Napa Valley Bistro opened in downtown Napa a several months ago, but I have been unable to check it out until fairly recently. The food was “pretty good,” but unfortunately the service was far less than adequate. After talking to the general manager afterwards, she graciously apoligized and promised things would be different the next time and made a compensation to our dinner tab. I explained that I work as a private driver and that when clients ask for a recommendation I am truthful. But I do believe in giving the eatery a second chance. I am always looking for quality restaurants tat tourists sometimes may not have heard of before. So, I look forward to another experience at NV Bistro and look forward to a better experience.
In another era today’s Regusci Winery was built and Known as the Grigsby-Occidental Winery when built in the 1870s. In 1881, around Christmas time, a winery worker was found dead at the winery. It was later uncovered that two Chinese workers had killed the man. At one time there was a large China Town community in Napa along the Napa River at what is now left of China Point. These facts are all from a book titled “Murder and Mayhem in the Napa Valley,” by Todd Shulman. An interesting read and worth picking up a copy.
At this historic winery off the Silverado Trail visiting have breathtaking views of the valley during the mid-morning hours. Clients I drive seem to always enjoy their time tasting and touring the winery’s operations set against the Vaca Mountains.
Yes. Bud break is underway in the Nap Valley and throughout the Wine Country.
It seems early this year — I’ve heard growers estimate that it is anywhere from two to three weeks ahead of schedule. As everyone knows the entire state of California has experienced below normal rainfall. Instead the temperatures have been very mild for this time of the year. But it’s official Spring is here and let the good times begin. This photo was taken in a vineyard at V. Sattui Winery south of St Helena
Nearly all the grape vines have been pruned. Farmworkers are just finishing up. While driving this past weekend I saw a few vineyards already in bud break. Sunny warm temperatures and a lack of sufficient rainfall will make this an interesting year for growers and winemakers.
This child friendly winery allows parents to enjoy the wines while there are activities to keep children entertained. The barn structure was once the site of rodeos — before being reincarnated as a winery.
An old wood basket press stands near the entrance at Larson Family Winery in the Shellville area of Sonoma County. My client/guests visiting from Memphis enjoyed their wine tasting at this relaxed locale.