Done! Two items down from my Bucket List in one weekend!
I participated in the GunBunFunRun 5K as part of the Napa to Sonoma Run. It was so much fun!! I have to make this a yearly thing! I’d love to complete the half marathon next year! The 5K was all my recovering knees could take this year, but next year… WATCH OUT! It was so much fun do it with a bunch of my close friends. At the finish line… they have all these wineries waiting to let you sample their wine! It was so much fun!
Downtown San Francisco I toured Grace’s Cathedral, which was amazing because I wrote a scene in my book where one of the main characters, Maya, goes to the Columbarium at Grace’s to honor her father on the anniversary of his death. I had researched the Cathedral a lot online, but thats never the same as being there!
This is a side view because they were renovating the whole front entrance. Gorgeous huh??
Moving on to the wineries! I can’t even tell you how incredible it was to learn and sample all of these amazing wines! We went to four different private wine tastings while we were there- Hall, Domaine Carneros, Miner and Silver Oak. I was amazed at the vast difference between each wine tasting- from the tone of the tour, to what they chose to highlight about their winery, to their wines.
We went to the Hall Winery right after the wine tastings from the race and relaxed on this beautiful patio under a bunch of trees. While we were there, we met one of the Partners and she and her husband were fantastic! They chatted with us and then even recommended a few of their favorite bottles and let us try them. Their staff was awesome- it was a very relaxed atmosphere.
On Monday we had this awesome tour limo that took us to the other three wineries. We started with Don Carneros, which is a beautiful winery! It’s also where the Half Marathon started. They specialize in Champagne and Pinot Noir’s. I’m not usually a champagne kind of girl, but this was amazing! I learned so much about how they manage the yeast in the bottle during fermentation, and this freezing technique to keep the pressure right for the second fermentation, and this way of storing the bottle so they are rotated every few hours. It was so interesting!! Not to mention, both the champagne and the Pinot were fabulous!
We tried to get a tour at Opus One… but they were all booked, so we did the next best thing- We took pictures of their grapes! haha
After hydrating and snacking all the way to the next winery, we were all set! Miner Winery was such a charming place! It’s family owned and we had the chance to meet Doug Miner and his very friendly labrador. James led our wine tasting and he is training to become the next Sommelier. He was fantastic! The tasting was down in the caves where they store their wine. It was beautiful!
At the back of the room where those iron door are- that’s the entrance to the tunnels! It smelled so good down there!
This was one of my favorite places because it was so different and relaxed. It was such an interesting wine tasting and of course the wine was fabulous as well!
I was really looking forward to the Silver Oak wine tour because their wine is one of my favorites- and I was not disappointed!!
We had the sweetest gentleman give us the tour for this wine tasting. His name is Deke, who we affectionately nicknamed ‘Blue.’
He was so awesome- he’s been there for over 20 years and knows the answer to every question we threw at him. As you can imagine, at this point our group was… very happy from all the wine. That’s when things like this happen…
Don’t worry, we were very careful placing the 89 year old man on shoulders! It’s such a cool picture- I couldn’t resist putting it up. We were able to meet one of the owners there as well. We spent quite a bit of time at Silver Oak and had the most wonderful afternoon! I LOVE this wine! If you’ve never tried a bottle of Silver Oak – I highly recommend it!
Since we had such a different experience at each winery, it really makes me want to do it again! Maybe we will have to make it a yearly trip! Both Napa and Sonoma were so beautiful. It just looked like a painting the whole time we drove anywhere. This trip was filled with amazing friends, which makes it even more memorable.
Crossing off #11 and #97 of my Bucket List!! YAY! Not a bad weekend…
Hope you had a great one too!