Trip to California—Part 1

By mochacoca06

Hello Beautiful people,
I am so excited to tell you all about my trip to California! Remember this post where I talked about my excitement of going to Napa/Sonoma? Well now is the time to live up to my part which is to do a a full review. I don’t know how many parts this recap will be but I will try to keep everything to a maximum of 3 parts. During my recaps, I will talk about different styles in terms of clothing that I wore. Also, I will review all the wineries, hotels, and restaurants we went to. Finally, I will try to give lessons learned and tips on how you can do things better.

We arrived San Jose on Friday and we had lunch with my Boyfriend’s mom at the Fisherman Market in Santa Clara off El Camino Real. I have been to this restaurant before since my boyfriend’s mom didn’t live too far from it. The food is good nothing extravagant but pretty good.

I had the Red Snapper with rice pilaf

My boyfriend had a shrimp and Avacado salad

After eating went off to see his grandparents who live down the street. Once we were done there we left for Lincoln to spend time with his sister and Nephew. It took us about 41/2 hours to get to Lincoln because of traffic so we were really tired by the time we got there.

The next morning the plan was to wake up early, eat breakfast and head to wine country by 10am. Well we didn’t wake up early but we ate breakfast and then around noon we left Lincoln for Napa. If I had my way next time I will try to leave early because most of the wineries have tastings from 10am to 4:30pm. Since we left at around noon took us about an hour to get there and by the time we started wine tasting it was around 2:30pm.

We stopped at Yountville to grab a bite. They have the best strawberry macarons I have ever tasted. I wished I got some to go because they would have come in handy once the drinking started. If you get a chance try to stop at this bakery and please do get the macarons. My BF’s sister got a ham sandwich and she said it was pretty awesome.

Me feeding my face full of macarons.

After we were done there we went to the surrounding marketplace to take a look at some art and then we were headed to the wineries.

The first winery we stopped at was Robert Mondavi you can read more about him here. I really like this winery the grounds are really beautiful. They let you have two options for tasting one for the regular Vintage and another for some of their reserves. The regular is $15 and you get to taste 3 types of wine from the preselected menu. The second option was $20 and the same concept as the first. Once they pour the wine you can walk the beautiful grounds enjoy the views and your wine and then come back for your 2nd and 3rd pour. Oh and you get a wine glass to go and a 10% discount on any wine you tastes and then buy. If you like reds I will suggest: The M-bar Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. I had to buy a bottle.

Here are some pictures

After that we went to Franciscan Winery, my BF’s sister really wanted to go there since she loved it there the year before. I am glad we got to go because their wines were freaking great!! Plus their dipping oils were to die for. They had tasting menu of 5 to 6 options. I didn’t get a chance to get pictures because I was too busy eating their bread and drinking. I tasted the reserve option which cost $25 (I think). I think the other options started from $10-$20 and you get 3 tastings in all. If you like whites I will suggest: CuvĂ©e Sauvage Chardonnay. For the reds I will suggest: The Clos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. I bought both because they were that good. We really didn’t take too many pictures because the tasting was inside and we didn’t get the option to walk around and explore the grounds while we were tasting like Robert Mondavi.

The final winery we stopped at was Beringer which happens to be the oldest
continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. The grounds were beautiful and huge! I loved the house where we had the tasting. The tree outside had lanterns so I was in love. LOL…..little things make me excited. This place was so crowed even though we got there towards the end of the day. By this time I was pretty drunk partly because I am a light weight and I drank too much at the other wineries…LOL. I had the $15 tasting and the wine was also great here. To be honest I can’t remember much since I was too busy drinking and talking to others who were also there for tasting. If you like reds I will suggest: The MT. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. Do you see a trend here? I love reds and I love love Cabernets.

Here are some pictures of our time at Beringer

So there you have it the three wineries we went to in Napa. If you go make sure you go early so you can go to more than 3 wineries. Next time I think I may go on the Napa Train that way my BF can drink too.

In terms of fashion it was kinda a warm fussy boots (Coach)day,long sleeve sweater (Abercrombie & Fitch),half sleeve jacket(priorities from Rue La La), the jeans were Armani Exchange. And I kinda put my hair half up and down. I wanted to let my new hair cut out but the weather wasn’t playing fair.

After all is said and done we left Beringer and drove to Sonoma where we stayed at The Best Western. Thanks to this post I went ahead and booked the hotel. It was truely the best for the money and I will recommend it to anyone staying in Sonoma. We had a nice room with a fire place plus free continental breakfast. Excuse the blurry iPhone picture.

Next, I will cover our trip to Sonoma. Until then take care of you!!

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3 Comments on Trip to California—Part 1

  1. RTW
    March 4, 2009 at 6:15 pm (8 years ago)

    Oooh, big cabs… I’m drooling! The wine train is definitely a nice chill experience and also fun for groups since nobody has to DD; book it for lunch so you get the vineyard views.Love the outfit!and re Carmel, you had one amazing trip out here! We were down there for the Monterey Jazz Festival last year and I always hate leaving.

  2. Sade
    March 4, 2009 at 10:27 pm (8 years ago)

    I hate leaving Carmel too. I absolutely love it there. This was definitely one awesome trip.Yeah the wine train is the way to go next time so everyone can drink.

  3. The Blonde Duck
    March 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Ya’ll are so cute! It looks like you had a blast!


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