Our old friends, Larry and Casey, who are currently living in Boston, are looking at homes in Napa Valley and came out to put a bid in on a house in St. Helena which is in Napa Valley - California Wine Country. They asked us to come up to see the house (very nice) and join them for the day - maybe with some moral support. They are looking at a very nice property with a "Casita" which is a separate living quarters/mother-in-law/nanny space. It's been quite a while since Dave and I have been to Napa Valley (shame on us!) but we had a great day. No wonder so many tourists come here!
While Casey and Larry were in meetings, Dave and I went to taste some wines. We first went to Grgich Wines right down the street. President Reagan was a big fan of their wines and brought them to Paris.
Then we were off to the Heitz Winery which is famous for the 1976 Judgement Of Paris that turned the world-wide wine industry on its head. It was a blind taste test in Paris and the French judges chose Heitz, among several other California wines, as the best wines - over French wines. Ooops - that was a first and the beginning of the recognition of California wines as being the best in the world.
Heitz has a lovely sitting area outside their Tasting Room. The most amazing part of it was that their tasting is free! Even with the $200 bottle of wine that's on the tasting menu. Now, Dave and I are firm believers that there are quite a few really good wines that can be bought for less than $20 a bottle (we've had them). Nevertheless, we tasted the pricey Heitz one and took it out on the patio to enjoy. It was very nice. But I still like my Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel for $16. I'll buy a pair of shoes for the difference. The shoes will be around long after the wine. However, I should mention, in the interest of honesty, that we left with a $75 bottle of wine and a Port that Dave loved. He has a much better palate than I do so I aquiesed. We never do that! I'll bring it out on his birthday. On the way home, however, we agreed that wine snobs have expense accounts. When it comes out of your own pocket, you are more discerning ;)
|The lovely sitting area outside the Heitz Tasting Room|
Typical Mustard Grass grows everywhere now that it's Spring. Drew used to bring bunches home on his way home from school when he was a little boy and he'd eat half of it on his way - yes, you can eat it. It sounded like a Huck Finn thing to me as a mom (from New York) but very sweet.
|Mustard Grass for miles!|