What a day... Our entire day was filled with phenomenal wine, a great lunch, and an expert tour guide. Randy was our guide for the day and he really knows his wine.
Throughout the day we visited a total of 4 wineries, which were all limited batch yet well established wineries that are usually difficult to get a tasting at. These were not places you could just walk in and pay a fee to taste wine at their counter or anyone that you would see at Safeway/Bev Mo. We had special appointments and were treated like VIPs at every place we went. It really was such a special day for us. We learned a lot about wine and were given tours of each of the wineries. One winery was practicing a system of using gravity utilizing elevators moving piping tubes to move their juices from area to another. We learned that this was to minimize the amount of damage done to the fragile wines. Was so interesting to see the process in person. Another winery had a food pairing available for us with items like crab and lamb that their chef had prepared exclusively to go with the wines we were to taste that afternoon. Wines that included a $125 a bottle Savignon Blanc. Now I am not a Savignon Blanc fan usually but it was a treat to taste one of such high quality and I really enjoyed it. The last winery we visited that day was truly the treat of the day. We ended the day sitting around the dining room table of one of the winemakers munching on cheese as he freely filled our glasses and we chatted like we were old friends. This was after he took us on a short tour into his vineyard and explained things like grafting and measuring the sugar content with a device that I cannot recall the name of. It was like hanging out on a rainy afternoon with my uncle without a care in the world.
Overall the tour is a must see for people visiting Napa as well as anyone with an interest in high end wines.
Thank you so much to Randy and the rest of his staff that made our day so special. I cannot wait to go on his tour again and visit some of the other wineries he has up his sleeve.
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