"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.
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. cliffamilywinery.com
SPA: Calistoga Ranch Auberge Resorts
Auberge Anthology: A Collection of Auberge Spa Experiences
Sunburn Soother Bath 30 minutes - $85 An exhilarating blend of Meyer lemon and garden mint is the ideal soothing remedy for red, over-exposed skin. This moisturizing blend indulges the skin and soothes the senses. Cucumber eye slices, botanical moisturizer and aloe infused chilled compresses accompany this bath.
Auberge Head to Toe $250 - 90 minutes The components of this popular treatment flow gently in and out of our “firm and nurturing” signature style of massage. A stimulating scalp massage and a nourishing hair mask deliver beautiful results while lulling you deeper into relaxation. Warm towel compresses prepare your feet for a smoothing scrub followed by a reflexology massage.
Cooling Cucumber Facial 60 minutes - $185 90 minutes - $250 Begin this ultimate facial with a soothing foot soak of our handcrafted cooling cucumber and rosemary infusion. Calm and hydrate the skin with and replenishing aloe vera mask followed by a melodic and deeply relaxing facial massage. Skin is left with an inner radiance, perfectly protected and ready for summer.
Calist-Yoga — Take time to stretch, breathe and relax in the beautiful surroundings of Calistoga Ranch in the Napa Valley. Suitable for all levels and tailored to your preferred style of Yoga Flow.
Aqua Yoga — Take your yoga practice to the next level while in our private mineral water pool. Intuitive guidance is provided by our water yoga specialist.
Hiking at Calistoga Ranch — Calistoga Ranch has three hiking trails on property to enjoy Napa Valley's Panoramic views of our indigenous wildlife and flora. The Valley View Trail is a 0.75 mile roundtrip out-and-back, beautiful valley views within 5 minutes of hiking. Wear shoes with some tread, moderately strenuous. Sandy soil has a few loose rocks in places, but is not muddy after the rain. One bench and one picnic table, both with amazing views of the valley.
Bocce — Enjoy the exciting and social game of bocce on the grounds of Calistoga Ranch with a glass of our estate grown Sotero Cabernet in hand.
CALISTOGA SIP N CYCLE BIKE TOUR Your tour guide will pick you up from Calistoga Ranch early morning and enjoy some of our local history as you travel the quiet country lanes to the first winery stop. 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.