Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Northern California: Napa and Sonoma

On Sunday, we went up to wine country to visit three wineries and enjoy the beautiful, sunny weather that is a regular occurrence out that way. We started in Napa at Cuvaison. You need reservations, and the view is really spectacular. They have outdoor seating, an open air/covered area, and an indoor seating section. We hung out on the patio. The aesthetic is very modern and sleek.

View of the vineyard from Cuvaison
After our tasting there, we went to a great gourmet deli for lunch: Sonoma's Best. They have delicious sandwiches and salads as well as wine (obviously), candy, and ice cream! What more could anyone want.

Lunch at Sonoma's Best

After lunch we went to Scribe. I've heard of this place, but had never been before. Let me tell you, it is a very different kind of Sonoma winery. In a word, amazing. The people who work there are all hip and young. (They've even been written up in GQ.) They don't "pour" for you, but rather, in their own words, "hang out" with you while you are visiting. Again, you do need to make a reservation, but that is the only formal part of this experience. The vineyard was bought not long ago by two brothers who are quite young themselves, and the whole place is kind of magical. Down the hill from the tasting area is a really cool old house that once was a speakeasy during prohibition. The renovations on that building will start in late summer, and it is bound to just enhance the cool factor of Scribe.

Vineyard view from Scribe Winery
Scribe wineryStylish decor at Scribe Winery
We really did not want to leave...ever. But, we had reservations at Domaine Carneros, which is pretty much the other end of the spectrum from Scribe. It is a huge winery that produces sparkling wine. It is very fancy, manicured, and chateau-like. It is beautiful in a completely different way. By that point, we were getting a little silly (but I was forbidden from uploading those pictures--let's just say that my brothers were doing some prom photo reenactments). Again, the view was spectacular, and it was a great way to end the day.

Vineyard view from Domaine Carneros

Sparkling wines at Domaine Carneros

On Sunday night we went to a favorite restaurant, Out The Door, which serves modern Vietnamese cuisine. But, I took the night off from my photographing duties.  We had a fantastic meal. OTD never disappoints. 

Check back because tomorrow we take San Francisco!

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