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

29 comments:

  1. Glad you had a great time :) Wine tasting sounds like fun, it's a shame I've never had much of a positive experience around alcohol in general >.> But I am tempted to say "pack up for a road trip" later this year if time allows :)

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  2. Hi Andrew! Thank you. :) It was fun indeed.

    Oh? That's too bad. Everything in moderation right. Now you make me curious.

    Oh really! That's so cool. It's definitely worth it.
    ~Claudia

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  3. How did I make you curious? I'm curious now :)

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  4. Oh, about your experience. I'll email you. :)
    ~Claudia

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  5. I'll look forward to your email then :)

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  6. Wow! You're fast. I'm writing it right now. :3
    ~Claudia

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  7. Lol, I'm not fast, it was just good timing ;)

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  8. LOL, that used to be how I made smiley faces and winks back on Y! Messenger :) Both ^_^ and ^_~. I also remember how to make a rose, but it doesn't look like it should on here >.> I tried, lol.

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  9. Oh yeah! They are super cute.

    Aww! I still want to see the rose. :3 It will be a sad rose.

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  10. As you wish, here is the rose :)

    @};-

    I hope you like it :D

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  11. Oh yeah! I see it. Neat! @};-
    Did you just Princess Bride me?

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  12. I do believe I just did "Princess Bride" you, and kudos for catching it, lol. You've earned cool points in my book <3 I'd offer something but I've already sent one surprise ;)

    And in a nerdy way I've given you the first rose of our friendship ;)

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  13. Hurray cool points. I'm honored.
    I knew it. Have you been reading my profile? That's like the best movie ever.

    Oh, the artwork perhaps? I think I caught that on DA real quick. I'm so behind on my emails. I still need to get to it. XD Bad Claudia.

    Aww! And now I know how to make roses too. It's nice. @};- (practicing)

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  14. It is artwork, but it's not on DA. This one is an original that has not been posted anywhere :) The comment on my profile made me giggle, and oh yeah, since it's still the 14th where you are I wanted to wish you a happy pi day :)

    I'm sad to say I have not been reading your profile :( I will have to change that. And yes, The Princess Bride is the full of win on so many levels.

    I'm happy you can make a rose now, after all, knowing is half the battle ;)

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  15. Thank you again for that. I'm honored.

    Pi day? Wow, that one flew by. :3

    Yes, it reveals that. You already know about the pirate thing, so you can't beat the Dread Pirate Roberts. What an awesome character. The book's amazing. What a talented writer indeed.

    Rose! @};-

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  16. I have a friend who is always remembering the odd days, lol, with Pi day being among them. I've been forgetting, but I don't plan on missing international Star Wars day this year :D

    I did read your profile, and I learned quite a bit :) I may not be able to beat the Dread Pirate Roberts, but I can join him, lol. Little do you know that I intended to dress up as him this past Halloween, but that plan fell through :/

    A friend of mine showed me this and I have to share it with you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYVQooRSlzg You might have to copy the URL to your address bar, but I know you'll love it :)

    Yay for roses @};- <3

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  17. First off, that video is awesome! That scene will never get old. I've never seen that take on it before. Very fun indeed.

    Oh really? When is Star Wars Day?
    And then there's Talk Like A Pirate Day. That always goes on my calender. Heehee.

    http://claudiasutton.blogspot.com/2011/09/happy-talk-like-pirate-day.html

    Oh really! That's wonderful about Halloween. It would have been awesome I'm sure.

    ~Claudia

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  18. I know right? I still love the video, I've watched it MANY times now to give a conservative number, lol.

    The International Star Wars Day is May the 4th, which sounds very close to "May the force", lol :)

    You know what's ironic in a way? Talk like a Pirate Day is September 19th every year, which is also my birthday (every year obviously, lol) and I'm more like a ninja than a pirate, lol. Is it possible to be a ninja-pirate?

    I plan on pulling off the Dread Pirate Roberts for Halloween this year. I'm even going to try to have my hair the right length, and the mustache won't be that hard to pull off, lol :)

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  19. :D Awesome!

    Okay cool. Nice way to remember it. That's gotta be intentional.

    Oh really? We have very close birthdays. Both Virgos. Indeed. I have heard of the rare ninja pirate half-breed. Now it's all clear to me. XD BUT... A Pirate Ninja or a Ninja Pirate? hummmm

    Woah! Really? You have got to put pictures up on DA then. I want to see. How long is your hair now? Can you pull it back?

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  20. Oh I'm sure it was very intentional, lol. Makes it easy to remember yet somehow I forgot last year ^^;

    Virgo's are awesome!! :D I don't know myself, does the order matter? Like is one the base and the other a highlight, or is one more land based and the other sea based? hummmm indeed, lol.

    Yes really ^_~ I will put pics up as soon as I get the costume ready :) My hair isn't that long now, it's shorter on the sides and I think if I let it fall it comes down to about the middle of my forehead. As of right now I can't pull it back, I will be able to though come October :) I know you get so many messages, so I'll just let you know that I attached a pic in the last email I sent :) My hair always wants to do different things each day and it can be a pain to mess with >.>

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  21. Yay! Glad you had fun! We should go together sometime!! Moscato is my favorite!!!

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  22. Andrew: Hurray for Virgos! Hum, yes it would seem significant. Yup! Kinda like that. :3 But you can totally be a land-based pirate, if the sea part is concerning. ☠

    Ah! Good luck on the hair. I hope it grows fast.

    E: We should! Totally. Now I want to.
    Really? I never knew yours is Moscato. <3


    ~Claudia

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  23. Sweet, land based pirate it is :D Mostly because it's easier to sneak around on land :D I can handle the sea if I need to, lol. So I guess I would default to a ninja-pirate then ;)

    Thanks, I'm sure it will grow fast, I just hope I don't mess it up when I try to style it, lol >.>

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  24. Wonderful! Indeed it would be. Unless you're the walk-on-water ninja type. :P

    Ah! I'm sure you'll do just fine hun. Are you going to go ash blonde too?
    ~Claudia

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  25. Hmmmm, walk-on-water ninja.... a very tempting idea, lol.

    Going Ash blonde is an idea, but I don't know if I can pull it off as my hair is dark brown. I literally know next to nothing about coloring hair, lol.

    My hair was dyed black once while I was in the military and I almost got in trouble for it, lol. The only reason I didn't is because black is a natural hair color. Yet another interesting military story, lol.

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  26. :D I bet!

    Yeah, I would leave it to a pro then, especially if you've never done it.

    Oh really? I never knew that was an issue. :(
    ~Claudia

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  27. Copy that, leaving it to a pro :)

    It wasn't that the hair color was an issue, it was that the military is strict on the hair colors that are allowed. Also I was in training, which is in no way anything like the actual Air Force, which is WAY more relaxed, lol.

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