Saturday, March 19, 2016

Barrel Tasting in Napa

So, Nevada and I went to Napa last weekend.  She had a few wine shipments to pick up and had made reservations for us to have a barrel tasting at our favorite winery

Our first stop (after McDonalds) was Trefethen.  Nevada and I had shared a bottle of their Cabernet Sauvignon after she had left her previous job and thought it was great, so we had to stop by and get a tasting.  They sustained some damage during the earthquake last year, so the tasting room was actually in a tent.  Super fancy tent, with a fountain and drapes ..

It was rainy which made for great lighting for my pictures (I think).

The first wine was a dry reisling, which was quite good.  The rest we had were reds (but I didn't take any more pictures).

Next stop was Mumm Napa (as usual).

Then we had the barrel tasting at Raymond, which was really fun.  It was a private tasting where they take wine straight from the barrel and you get to taste it.  We tasted three different cabs, one from Oakville, one from Rutherford, and a Generations (which I think uses grapes from all over Napa).  The wine we were tasting won't be available until 2017.

Our final stop was Merryvale.  They were having an event which meant food and wine to your hearts content.  It was fun to be able to go in the rooms that are normally closed off and see everything up close, and the food and wine were good too.

Then we grabbed some pizza and drove home ...

One of these times we'll stay in Napa and not fight the traffic after a long day ...

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