"Wine is sunlight, held together by water." ~ Galileo Galilei
I dated this guy who was really into wine. The relationship didn't work out, but I still love wine. Autumn is a great time to visit a vineyard. I would like to do this in late September or Mid-October, to celebrate the end of the harvest and possibly a last warm night on the patio. The theme is "Napa Valley" - one of the top wine growing regions in the world.
California or Oregon wines matched perfectly with food. Start with light/white & move to red/full bodies.
Here are the "Big 8" Caliofrnia Wines White: Pinot Gris/Grigio, Chardonnay, Reisling, Cabernet Blanc...maybe substitute a "White" Zinfandel for the Cabernet Blanc Red: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignion, and Syrah/Shiraz
There might be guests who can't drink, can offer an alternative like a fresh grape juice spritzer.
Wine & Food Books: French Laundry Cookbook Mustards Grill Cookbook Terra: Cooking from the Heart of Napa Valley Domaine Chandon Cookbook: Recipes from Étoile Restaurant The Tra Vigne Cookbook Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from the Heart of California's Wine Country At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking Annie and Margrit: Recipes and Stories from the Robert Mondavi Kitchen Bouchon the girl & the fig cookbook: More than 100 Recipes from the Acclaimed California Wine Country Restaurant Seasons of the Vineyard: A Year of Celebrations and Recipes from the Robert Mondavi Winery Chocolate for Breakfast: Entertaining Menus to Start the Day with a Celebration From Napa Valley's Oak Knoll Inn
Wine Bites: 64 Simple Nibbles That Pair Perfectly with Wine by Barbara Scott-Goodman Wine Bar Food: Mediterranean Flavors to Crave with Wines to Match by Cathy Mantuano 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Serve with Wines You Love by Jill Silverman Hough The Wine Lover's Cookbook: Great Recipes for the Perfect Glass of Wine by Sid Goldstein
Pasta is a natural match for wine & also gives you lots of energy for cycling
Chardonnay By Day Bread Lobster Mac & Cheese with gruyere, Parmigiano-Reggiano, truffle oil Frisee salad with Asian Pear Pomerol Chardonnay green grapes Seasonal light fruits: Peaches, green grapes, plums, melon, Asian pear
Red Wine & Romance Bread Baked Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti Red Wine - Cabernet or Merlot or Red Zinfandel Red grapes
Dessert? Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with Chocolate Leaves - Red Dessert Wine -Cabernet? Dark seasonal fruits - figs, dates, cherries, persimmons
California Sparkling Breakfast Muesli with yogurt - or toast - or muffin breakfast scramble Breakfast potatoes Fresh Fruit, seasonal light fruits like Peaches, green grapes, plums, melon, Asian pear Orange Juice or Mimosas made with a California sparkler Cappuccino
Other ideas: Cheese Tortellini with Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes, or any light pasta, chicken fish with chardonnay/white wine Pasta with red sauce, red meat & red wine
Desserts: light fruits & vanilla/butter/lemon/almond with chardonnay or white wine deep chocolate & dark fruits & nuts & red dessert wine
Canna Pick: Tahoe Gold - good for eating, a positive attitude, pain relief, playfulness
The Tahoe Gold strain gets its name from the attractive red-gold hues of the finished buds. These colas hearken back to the 1970s when varieties such as Panama Red or Acapulco Gold were top shelf, even though this strain’s parentage derives from other geographic regions. Tahoe Gold invites a relaxed state of body and mind. These buds will give you a blissful and balanced high. Its functional buzz gradually takes effect, like sailing on a gentle breeze. It invites a playful and positive attitude. The smell and flavors are tropical and sweet, like a pungent berry candy. When made into hash or cooked into food, this variety can make the eyes very heavy and affect one’s balance. It creates a lucid and awake state of mind and a happy attitude.
SIP N CYCLE BIKE TOUR Show up early & ride mountain bikes. Bike Ride...Tour de Buvette? Each tour is unique and may include barrel tasting, beautiful art, or food pairing at one of the three to four winery stops. The roads are fairly flat and easy. At a well-selected scenic stop you will enjoy a delicious Wine Country picnic lunch and take in the views before heading off to the final winery stops.
