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Wine Country Weekend

A guide by ZoomZoom (Omaha)

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"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.

Decorations:



Black linen tablecloth

Grow herbs in a recycled wine box


Napa Style

Style Books:
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)
Napa Style Round Server - Large

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

Food:

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:
Wine glasses
Cheese Knife
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


Other Books:
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


Menus

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.

Music:
Wine-drinking music
Jazz Tastings - Light Jazz Guitar
Modern Jazz:
Live at Starbucks
Monk's Dream
Birth of the Cool
Dave Brubeck's Greatest Hits
Blue Train
The Best of the Song Books
Stan Getz & The Oscar Peterson Trio: The Silver Collection
The Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane (1955-1961)
Giant Steps
Pure Ella
Time Out
A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album
Kind of Blue
The Best of Thelonious Monk: The Blue Note Years

Movies:
(to get inspiration for party theme)
Sideways
Bottle Shock
Mondovino
more?

Things to do:
Show up early & ride mountain bikes. Bike Ride...Tour de Wine?

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)

Train for the big ride with yoga, Yoga in the vineyard? Yoga for Cyclists: A Yogafit Workout & spinning Cycle Master: Indoor Cycling Workout (Cycling Music + Coaching by Gregg Cook)

Hot Tub/sauna/pool hydrotherapy,
Home and Garden Spas 6-Person 51-Jet Hot Tub
spa treatments if available - like a mud body wrap Torf Organic Moor Mud Body Wrap or Bath (2 lbs)

Vineyard tour
Reception - Drink & Eat
Walking through the vineyards & wine cellars & art collection
Art- Sculpture, Artifacts, Painting
Play petanque/bocce The Day of Games Chromed Steel Petanque Set, 73mm, Silver

Live Music?


Live theater? Interactive/street theater? Comedian?
Secret Initiation rites - This is a traditional time of initiations

Dinner Games
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 Destination: Napa, California

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.


Wellness Classes

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.

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