Monday, May 3, 2010

Napa Valley, California

Adam and I took a detour home through Napa on our recent road trip to Berkley California. He had never been to Napa before and we did not have much time with the 12 hour drive ahead of us, so we made a few stops that I have loved from visits before. We first went to the town of St. Helena - otherwise known as the heart of Napa Valley. We stopped in downtown St.Helena at a cafe for coffee then wandered down main street through the galleries and shops. I loved Footcandy- a fabulous shoe store and Vintage Home, they had a spectacular collection of entertaining pieces, furniture and candles. 

Vintage Home
We also enjoyed looking at all the real estate listings that lined the windows of the offices in St. Helena; although not something we could ever afford it was fun to see all the amazing homes in wine country. We only had time to go to 1 winery so chose to visit the beautiful Rubicon Estate formerly Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery. The estate was renamed to honor it's flagship wine. It made it hard to find as I did not know about the name change but as soon as we drove up the long tree lined drive and saw the breathtaking fountain in front of the estate I knew we found it. I enjoyed a wine tasting (Adam had to drive) and we selected some wines to being home with us. 

Rubicon Estate

Our Rubicon Estate Passport for the wine tasting notes 

We also got a fantastic book called Wine Dogs USA 2. This book features over 300 wineries across the United States with over 450 photos. This is a great coffee table book and the perfect gift for any dog lover. We are thinking that a honeymoon in Napa would be perfect. 

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