Food, Wine & Friends Page 134
At 8pm, we ambled over to The General's Daughter
restaurant, an old Victorian home a few blocks from town square.
Our friends Paul and Sandy "snuck" down to
Sonoma, checked into the same hotel and then made their way to our dinner table
in order to shock the hell out of Gaby and Norbert.
I immediately ordered a bottle of bubbly...a Ferrari
Spumante from Italy's Trentino region...to celebrate, well, everything.
The "amuse bouche" was a lovely 'soup' of melon
Then we all ordered the 5 course feast and I anchored my
"cellar bag" to my chair for a wild ride.
We kept our waiter, John Michael, busy all night...
Everyone opted for Foie Gras as their second course...
Soon John Michael was decanting a 1985 Lopez de Heredia
Rioja Gran Reserva.
Our 'other' bottle was a Gaja 1996 "Costa Russi"
And then we crawled back to our hotel rooms...
The next morning Paul and Sandy made tracks for Pescadero
and Gaby, Norbert and I headed for the Napa Valley and some breakfast...
We began our wine-tasting adventure at Opus One.
These grapes may look "normal" to you and me, but
they're destined for a bottle of wine costing more than $160.
We then ventured over to a more 'normal' venue in Oakville
for a taste of the wines of the Miner Family.
The crew at Miner couldn't have been nicer and this made
for a pleasantly memorable visit.
The Duckhorn tasting facility features private tables for
evaluating their wines. Reservations are required and the tasting fee is
$20. If you want to take a tour of a vineyard and have a semi-private
tasting, that's $30.
We then drove over to Grgich Hills, one of the busiest
tasting rooms in the entire Valley!
Meanwhile, Grgich offers visitors a chance to stomp some
With really fine Fume Blanc and Chardonnay, Grgich also
offers a nice Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.
And so our wine-tasting adventure concluded and we drove back
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WEIMAX February 19, 2018