Nosing Around Napa, Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010 - 4:24 pm 2 Comments

We started our day around 10:00 a.m. and our first stop was the Castello di Amorosa Vineyard. We were directed to this vineyard by our campground host who said it was a very good tour. We wanted to go on one good tour while we were here. This one did not disappoint.

We arrived just as a tour was beginning so we signed up for it. There were only 10 people in the tour so it was easy to hear the guide and follow him. We learned a lot about wine making and this particular winery was interesting because it is an authentic, 12th century Tuscan castle-winery where we could not only tour but taste. This winery only produces about 15,000 cases of wine a year which are sold only at the winery directly to the consumer. There are 30 acres of vineyards surrounding the castle. The history of this place was very interesting–the owner researched the great wineries of Italy and brought many artifacts from Italy to fill this castle. We went through many rooms and storerooms where the wine was made, stored, and aged. At one point in the tour, the guide stopped by barrels of wine and gave us a taste directly from the barrel. At the end of the tour, we went into a tasting room where we were given the opportunity to taste 10 out of 16 wines offered. We were given a status sheet where we could rate the wines so that we could remember which ones we liked at the end of the tasting. We bought a couple of bottles to bring home.

Another interesting tidbit that I never really knew is that olives are grown in this area also. We passed by a little shop called St. Helena Olive Oil Company so we stopped in for a visit. There was a big cavernous room where we could taste all sorts of olive oils—many flavored and many regular extra virgin olive oil. I selected a couple of bottles of extra virgin olive oil for me and Catherine—I know she likes using olive oil and will enjoy this olive oil from the Napa Valley.

We stopped by the V. Sattui Winery which is owned by the same family as the Castello di Amorosa to have lunch. The Sattui Winery is known for having a great deli with meats and cheeses from all over. They have picnic tables on the grounds so you can buy your lunch in the deli, as well as wine if you wish, and take it out to the picnic tables for lunch. The weather was absolutely perfect with a cool breeze and low humidity. The temperature was probably mid-70’s. We bought lunch and enjoyed sitting at a table with a couple from California. The scenery is terric with vineyards in every direction.

But you can only taste so many wines in a day, right? So after lunch we drove through the Napa Valley and saw many vineyards, some with recognizable names like Robert Montavi, Berringer, and Sutter Home. We arrived back at the RV park by 4:00 p.m. What an enjoyable day!!

We’re not sure what we will do tomorrow. We will stay in Calistoga, which, by the way, is a great location to tour the entire Napa Valley. It’s a small town so you can stay out of the mainstream of Napa, which is a much larger town. We will leave for Sausalito on Thursday.

Stay tuned. Bonnie

2 Responses to “Nosing Around Napa, Tuesday, July 27, 2010”

  1. Pam & Werner Says:

    I am jealous! We toured the Napa Valley on our trip to San probably remember because we visited Ben as well. There is so much good food and wine that you just can’t stay there too long. We hope to do a bicycle trip there in the future because it’s just so beautiful. Enjoy that beautiful country and weather!

  2. Mitch Says:

    Hey this sounds like my kind of place, since I am found of fine red wines!! Mainly Merlot’s. I have a friend in PA who travels there every 2 yrs and buys good wines and he shares thme with me often. Enjoy your travels and stay safe. We are finalizing Ragans GMC things and are waiting on what her FINAID would be since we will be paying for living quarters.


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