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The Napa valley... The land of the rich wine lovers. I wouldn't say that Barney and I are wine conisours, especially not driving around in our minivan. So driving into one of the largest and most prestigious vineyards in California was strangely daunting. Beringer brothers winery was first established in 1876 and creates some of the most delicious wines in the Napa valley and once we got over ...
... or they’re all very good wines. The gentleman pouring our wine was from Syria. He’d only been here for a few months. Before coming here he lived in Dubai for 10 years. We asked him if he had family in Syria and he told us his mother and a sister were still there, but they were in a safe place in Damascus. What a worry that would be.
We left the castle and drove into Calistoga for lunch. It’s an old town with western style facades ...
... visits that makes an impression on you---or at least it did me. I like the idea of being able to take a gondola to the top, drink wine in a BEAUTIFUL setting, then ski back down to the base and car. Wait a minute---that must be the wine talking, as there wasn't ANY snow today. Even if you CAN'T ski off this hill, it STILL is a neat experience to ascend to the castle winery via a gondola tram.
Once again--ALL 6 tastings ...
... best wineries in Napa" yesterday and stumbled upon a list of 5 on Yelp. I combined that with a recommendation from my friend Monika, mapped it all out last night and printed it in the hotel lobby this morning, feeling very prepared to tackle the valley. Well, lo' and behold, the first winery we went to, Jarvis, was appointment only. Ooops. We figured this might be the case with the rest of the wineries on our list, so we googled "Napa tourist ...
... and wanted to play so winner stays on. I beat him too!!! Look at me, a pool hustler in San Francisco!!
It was nice to stay out and have a beer with Danny as I hadn't really seen much of him apart from the first night when he cooked the barbecue. We stayed out drinking until they called time which was about 1.30 am and then walked home. Yes, walked home, I was pretty sober for a change.
A great day finished with a good night in a local ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed