Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Enid has recently had surgery on her foot so she stayed home to rest it today but Tom Daly took Tom and Ruth around the area.  Our first stop was at the Castello di Amoroso.  A local man has indulged his dream to build his version of an old Tuscan castle.  His original plan was an 8000 sq feet construction but it is now much larger than that.  He has been faithful to the building techniques of the times, starting from the 12th century up until about the 16th century.    There is a church, banquet hall, torture room with examples of torture devices, etc.  A lot of the components for the construction have been crafted in Italy and shipped over.

We visited Beringer winery which is the oldest continuous winery in the area.  Its owners manufactured communion wine during Prohibition.  But the highlight of the day was our visit to Robert Mondavi.  Tom knows this winery very well.  He was able to show us their huge room with vats and barrels and their various plots of wines some of which are very old.  We felt privileged Tom was willing to share his passion for wine and this winery with us.

We ate at an Italian Restaurant in Napa and drank a 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon (mainly) that Enid produced from her cellar.  It was from Beaulieu winery, where Enid works.
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