What I’ve Learned From My Trip to Napa – January 2018

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Zung and I took Nicholas, our oldest son (31) to the Napa Valley right after New Year’s. It was a redo of our trip we were supposed to take there during the week of the fires. I am not going to do a full trip report of it. But I did learn a few things that I wanted to share
1. Don’t make early tasting appointments. That only works on the first day.
2. Drink water, drink water, drink water! Lots of water.
3. No more than two appointments a day. Even if I was able to do this in the past. This can decrease with age. And apparently has.
4. Eat breakfast, eat lunch, and eat at any winery that offers food.
5. There is an inverse proportion to how Disney-esque a winery is with how good the wine will be.
6. The drought is over. When it says it’s going to rain, it really is. Take an umbrella.
7. Be careful, there will be a hole in your pocket at the end of the day. The wines taste better at the end of the testing, when they ask if you want to buy anything.
8. Leave time for a nap at the end of the day.



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  1. Hi Andrea, may I suggest a book to read? I just finished it and loved it. Jan Wong’s Apron Strings. A Canadian journalist took her 22 year old son (who has a passion for cooking and worked in the restaurant business) on a cooking trip. They stayed with host families and learned home cooking. They first spent a month in France then a month in Italy and then a month in China. You have a son in the restaurant business right? Jan had a disappointment when her oldest son got married without inviting her. She took advantage of the travel to enjoy the company and closeness of her youngest son. I also have a son (exact same age as Nicholas) that I adore so I could relate to the purpose of the travel. I think any mother who enjoys good food would enjoy reading this book. Because they were staying with unfamiliar families, they had to be on their best behaviour 24/7. Between Italy and China, when they were on their own, they had a meltdown fight which isn’t really surprising. I was able to borrow the book from my local library. Anyway, highly recommend this book. Colleen

    1. I’ll have to take a look at that. Unfortunately it’s not on Kindle.

  2. Love the Napa Valley. Haven’t been there in years. George had a client in San Francisco and we would spend a weekend up there at least twice a year. But he retired and we seldom get to California anymore. Our daughter lives in Virginia and we often do the Shenandoah Valley wineries when we visit. The East Coast vineyards are finally coming into their own in my opinion. We have lots of holes in our pockets (but full wine racks!).

  3. Thanks! We are planning a trip out there with some friends who are from that area (experts). Nice to know how to be able to keep up with them or at least look like we know what we are doing! lol

    1. I have at least one trip report from my Napa trips. You’ll find it if you do a search. We have eaten at some great restaurants and visited some really amazing wineries. It’ll be great having personal guides though!

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