After a short drive from the city to Napa, we checked in to our hotel and had a few hours to rest before it was time for our dinner reservations.
By the way, if you missed my first post on my Northern California Adventures, check it out here.
For dinner, we visited the very cute and very busy The Girl and The Fig in Sonoma. To start, we shared “The Works” cheese platter, which came with a selection of three cheeses, cured meats, seasonal fruit, house-made fig cake, spiced nuts and a baguette. I shared the duck confit with my friend, and it came with farro, roasted parsnips, kale and black pepper vinaigrette. It was amazing!
The next morning, we were up bright and early to attend a 10 am sparkling wine tasting at Mumm Napa. I’m not much of a sparkling wine/champagne person because I tend to get really bad headaches from drinking champagne, but I must admit that this tasting was a lot of fun.
We shared two different levels of tastings and some of the wines we tried included the Brut Reserve, Brut Prestige and the Brut Rosé.
We also got a couple of “bonus” tastings including the sparking pinot noir and Carlos Santana’s Supernatural Rosé.
After our fill of sparkling wine, we had an early lunch at Bottega. I was so looking forward to dining here and tasting some of Michael Chiarello‘s food!
First off, the ambiance was amazing! I am completely obsessed with their brass water goblets.
Our party was seated in a private dining area, which just happened to be in the wine cellar!
Next up was a wine tasting at Ma(i)sonry, which didn’t turn out exactly as we hoped. Upon arrival, we were told that everyone in our party had to do the same tasting and that we all had to spend a minimum of $35 each. This is something that we were not told when we made our reservations. I found this to be entirely uncool. We decided to just order three bottles of wine to share.
Our first bottle was Lail Vineyard’s 2012 Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc ($40). Over the weekend, I confirmed that I am not at all a fan of Sauv Blanc. Our second bottle was more my speed. It was Blackbird Vineyards’ 2012 Arriviste Rosé ($25).
For our final bottle, we went up a notch on the price point and purchased Tor Kenward Family Wines’ 2011 Tor Beckstoffer To Kalon ($150). It was the most expensive bottle of wine I’ve ever had and it was quite delightful.
Ma(i)sonry also is home to a gallery with the space filled with lots of pieces. I loved the sheep. Overall, I thought the setting was gorgeous, but I wasn’t pleased with the situation I described earlier.