Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saturday in Napa

I am somewhat belated in finishing my story of our weekend in Napa. One of the reasons Charles and Dru Ann chose to visit us this past, past weekend was the release party of Silver Oak. Jim and I first attended the release party on our honeymoon and have been subsequent years.

Saturday morning we arrived about 10:00 at Silver Oak after a wonderful breakfast at the Vintage Inn in Yountville where we were staying for the weekend. As we walked in they were pouring the 2000 library release of their Cabernet Sauvignon. Since we had just experienced their 1999 for our anniversary I can vouch for the fact that it was much tastier - but I do think the current release of their 2005 was much better.

Saturday was not a pretty weather day but there was plenty of tents and other buildings that the drizzle did not matter. After having our picture taken and getting our delicious box lunches we headed out to Pump Jack for their release of their Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and also their Chardonnay.

We made a brief stop at Mumm's for a tasting of their latest champagne and to pick up our club membership bottles and then off to a wonderful "mom and pop" vineyard, Anomaly. They only do Cabernet and they do a very good job with what they have.

After a wonder siesta, we finished off the evening at "The Press" restaurant. They are known for their steaks but I passed on that and had a delightful dinner of a chopped salad, brussel sprouts and macaroni and cheese. Yes, it was topped off with a chocolate souffle.

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