Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wine Tasting in Napa

So, we've lived in Northern California for 15 years now and this past weekend was the first time we've actually gone wine tasting.  On two earlier occasions, we attempted to do it, but didn't know what we were doing and it didn't actually count.  I think the first time we went to one winery in the Santa Cruz mountains and the second time we went to one winery in Sonoma.  This time we went to Napa with a friend of mine who showed us how it is done.

Our first stop (after McDonald's for breakfast), was Mumm.
Here we tasted champagne -- or rather sparkling wine.  We tried six different kinds.  At the table next to us, they sampled twelve different kinds -- or at least they had twelve glasses.  That makes for a very pretty table.


and here's our table.  Not nearly as impressive, but we needed to be able to walk away and even do some driving.


Outside the winery there were lots of these flowers.  I'm guessing that they are mums.


Our next stop was St. Supery.

Here we tasted 8 different wines - two tastings of four wines each.  I discovered that I like Sauvignon Blanc better than Chardonnay.   I was going to take another picture, but the bottles disappeared right after this.



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I'll post pictures of the other two tomorrow.

I think it's interesting how each winery has its own feel / character / atmosphere. 

5 comments:

Marg said...

Lol I love how you started at McDonald's. I've never done a winery tour because I'm always driving so can't drink, sigh. I would love to try it though. I'm more of a sparkling or red wine drinker. Chardonnay is too sweet for me and before I changed to red I loved Sauvignon Blanc.

Shay said...

Wine tasting in Napa is something I've heard about- probably because I live near one of Australia's premier wine regions myself.

It looks like a great time - and I agree with you about each winery having their own feel and take on wine production.

Glad you got to do this!

Kate said...

We've never made it to California Wine country, but we've done wine tasting tours in Missouri, Texas and Washington State. They are a lot of fun. We have to space them out during the day, if we do them to close together, then I end up napping!

Katie said...

Sounds like fun! I am glad you got to take the trip.

Arlee Bird said...

I've never made it as far north as Napa, but I've been to a few wineries in Temecula. It's a fun time with some good wine, though since I was driving I didn't do too much tasting and drink mine when I got home.

Lee
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