7.19.2013 - Napa Day

by Kelly July. 19, 2013 1858 views

I've been waiting my whole life for this day: NAPA!

After driving for an hour or so, we arrived happily first in Sonoma, then in Napa, then finally off to our first start Yountville. Following recommendations, we began the day at Mumm winery, which features the region's finest sparking wines. Most were a blend of chardonnay and pinot gris, but we were able to taste the subtle differences between vintages, rose and white varieties. We sampled our sparkling beverages while sitting out in a shaded veranda, enjoying the gorgeous view.

Next we hastily made a reservation at Elyse winery just down the road, and also highly recommended. This place likes to keep it more low key and only provides tastings by reservation. This was probably my favorite place of the day and introduced our pallet to the region's reds. Chardonnay, red blends featuring granache and cab franc, cab sauvignon, Zinfandel, all fantastic, with a helpful, patient, and delightful tasting guide. We both agreed the Mon Chou blend from 2007 was our favorite, bought a bottle, then discussed what future event will lead to its opening. The first snow? Bailey's birthday? A random Tuesday evening? We'll see.

With Elyse being a tough act to follow, we hit up a couple other, less intimate wineries. Trefethan, which had a late harvest riesling that was ALMOST as good as the Finger Lakes, and Coscantio, where we didn't dawdle. Last, I forced a quick stop at the Menage a Trois winery, largely because it has my favorite commercially available red blend. Truthfully wasn't the best wine of the day, but still neat to see.

Afterwards we had the most delicious meal at Redd in Napa Valley. Apparently this is our first Michelin star restaurant we've been to (one star), and it was superb. We wandered in without a reservation but they just happened to have a cancellation so we managed a fortunate table. We split two appetizers: a lemony, herbal, lobster risotto and crisp pork belly in apple puree, which were both a hit (but the pork belly was better). Then we split a roasted chicken with ratatouille and pureed arugla entree. It was heavenly. After all that, we couldn't pass up the chocolate and peanut butter praline mousse with milk sorbet on the side. This was a five star foodie day.

Sparking wines at Mumms..

John is only partially enthused in this pic

Driving home at sunset

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