Saturday, August 7, 2010

Meg in the City-Day Two-Part 2

After leaving Castello di Amorosa, we set off for Sterling Vineyards.  This was another "must" on Kimmie's list of wineries.  Our tour began with a tram up the hillside.  Once we reached the top, we began our self paced tour.  Throughout the tour, their were 5 tables set up, each featuring on one of the wines for our tasting.  It was a beautiful winery with beautiful views of the area.

Us on the tram

View from the winery

Our next stop, V. Sattui Windery.  This winery had a beautiful picnic ground; however they did not allow you to bring your own food in.  Kimmie had packed us a wonderful lunch of cheese, crackers, salami and grapes...what else are you to eat when wine tasting?  So, we found a parking spot and had a picnic in the car.  The grounds were very pretty.  We chose to do a wine tasting and chocolate pairing with 5 white wines and 5 chocolates.  It was delicious!  While most wineries in Napa do not allow for weddings (think if 100 wineries had weddings on the same day with 100 guests each, that would be 10000 people in a very small area with a two lane highway), V. Sattui is able to have weddings.  It would make a beautiful setting.

Fountain at V. Sattui

Our chocolates

Our last stop, Cakebread Cellars.  Cakebread is a small family ran winery.  The people here were all very friendly, and very forgiving of the fact that we were five minutes late due to traffic.  Here we did a tasting.  The wines were more full bodied, a bit much for the end of the day, but still good.  With each wine, we heard about the history of that particular wine.  As it was the end of the day, we didn't really have much time to look around as they were getting ready to close.

The sign at the front

Us at Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars

What would be a better end to a wonderful day of winetasting you ask?   Cupcakes, of cours.  Kimmie found a wonderful cupcake place in Napa, Sift Cupcakery.  It was a cute little cupcakery in a dress shop, the Cakeplate, I believe it was called.  I decided to go with the Keylime Cupcake and it was amazing.  It was a vanilla cake with key lime filling and key lime mousse.  It tasted very natural and not overly sweet.  Yum! 
Key Lime Cupcake

It was a wonderful day!  I can't say thank you enough to Kimmie for all of her work in planning such a great trip!  Check back Monday for the last day of Meg in the City. 

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