Wine country weekend


Once in a blue moon’s blue moon, we have a perfect weekend. It takes all kinds of variables coming together, half of which are rare birds: lovely weather, good friends, delicious (and affordable!) food, time and most of all, energy. This was one of them.

I kicked myself for forgetting to use a 2 for 1 tasting coupon but otherwise the weekend was amazing.

We haven’t been to Napa in more than 5 years, despite being just a relatively reasonable drive away, so we relied on the advice of friends and a fair amount of research. I always forget that it’s not a 2.5 hour drive, more like 1.5 which is nothing by LA standards. By SF standards, it feels like a half day commitment.

Our friends who said that no one should cram more than 2 vineyards into a visit really knew what they were talking about. Taking your time, packing a delicious charcuterie picnic lunch, and moseying from Vineyard 1 to Vineyard 2, and relaxing at each is really the best recipe.

There’s truly something to be said for exploring your own backyard!

:: What’s a local attraction you’ve enjoyed? Close to your home, I mean.


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  1. Ooh, Adelle theme! Let me know how you find it – recently changed over to a new one and was pleased to find I started getting pingbacks/trackbacks again, not sure if that was the old theme’s fault or what.

    Close to Auckland… i generally like Matakana, and Tawharanui (I think 1-1.5 hours away, which used to seem like a ton but after having travelled our perspective of distances has definitely changed)
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    • Mostly I love it but I wish I had the option of placing widgets along the bottom like I had with other themes. I hadn’t even considered the theme could prevent pingbacks/trackbacks! I guess I should look into that.

      Taking notes for future travel to see y’all πŸ™‚

  2. Happy to hear you had a good weekend, you deserve it! What was the other vineyard you went to besides Peju? We’ll be going to Napa next month and I could always use some recommendations.

    I haven’t gone yet but I think I would enjoy the Charles M. Schulz Museum ( If you and PiC are interested, it’s relatively close.

    • Thanks! We went to Mumm Napa and Cakebread. I loved trying bubbles but Cakebread’s definitely a great value: 6 pours for $15. And we got a guided tour.

      I haven’t done the Schulz Museum, yet! We’ll have to try it.

  3. ohhhh glorioski! Wine country…how I miss it!

    Well. All of San Francisco: how I miss it… πŸ˜‰

    The Heard Museum here is having a Georgia O’Keefe exhibit, sent over from New Mexico. I’ll probably visit that before it moves on. Wheeee!

    Actually, the museum occupies a beautiful old historic house, just gorgeous; it’s museum of Native American ethnography and arts, & it displays wonderful and interesting objects.

    Unfortunately, you can’t drink any of them…
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  4. I <3 napa, biggest perk of moving i think. And the food scene there is AMAZING.

    How did you like Peju? Where else did you go? T is super into cabs, so we've been to a few cab heavy places. Always looking for new favorites though…

    • Oh that food scene. I felt like I could afford wine tasting (but not buying much wine except 1 gift), but not so much to eat out there because they’re just beyond my pay range!

      This time we also did Mumm Napa and Cakebread, I highly recommend Cakebread. They do great reds including a cab. I don’t like red myself but I can appreciate that they have good ones πŸ˜‰ as designated by a fellow wine taster.

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