These days it seems that life = wine country. When it doesn't = research, that is. I'm not complaining.
(Photo by Jaja)
I had another wonderful time in Napa Valley this weekend, this time with Jaja and Scotty. My housemate Jaja's boyfriend Scotty runs his family vineyard in St. Helena, and my whole household (except Sammy) spent a long weekend there, indulging (perhaps a bit too much at times) in the wonderful commerce of the area. The rose in the first photo is handmade by Scotty, and the grapevine now resides in our front garden.
We started our Saturday here; Frog's Leap Winery. A free tasting (by appointment) and access to their beautiful porch, rocking chairs, organic gardens, and orchard.
Great little tasting room; Elizabeth Spencer in Rutherford. I love the design of this label; you can't see it very well, but the crossed swords are accompanied by two little red hearts.
A fun stop-off when you've gotten a bit tipsy at Elizabeth Spencer; St. Helena Olive Oil Company. A few doors down, and free tastings of everything from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, BBQ sauce, you name it. (Photo by Jaja).
Late lunch at V. Sattui in St. Helena. (Photos by Crystal)
We had a full Saturday, and sobered up just in time to go watch Kansas beat UNC at a local brewery. Jaja (our resident Kansan) says, "Go Jayhawks!"