Thursday, May 16, 2013

Napa Part One

Okay, I have a ton of photos from Napa Valley to post, so I'm breaking them up into several posts. The first few are views from our room at The Wine Country Bed and Breakfast. Yes, it was as quaint as it sounds.
This is for you, Miss Christy! I know we both love purple. However, this lamp is hideous! The Bed and Breakfast was very nice except for this lamp and it's identical mate on our other nightstand. Ha!
This was our first trip to Napa Valley. We love red wine, so we were really excited about this trip. Besides, we were on vacay with our precious friends Vic and Mo, so what was not to like? Each day we enjoyed several tastings. We learned PDQ to take one sip of something and pour the rest out. If you actually drink every bit of everything you taste in a day, you'd be three sheets to the wind by noon! (Just FYI in case you've ever wondered what "three sheets to the wind" means: according to Urban Dictionary, "sheets actually refer to the ropes that are used to secure a ship's sail. If the 3 ropes used were loose in the wind, the sail would flop around, causing the ship to wobble around, much like a drunk." So there you have it.) 
Our first stop was at
The vineyards all looked so peaceful and relaxing and delicious!
I love port wine. It's a sweet after-dinner wine. Rick thinks it tastes like Robitussin cough syrup. Did I mention that I love it? Anyway, it turns out that Mo loves it, too. Our sweethearts were kind enough to take us to Prager Winery, a port winery. That's right~a PORT winery! Woo hoo!  There's Mo admiring the sign, hee hee. Not only did we get some delectable port, but they also make a chocolate port sauce for pouring over ice cream. Yup, we both brought that home, too. I'm waiting for Vic and Mo to get here in July. We are sooooo going to crack open up our goodies from Praeger! 
We went to this little but very nice place for dinner. 
The food was good, but the dessert was great! Check out this S'more pie. I'm talking marshmallow fluff, chocolate chips, and chocolate graham crackers piled sky high! My sweet tooth approved.
The next day, we went to the Rambauer winery. It turned out to be our favorite. Rick and I already knew that we love Rambauer cabernet, but Vic and Mo had never tried it. It became their new favorite, too. Not only was the winery awesome, but the gardens were as well. I was so happy to take a bazillion photos of flowers and branches.
We have these cows all over Boston and I've seen them in Colorado as well. Each one is different. Not sure what the dealio is with them, but they're interesting.
California poppies~so pretty!
My sweetheart and our bestest buds.
This is the most unusual tree I've ever seen. Bottoms up! 
Our sweetie pie buds.
Our sweetie pie buds' sweetie pie buds.
Check out the dew drops on the rose. If you click on the photo, you'll get to see an enlarged version.
Ooh...my favorite color iris.
These are columbines.
Vic is a fabulous cook, as in a gourmet, ooh-la-la, everything-he-cooks-is-fabulous kind of cook. So when we saw the California Culinary Institute in Napa we had to check it out. I bet the students learn to cook with some really good wine. You can eat there, dining on meals made by the students. But on this day, students were learning how to review food, so they were taking turns serving one another. 
There were some awesome cakes to see! Ceck out this Alice in Wonderland beauty. It's ALL edible!
A fancy-schmancy cake.
Look out these pearls.
Each one was made from white chocolate and was actually strung on edible thread!
The flowers on this one looked so real.
I love the water on this one. The lily pads are pretty, too! But I was so thankful that there wasn't a frog on it anywhere. That wold have totally ruined it for me. Dragonflies would be pretty. Frogs not so much. Sorry if you're a frogger. 
A few more shots from town
followed by Vic checking out our "carrot pops." Sound weird, tasted great!
That's it for today. Have an awesome weekend! 

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