January 2, 2013
Before leaving our hearts in San Francisco for Napa Valley, our Trafalgar Tours group made a quick stop at a lookout point for the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge.
In 1933, one of the world’s most recognizable structures was created: The Golden Gate Bridge. It is a suspension bridge crossing “the Golden Gate”, which is the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. It connects the city to California’s northern counties and attracts more than 10 million annual visitors. The combination of its tremendous towers, sweeping cables, signature color, and Art Deco styling makes it quite a sight to behold!
In lieu of breakfast, I opted to begin my day with wine. While I do not recommend this for normal living, my motto for this guided vacation was: when in Napa Valley, do like the winos do. Our second stop was to a wine blending seminar at Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma, rated “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Sprits for the fifth consecutive year.
Inside of the winery’s barrel room we were privately instructed on how to create our own wine through a blending lab. We each tried our best to bottle our own perfection of a Carignane, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel mix. I have yet to taste my bottle, as I am saving it for a special occasion, although I am pretty certain that I will not be quitting my job to become an Oenologist in the future.
Following a delicious lunch at El Dorado Kitchen (where I was able to sober up some before even more wine tasting), we then headed over to Napa for a stop at my favorite winery in the area: Domaine Carneros. It is known for its superb sparkling wines and elegant chateau and grounds. In my opinion, one of the best thing’s in life is sparkling wine. I could probably drink it every single day and never get tired.
Sampling the different sparkling wines was an unforgettable experience for me, however the highlight of our trip was just right around the corner. . .