Arguably the best time of year to go to Napa is during “crush” season…when the air is permeated with the fragrance of grapes, and the days are long, the daytime fall temperatures are warm and breezy, and there is the hubbub of trucks and trailers hauling up and down Highway 29 with massive amounts of grapes spilling over the sides; however, my favorite time to be in this stunning two-mile wide, 30-mile long valley is in early February.
The beginning of 2015 have been particularly hectic for me; yet, I was slowed down the other night when churning through thousands of photos I have stored on my computer…searching for a particularly elusive photo of a family member that I wanted to share with a cousin of mine…our Napa trip from last year flew by as I was on the hunt and the photos stopped me in my tracks. I then took a virtual vacation to my favorite place and smiled…ahhhh…Napa. While I love the cabernets…it’s the meticulous attention to the the full-circle of the food cycle created through the various properties using sustainable agriculture practices, the prevalence of stunning gardens (edible and flower), seriously fabulous restaurants, and a sense of grace exuding from this farming community that touches my soul. And…they always have perfectly lovely, quality tea service readily available and accessible.
Everything seems to taste better in Napa..the town of Yountville is our favorite small burg. We walk quiet little streets to shop, eat, drink, meander, and enjoy the gardens. It’s a no-pressure, relaxed environment. Of course, there are plenty of stellar wines to sample…which might contribute just a little bit to the sense of relaxation 🙂
Yep, I’m ready for a drive up north 🙂