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Sunday morning arrives. The blackout drapes are so effective that we have no idea what it is like outside. It is foggy. We are both too hungry to wait for me to shower so we go downstairs for breakfast and I am wearing NO makeup – EEK!.
The restaurant is called the Farmtable. It looks very farm-y. There is a buffet, but you can also order ala carte.
There is a very cozy fireplace.
Zung got an omelette.
I got bacon and eggs. The best part was the griddled bread.
After breakfast we went back to the room and prepared for our first full day in Napa. We called for our car and by the time we got outside, it was a beautiful, sunny day. I am wearing my new jeans that I got at Joe’s.
Our first tasting was at Faila winery. Bobby Stuckey from Frasca Food and Wine set us up with this one. It was what he called a boutique winery. It looked like a house (and may have been). There was a young girl with a dog named Lola outside. We went inside and the tasting was in what looked like a family room. We sat on a sofa and chairs with two other couples. It all felt very cozy and friendly.
Jeff is our host and he tells the other couples how hard it is to get a reservation at Frasca. He said it was one of five restaurants in the country that is impossible to get reservations at. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that is not true and it’s one of the biggest myths about Frasca. You need to plan for weekends and special occasions, but there are plenty of nights when you can get last minute reservations or just walk in.
The owner of Faila, Aaron Jordan, has a long history with Bobby. We were really pleased with the wines at Faila and very grateful for the recommendation from Bobby. We did the tasting and I had the very first Chardonnay ever that I have liked. We liked the Pinot Noirs very much as well. We bought a half case of assorted wines. The other two couples that were there were traveling together and when they found out we were Napa virgins they gave us some winery recommendations. We told them we had decided on two wineries a day and they urged us to try one or two more. We wrote down their recommendations but ultimately decided to stick with our original schedule. We were really happy with that plan in the end.
After the tasting, Jeff took us on a tour. He poured some more wine for us to take on the tour. I would soon learn that you really can’t be at a winery without a glass of wine in your hand.
They ferment wine in these concrete eggs. They apparently have the benefits of oak and stainless steel and maintain good temperature stability.
The caves are very cool, both literally and figuratively.
We went back to the house and Aaron, the owner, was there. Jeff introduced us as the people that Bobby from Frasca referred and we had a nice chat with him. He told us lots of stories about Bobby.
There was a guy there with Aaron, tasting wines. He would swish them around (loudly) in his mouth and then spit them out. I guess that’s the way you’re supposed to do it if you are tasting a lot of wines. I just can’t bear to spit our good wine though. I’d rather taste less and swallow.
We said good-bye. They were all really very nice, nice people. So friendly. We would learn that this is true of most of the people in the wine business. Or at least the ones in Napa.