Sunday, October 3, 2010

I left my heart in Yountville...

2 computers died in one week, but I have a computer on loan (from my MIL!) and have uploaded all of our Napa trip pictures. I cannot say enough about our trip, it was definitely in the top 5 for us. We stayed at the Bardessono in Yountville, CA which is just about 10 minutes from downtown Napa. Yountville is TINY, but has all of the great restaurants (French Laundry, Bottega, Bistro Jeanty...) and it just ooooozes with charm. We immediately fell in love. In fact, the first day we had a bunch of winery tours planned, but ended up just walking around the town and going to some local tasting rooms. (Hope and Grace  was a personal fave)

I don't want to bore you with too much text, so here are some pictures to share...

one of the most spectacular places we have stayed. The service, the grounds, the was all fabulous. It was very peaceful, not crowded and extremely private. 

common area, outdoor seating for lunch/dinner
right outside of our room
so pretty at night, and they had a DJ during an evening wine tasting. 

The pool, which really was a highlight for us. So relaxing for a mid-afternoon nap after you have been drinking all day...

as my husband demonstrates here...

This bakery in Yountville is pure heaven, I can't even tell you. I was eating Eclairs and Macarons at 10 AM

everything is manicured in Yountville

self portrait in Yountville

We had a fabulous tasting/lunch at Signorello Estate . With breathtaking views and a gorgeous poolside terrace, it could not have been more perfect. Except for the meat bees. No lie, there were bees trying to eat our salmon. Is that strange?
infinity pool at Signorello

We were so thrilled to be able to see our best friends John and Jayme (who live in Chicago) who were also in Napa for their 5 year anniversary. This was a tasting at Maisonry  ( a small tasting room with multiple boutique wines) It is also an art gallery, very cool space. 

This was a very cool tasting in the caves at Schramsburg . Sparkling wine is my favorite, so this tasting did not dissapoint!

Far Niente was far and away our favorite winery. The wine is ridiculously priced ($100 plus a bottle), but you can certainly taste the difference. The tour/tasting was beautiful. They paired 3 wonderful cheeses with each glass. They served a Bleu d'Auvergne which my husband and I both decided is one of the best blues we have ever had. It melted in your mouth! Available at most Whole Foods(or so the guide told us)
and their private car collection was insane, I took many pics for Julian. He of course loves them, and they will be framed in his next bedroom!

I have to run, but look forward to a post about our food experience in Napa! It's making me hungry thinking about it!


  1. oh my, dear hubby would love to visit that garage...great get-away!

  2. Looks like a fantastic time! And I had to add that I have the same shades in charcoal grey... Ford right?? :D

  3. What an awesome trip/place/tasting. So envious!
    My hub and I were in Carmel years ago and we swore we would go back and do a tasting tour someday. Now that I have seen these photos, it might be sooner than later!

  4. Wow - that looks amazing.Glad you had a great time!!!

  5. Looks beyond fabulous! So lovely to see vacation spots that I wouldn't have necessarily known about otherwise.



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