my heart is drenched in wine

Day two of our journey through Napa Valley began at the Robert Mondavi Winery. As you walked past the fountain and through the arch that framed the vineyard, there were tasting rooms on either side that spilled out into the grassy area with views of the vines just beyond. Our sommelier took us to a private room with a comfy atmosphere. There were leather couches and a mahogany bar and fireplace. A perfect spot for some very stoic pictures. Indeed.

Next, we were off to Cakebread Cellars, a small family-run winery that is a family favorite. We could walk right up and into the rows of vines – which made for some nice shots. Uncle Don made an appointment for us to taste some great wines, and we each left with at least a few bottles!


After lunch at Pizzeria Tra Vigne, we ventured off to Rubicon Estate, formerly known as Niebaum-Coppola. We pulled up to valet and received the red carpet treatment! Inside the museum and tasting hall there was a lot of movie memorabilia – even one of Coppola’s Oscars! We all resisted the high priced merchandise – but we did try on some hats!

Our last tastes of the day were in the form of Champagne (yum!) at Domaine Chandon. By this time in the afternoon it was a bit crowded and we were dragging just a tad, but it was our first taste of some bubbly! We posed for some pictures in front of the wall of wine bottles and relaxed outside in the grass, enjoying the libra sun.

After a stop at the hotel, we headed to dinner at 25 Degrees Brix. It was excellent California cuisine—the restaurant focuses on farm-to-table dining and organic, locally grown produce.

Check out the rest of my pictures from Day 2 in Napa.
See what we did on Day 3!

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One Response to my heart is drenched in wine

  1. Lisa says:

    Great pictures πŸ™‚ I can’t imagine how much wine you all brought home!

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