Friday, June 27, 2008

Wine Country...Napa Valley

On my recent visit to California, I was fortunate enough to visit the Wine Country. Boy, it was as beautiful as they say. The harvest isn't until October, so this was just the beginnings of what would come. My friends were gracious host, and had rented a limousine for the day, to go from vineyard to vineyard. You can not just go from one to another drinking free wine. There are now fees for the tastings, which I guess up until a few years ago were free to the public. The tastings ranged from $15 to $20 each for 5 or 6 different flavors.
This first photo here of the New England style house, is of Sutter Home Vineyards, a well known one. Unfortunately, it was closed that day. And the next pictures are of a lovely private vineyard of V.Satuui. You can only buy their product at the vineyard or by mail order. It is definitely worth it if you are a wine drinker to join the club. Club membership gives you discounts, and wine of the month is delivered right to your door every month.

They had the best tasting wine of all the vineyards that day. If I only lived closer, I would frequent it more often. My friends are club members, so we were treated well in the club room in the basement of the castle like building. Club members can taste anything and as much as they want for free, and the wine keeper pays much better attention to you privately, plus an added feature is what ever you buy to take home is 20% off. You can check them out at http://www.vsattui.com/index.cfm for a video tour. They also have a large deli and cheese store, so that you can put together your own lunch when you buy your wine. And there are places to sit everywhere. I cannot say enough good things about it they are so friendly and welcoming. It was so lovely to spend that time with my closest friends. I would love to go out for the smashing of the grapes in October. Still thinking it over.....














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