Napa). This visit we shared the onion strings, I had the cheeseburger, and hubby had the ravioli (which neither of us had tried before, and was really good). We soon realized that the owners of Pappapietro Perry (a winery in Sonoma County that I am a member of), were at the next table over. They were very nice, and seemed pleased to meet some of their members. Lunch was $75 with tip (we didn't have any wine).

After lunch we went into the town of Napa to Robert Biale Winery. We had tried one of their wines before, the "Black Chicken" zinfandel, which we loved, so we tracked down this tiny place prior to our trip and had made a reservation (a must, according to their signs, but several walk-ins were accepted while we were there). They gave us tastings of 7 or so zins, all of which were great. We bought 4 bottles and made it back to the inn just in time for the nightly wine tasting.

We had dinner in Yountville, we'd made a reservation at Bistro Jeanty. We each started with the tomato soup en croute, then I had the special, which was risotto with rabbit, morels, peas and truffle oil (which was amazing). Steve (the hubby) had daube beef with mashed potatoes, carrots and peas (also very good), and we shared the tarte tatin for dessert (one of the best desserts of the trip, truly exquisite). For wine, we shared another of the bottles we brought from home, a Domaine Drouhin 2003 Laurene Pinot that my boss gave me for Christmas a few years before. It was excellent. Dinner was $125, and included tip and $20 corkage.

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