(cont'd from A Girls Weekend in the San Fransisco Bay Area)
I know it's going to be a good day when breakfast is champagne and a cheese tray. After our indulgent evening at Ad Hoc we took our time laying around, munching, and (eventually) getting ready before heading out for wine tasting. Driving through Napa was incredible. In fact just thinking about it is making me ache for a trip somewhere so beautiful and lush.
Our first visit was Stags Leap (Robert Sinskey Vineyard). We ordered our tasting on the back patio and soaked up some sun. One of the nice things about this winery is the plate of small bites that come paired with your flight. Because clearly we can't go anywhere without eating...
Next we hit up Mumm Napa. This was a very different and lively experience compared to Stags Leap. We were in line behind this group of girls celebrating a bachelorette party. How sweet are they?!
A view to die for:
This is where things get foodie yet again. Sarah warned me I was going to be obsessed with Farmstead/Long Meadow Ranch, but I still wasn't prepared for how much. Our visit started inside the General Store. Cookbooks and canning supplies and a million other things that I desperately wanted to bring home. I settled for a few little Weck jars that I totally could order online but never do. They also let us sneak in an olive oil tasting before they closed. Confession: sipping straight olive oil is not something my palate is sophisticated enough for quite yet…
Next we moved over to the restaurant. It's housed in an old barn and their menu is farm-to-table mostly sourced from their own farms. We opted for the outside seating - comfy lounge chairs and plenty of space. I was also thrilled to finally see beer on a menu! We ordered a few appetizers and, as I've become accustomed to when I'm with Sarah, were treated to several more we didn't.
Grilled artichokes, steak tartare, kale salad, and oysters all before our actual dinner came. Then crab, shrimp, and salmon…all of the seafood was had.
Once it got dark, they lit the fire next to us and we stayed for a while talking and drinking. I think dessert may have been involved. An absolutely perfect dinner! Though I think I said the same about our dinner the previous night at Ad Hoc...
It was getting late, but Sarah really wanted us to see the actual town of St. Helena so we stopped into an upscale bar called Goose and Gander. We had some interesting cocktails and did a little late night window shopping before heading back to American Canyon.
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.