We started our day today at the Robert Mondavi Winery!
Side Note: We are staying in Sonoma and if you are looking at a map the roads basically make a big square... We are staying on the left side of the square. Napa Valley is on the right side of the square and to get from here to there you can either take super squiggly, twisty, turny short-cut road (the top of the square) or go the slightly longer, much straighter route (the bottom of the square). TAKE THE BOTTOM OF THE SQUARE! I vomed somewhere along the squiggle road yesterday, and we learned our lesson... End of side note... Just keepin it real.
Like I said, we started our day at the Robert Mondavi Winery!!
What a good tour. I don't know what I expected from such a large winery, but the tour was really so good and informative, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
|New Oak Barrels! Ready for the harvest!|
|two year old wine|
|Of course I wanted fresh spaghetti from Michael Chiarello's kitchen!|
|Sweet Corn risotto with hamachi|
We had a few minutes before our lunch reservation so we walked around Yountville. We walked right up on The French Laundry and their garden! (we couldn't afford a meal here--- at $1200 for a dinner for two and a bottle of wine, it was a bit out of our price range) We walked through their garden for a while and oohed and ahhhed at the 15 varietals of carrots and the 25 distinct types of tomatoes etc etc... Amazing!
|We were hoping to get a chance to play petanque (I think it's similar to bocce ball) on the lawn here, but we didn't quite have time.|
And finally, our last winery of the day was Honig. I don't think I got any good pictures there but every wine we had was remarkable. I think we both agreed that the Napa Valley 2009 Chardonnay was absolutely delicious. They made great rosé and reds as well as a sweet dessert wine. We generally don't tend toward sweet or white wines, but we've been surprised by how much we have liked the whites here!
|Bryan putting some of his smelling and tasting skills into action!|
We stopped for dinner at Bouchon back in Yountville just across the street from our lunch spot.