Monday, March 12

Wine Tasting at V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley

I've been living in the Bay Area for years now, and one of the things I've never found time for was traveling up to Napa Valley for a little wine tasting. It's been on my bucket list forever it seems, and was a dream come true to finally go for the first time. It fascinates me how fast time flies, and reminds me to live life to the fullest and do the things that I want to do.

I love wine, only in moderation of course on special occasions. I remember the very first wine I had was with my dear friend Eliina. Her amazing mother had been saving an old bottle of White Zinfandel for years and she let us partake on Thanksgiving. What a treat! I'll never forget it. Perhaps that's why I like dessert wines best, because it takes me back to that innocent time with my close friend. So I love a good wine with some awesome conversation. Perhaps with candles, a lite fireplace, or even better, a warm summer's night complete with a crackling bonfire. So if anyone wants to join me, we can totally rock it! Wouldn't that be delightful. It keeps me young.

Also, I learned a lot from the tasting. I surprised myself by identified the subtle hints of blackberry and peach from some of the selections. I have some new favorites now, again all dessert wines, with the California Moscato and Angelica (which is grape juice fortified with brandy) being top on the list. Learning about proper wine glasses was fun too. I now know that it's important to drink from specifically sized, crystal glasses for acquitted swilling and smelling. 

So yes, if you've been putting off that trip to Napa for one reason or another, why wait any longer. It's worth saving up for and it's loads of fun. The "high season" in California is June to October, which will be here before you know it. Perhaps I'll have to go back as well. 

Some photography from my trip:

The beautiful V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley.

Isn't the stonework pretty? It's the little details that make it grand.

Zinfandel anyone?

V. Sattui wine and cheese shop.

Ancient Gouda! Alas, I didn't want to break my diet.

Exquisite Reds.

Glasses for every type of wine.

The wine tasting bar, in which I left very happy.


I want to go back already. What fun indeed.

 Cheers and happy living.
~Claudia

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