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I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but I LOVE Napa.
We had breakfast at the Farmer’s Table, at the hotel. Zung had an omelet.
I had yogurt. It came with fresh fruit and these huge chocolate chips, which I think were described as chocolate shavings. I ate around them. I love me some chocolate, but not this early in the morning. I also ordered a side of their griddled bread. It’s not on the Atkins plan, so it’s a good thing I’m not on that plan either.
Zung has a conference call, so I drive. His phone actually drops the call almost as soon as we set out but I keep driving. This ride is SWEET. It drives smooth. Like smooth rum. I have to drive up Spring Hill Road. This is the twisty, windy kind of road this car was made to drive.
We are driving to Keenan winery. We are greeted by the winery dog. Laura is our hostess. She tells us that another group is coming, but she gets us started. We talk about restaurants, and she asks where we are eating. This is when we find out that we chose the wrong Cindy Pawlcyn’s. She says the one in town is good. We tell her that Nicholas works at Quince. She later gives us a discount on our purchase because of this. I love name dropping.
The other group arrives and she knows them. They are super chatty. It is a couple, she’s Vietnamese and he’s a Caucasian dude. Her brothers are with them. They ask Zung if he is Vietnamese. Then it’s like the Vietnamese brotherhood. They start sharing all kinds of stories. The woman joins in. They are really friendly. We have had enough wine to buy too much. As we are leaving, the lady says that she is going to go eat at Quince and say, “I know the chef’s mother.” I tell her, “He’s not THE chef (that would be Michael Tusk).” But we are super proud of where Nicholas works.
We buy a case of wine (didn’t we say we weren’t going to do that?).
Zung drives down the mountain. We drive to Peju, where we are going to do a lunch with wine pairings.
We hang out in the parking lot, taking pictures of the car. Zung is all about the back seat and how spacious it is.
Peju is a beautiful winery. It is one of the few children friendly wineries in the area. Most do not allow any chidden of any type or form. Peju does.
I got the recommendation for Peju from my Trip Advisor friend, Joe. I looked at their site and saw they did wine and food pairings. I thought this would be a good way to increase the number of tastings we did in a day, if we combined one with a meal. I emailed them and arranged a lunch and wine pairing.
This winery is so beautiful, with amazing artichecture, sculptures and landscaping.
We went inside and were asked if we were there for a wine tasting and we said no, we were there for lunch. He went and got our hostess who took us out on the patio for our private lunch. We started with some bubbles.
This was just the most gorgeous day in Napa Valley. The sun was shining. The temperature was perfect. We were having a lovely, delicious lunch with great wine. This truly was, it doesn’t get any better than this, moment.
Our first course was a salad of beets (really? again? so soon? I’ve never eaten beets in my life and then I was served them two days in a row), frise and grapefruit. FYI – I am a born again beet lover now.
Our entree was a beef filet.
Dessert was a lava chocolate cake, which has been so overdone, and yet this one was sublime.
There were perfect wine pairings with each course. I though I was so clever to have discovered this way to do an additional wine tasting. We liked doing two on our last trip, but I wanted to try to work a third one into our schedule. This seemed the perfect solution.
Until our lovely hostess brought out a gentleman, named Dave, and informed us that he would be doing our wine tasting.