Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Jim has taken Monday's off throughout the month of December to use some of his vacation time. This past Monday we headed to Napa to pick up some wine and do a little bit of tasting. We stopped in at Chappellet and enjoyed a tasting with Candice of their latest released reds. I was also very excited to learn that the release of the 2009 Chenin Blanc was available. I was very intrigued on a tour of their facility about a year ago to find out about a new aging process they are using at Chappellet called the "Egg" which was made of cement.

The Egg
The Chappellet 2009 Chenin Blanc is a blend of grapes from the "Egg", french oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. We bought two bottles - one to try and if it's good one to gift.

Afterward we stopped overlooking Lake Berryessa and enjoyed our lunch we had picked up at Soda Canyon Grocery. I love stopping there because I can order a liverwurst sandwich. Jim, who just loves to share, has no desire to have anything to do with my sandwich so I get it all. I don't know what this says about me but I'm not a food sharer.

My wonderful Liverwurst sandwich

Onward we headed to Joseph Phelps.

The property is so interesting to look at as the seasons change.

My favorite is still the 2006 Insignia

We also stopped in at Domaine Caneros to picked up our sparkling wine and to enjoy a glass of their Vintage Brut.

And since we had never been there, we went across the street and did a tasting at Cuvaison. I really like their Two Estates.

It was a wonderful day and to top it off we stopped and shipped a case of a variety of wines and sparkling that we had picked up to Fort Worth for our holiday vacation in Texas.

1 comment:

  1. I thought of you on Monday and what a gorgeous day it was to be in Napa...lucky you!
    PS: I love Liverwurst so beware...you may have to share with me sometime!