Recently we took a trip to the Napa Valley and stayed in downtown Napa. The escape was so fun and energizing. We felt like we were “playing hooky” from life. Well, actually, we truly were. We did not tell anyone we were leaving. We left on a Wednesday morning and came back home Friday afternoon. Beautiful! It made for a short work week and a long weekend.
Since we were there during the week, we could walk right into restaurants and wine tasting rooms. The vibe was a little more mellow than the crazy weekend energy with the usual celebrations galore, including the drunken bachelorette parties with brides-to-be in their satin sashes with a trail of girlfriends behind them. Our trip was peaceful and relaxing, with no traffic and places to park.
The wines we tasted were fabulous, the wineries themselves were gorgeous, and we brought many bottles home to savor once again. It is exciting to sip the wines we bought at home while reminiscing about the places we saw and the people we met.
The food, of course, was fabulous and, as always, inspired me to try to recreate my version of a few dishes. The little things I forget to add, or the elegance of the food styling, get my creativity enlightened and ready to cook.
I love visiting the wine country. May it be one of the many in California, Australia, Italy, France, or Spain, I embrace every minute of it. We always seek out some unique wineries and often some beautiful olive oil to carry back home. For the foodies, the chefs, and the wine lovers out there, tasting wines and eating great food is like a vacation for your soul.