Wedding + Napa = A perfect match. Part 1

As promised, I’m finally getting around to telling all about my recent trip to Napa, CA. Once again I realized how much I love California. When the Mr. and I win the lottery maybe we can finally move there. But back to all the deets…we’ll start from the beginning and work our way to the big event!

We flew into Sacramento Thursday afternoon and then made the drive to Napa (just over an hour). After meeting up with the crew, first on our list was to find good food. Just down the street from our hotel was BarBersQ restaurant, so we popped in there for some eats. Hip vibe from the decor to the music, with super yummy food and beer. I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich if you ever stop in.  No pictures to share – wish I had been smart enough to bring my camera. Up next that evening was a welcoming party at Adrienne’s sister Kristina’s home – which was the cutest little bugalow. Once again no pictures, but it was so nice to catch up with all of her relatives that I haven’t seen since probably junior high. More good food and an overall fun evening – thanks Kristina!

Friday it was time to get down to business – the business of wine tasting! Jenn, Jason, Mr. Pitts, and I headed out to the Silverado Trail and our first stop along the way was Robert Sinskey Vineyard. It was a cute place that almost felt more like a bar, lots of character. The tastings even came with some small nibbles – the cheese was delish.

Jenn and Jason saying hello to the fishies

Ok, so after a quick lunch break and meeting up with the rest of the posse (Alisa, Scott, Sarah, and Nick) we headed to Grgich Hills Estate. It was a little crowded when we arrived, and since we were a “large group”, they escorted us to our very own room for a private tasting. They obviously recognized how serious we were, I mean Nick alone oozed wine connoisseur.

We ladies have some class too. We pose regularly for the paparazzi.

In the moment…

Moving right along, our next stop was Peju Winery. Alisa, Sarah and I had been here about 6 years ago, and our taste buds remembered it fondly. It was a we-must-stop-here-no-ifs-ands-or-buts place. And it proved to be an interesting experience, to say the least. Our wine “expert” (at the moment his name escapes me which I can’t even believe) was hilarious slash a bit nuts. I think he thought we paid money to hear his comedy act, and not to taste the wine. We heard about his life, love life (or lack there of), all while he analyzed each one of us. I don’t think he even told us anything about the wines we were tasting. Oh well. We made the best of it and each left with a bottle – I highly recommend the “Provence“. YUM.

Walking up it felt like you had arrived at a castle.

Notice what I’m holding in this next pic? Told you I take it everywhere.

Exciting times in Peju. Alisa could hardly contain herself, and Sarah could have been their spokesmodel.

Ok, so now on to stop four of the day. Yes, I was getting a little tipsy at this point. Upon arrival at St. Supery it was packed. We were told we could take a self guided tour through the building while we waited, so tour we did.

They had these stations where you could smell all the ingredients that went into making that specific type of wine. Mr. wasn’t digging it too much.

I failed to get any pics during our actual wine tasting, but we all left happy campers!

So there you have Part 1 of our Napa adventures! I think we were all overwhelmed by just how many wineries there are in the area, and how they were back to back as you drove along. It would take months to visit them all!  I would have to say that Peju was my favorite of the day – the wine and even the entertainment. Overall good times had by all, and even more importantly it was so great to visit with close friends. I just wish Punkie & Mark could have joined us that afternoon, but they had more important things on the horizon. Stayed tuned for Part 2…wedding festivities galore!!!  — DP


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