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Greetings to all of you on the brisk November morning. I am linking up with my friend Erika to bring you my favorites from this past week…and I’m not going to lie, they all have to do with Napa Valley.

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On Sunday, Brian and I headed to Napa Valley to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. The last time we were there together was in 2011 when we went for a wedding. I was 6 months pregnant with Caleb, so we didn’t really get to experience all that Napa Valley has to offer if you catch my drift.

Napa Valley is one of my favorite places on the planet. The terrain is exquisite. So different from North Texas in that there are mountains and vegetation and olive trees and orange trees and lemon trees and of course grape vines. Napa is romantic and the food is incredible. If you have never planned a trip to Napa, you should. Get on it.

We visited several of our favorite wineries:

VGS Chateau Potelle

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It was Brian’s first time visiting VGS. We sat under a tent in the wine garden–my favorite wine was the Eau de Tony Sauvignon Blanc. Tony has a been a trusted employee at VGS for fifteen years, and drinks over half of their Sauv Blanc production himself…well, maybe not quite half. But this year for his 60th birthday, they decided to name the Sauv Blanc after him. It was delicious!

To read more about VGS click here and here.

We visited The Stagecoach Vineyards and had a tasting of Krupp Brothers wine.

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Sam, the assistant viticulturist of Stagecoach Vineyards, picked us up and took us up the mountain to a peak called The Lookout. We walked through the vines and even picked some grapes to taste before we sat down for the Krupp Brothers tasting. We visited with her for two hours about wine stuff and enjoyed the gorgeous view. Our favorite from this tasting was the 2010 Veraison.

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We also had a tasting at Trefethen Winery. Everything about this experience was a favorite: the wine, the location and the people were all fantastic!

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The tasting room is located in what used to be the Trefethen Family Home. It was recently renovated after the 2014 earthquake, and is the most beautiful setting for a wine tasting. We sat in the sunroom that overlooked the gardens. My favorite thing about Trefethen wine is the color. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has the most exquisite amethyst-ruby color. We ordered a bottle of it at dinner on Sunday night and loved it so much, we made an appointment for a wine tasting. Cannot wait to visit Trefethen again.

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Besides the wine, the other “abundant crop” Napa is known for is exquisite gourmet cuisine. Some of our favorite restaurants on planet earth are found in Napa Valley. The first?

Bottega, owned by Chef Michael Chiarello.

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Unfortunately I took zero pictures of our food or us inside the restaurant because we were dog tired, and honestly it was too dark. But the cuisine is to die for. The wine list is fantastic. Because everything looked soooo good we each ordered a pasta and an entrèe. Me: bolognese and short ribs. Brian: gnocchi and Chicken Diavolo. Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

People, it was amazing. I kept wanting to go eat another meal there on our trip but we ran out of time. When our friends Hayley and Jerrod visited, instead of ordering a dessert, Jerrod ordered a second porkchop because his first one was so good. Hahahahha! It’s true friends. Bottega is incredible.

We also visited Gott’s Hamburger Stand.

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My burger had a fried egg on it.

Brian’s had salsa.

And we split chili cheese fries.

This was the only meal we didn’t drink wine. We drank beer.

And of course we visited Bouchon Bakery each morning for breakfast.

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This raspberry macaron was the size of my palm.

Coffee cake, chococolate croissants and ham and cheese baguettes. The Bouchon Bakery is truly magnificient. They create loaves of bread that look like olive branhces and wreaths…sorry I didn’t get a picture so you will just have to visit for yourself. There are locations in NYC, Beverly Hills and Vegas in case you happen to visit one of those places before you head to Napa. The confections are beautiful and delicious!

Napa Valley, we love you. Until next time.

-ciao for now-

Brian and Lauren

  • Jess at Just Jess - Oh my goodness, everything looks amazing. I guess I need to add, plan a trip to Napa to my travel dream list. Jess at Just JessReplyCancel

    • Lauren Palmer - Yes Jess! You need to plan a trip to Napa right this minute! 😉 And please invite me.ReplyCancel

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