This time last week I was finishing up a gorgeous 13-miler on the Silverado Trail in the Stags Leap District in Yountville/Oakville. Sure, I had been stared down by an ominous black bull in a pasture (and I picked up the pace...Yikes), and I also ran past a freshly killed baby deer on the side of the road (poor guy). Despite that, it was in the 60s, I could see fog from my breath, hot air balloons launching from the hillside, and I got a view of several gorgeous wineries. Ahhhhhh. Perfection.
I got back to the room, showered, went to breakfast with Mike and had a GIANT freshly made Belgium waffle loaded with fruit, syrup and whipped cream. Yum.
At 10:00 am, this arrived to whisk us away on one of the Best. Days. Ever.
Shoot. Too much light.
Look what was waiting for us inside.
Champagne at 10 am? Don't mind if I do.
And here come the wineries!!!!!
1st stop... Silenus Winery. We bought a $75 bottle of Cab here. Throttle back, Johnsons!
Next... Salvestrin Winery. This one was really fun.
We got a tour of the vineyards. Very educational. Holy cow, there is a lot to know about growing grapes.
Really old. I think he said Dr. Crane planted this one in 1912 maybe? 1908? Whatever. It's old. Did you know that grape vines are good for about 30 years? Then they need to be torn out and new ones planted.
Next up... Regusci Winery
Perfect place for a picnic lunch. Our driver hooks us up. Can you believe this royal treatment? I almost feel like Princess Kate. Almost.
Vineyard dog. There were signs everywhere asking people not to feed him. Hahaha! I don't think anyone listened.
Artistic FAIL. Step away from the camera, Mike.
To be continued... Post lunch tour coming soon! Hiccup.