"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.
Black linen tablecloth
Grow herbs in a recycled wine box
Napa Valley Style
Sonoma: A Food and Wine Lovers' Journey
California Wine Country: The Most Beautiful Wineries, Vineyards, and Destinations
Beautiful Wineries Of The Wine Country
Hidden Napa Valley, Revised and Expanded Edition
True Fabrications Recycled Authentic Wine Oak Barrel Candle Holder
Art...Can create a mini-art gallery with art postcards, miniature prints from museum store, or if you actually have art all the better.
NapaStyle stuff can order via Amazon
Napa Style Vintage Silverware - 20-piece Set
NapaStyle 4-Piece Cheese Knife Set with Cutting Board Top and Marble Inset (50625)
Clothes: Jacket/slacks combination for men and female equivalent, warm fall fabrics like corduroy, fall colors
Cycling Clothes for the Bike Ride
His:JiMarti JM01 Sunglasses for Golf, Fishing, Cycling-Unbreakable-TR90 FramePearl Izumi Men's Elite Reverse JacketPearl Izumi Men's Elite Gel GlovePearl Izumi Rev Short
Hers:Pearl Izumi Women's Select LTD Sleeveless JerseyPearl Izumi Women's Select Barrier Convertible JacketPearl Izumi Women's Thermal Lite GloveSugoi Women's Jackie Knicker
Colors: Black, Burgundy, Bottle Green, Mocha
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.
Plus you will need stuff like:
Autumn Parchment Leaves
EuroQuest Imports Fall Deco Parchment Leaves, Package of 20
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 For Dummies
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine Basics, 2nd Edition
Wine and Food Pairing Books or materials, like The Wine Wheel #1: Wine and Food Pairing Wheel (Wine Wheels), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Wine and Food Pairing
More Wine Cookbooks...
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
Lobster Mac & Cheese with gruyere, Parmigiano-Reggiano, truffle oil
Frisee salad with Asian Pear
Seasonal light fruits: Peaches, green grapes, plums, melon, Asian pear
Red Wine & Romance
Baked Eggplant Parmesan with spaghetti
Red Wine - Cabernet or Merlot or Red Zinfandel
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
Fresh Fruit, seasonal light fruits like Peaches, green grapes, plums, melon, Asian pear
Orange Juice or Mimosas made with a California sparkler
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.
Jazz Tastings: Light Jazz Guitar
Live at Starbucks
Birth of the Cool
Dave Brubeck's Greatest Hits
The Best of the Song Books
Stan Getz & The Oscar Peterson Trio: The Silver Collection
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
Kind of Blue
The Best of Thelonious Monk: The Blue Note Years
(to get inspiration for party theme)
Things to do:
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.
You can play tunes on your bike - this is good for a group ride where people mostly stick together. Just make sure it's music with a broad appeal. Beats Pill Portable Speaker (Black) - Newest ModelBeats Bike Mount for Pill Portable Speaker (Black)
Yoga in the Vineyard — Take time to stretch, breathe and relax in the beautiful surroundings of a vineyard in Napa Valley. Yoga for Cyclists: A Yogafit Workout
Spinning virtual vineyard tour Cycle Master: Indoor Cycling Workout (Cycling Music + Coaching by Gregg Cook)
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.
Enjoy a game of petanque/bocce on the grounds of a vineyard with a glass of wine in hand.The Day of Games Chromed Steel Petanque Set, 73mm, Silver
Live theater? Interactive/street theater? Comedian?
Secret Initiation rites - This is a traditional time of initiations
Pictionary The Game of Quick Draw
TABLETOPICS Not Your Mom's Dinner Party: Questions to Start Great Conversations
Assorted Wine Games??? Like the Wine & Murder mystery game
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
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Inspiration Destination: Napa, California
Napa Valley Wine tour
Wine & Bike Tour
Grape Harvest & Grape Stomping
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.
Calistoga Ranch Auberge Resorts