Reception - Tasting initiation Take time to learn from your senses the art of wine tasting through pairing 4 vintages with dry fruits and chocolates especially designed for the wines of the Château.
Walking through the vineyards & wine cellars & art collection
Art & Vine Tour Discover the great collection of contemporary art of the Château, following a path through the most beautiful monumental sculptures of the estate, listening to the stories they have to tell.
SPA Inspiration: Vinotherapie at les Sources de Cauladie Mediterranean Style architecture, huge sculptures that stand out against the vineyards, Cauladie grape-based products
Napa Spa Package Based on the Mediterranean Hammam Ritual
As evenings cool and the signs of autumn begin to usher in, scents of the season fill the air. In preparation for colder months, we retreat into a ritual of heat and pure scent for an intense therapeutic transformation based on the practices of the traditional hammam bathhouse.
Hammam means "spreader of warmth." In an atmosphere of half light, quiescence and devotion, is a sensual ritual of heat, steam, detoxification and relaxation. Tracing its roots back to the ancient Roman thermae – the body treatment traditions of the hammam can still be experienced throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Many of the Greek and Roman myths have legends of gods going underground & emerging re-born. Here are two hammam rituals is inspired by the gods - Dionysus for him and Persephone for her. A couple's hammam is available.
1. Hydrotherapy. First we treat the skin to a a private steam bath. The hammam experience begins with the bather entering the hot room and warming the skin on a heated marble stone, where you feel the radiant heat, breathe in the steam, and inhale the (Mediterranean rosemary & mint) aromatherapy.
2. Clean. A therapist then enters the steam room, and you’ll be lathered up with a (vino or pomegranate) body wash.
3. Exfoliate. Next, a vigorous body scrub with hand mitts and body wash. The cleansing phase concludes with basins of hot water poured over the head and body.
4. A Body Wrap. A dead sea mud body wrap draws out impurities. During the body wrap, you get a scalp massage with grape seed oil. When the body mask is removed, you also get your hair shampooed with (grape seed or pomegranate) shampoo.
Then, re-hydrate the skin with melted (grape seed or pomegranate) body butter
Then, enjoy a full-body massage with warmed grape seed oil. At the very end, steam towels are used to remove any excess oil. Emerge from this warm aromatic experience with a renewed sense of calm and well-being.
Linger in your cozy Turkish cotton spa wrap and bathrobe, to commune with a fresh (grape or pomegranate) juice spritzer and an Italian brioche roll made with raisins.
Full Day Harvest Ritual
Mediterranean-look hot tub & pool with view of vineyard Home and Garden Spas 6-Person 51-Jet Hot Tub Time in Mediterranean Hammam - steam room Scrub of choice - Vino or Pom Dead sea MUD wrap - - mud body wrap Torf Organic Moor Mud Body Wrap or Bath (2 lbs) Massage - with grape seed oil **Healthy Mediterranean Lunch with wine or spritzer** Facial of choice - Skin treatment to lighten sun spots & freckles from summer Manicure - with Skin treatment to lighten sun spots & freckles Pedicure - with a little bucket of grapes that you can stomp
Body Shop Pomegranate face products Body Shop grapeseed glossing serum for hair
Napa Valley Wine tour Wine & Bike Tour Grape Harvest & Grape Stomping Harvest Parties Hot Air Balloon Rides
City of Napa - Napa Valley Wine Train Yountville - French Laundry Restaurant St. Helena - Beringer Vineyards, Founded in 1875, is "the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley" Calistoga - Hot Springs, Hot Mud Bath, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park redwoods
Clif Family Vineyards
The Clif family is becoming as well known for wine as for energy bars. Rent a road bike ($110) from the Velo Vino tasting room and do the 24-mile Cold Springs Loop, past Clif's organic farm and vineyards, with espresso before and a wine tasting after.