Wine time - yum yum!
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
74Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa
Muir Woods was sold to us by many people as " the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world". To all of those people that told us that.... you were absolutely right.
It is hard to describe Muir Woods and the photos don't really do it justice. Luckily for all of you we only uploaded a few 'tree' photos – all in all I think that we took about 200 photos of the woods
After spending 2.5 hours of tree hugging time at the woods we headed down to Muir beach to enjoy a picnic and a walk on the beach.
After the beach we took a leisurely drive to Napa Valley. This is the USA’s wine country with over 77% of the State’s wine coming from the Napa \ Sonoma region. Kate was in her element especially as Ivor was the designated driver for the 2 days that we were there. Our wine tasting day started at 11am with a visit to Peju (http://www.peju.com). What was supposed to be a 30 min tasting session turned into over an hour and a half of tasting, laughing, more tasting, laughing and then just a little more tasting. What I found funny was that Kate’s cheeks and ears kept getting redder – a sign that she was ‘on her way’
The person that gave the tasting was called Richard. He used to work in a Bank but had left his mundane desk job after heeding the call of wine. What a character! Richard – thank you for an awesome day. You truly were wasted behind a desk. You have found your niche – keep making people laugh and introducing new friends! Speaking of new friends – we met a couple called Bill and Joanne. They (and Richard) are the reason that we stayed so long. By the end of the tasting we were all best friends, Kate was drunk, we had managed to not pay for the tasting and acquired a bottle of wine.... for free (thanks Bill and Joanne – a bottle of Allesveloren Port will shortly be on its way to you from South Africa).
Day drinking = the munchies – so after Peju we stopped in at a free wine tasting farm that had an amazing deli on offer. Mazza – there was enough smelly cheese there to keep you occupied for at least 2 years. After a much needed lunch to soak up the alcohol, we then stopped in at Prager (thanks for the tip Bill). Prager make port (and only a few bottles a year – about 3600). Did you know that port is generally fortified with some other alcohol – normally brandy??? You see you can drink and learn at the same time!!! After tasting 5 different Ports – it was time to head home with Ivor at the wheel and a merry Kate in the passenger seat.
Napa was a great visit for us. The weather was hot, the hotel was grand (compared to the USA hostel), the company fantastic and the wine extremely palatable. Bill and Joanne – we still have that bottle of ‘Balloon Wine’ as Kate calls it and we are saving it for a special day – perhaps our 1 year anniversary!!!
After Napa we are driving route 1 down the west coast of the USA. It is apparently a breath taking journey – we can’t wait.
Where ever you are in the world we hope that all is well. Keep the comments and the emails coming – it is great to catch up on all your news.